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Alert Lists - This section of the web site provides Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) with space to submit Alert Lists.  An Alert List is used to provide applicants and Guidance Counsellors with updates of new courses offered, changes to course entry requirements and other relevant changes to admissions related information.

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The Central Applications Office processes applications for undergraduate courses in Irish Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). Decisions on admissions to undergraduate courses are made by the HEIs who instruct CAO to make offers to successful candidates.

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Applications vary according to the course you have in mind. Dates vary for undergrad and postgrad course for example.

  1. These dates may be amended.
  2. Tests and interviews form part of the entry-requirements for certain courses.
    Please consult the literature of the HEI for further information.

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Subject Choice

Subject choice is crucial for students for several reasons, impacting both their immediate educational experience and their long-term personal and professional development. Here are some reasons why:

  1. Interest and Motivation

Choosing subjects that align with their interests can significantly increase students' motivation and engagement in their studies. When students are interested in what they are learning, they are more likely to be enthusiastic about attending classes, completing assignments, and participating in discussions.

  1. Academic Success

When students select subjects they are passionate about or have a natural aptitude for, they are more likely to perform well academically. This can lead to better grades, a deeper understanding of the material, and a more positive overall educational experience.

  1. Career Pathways

The subjects students choose can directly influence their future career options. For example, selecting higher maths and science courses can lead to careers in engineering, medicine, and technology. Conversely, courses in the humanities and social sciences can lead to opportunities in fields such as law, education, and social work.

  1. Skill Development

Different subjects help develop a range of skills that are valuable in both academic and real-world contexts. For example, studying literature and history can enhance critical thinking and analytical skills, while courses in the arts can foster creativity and problem-solving abilities. Practical subjects like computer science or business studies can provide technical skills and knowledge applicable in many professions.

  1. Personal Growth and Fulfilment

Subject choice can also contribute to personal development. Exploring diverse fields of study allows students to discover their strengths, passions, and areas of interest, which is crucial for their overall personal growth and self-awareness. This exploration can lead to a more fulfilling and well-rounded life.

  1. College and University Admissions

The subjects students choose in senior cycle can affect their eligibility and competitiveness for certain college or university programs.  Entry to certain courses require specific grades in the Leaving Cert. This needs to be checked carefully on the colleges websites before you make a final choice.

  1. Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving:

Different subjects challenge students to think critically and solve problems in various ways. For example, subjects like mathematics and science encourage logical reasoning and systematic problem-solving, while subjects like philosophy and literature promote critical analysis and ethical reasoning.

  1. Cultural and Global Awareness:

Subjects such as history, geography, languages, and social studies expose students to different cultures, global issues, and historical contexts. This helps them develop a broader worldview and a better understanding of the complexities of the world, fostering empathy and cultural sensitivity.

  1. Preparation for Future Technology and Innovation:

In an increasingly digital world, subjects like computer science, engineering, and information technology are becoming more essential. These subjects equip students with the skills needed to navigate and contribute to technological advancements and innovation in various fields. These are subjects for everyone not just those who will make a career in technology or similar fields.

In conclusion, subject choice is a pivotal aspect of a student's educational journey from junior to senior cycle, influencing their motivation, academic performance, career opportunities, skill development, and personal growth. Making thoughtful and informed decisions about which subjects to pursue can have lasting positive effects on their future.

Since this is such a critical turning point students need to be given plenty of time to digest all the factors. Advice from guidance counsellors, teachers and parents is essential over this period.

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