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Differences between Level 8 and Level 7 – Going to college

Posted by Francis O' Toole on November 24, 2016

 

Level 8

A Level 8 degree is also known as an honours degree. This is what many people think of when they think of a traditional university degree. They are generally four years in duration, with some notable exceptions. Medicine, for example, is five or six years and arts degrees are often three years. Students mainly apply for these courses through the CAO, with some private colleges offering Level 8 courses outside of the CAO system.

Leaving Cert. students are required to meet the minimum entry requirements, in terms of grades and subjects, for these courses, and then compete with other students on CAO points to win a place.

In previous years, the minimum requirements for all Level 8 courses were two higher level C3 grades (HC3) and four ordinary level D3 (0D3) grades, with the exception of Trinity College Dublin, which required three higher level C3s and three ordinary level D3s.

This year, there are new Leaving Cert. grading and points systems. Students will still be required to present at least six subjects to the CAO. Under the new system, these must include two H5 grades (minimum 50pc) and four O6/H7 grades (minimum 40pc at ordinary level or 30pc and above at higher level). Trinity will continue to require three H5 grades and minumum grades of O6/H7 in three other subjects.

CAO points for Level 8 courses in 2016 were as high as 595 depending on supply and demand. Level 8 degrees are offered at universities, institutes of technology, private colleges and training colleges.

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Steps on learning ladder

Posted by Francis O' Toole on November 18, 2016

Students and parents may have heard phrases such as Level 8 and Level 7, in relation to educational courses after the Leaving Certificate, and may not know what they mean. These are different levels of qualification, and understanding the system is important to the process of applying for, and progressing through, college.

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How to make the most of college open days

Posted by Francis O' Toole on November 15, 2016

A large number of colleges will hold open days between now and mid-December. Open days are an invaluable opportunity for applicants to get answers to some of their more specific questions and to learn about the culture and atmosphere of a particular institution: applicants can meet students who are already enrolled in the course, as well as lecturers and tutors, and can experience life on campus in a way that goes far beyond the pages of a prospectus.

However, open days are busy events. The size of the campus and the number of people who will be in attendance can be overwhelming. Navigating a large campus and trying to find the correct person to answer your question can also be a challenge, which may result in some students leaving open days knowing little more than they did when they arrived.

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