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- Where do I send my documents?If you are required to supply documentation to support your application you must post your documents to CAO, Tower House, Eglinton Street, Galway, Ireland.
More detailed instructions can be found here.
There is no upload facility on the CAO website and documents are not being accepted electronically.
- I cannot get a stamp for my documents because my school is currently closed, what should I do?If you cannot obtain a stamp on a document, send what you have without a stamp – you may receive a request for a stamped copy or sight of the original at a later stage.
- The grading process for my examination has changed, will this affect my CAO application?If the grading process for your qualification has changed due to pandemic restrictions, we expect that grades issued by examining authorities will be treated as normal.
- My examination results will be later than expected, what should I do?CAO and the HEIs understand that there is much uncertainty at the moment. The best advice we can give is to send any evidence you have of relevant results now and send any further results as soon as you receive them. If you cannot obtain a stamp on a document send what you have without a stamp – you may receive a request for a stamped copy or sight of the original at a later stage.
- I have a query about my HEAR/DARE application.DARE/HEAR instructions for documents are available here (further instructions will be given in the relevant sections of your CAO account when you have entered your information).
Do not leave your DARE and/or HEAR application and documentation to the last minute.
- I am applying for medicine – can you tell me about the application process for this year?For entry to medicine the instructions for documents are available here.
- I sat the 2020 Leaving Certificate examinations in November, what happens now?Information for applicants who sat the Leaving Certificate examinations in November is available here.
- When will CAO offers issue this year?The CAO offers and acceptances schedule will be published on the CAO website when a date is agreed (by the State Examinations Commission) for the release of the 2021 Leaving Certificate examination results.
- Have you received my documents?Documents received since the 18 December are currently being processed. If you did not include a self-addressed postcard with your documents, then it is not possible for us to tell you if your documents have been received at this time. You may email again in two weeks’ time to check on the status of your documents. Alternatively, there will be an opportunity to view your documents in your CAO account in early April* – you will receive an email from CAO at this time asking you to check that all of your documents are present and correct. (*DARE HEAR documents will not be available to view in your CAO Account)
- I cannot obtain a translation of my certificates due to the lockdown in my country, what should I do?Please submit your certified photocopy of the original certificate with a note stating that the translation service is currently unavailable to you. Please submit your certified translation as soon as the service becomes available to you. Do not forget to include your CAO application number on the front of all documentation sent to CAO.
A time to reflect on the past
A time knowing all could not last.
We have memories of pain
We have memories of love
All is not in vain
God’s promise renews our love.
Renew our passion
Break through the pain
Allow our love to be full of compassion
We have so much to gain
Christmas is not just a party or game.
The birth of our Newborn King
Brings a visit from the three wise kings
Gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh in hand
Symbolism of our New promise land.
This Christmas time
How will you shine
As you share gifts from hand to hand?
FRANCIS O’ TOOLE
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English, Irish and Maths are compulsory, so it’s really important to research the subjects you are considering for the Leaving Certificate.
The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (www.ncca.ie) is a good starting point to find the full range of subjects for Senior Cycle. In this booklet you will find a range of subjects for Senior Cycle and get an opportunity to evaluate the subjects you are considering. If a student has a particular career or college course in mind they should make sure they understand the subject requirements of that career or course now. It is too late in sixth year deciding to be a primary school teacher without having taken Higher Course Irish from fifth year, or wishing to apply to the National University of Ireland which require three languages for most courses, or wishing to go to Dundalk I.T. without passing English and Maths at least at ordinary level. Colleges and courses have various requirements and research is needed in third and transition year to make sure your desired options are available to you in sixth year.
The following websites are useful:
Why study a language www.languagesconnect.ie
UCAS U.K College Applications www.ucas.com
National Council for Curriculum and Assessment www.ncca.ie
Careers Ireland www.careersireland.net
Home Economics www.safefood.eu
Tips for choosing Leaving Certificate subjects
- Talk to students in senior cycle and listen to their experience. Maybe you have an older sister or brother who is studying the same subject.
- The most professional person to speak with is the teacher of the subject – listen to the facts, hear how they promote and show an interest in their subject. It’s really important to get a glance at the textbooks that you will be using. Choose subjects you like, not the subject that your friends would like you to do.
- Reflect on your CAT test performance as they indicated your strengths in the following areas; verbal or numerical reasoning, spatial awareness, mechanical reasoning. Strengths in these areas will point you in the direction of career areas that could compliment your ability. It is also important to look at how you did in the Interest assessments. This can be very enlightening for students. Through answering a series of preference questions interest assessments can reveal a lot about your work preferences. You can repeat the interest assessments free of charge with Careers Portal and Qualifax.
- Research college courses and colleges that you have an interest in that will lead you on your choice of career pathway and ensure that when you make your CAO application you are not caught out because you did not study a particular subject for the Leaving Certificate. Many students will study a third language which is recommended as it is a matriculation for the vast majority of courses in the National University of Ireland. Some students will decide on a science subject to keep their options open, this is important if you are considering science, pharmacy, veterinary science, nursing, human nutrition and dietetics, engineering or medicine as a possible career. It is recommended that students also consider subjects that offer coursework and projects where they can achieve a grade mark before sitting the Leaving Certificate, e.g. home economics, art, LCVP, history, geography, music.
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