It is very, very important that you find out as much as you can about a course before putting it down as a preference on your CAO form.
You can do this by:
- reading the prospectus
- reading the course description online
- going to the course homepage
- specific requirements
- talking to a student on this course
Read the prospectus
You can phone or email the Admissions Office for a copy of the prospectus, or you can download it at the bottom of this page.It has four main sections:
- Student life, supports, admissions information - start at page 5
- Courses in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences - start at page 33
- Courses in Engineering, Mathematics and Science - start at page 41
- Courses in the Health Sciences - start at page 169
You can get more detailed information on the web pages for each course.
Generally each page has information on:
- Course overview - general description
- Is this the right course for you?
- Course content - a list of all the modules you will study
- The Freshman years (what you will learn in years 1 and 2)
- The Sophister years (what you will learn in years 3 and 4)
- Assessment (how many assignments and examinations you will have)
- Career opportunities
- Further information (name and contact details of academic staff)
- Specific Entry Requirements
- The course web address
Course web page
At the bottom of the page for each course description there is a web link for the course home page. For example this is the link for Political Science.
It is worth spending some time looking at all the different links, for example Political Science include a resource for secondary students about studying this subject:
Some courses also ask that you meet certain requirements in terms of subjects and grades to be eligible for an offer of a place. For example:
Clinical speech and Language
Specific Entry Requirements Leaving Certificate OD3/HD3 Mathematics In addition: HC3 In one of English, French, German, Irish, Italian, Russian or Spanish
HC3 In one of mathematics, applied mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, physics/chemistry or agricultural science.
Students will be required to undergo Garda vetting. See Garda vetting for further details.
You can check this information in the prospectus and on the course page and in the document at the bottom of this page.