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  • LCVP is a Senior Cycle Programme of the Department of Education and Science, designed to give a strong vocational dimension to the Leaving Certificate (established). We have found a small number of students take this option it is dependent on numbers There is a lot of additional work for the student the completion of a portfolio of work experience and work shadowing
  • Subject choice night presentation

    1. 1. Portmarnock Community School <ul><li>Parents Information Evening </li></ul><ul><li>Implications of Subject Choice </li></ul><ul><li>Bill Core </li></ul><ul><li>Guidance Counsellor </li></ul>
    2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>Welcome / Introductions </li></ul><ul><li>To examine the importance of Effective Subject Choice by looking at: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Higher Education System - NFQ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>General college requirements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Specific course requirements </li></ul></ul><ul><li>To explain the procedure of subject choice </li></ul><ul><li>Questions & ( hopefully !) Answers </li></ul>
    3. 3. Subject Choice <ul><li>Important Decision for each student </li></ul><ul><li>Some students fail to realise the significance because the L.C. seems so far away </li></ul>
    4. 4. National Framework Of Qualifications The National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) Have you seen this ‘fan’ diagram before?
    5. 5. New National Framework of Qualifications <ul><li>Why? – Compare qualifications internationally/job mobility </li></ul><ul><li>Levels 1 –10 </li></ul><ul><li>Junior Cert = Level 3 </li></ul><ul><li>Leaving Cert = Level 4 / 5 </li></ul><ul><li>Higher Cert = Level 6 (2 years) </li></ul><ul><li>Ordinary Degree = Level 7 (3 years) </li></ul><ul><li>Honours Degree = Level 8 (3/4 years) </li></ul>
    6. 6. HND Education & Training Levels 1 2 Junior Cert SEC 3 Leaving Cert FETAC / SEC 4 Leaving Cert FETAC / SEC 5 Higher Certificate FETAC L6 6 Degree (Ord.) HETAC 7 Degree (Hons) HETAC 8 Masters HETAC 9 Doctorate HETAC 10
    7. 7. Universities - Only Offer Level 8 Honours Degrees <ul><li>TCD </li></ul><ul><li>UCD </li></ul><ul><li>DCU </li></ul><ul><li>NUI, Maynooth </li></ul><ul><li>UCC </li></ul><ul><li>NUI Glaway </li></ul><ul><li>UL </li></ul><ul><li>*UU & Queens </li></ul>
    8. 8. Institutes of Technology (IT’s) <ul><li>Offer a wide variety of courses at different levels: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Higher Certificate Level 6 (2 years) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ordinary Degree Level 7 (3 years) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Honours Degree Level 8 (3/4/5 years) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Athlone Blanchardstown </li></ul><ul><li>Carlow Cork </li></ul><ul><li>Dublin Dundalk </li></ul><ul><li>Dun Laoghaire Galway </li></ul><ul><li>Letterkenny Limerick </li></ul><ul><li>Sligo Tallaght </li></ul><ul><li>Tralee Waterford </li></ul>
    9. 9. Other Colleges Some Examples <ul><li>National College of Art and Design </li></ul><ul><li>Independent College </li></ul><ul><li>All Hallows </li></ul><ul><li>American College Dublin </li></ul><ul><li>Dublin Business School </li></ul><ul><li>Shannon College of Hotel Management </li></ul><ul><li>St Patricks Teacher Training College </li></ul><ul><li>Mater Dei </li></ul>
    10. 10. Requirements for Higher Education <ul><li>General Matriculation Requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Course Specific Subject requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Points </li></ul>
    11. 11. General Matriculation Requirements <ul><li>Six subjects for Degree level, 2 or 3 at Honours level - Universities </li></ul><ul><li>Five subjects at Ordinary level for Higher Certificate/Ordinary Degree to include Maths and Irish or English – Institutes of Technology </li></ul>
    12. 12. Matriculation / Minimum Entry Requirements Cont’d <ul><li>Maths, English & Irish - most commonly required. </li></ul><ul><li>Some require a Third Language </li></ul><ul><li>Of the 45 3 rd Level Colleges available through the CAO system – 7 require students to have a Third Language: </li></ul><ul><li>1. UCD 2. NUIG 3. UCC 4. NUI Maynooth </li></ul><ul><li>5. Shannon College of Hotel Management </li></ul><ul><li>6. Royal College of Surgeons </li></ul><ul><li>7. St. Angels College Sligo </li></ul><ul><li>Language very useful in today’s world! </li></ul>
    13. 13. Exceptions to Language Rule <ul><li>If exempt from Irish or languages in school </li></ul><ul><li>Engineering & science courses at NUI Maynooth & Science at UCD </li></ul><ul><li>Nursing </li></ul><ul><li>NCAD - Art accepted in lieu of language </li></ul>
    14. 14. Other Universities <ul><li>TCD & UL – Maths, English and Irish or a third language. </li></ul><ul><li>DCU – Maths and either English or Irish </li></ul><ul><li>IMPORTANT– Wide variety of Degree & other courses available that do not require a third language as long as you have Maths & English or Irish </li></ul>
    15. 15. Course specific requirements <ul><li>Many Honours. Engineering/Computer Science Degrees need Higher Maths </li></ul><ul><li>Language Courses require an Honours in your chosen language </li></ul><ul><li>Courses in Science, Medicine (this includes Physiotherapy, Dentistry, Veterinary, Pharmacy, etc.), Nursing, Architecture and some Engineering courses require 1 or 2 sciences </li></ul><ul><li>Honours Chemistry is required for some Medicine & Human Nutrition courses </li></ul>
    16. 16. Course Entry Requirements <ul><li>The Sciences: </li></ul><ul><li>Chemistry: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Veterinary & Medicine in UCD </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Pharmacy in UCC and Trinity </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dietician in DIT </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dentistry and Medicine in UCC </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Physics: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Electronic & Electrical Engineering UCC </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Theoretical Physics UCD & Trinity </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Biology: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Some Medicine / Veterinary courses </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Some Hairdressing and Beautician courses </li></ul></ul></ul>
    17. 17. Course Entry Requirements - Sciences <ul><li>Two Science: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Many Medical, Paramedical & Science related courses in Trinity – Geography recognised as Science for some courses but not Physiotherapy. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pharmacy, Medicine and Dentistry in UCC. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>One science subject is required for the following fields: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Home Economics teaching, Nursing, Medical, Paramedical, Science, Sports Science and Engineering. </li></ul></ul>
    18. 18. Examples of Specific Course Requirements <ul><li>Medicine (UCC) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>HC in Chemistry + HC in Physics or Biology </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Music (NUI Maynooth) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>C3 in higher level Music (HC3) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Physiotherapy (RCSI) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>B3 in a science subject </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Engineering degrees L8 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Honours Maths (HC3), 1 science subject </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Note: Physics is a good indicator for engineering </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    19. 19. Other courses have no specific requirements <ul><li>Business subjects are not required for any Business, Commerce or Accountancy courses </li></ul><ul><li>Technical Graphics (Now called Design and Communication Graphics) is not an essential requirement for Architecture, Architectural Technician, Engineering or Construction courses  </li></ul><ul><li>Art is not an essential subject for Art College, but a portfolio is </li></ul>
    20. 20. Points System <ul><li>All subjects count equally for entry to college or university </li></ul><ul><li>Points are calculated from the student’s six best results in one sitting of the Leaving Certificate, maximum 600 points </li></ul><ul><li>Entry given to those with the highest points for competitive courses </li></ul>
    21. 21. Procedure for Subject Choice in PCS <ul><ul><li>Students take four optional exam subjects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>An initial form is completed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They state the five subjects that they wish to take in genuine order of preference </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Every effort is made to facilitate students. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If the combination is unavailable they are given their fifth preference </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Note: Limited Resources influence level of choices available! </li></ul>
    22. 22. How can you help? <ul><li>Encourage your child to keep all their options open </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage them to be pro-active in their research </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage discussion with them </li></ul>
    23. 23. Its important to: <ul><li>Choose subjects they like </li></ul><ul><li>Choose subjects they are good at </li></ul><ul><li>Choose subjects they must have if they have a career or course in mind </li></ul><ul><li>Choose subjects which would be useful for a particular career </li></ul><ul><li>Choose a broad range of subjects e.g. a language, a science subject, a business subject, a humanities / Arts subject </li></ul>
    24. 24. Resources <ul><li>www.qualifax.ie </li></ul><ul><li>www.cao.ie </li></ul><ul><li>www.careerdirections.ie </li></ul><ul><li>www.portmarnockcommunityschool.ie </li></ul><ul><ul><li>See the Guidance section </li></ul></ul>
    25. 25. ESRI/FAS Forecast <ul><li>Youth population will decline </li></ul><ul><li>Strong demand for higher level skills </li></ul><ul><li>Decline in traditional manufacturing </li></ul><ul><li>Growth in ICT/Pharmaceuticals </li></ul><ul><li>Increase in services sector, traded services </li></ul>
    26. 26. Employment Opportunities <ul><li>Business, finance, accounting skills </li></ul><ul><li>Backoffice – design, sales & marketing </li></ul><ul><li>Ageing population – healthcare & pharmaceuticals </li></ul><ul><li>Languages </li></ul><ul><li>Software Development/ICT </li></ul><ul><li>Leisure, tourism & recreational </li></ul><ul><li>Built environment – surveying, environment & auctioneering </li></ul><ul><li>Financial services/Compliance officers </li></ul><ul><li>Childcare </li></ul>
    27. 27. Guidance in Portmarnock Community School <ul><li>Opportunity to gain work experience in 4th year </li></ul><ul><li>Aptitude Assessments / Interest Inventories in 4th year – discover your strengths </li></ul><ul><li>Information evening on Subject Choice </li></ul><ul><li>Information session on Subject Choice to students </li></ul><ul><li>40 min weekly Career class in 5th / 6th year </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction to the world of College and Work </li></ul><ul><li>Careers Project </li></ul><ul><li>Internet Research </li></ul><ul><li>Guest speakers from College & Business </li></ul><ul><li>Careers & College videos </li></ul><ul><li>College Open days </li></ul><ul><li>Applying to College </li></ul><ul><li>Interviewing techniques </li></ul><ul><li>Career interviews in 5th/6th year </li></ul>
    28. 28. Summary <ul><li>Check any essential subjects </li></ul><ul><li>Choose subjects they like and enjoy </li></ul><ul><li>Make a balanced choice e.g. </li></ul><ul><li>Irish, English, Maths, Language, Science + 2/3 other subjects </li></ul><ul><li>Keep their options open </li></ul>
    29. 29. **** REMEMBER **** <ul><li>If you take nothing else away from tonight remember - </li></ul><ul><li>There are consequences to not taking a European Language </li></ul><ul><li>There are consequences to not taking a Science subject </li></ul>
    30. 30. The World is their Oyster!

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