Trinity College doesn’t feel the need to offer points concessions to attract elite performers, but does support such students through coaching, physiotherapy, medical services etc, after a normal CAO application. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill.

Unlike applications for college courses, there is no central information or application for scholarships. There is some information on individual coll(...)

The availability of places in continental Europe has seen a growing number of Irish students going there to study after doing the Leaving Cert. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The numbers of students from the Republic choosing to study in the UK has fallen dramatically to about 2,000 in the past three years, since the introd(...)

A mature student open evening is being held at UCD on Tuesday from 5pm-7pm. Photograph: Frank Miller.

If you are over 23 and thinking of applying to third level through the CAO, don’t be intimidated by the prospect of sitting in a class of 19-year-olds(...)

Supports include:  orientation programmes, extra tuition, exam support, access to assistive technology and training, one-to-one meetings with support staff, mentoring and organised social gatherings.

People with disabilities may feel studying at third level for three or four years for an undergraduate degree would be impossible, given the limitatio(...)

Post-Leaving Cert courses can provide an alternative route to university or college. Photograph: Eric Luke

The further education sector in Ireland offers huge opportunities, not only for those looking for additional skills or hoping to go directly into empl(...)

If you don’t get your preferred level 8 course offer there are numerous level 6/7 programmes that link directly into degrees but require an additional year’s study for the qualification. Photograph: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Up to 80,000 people will seek a third level college place through the CAO this year; 60 per cent of them will sit the Leaving Cert for the first time (...)

UCD Open Day: Deciding what you want to do with the rest of your life at 18 is a totally false dilemma. Photograph: Jason Clarke

Not having a clue what you want to do after the Leaving Cert is not unusual. Deciding what you want to do with the rest of your life at 18 is a totall(...)

If you are interested in going to an Irish university like UCC (above), institute of technology, teacher training college, or private college, offered through the CAO application process, go to by January 20th

Your first step is to register your intention to seek a CAO college place immediately. If you are interested in getting a place in an Irish university(...)

In the Netherlands most courses are €1,850 a year and there are grants and loans from the Dutch government.

Eunicas is the European University Central Application Support Service, set up in 2011 to support students in Ireland and the UK seeking to access the(...)

NUI Galway, which has a far lower population density than the Dublin region and thus a lower number of applicants, has seen students secure places on 300 points in recent years

The number of students taking the Leaving Cert is on an upward trajectory and will remain so for the next 12 years, so points will go up in general ev(...)