‘Looking back now, the Leaving Cert exams were very predictable. But at the time it was the be-all, end-all that was going to decide my future. Now when I think about it, so many people in my [law] class came in through different access routes; it is not the only way to get into college.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

Michael McGrath (19), attended Presentation Brothers College, Cork; now studying European Studies at Trinity College Dublin “I didn’t put myself under(...)

Naoise Koppel and Kate Carthy (both 10) of Scoil Mobhi, Glasnevin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Many parents might not take kindly to hearing their children have spent most of their school day playing with Lego. Nine-year-old Sorcha Ní Scollaí(...)

Portobello House on the Grand Canal

Two high profile buildings at Portobello in Dublin 8, most likely to be converted into a hotel, apartment blocks or for student accommodation, are to (...)

This morning CAO application numbers give us a first glimpse of what may lie in store for this year’s college hopefuls.

This morning CAO application numbers give us a first glimpse of what may lie in store for this year’s college hopefuls. The simple answer is an incre(...)

Next step up the career ladder: investigate the vast range of conversion courses which can focus your academic and personal skills on a specific work sector

Conversion courses offer graduates the opportunity to change direction from their undergraduate studies to focus on a new area entirely. Such a degre(...)

Working collaboratively: Several institutions, including Trinity, UCD and DCU offer interdisciplinary master’s degrees. Photograph: Getty

Young people throughout the European Union represent the largest cohort of jobseekers that cannot secure long-term employment. The rate of unemploy(...)

An estimated 2,070 candidates took Friday morning’s applied maths exam in the Leaving Cert. This ran concurrently with the religion paper, which 1,290 students sat. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

After 13 intense days, the Leaving Cert has drawn to a close for about 5,000 students who had one last paper to sit. The final exams were in applied (...)

Ed Sheeran, Tesla cars and GPS satellites featured in today’s higher level physics exam, a modern paper with applications to everyday life. The(...)

Pictured outside Loreto College, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin were Rebecca Black, Darcey Barrett, Emily McAndrew and Aoife Byrne. Photograph: Dave Meehan

While the Eucharistic Congress made an appearance instead of an anticipated question on the Treaty, higher level Leaving Cert history students woul(...)

The genetics question was unusual, as birds were used in the example. Bird chromosomes are the opposite way around to other species. File photograph:  Bob Winters/AFP

It was a challenging day for students of biology who emerged from the higher level paper complaining of difficult and, at times, old-fashioned questio(...)