While the course details should be critical to a student’s decision, don’t neglect whether the college –  and town or city that it’s in –  is the right place for you

After Christmas – and particularly coming into April – the demands of the Leaving Cert have a sneaky habit of creeping up on you, leaving you with a l(...)

‘We live in a country for the last number of decades, there’s nearly been a bit of an obsession with the CAO and the points race,’ Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris said at the Irish Times Higher Options event. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Students will be able to choose between university and further education courses through a single CAO portal for the first time from next month. Mini(...)

Make sure to fill out any forms or questionnaires your  guidance counsellor asks you to before attending a session

You might only have an hour for a one-on-one session with your guidance counsellor. You might not have a clue what course or career you want. Or you m(...)

Education Editor at The Irish Times Carl O’Brien, Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris,  and Dr  Mary-Liz Trant of Solas   speaking at last year’s Higher Options. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Representatives from the CAO, universities, colleges, further education institutions, Solas and educational bodies will be available to discuss career(...)

It’s very difficult for a teenager to make a career or study decision when they have had limited experience of the outside world. Photograph: iStock

My son is sitting the Leaving Cert next June. He has a shortlist of dozens of potential courses, but has no idea what to focus on. I’m worried that he(...)

Leaving Certificate candidates will be credited with the higher subject grade achieved between the calculated grade and the written examination. File photograph: Getty

Almost 40 per cent of Leaving Cert grades achieved in the written exams last year were higher than those given through the calculated grade process, f(...)

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Open days have always been a feature of choosing a course, but the threat of Covid-19 has effectively closed campuses to visitors, with third levels m(...)

Virtual Open Days can make it easier for parents to be  involved in the process.

Would you welcome your parents tagging along to an open day? Or would you be more likely to say: “please go away, you’re embarrassing me”? Over the (...)

The social side of college may not  be the same, but young people are resilient and resourceful at coming up with new ways of connecting.

What will college be like in 2021? The class of 2021 – who may or may not sit the traditional Leaving Cert exam next June – are, along with the rest o(...)

How many further and higher education options do students have?

Choosing a college course is one decision – where to do it is a whole other question. But, with Covid-19 upending so much about further and higher edu(...)

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