Brian Mooney

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The points for any given third-level course can rise or fall each year and is determined by the law of supply and demand.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Central Applications Office (CAO) is a not-for-profit company established by the higher education institutions in the Republic of Ireland. College(...)

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1. Register with cao.ie January 2020:  Your first step is to register your intention to seek a CAO college place immediately. If you are interes(...)

‘Just one step at a time constitutes perfect career planning.’ File photograph: Getty

What will you do after you complete the Leaving Cert? It might seem a simple question but if you think about it for just a minute, you just might find(...)

“Parents and schools pay a lot of attention to feeder school lists, and therefore they are massively important.” Photograph: iStock

“Misleading” and “unidimensional” or “hugely popular with parents” and “radical and left wing”? As ever, the publication of today’s feeder school lis(...)

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Falling numbers of students taking the Leaving Cert in certain schools affect perceived progression rates to college in an unexpected way. The percen(...)

Irish Times education columnist Brian Mooney receiving an honorary degree from the National University of Ireland,  pictured with NUI registrar Dr Attracta Halpin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Irish Times education columnist and career guidance counsellor Brian Mooney has been conferred with an honorary degree by the National University of I(...)

Students  should undertake  basic research about the college and its courses  prior to the open day. Photograph: iStock

The full realisation that their time at secondary school is coming to an end often becomes clear for sixth-year students when they find themselves wal(...)

During open day engage with existing students if they are on campus. Colleges that are comfortable allowing you to meet current students usually provide a high quality of service.

Preparation is half the battle in discovering the true nature of a college or course. Research the courses it offers before your visit a college or it(...)

Some 25,000 students will attend the The Irish Times Higher Options expo at the RDS over the course of the three-day event. Photograph: Alan Betson

Organised by The Irish Times and the Institute of Guidance Counsellors in September every year, the Higher Options conference, in the RDS, Dublin, is (...)

Forty five apprenticeship programmes are currently available, spanning the engineering, construction, motor, electrical, finance, hospitality and food, biopharma, logistics, property services and ICT industry sectors. Photograph: iStock

On Thursday last, tens of thousands of places on level 8 and level 6/7 degree and higher certificate programmes were offered by the CAO to applicants (...)

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