Pupils from Loreto College Swords, Sophie Ellen Burch, Chloe Cooper, Amy Riley, Niamh Fulton, Tara Fitzgerald and Hannah Brady with Gunner Aaron Craig, Newbridge Recruitment, Defence Forces at  Higher Options, RDS. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/ The Irish Times

The growing popularity of apprenticeships among secondary school students was evident at this year’s Irish Times Higher Options event in Dublin. Tens(...)

Thousands of secondary students are expected to attend the 2019 Higher Options expo. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Welcome to the Higher Options 2019 magazine! This special supplement has been put together to help you navigate your way around the biggest third-leve(...)

“I won Miss Kerry in June and I’m using that to promote mental health issues in children and self belief.”

What course did you study and where? I did Applied Social Studies for a year at Kerry College of Further Education. Why did you choose a Further Ed(...)

Kerri Leonard: “Since I was 12 I wanted to become a guard but I can see a whole new career path opened to me to become a solicitor or barrister.”

What did you study and where? Pre-university law at Dunboyne College of Further Education. Why did you choose a further education course? I didn’(...)

Each year, about 4,000 Irish students apply to a course via the UCAS system and 2,000 go on to take up places. Photograph: iStock

* This article was first published in August 2018. From 5 July to 23 October 2019,  you can apply for a course using Clearing if you’re not (...)