Open Days

Dear Leaving Certificate Students and Parents/Guardians,

There are many exciting Open Days, which you can attend this year to help you with career decisions.  Qualifax will provide you with a full list of Open Days - log onto and go to Career Events.  Where colleges have two Open Days on a Friday and Saturday, students should opt, if possible, for the Saturday Open Day, to minimise disruption to their school week.  If an Open Day falls on a school day please have a signed letter and inform your year head and your subject teachers in advance.  Students need to make their own travel arrangements.  Parents are also welcome to attend Open Days.  It is the student’s responsibility to double check all information and dates of Open Days.

University College Cork

  • UCC Open Day - 13 October -

  • Music Open Day - 10th November - 10am – 2.30pm

  • Law Taster Day - During the midterm breaks - Contact me for information

  • Cork Parent Information Evening - 15 November - 6-8pm - Boole Library Creative Zone, UCC

  • Mathematical Sciences Open Day - 5th December - Afternoon - More details to come

  • Pharmacy Open Day - 4 January - Applications to

  • Cork Parent Information Evening - 17 January - 6-8pm - Aula Maxima, UCC

  • Open Campus Tour - 30 Oct – 1 Nov and 2-4 April *Provisional dates - UCC website under Upcoming events

 Cork Institute of Technology

  • National Maritime College of Ireland - Open Day - 8 November - 10am – 3pm - Ringaskiddy -

  • CIT Open Day - Bishopstown Campus - 16 November

  • Crawford College of Art & Design - 16 / 17 November

  • CIT Cork School of Music, Union Quay - 17 November


More Dates for your Diary

  • NUI Galway 5/6 October - Career Options in Rochestown Park Hotel - 16/17 October

  • Mary Immaculate College / University Limerick / Limerick IT - 18/19 October

  • IT Tralee - 26 October

  • UCD - 3 November

  • Trinity College, Dublin - 10 November

  • DCU / Marino Institute of Education - 17 November

  • Maynooth University / WIT / LIT Thurles / MIC Thurles - 24 November

  • National College of Art and Design / Shannon College of Hotel Management - 28 November

  • Royal College of Surgeons (register - 4 January

  • Mary Immaculate College, Limerick / UL - 12 January


Central Applications Office (CAO)

  • Online application facility opens 6th October at noon

  • I encourage students to apply early.  Reduced fees of €30 apply if you apply online before 20 January at 5.15pm.  Closing deadline is 1st February.

  • Late applications accepted between 5th March and 1st May

  • 4 May – 1 July for availability of free change of mind facility.

  • First round offers on 20 August via post, email and text.


Promoting equity of access to Higher Education and to widen access to higher education, irrespective of social class, age or disability, participating colleges have developed a range of initiatives including two supplementary admission routes called HEAR and DARE.  Full details are available at

·         UCC DARE Clinics 17th October at 6-8pm in Western Gateway.

·         UCC Hear/DARE Advice Clinic is on 19 January.  UCC Contact:

·         CIT DARE Information evenings 6th November and 5th December from 6.30-8pm in IT3.  Further information – or contact


Students applying for Undergraduate Medicine (2019) will have to register and sit HPAT – Ireland (Health Professions Admission Test) – costing €120.  Register runs from November to 20 January 2019 at 5.15pm.  HPAT scheduled for Saturday 23 February 2019.  Full details on

PLC Open Days

Post Leaving Certificate College Open Day for Cork College of Commerce, St John’s College and CSN is on 5 March 2019.  Kinsale College Open Day will be March/April (date to be confirmed). See online for further information and apply via,,, and


The UK College Application System 2019 Entry.  If you intend to apply to UCAS, please let me know IMMEDIATELY as applications need to be made by the October midterm break.   Applications can be made on-line and must be registered through your school.

Student Finance / Grants / Scholarship

Information is available on and


I would like to wish you a healthy, happy and successful year ahead and I look forward to working with you during the year.

Ms L. Daunt

Maria Brosnan