February 2019 CAO UPDATE
Email to all applicants – 15/02/2019
We are writing to remind you that there are particular sections of the application form that must be complete
and correct no later than 1 March at 17:15.
If you have not already done so, please log in to your CAO account (go to www.cao.ie and click on ‘My
Application’) and check that all of the information on your account is correct and complete.
Items for your attention before 1 March at 17:15:
1. Correction of errors or omissions in course choices (this facility will close on 1 March at 17:15)
– If you have omitted any restricted courses you now have an opportunity to introduce these courses.
– If you are a mature applicant you must ensure your course choices are correct and complete before 1
March at 17:15.
If you need to change course choices at this time go to ‘My Application’, log in to your account and, in the
course choices section click on ‘change course choices’ (or ‘add course choices’) and follow the instructions.
There is a 10 euro charge for this service. A video guide to the Change of Course Choices facility is available
2. DARE and HEAR Applications (Supplementary entry schemes for applicants with disabilities and from socioeconomically
• If you wish to be considered for these schemes you must complete the appropriate sections of the
CAO application form no later than 1 March at 17:15.
• If you wish to apply to DARE, you must click on the Modify Disability/SLD (&DARE Application) button,
complete the Supplementary Information Form and answer Yes to Question 1 by 1 March at 17:15.
• If you wish to apply to HEAR, you must complete all relevant sections of the online HEAR Application
Form by 1 March at 17:15.
• DARE HEAR supporting documentation must arrive in CAO no later than 1 April at 17:15.
• DARE HEAR Eligibility Carry Forward: DARE applicants who wish to carry forward their DARE eligibility
from 2018 to 2019 must complete the Supplementary Information Form including Question 1(b), by 1 March
at 17:15. HEAR applicants who wish to carry forward their HEAR eligibility from 2018 to 2019, must complete
all relevant sections of the HEAR application form, including Section 8, by 1 March at 17:15.
See www.accesscollege.ie, the CAO Handbook and the CAO website for more details. Instructions for
submitting a DARE or HEAR application may be found in the ‘My Application’ facility on the CAO website and in
the DARE HEAR Application Handbooks.
3. Mature applicant section
If you are a mature applicant and you have not yet completed the mature section of the application form you
can do so up to 1 March at 17:15. Log in to your account via the ‘My Application’ facility and click on “Modify
Qualification and Assessment Details”.
Mature applicants may be interested in Uversity Higher Education Scholarships for Adult learners – see
http://u-versity.eu/ – CAO plays no role in the processing of scholarship applications.
4. Mature applicant for nursing/midwifery
The Public Appointments Service is conducting the assessment test for the Mature Applicants to Nursing and
Midwifery programmes 2019 on behalf of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland. An applicant must be
successful at the assessment test before being considered for an offer as a mature applicant.
Lár-Oifig Iontrála, Teach an Túir, Sráid Eglinton, Gaillimh, H91 X25V, Éire. Tel: 091 509 800
Central Applications Office, Tower House, Eglinton Street, Galway, H91 X25V, Ireland.
The Central Applications Office (Universities and other Higher Education Institutions) is a company limited by guarantee and not having a share capital.
Cláraithe in Éirinn Uimhir 53983, Oifig Chláraithe: Tower House, Eglinton Street, Galway. Stiúrthóirí: (Féach ar chúl).
You must register and apply for the assessment test which is run by the Public Appointments Service (PAS) on
behalf of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland. The application process is open between 1 February
2019 and 21 February 2019 on the PublicJobs.ie website (http://publicjobs.ie).
Please do not confuse registering a profile with applying for the test. You must do both on publicjobs.ie
If you have particular queries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Other items to note:
5. If you intend to apply for a grant (www.susi.ie) you may indicate this on your CAO online application.
CAO will then provide your identification, contact and offer/acceptance details to the grant authority
(SUSI). Other than providing these details to the grant authority, CAO plays no role in the processing of grant
applications. Grant applications should be made on the grant authority website www.susi.ie.
6. You should ensure that you will meet the minimum entry requirements of the courses you are applying for.
The Higher Education Institution websites and prospectuses have details of these. There may be some
concessions, such as exemption from minimum age requirements, Irish language and other language
requirements, etc. You should contact the relevant Admissions Office and/or the NUI (www.nui.ie) for
information on applying for exemptions.
If you wish to apply for an NUI exemption you must also indicate this on your CAO online application and apply
to the NUI without delay and no later than 21 days from the date of this email. To indicate this on your CAO
application, click the “Modify NUI Exemption Status” button and follow the instructions. CAO plays no role in
processing exemption applications.
7. Statement of Application Record
We will post a Statement of Application Record to all applicants in May. You must check the statement
carefully and contact us if anything is incorrect or omitted.
8. We will also contact you by email and/or text, so please regularly check the email account that you provided
on your application.
9. Offers and Acceptances schedule
In the CAO Handbook you will note that the expected date for the issue of Round One offers is Monday, 19
August at 06:00. Working with our colleagues in the higher education institutions and the State Examinations
Commission, we plan to issue Round One Offers earlier this year, on Thursday, 15 August at 14:00.
You can view and accept offers online via the ‘My Application’ facility at www.cao.ie. Applicants will also
receive an email and SMS text message if they have been deemed eligible for an offer. The reply date by which
you must accept a Round One offer is Friday, 23 August at 17:15. If you have not been deemed eligible for an
offer you will receive a ‘Statement of Application’ email from CAO asking you to check your account
information carefully. As a result of this change there will be no postal offer notices in Rounds One and Two.
For the full schedule of offer and acceptance dates, including Round A and Round Zero (applicable to
applicants who are not competing on the basis of school leaving qualifications), please click here or visit the
Important Dates section of www.cao.ie.
Please read the 2019 CAO Handbook carefully – the Handbook is available on the CAO website.
CAO Information Service
Feb 19th 2019
ESB APPRENTICESHIP SCHEME 2019
The ESB have opened applications for their 2019 Apprenticeship Programme. The deadline for applications is the 25th March 2019. Applications can only be made through the ESB website.https://esbnetworks.ie/careers/apprenticeships
IMPORTANT: Please note that students applying to the ESB only have 5 days to complete the official ESB online aptitude tests once an eligible application to the ESB was made according to the official ESB Brochure.
www.careerservices.ie offers preparation courses and while it is not usual for us to recommend such services we know students have found their courses very useful for the aptitude tests that is required and difficult enough to do well in.
Information on these courses can be accessed by phoning 028 22977 or 1890812337 or looking at their website www.careerservices.ie or email info@careerservices .ie
What are the aims of our School Guidance Programme?
Our school guidance and counselling service aims to share with parents in the formation of their children by encouraging and assisting students to develop an awareness and an acceptance of their talents, to foster self esteem and to help and guide them (academically, vocationally and personally) through their formative years in school. We seek to prepare students for the world of college and/or work by exploring career opportunities so they can grow in independence and be able to make informed decisions as mature and honourable young adults
- First years : Assisting them in making their transition from primary to secondary school a positive experience .
- Second Years : Through the SPHE programme and with individual counselling if needed we assist students in their academic, personal and social develpoment.
- Third Years : Year long contact with guidance counsellor the following topics are convered; study skills programme, SPHE curriculum, positive mental health, help them understand and reflect upon the process of decision making skills with a view to Transition year and /or Leaving Certificate subject choice.
- Transition years: Using the “REACH” programme students have an opportunity to reflect on their motivation and goals, use career websites to collate information on their interests and the world of work and match them with different career sectors , investigate one particular sector, reflect on their work experience and to open their minds to further and higher education.
- Fifth years: Study skills presentation night , Investigation of careers through LCVP , speakers brought in to explore different career areas and courses in further /higher education centres. Work experience. Counselling available when necessary.
- Sixth years : Goal setting, motivation, Study skills programme for sixth years, Interest Inventories, personal qualities and skills needed for particular careers. Information on college faculties and career categories, explanation and assistance with CAO and UCAS applications. Exploration of other training colleges/ courses, Fas, Apprenticeships, Army, information on HEAR/DARE programmes, assistance to students with learning difficulties liaise with external agencies. Information on College accommodation, grants, making the transition to college. Counselling available when necessary.
- Students with special educational needs: Working closely with the Learning Resource Department assistance is given to students , to choose appropriate programmes in school and to prepare them for leaving school and progress into adulthood with the skills to participate to the level of their capacity and to live independent and fulfilled lives. Work involves liaising with parents/guardians , learning resource teachers and external agencies .
- The Guidance Programme in the school is divided into three main areas:
- Personal and Social Education
- Educational Guidance
- Careers Education
A detailed description of each of these areas is given in our School Guidance Plan , a very comprehensive document which recognises the Guidance and Counselling Programme as one of the key aspects of Gallen C.S Pastoral Care Programme.
Communication and Dissemination of information to senior cycle students and parents:
- Letters to parents of fifth and sixth years informing them of various events.
- Meeting with parents of sixth and third year inSep/ Oct.
- CAO meeting in Nov/Dec.
- Parent teacher meeting in December.
- Weekly classes in sixth year.
- One to one career guidance appointments
- Career library in Guidance suite
- Guidance websites on school computers.
- Newsletters to sixth years
How a parent/guardian can contact the Guidance counsellor to make an appointment:
Parents/Guardians are always welcome to make an appointment to speak with the guidance counsellor. You can do this by
1. Using the contact email on this website and the secretary will ensure she gets your message.
2. Ring the school on 090 6453600 and your call will be forwarded to her office. If she is in class she will get your message and call you back as soon as possible.