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Guidance & Counselling Presentation to Parents CAO Application 2011
Career Guidance & Counselling for Leaving Certificate Students l l l l Individual guidance appointments Accessing Information Online C. A. O applications P. L. C / FETAC courses UCAS applications Open Days Career Talks Interest /Aptitude tests
National Framework of Qualifications Level 6 Higher Certificate - 2 years l Level 7 Ordinary Bachelor Degree – 3 years l l Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree – 4 years
The Ladder System Universities Institutes of Technology FETAC Fás, Teagasc, BIM, PLC, Fáilte Ireland Leaving Certificate
CAO Dates & Fees: ONLINE APPLICATION Discounted Rate Normal Application Late Application FEE € 30 € 40 € 60 CLOSING DATE 20 th Jan 2011 1 st Feb 2011 1 st May 2011 PAPER APPLICATION Normal Application Late Application FEE € 40 € 80 CLOSING DATE 1 st Feb 2011 1 st May 2011 CHANGE OF MIND Nil 1 st July 2011
Courses in the CAO System 900 + courses listed in the CAO Handbook l 550 + are Level 8 l 350 + are Level 7/6 courses l – ---------------------- l PLC / FETAC COURSES – NOT APPLIED FOR THROUGH CAO
Stages of CAO Application l Stage 1 – Before You Apply – Research online / Open Days/ Study!! Goal Setting!! l Stage 2 – Completing the Application – Online Recommended – www. cao. ie l l Stage 3 - Record of Application from CAO Stage 4 - Change of Mind – until 1 st July Stage 5 - Leaving Certificate Results Stage 5 - Offers and Acceptance of Places -August
Making an application l Applicants are encouraged to apply online. l The website address is www. cao. ie l Applying online is cheaper and it prevents many of the errors commonly associated with completing a paper application form.
Application Form: Part A l Part A of the Application Form is mostly self explanatory. l Information which identifies you is of the utmost importance. l Carefully enter details such as your name, address, date of birth, schools attended etc.
Application Form: Part A l Your examination details must be entered with great care. l Make sure you inform CAO about all relevant qualifications
Two Applications on One Form l There are two course choice lists and applicants may make up to ten course choices on each list. l 10 choices may be made on the Level 8 list l 10 choices may be made on the Level 7/6 list
Two Applications on One Form l Your choices on one list do not in any way affect your choices on the other list. l They may be considered two separate applications on one form.
l It Two Applications on One Form is possible to receive an offer on both lists l You may then decide to accept either your Level 7/6 or your Level 8 offer. l Alternatively, either offer. you might not wish to accept
Order of Preference l If you learn nothing else from this presentation let it be this. . . l Place your course choices in genuine order of preference! l To do otherwise is a grave mistake.
Application Form: Part B l Most applicants will not be required to complete Part B of the application form. l For example, if you are a first-time Leaving Certificate candidate under the age of 23, you will not be required to complete Part B of the form.
Application Form: Part B l Applicants who will be required to complete Part B of the application form include those who are applying on grounds of mature years, and those presenting qualifications other than Irish Leaving Certificate or FETAC Level 5/6.
Application Form: Part B l Detailed instructions for the completion of Part B of the application form may be found in the CAO Handbook and on the website.
Your Application Number l If you apply online your application number will appear on your Receipt of Online Application. – This number is private and it will be used in every correspondence between you and the CAO for the rest of the year. – If you apply online you may change your course choices free of charge until January 31 st.
Statement of Course Choices l If you submit a Paper application form by 1 st February, you will receive a Statement of Course Choices by 15 th February at the latest. (15 th May in the case of Late Applications). l Carefully read the instructions provided with the Statement
Statement of Course Choices The Statement is important for two reasons: 1. The Statement of Course Choices includes notification of 2. your CAO application number. The Statement of Course Choices lists the courses that you have applied for. If you have made any mistake or omission in your course choices then now is the time to rectify your error. Pay particular attention to restricted courses.
Communicating With CAO The easiest and most efficient way to communicate with CAO is by using the 'Contact Us' facility on the CAO website. l Always quote your CAO application number in any communication with CAO. l If you post something to CAO, always obtain a certificate of posting at the post office. This is a free service and it offers you peace of mind. l
Statement of Application Record. • Check the following carefully, if there is any error or omission, amend the Statement and return it to CAO. – – – Are all the courses shown and in the correct order? Are all the codes correct? Are the exam numbers correct? Are all exams mentioned? If you do not receive a Statement by 1 st June contact CAO immediately.
Statement of Application Record – Included with the Statement of Application Record will be a Change of Mind form. You may use this to change the order of your course choices and/or to introduce new courses, subject to the restrictions detailed in the Handbook. – It is safer to use the Change of Mind Facility on the website than to use a paper Change of Mind form.
The Offer Process l In the week following the release of the Leaving Certificate results CAO will post a communication to all applicants. l If you have not yet become entitled to an offer you will be sent a Statement of Application Record which you should check carefully as important information may be incorrect or missing.
The Offer Process If you are entitled to an offer, you will be sent an offer notice. You should check that all of the details on the offer notice are correct and that there are no omissions. l Offers will also be available on the CAO website. l You may check for and accept offers on the website. In fact, most applicants now record acceptances online. l
The Offer Process Your offer notice may contain an offer – for a Level 8 course – or a Level 7/6 course – or both l If you receive two offers at the same time you may only accept one of them. l If you wish to accept an offer of a place you must carry out the instructions on the offer notice before 5. 15 pm on the closing date for acceptance printed on the offer notice. l
The Offer Process l There can be no delays at the offer/acceptance stage. l Any offer not accepted by the closing date for receipt of acceptance of offers in CAO will be offered to another applicant in the next round of offers.
How Places are Allocated l We will look just at Level 8 courses, but exactly the same process will take place with Level 7/6 courses, and at the same time. l The importance of you, the applicant, placing courses in genuine order of preference will become apparent in the following slides.
How Places are Allocated l When examination results are released in August they are entered into the CAO computer. l The computer checks each applicant’s results. For each course the applicant has applied for, the computer first determines if the applicant has the minimum entry requirements for the course.
How Places are Allocated l If the applicant meets the minimum entry requirements for the course, the applicant’s points are calculated for this course choice. l All eligible applicants are then placed in a list, in order of academic merit, for each course that they applied for.
How Places are Allocated l The admissions officers of the Higher Education Institutions tell CAO how many places are to be offered on each course l CAO then makes offers to the required number of applicants on each course starting with the applicant with the highest points and working down until enough places have
How Places are Allocated l Should some applicants decline to accept their offers these places become available in the next round of offers. They will be offered to the next applicants on the order of merit list. l This process continues until all the places on the course are filled or until all the eligible applicants on the order of merit list have been offered places.
These are the applicants for CK 101 Arts in UCC. The examination results have not yet been released, so these applicants are in no particular order. We are going to trace the progress of the applicant marked in red.
Applicants are placed in a queue for each course they applied for, their position in the queue is determined by their points. The applicant with the highest points is placed at the top of the queue. The points achieved by the applicant in red determines his position in the queue for each course he applied to.
The applicants marked in green have enough points to be offered places. The applicant marked in red has enough points for his second preference.
The applicant in red is offered his second preference, the highest preference course that he has enough points for, and he will now dissappear from the queue in all his lower choices. Placing DN 201 as his second preference meant that he would prefer to receive an offer on DN 201 than on any other course except CK 101 - which is his first preference.
Having been offered his second preference he must now decide to accept it or to do nothing. If he does not accept the offer the place will be offered to another applicant in the next round of offers. Regardless of whether he accepts or not he will still be considered for an offer on his first preference if a place becomes available. In the second round, one more offer was made on CK 101 and our applicant is now at the top of the queue.
In the third round of offers two more offers are made on CK 101 and our applicant, who was at the top of the queue, now receives an offer. He may do nothing and remain in DN 201 or he may accept the offer and begin in CK 101.
Genuine Order of Preference • You do not need to guess what the points are going to be for the courses you are interested in. • Simply list your courses in genuine order of preference from the highest preference 1, to the lowest preference 10. • If you are entitled to an offer, you will be offered the highest preference that you are entitled to.
The End • Remember to carefully read all of the documents and instructions from CAO. • Most applicants follow the simple instructions from CAO and get along just fine. • If you are unclear on any matter concerning the application process, please contact us.
Filling up your course choices on the CAO Form l LEVEL 8 (Honours Degree Courses) 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. l Level 6 & 7 (Higher Certificate & Ordinary Degree Course) 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. ORDER OF PREFERENCE IS THE RULE!!!!
Points System l l l 6 LC subjects counted for points UL – bonus points for HL Maths DIT – HL Maths bonus – 2 courses LCVP – can be used as 1 of the 6 subjects Only applies to CAO Courses l Minimum Requirements – RESIDENCE – COLLEGE – COURSE
ACCESS HEAR DARE
Equity of Access to Higher Education To widen access to Third Level the following 2 initiatives have been introduced:
DARE Disability Access Route to Education Student with a Specific Learning Difficulty/Disability is encouraged to indicate this on CAO form. l SIF –Supplementary Information Form l l l l – Section A Completed by student – Section B Completed by school – Section C Completed by consultant l l l NUI TCD UL DCU RCSI AIT DIT GMIT NCAD Mater Dei NCI CIT
HEAR Higher Education Access Route Who is eligible to apply? Financial Indicators l 1. Income l 2. Medical Card l 3. Social Welfare Payment Social & Cultural Indicators l 4. Socio-economic Group l 5. School l 6. Area Applicants must meet the Low Income plus 2 other indicators in order to be eligible
Important Points l l l l Read the CAO handbook Read the relevant college prospectus Choose courses in order of Preference and based on genuine career aspirations Do not base choice on projected exam results or last year’s points Do not guess, assume or listen to rumours Always check with CAO if in doubt Keep the CAO handbook in a safe place
CAO JARGON l l l l Restricted Entry Courses Points Requirements Course Requirements Change of Mind Offers Random Selection Vacant Places Deferrals Read the CAO Handbook! ü
PLC Post Leaving Certificate Courses - FETAC ØApply directly to college Ø 1 or 2 years ØWide variety of courses ØPathway to Higher Education ØGap Year – Defer CAO Course ØLead to employment
UCAS (University & College Application System England, Scotland, Wales &N. Ireland) Early Closing Date – 15 th October 2010 (Med, Dent, Vet, Oxford, Cambridge) l General Closing Date -15 th January 2011 l Apply Online Only - £ 21 Sterling l Choose 5 Courses, l Write Personal Statement, l Reference from school. l
Why Consider UCAS? ? l Insurance option for course areas where points are very high e. g. Medical, Paramedical, Engineering, l Primary Teaching etc. l
UCAS l Interviews l Conditional Offer/Unconditional Offer l Firm Acceptance/Insurance Acceptance l No Obligation to Accept l Does not effect CAO Application
l. Financial Support for Students –Watch the local papers for advertisement –Apply to local authority l Offaly County Council/ North Tipp County Council l Co. Offaly VEC / North Tipp VEC Apply early IF IN DOUBT _ CHECK IT OUT
Costs l. Registration Fee l. On-campus Accommodation l. Books/Equipment
Scholarships Sports Millennium Trust Dept. Education & Science Scholarships Academic Science Foundation Scholarship
How to make a good Decision! Research and Shortlist CAO Courses l Gather Information on courses l – – – www. cao. ie www. qualifax. ie www. careersportal. ie www. accesscollege. ie www. studentfinance. ie Ø DISCUSS options Guidance Counsellor, Parents, Teachers, College, Admissions Personnel, significant others.
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