Guidance and Counselling


Click here to go onto the Collinstown Park  Careers Portal site where you will find all up to date information

Updates during 2020 crisis

28th May   The link above to the Careers Portal site is new.  Try it out!
28th May           Maynooth University – Engineering Maths Exam
Registration is now open for the Maynooth University Engineering Maths Exam for 2020. This exam is a great opportunity for Leaving Cert students to secure the required H4 Maths for the MH304 Electronic Engineering Course in Maynooth University.

See what Jessica who used this entry route had to say about the exam;
Like any 6th year student heading to college I had no idea what I wanted to study. All I knew for certain was that I liked math and I enjoyed solving problems. Therefore, I put engineering and computer science down on my CAO. As it turned out my worst nightmare came true, I let myself down in my Leaving Cert. I was made aware after my results about an exam Maynooth University offered to study Electronic Engineering. It was my saving grace as rather than repeating my Leaving Cert, I had this second chance to keep progressing. Needless to say I aced it, I am now on my way to graduating with a ME in Electronic Engineering in 2021! - Jessica Cullen, current MH304 Electronic Engineering Student
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the MU Admissions Office on web chat on or email on
28th May  Motor Apprenticeships
From Grainne Boucher (South Dublin Partnership)
Please find attached a number of posts for apprentice motor mechanics.  These jobs are being recruited through Intreo.  If you are interested please pass on your C.V. to me and I will forward it on.  If you need any help or support in updating your C.V. drop me an email and we can work on it together. Click here for link
Just a reminder my work number is 0876019028 if you require any supports please give me a call 
28th May TIPS sheet for LC students from NGCE

Click here for lots of current information for Leaving Certificate students

26th May  For those who have completed the Taking Stock Survey 
 If you have completed the Taking Stock survey on SurveyMonkey before Tuesday 26th May and requested any of the further assistance offered, please can you contact Ms Daly ( with your contact details and she will get back to you.
If you have yet to complete the Guidance surveys please can you do so.  There are links on your Edmodo page. 
18th May     CAO updates: Statement of Application Record
Usually at this time CAO write with some updates for the coming months, highlighting in particular the Statement of Application Record, the Change of Mind Process, the Offers and Acceptances Schedule, and the Important Changes to the CAO Handbook. This year, due to COVID 19 this mailing is not possible. Instead, you can find this updated information below. A short video explanation is also available, click here

1. Statement of Application Record – Changes

CAO will not be in a position to send a postal Statement of Application Record to applicants. Today (15 May) we will send email correspondence to all applicants who applied to CAO by the 1 February this year. This email is referred to as the Statement of Application Record email, and it replaces the traditional postal document which applicants would normally receive this month. Applicants who applied using the late application facility will receive an email later this month.





The email instructs applicants to log in to their CAO account to verify that all of their personal details, examination information, supporting documents, course choices and exemptions (if any) are recorded correctly on their accounts.

If there are errors or omissions, applicants are given the opportunity to rectify this information (for no charge) via their online CAO Account (as opposed to writing the changes on the paper Statement of Application Record and returning it to CAO, as was the common practice in the past). Examination updates made before the end of May will be updated to applicant accounts in early June.

Click here for more information on the Statement of Application Record email.

We have worked on putting together a number of online tools to make the process of checking and updating account information as straight-forward as possible. With the exception of sending supporting documents (if required) all of the changes can be carried out online via the My Application section of the applicant’s account – applicants will simply log in to their CAO Account and click on the relevant buttons in the Qualifications and Assessments section and supply the necessary information.

In the ‘Information for Schools’ section of the CAO Website, you will find a dedicated link for the Statement of Application Record which will contain the following:

  • A link to the instructions page for applicants.
  • A video guide explaining the process of checking and updating applicant accounts, including a screenshot of a sample applicant’s account to assist you in guiding your students.
  • A link to the Important Changes to the 2020 CAO Handbook.


2. Change of Mind and Changes to 2020 Handbook





The CAO Change of Mind facility opened on Tuesday, 5 May. Applicants may add, remove or change the order of their courses as many times as they like up to the 1 July at 5:15pm.

Applicants are also urged to read the ‘Changes to the 2020 Handbook’ document (available from the Downloads section of for information on new courses, cancelled courses, title changes and miscellaneous changes. This document would normally be posted with the Statement of Application Record.

As always, we ask that you encourage your students to list their courses in genuine order of preference, and not based on assumptions about points or examination results.

Explore CAO Courses on the CourseFinder here.

3. Offers and Acceptances

Over the coming weeks, CAO will hold discussions with the State Examinations Commission about the expected revised timeline for the provision of Leaving Certificate grades. Following on from this, CAO and HEIs will discuss the impact this change will have on the existing offers and acceptances schedules. We will be updating our website and notifying applicants as soon as a revised schedule has been agreed by CAO and HEIs

Visit the CAO website here.

15th May     Sports Studies course in TU Dublin Tallaght campus

Please see attached our new level 7 Sport Studies course in TU Dublin Tallaght Campus.  Click here for poster

The level 7 Course is direct entry (Not on CAO), so students only need to apply by online by application. The Online application for Bsc in Sport Studies is now open. Link to online application – Under “How To Apply” Select Year 1.


15th May   UCD Future You Mentoring
5th Years
Yesterday, we emailed all 5th Year Future You Participants with information on the UCD virtual Summer School (above) and an update on continuing with Future You over the summer. We’re very disappointed to say that after exploring lots of options, our residential summer school cannot go ahead this year. To ensure that 5th Year students continue to receive information about third level, we are working with the mentors to make some short videos that will be sent to the students by email from Monday 15 – Friday 19 June (one video a day that can be accessed at any time). 
The videos will answer questions and share the mentors’ experiences of studying for 6th Year, staying motivated, choosing a college course, and what it’s really like to go from studying in a DEIS school to studying in UCD. We have asked 5th Years to send their questions to us using this Google form before 1st June. If you’d like to use the form to submit a few questions that the students might not have thought of please do!  
We plan to offer similar videos on specific course questions in July. 
We hope to have the opportunity to bring the students on to campus soon.
6th Years
 We have written to 6th Year Future You Participants to advise them of the UCD virtual Summer School and also information about scholarships noted below. 


UCD Future You Scholarship 2020
We have decided to keep to the original timeline for accepting applications to the UCD Future You Scholarship (26 June). The only change we have made to this process is that your Guidance Counsellor is now not required to verify predicted grades for this year’s Leaving Certificate. The updated reference form for Guidance Counsellors is available on our website. 
1916 Bursary
We are also pleased to let you know that the application process for the 1916 Bursary is now open. In 2020-21, there will be 8 bursaries of €5,000.00 per annum for the duration of a student’s undergraduate degree awarded to students who take up a place in UCD this Autumn.
The 1916 Bursary, funded by the Department of Education and Skills, aims to provide support for economically disadvantaged students from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education. Applications are invited from students entering higher education in Autumn 2020, for a full or part-time degree programme of greater than two years duration.  
Information on eligibility criteria and how to apply to this fund are available on our website. Applicants will be need to create a UCD Account to access the Application Online Portal, instruction on how to do this is also available on the 1916 Bursary webpage.
UCD Festival 
The UCD Festival will take place online this year from 21 – 23 May. More details at 
15th May   UCD Virtual Summer School

UCD Virtual Summer School: 2 – 5 June 2020 

Students can learn, explore, and experience University College Dublin by attending our 2020 Virtual Summer School webinar series.

Details of the participating courses are available at 

Prospective students, parents, guidance counsellors and International students are invited to join us online from 2 – 5 June for some information packed, interactive webinars, meet lecturers, a current student, ask questions and find out more about specific subject areas.


OR register here below

The UCD Virtual Summer School 2020 opened yesterday for booking at


Early application is advised as places will fill on a first come first served basis.

13th May       SYNERGY CAREERS Webinars
A series of webinars have been planned for May by Synergy Careers.
1.On Thursday May 14th the webinar is on PLC’s and FETAC progression to 3rd level.
2.On Thursday May 21st the theme will be finance, funding, scholarships, expenses and budgeting
3.On Thursday May 28th the theme will be transition to college
For more information or clarity on any of the above, please contact Julie O’Connor  by emailing:
REGISTER at  (you will be sent a link) Places are limited
11th May National College of Ireland (NCI)

anywhereVideo: Attend a College Talk from Home

As school visits are not taking place at the moment, we have created a short online video presentation (recorded at home) with an overview of studying at National College of Ireland that your students can watch from anywhere. The short video presentation highlights:

  • Our courses in business, computing and psychology 
  • The fantastic location of the college
  • Our sports scholarship programme
  • Reminds students that we are SUSI funded
  • Encourages students to contact us with any queries they may have

 Take a look at our top questions from CAO students on our blog.

Reminder: Free Preparation Classes & Alternative Entry Maths Exam

The Mathematics Qualifying Examination* for students applying through the CAO for our data science courses will now take place in August. To prepare students for the exam, a free maths course will take place from Monday 17th to Wednesday 19th August with the exam on Thursday 20th August.

How to Register

Students can contact me directly by emailing to register their place or discuss adding a data science course at National College of Ireland to their CAO application.

*These programmes normally require a minimum of grade H5 in Higher Level Leaving Certificate Mathematics. However, our exam will offer an alternative route to study data science for students concerned about achieving this result.

Karen Campbell, School Liaison Officer, National College of Ireland

6th May   Coláiste Dhulaigh FE Courses

Ciaran Nulty, Deputy Principal of Coláiste Dhulaigh wanted to update you with some of the college news:
Applications remain open at Coláiste Dhúlaigh College of Further Education and students who apply will be offered a provisional place. They are offering seven new courses for September and students can apply on our website now. The courses links are below.

6th May    TY and Fifth Year:  UCD Vet College Summer School
It is with regret that the UCD School of Veterinary Medicine has taken the decision, in light of the COVID19 crisis, to cancel the Summer School that was to be held in June and July 2020. Please see
for information on work experience requirements and please contact if you have any queries relating to our Veterinary Medicine Programme. It is our intention to run the Summer School again in 2021 - details will be posted on our website in due course.
We appreciate your patience at this difficult time and thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this matter.

UCD wish to thank the prospective undergraduate students for adapting with UCD as they move their Summer School from an In-Person Campus Event, to a new exciting virtual experience. Registration will open on the 18th of May. There is currently a link on the website where students can sign up and receive notifications.
6th May   CAO Change of Mind

The Change of Mind Facility opened on the 4th May and will remain open until the 1st July. Students who applied for courses on their CAO application can now go back into the application and either change or add new courses.

Students who haven’t put any course choice in should do that now. Remember these course choices are for the non restricted courses. If you need further information check out the CAO website and keep checking here for further information. 

Step by step instructions on how to use the change of mind facility are available on the website. The short video below also provides visual instruction on the process.

Ms Daly is available to assist any student.

6th May New courses in Liberties FE College
We just wanted to keep you informed about three new exciting courses that Liberties College has been approved to offer in 2020-21:

1.      Art, Craft and Design - an innovative new QQI level 5 course in Design: Textiles - Heritage, Craft, Renewal and Revival.
2.      Tourism -  QQI level 5 course in Tour Guiding.
3.      FET Apprenticeship - a new QQI level 5 Pre-Apprenticeship in Software Design.

The college continues to recruit despite the current difficult situation and detailed course and application information is available on our website at:
6th May    Maynooth University Summer School
MAYNOOTH UNIVERSITY is currently taking bookings for their Summer School as a ‘physical event’. The message received from them in relation to that is as follows: At present we hope to run the Summer School as usual in mid-June, but we will be following the advice of the HSE and the government and in particular the next set of announcements.
In the event that the Summer School does not take place, we will be refunding the total amount back to those that have booked in.
If students wish to book this event in the hope it goes ahead the link to further information and their booking system is herewith:
30th April    Update from Jigsaw

Our freephone number is now available to all young people and parents wishing to avail of our service. 1800 JIGSAW (1800 544729).  For now, I would invite you to:

1.       visit

2..      All staff, students, parents and contacts can sign up to our regular Jigsaw Updates service by visiting

 Please stay connected and look after yourself, 

30th April   Inchicore FE College

Inchicore College of FE is currently receiving applications for all courses, there will be no interviews held at this time as we can offer places to students based on the stated minimum requirements. Check  for more details and a list of courses.

30th April      TU Dublin Open Days

Running from 29th April -13th May, There are a series of Virtual Open Days.  Click to find more about our Virtual Open Days!

28th April   classroomguidance website

Hi 6th years, classroomguidance has sent this out and I hope it’s useful.

Our last video on SUSI got 4200 views which we are delighted with. Thank you for helping get it out there.

Many of you are unsure of what awaits you in the next phase of your education. We have created a video going over seven main areas you need to be ready for in just 4 mins.
Click link below to view
Successful transition to college / university 7 Top Tips
Please subscribe, email and share the link/video with your students to give them the opportunity to view it. Your could also check out the video guides page too.
28th April      Sixth Years: Future You Scholarship
We have decided to keep the application deadline for the Future You Scholarship as 5pm on Friday 26th June 2020. Interviews (approx. 25 minutes) will still take place on Friday 10th and Monday 13th of July via Zoom. The online application for the scholarship is on our website.
We plan to inform applicants of the outcome of their scholarship application by 17th July 2020 and hope that it will give students confidence in advance of their exams.
28th April         Fifth Year Future You

UCD Summer School – 2nd – 5th June

The mentors will also encourage the the students to book a place in the UCD Summer School from 2nd -5th June

This is the subject specific summer school organised by UCD Student Recruitment and usually costs €35 to attend. This year the summer school will take place online and will be free for students to attend. It’s a fantastic opportunity for students and you may want to inform the 5th Years who do not participate in Future You to book a place also.

Future You Summer School

Unfortunately, the 5th Year Future You summer school that we host in June cannot take place as we hoped but we are working to host online social activities for the students in June and will be in contact about this soon.

28th April    UCD update

UCD would like to reassure you that they are still accessible to 6th year students. The Schools Liaison Team are happy to conduct online live presentations of UCD and the courses they offer to students.   If you are interested please email me ( and I will arrange it with them.

UCD sent this message :

We are hosting for the next couple of weeks, live Instagram Q&A sessions every Friday at 4pm @myucd.  We also have maths support resources for leaving cert students. 

We launched our online chat last summer where we have Student Ambassadors representing most of our courses available to receive questions and provide genuine answers within a couple of hours.

We will also be updating the Guidance Counsellors page on on myucd shortly to include updates and links to other information, so please keep an eye on it. 

UCD Summer School is going to be run virtually with presentations and Q&A’s, 5th and 6th years are invited to join but will need to book through 

We would like to thank you for your support  and wish you and your students good health and good luck in their exams.
24th April    The Maynooth University Virtual Open Day
This Saturday 25th of April             From 10.30am until 3.00pm
You can familarise yourself with the college campus, courses clubs and ask any questions you might have about college life in Maynooth. The Turn to Teaching foundation course will also be represented and you can also ask questions here about that course. You can join them by registering in advance at
24th April    The  Access TU Dublin’ applications for 2020.

TU Dublin have extended the closing date to 31st May 2020.  They have stated that they realise that they do not know if schools and universities will have reopened by then, but hopefully the extended closing date will be of benefit to students.  Of course if this situation has not been resolved by 31st May, they will revisit the closing date again. Also there will be flexibility, as always, with the closing date.  Please contact with any concerns or questions.

They have also stated ‘As our  Application form is a paper application form we realise that some students may not have access to a printer so they can register their interest in applying by emailing with the following information:  Name; Address; School; CAO Number.  In the subject line they should include “Access TU Dublin Expression of Interest”.  We will arrange for the application form to be completed at a later date.’

We have also created an Application support hand book which will help students complete the application form.  It will be available on our website here:

If any of your students do have access to printers, they can of course complete the application form and either scan it and email it to  or it can be posted to Access and Civic Engagement Office, RD009, Rathdown House, TU Dublin, Grangegorman Lower, Dublin 7.
As always we will be as flexible as we can during this Covid-19 Pandemic
24th April   Turn to Teaching Foundation course application 

Please note that due to these difficult times we are experiencing and also the fact  the date for the Leaving Certificate exams has been pushed back, we are delighted to announce that the application deadline has been extended until Friday the 29th of  May (5.00pm) for the Think About Teaching Foundation Course for Initial Teacher Education (2020/2021).

24th April     Marino College of Further Education  Applications
Marino College CFE welcomes applications for all our courses at this time, there will be no interviews, and we can offer places to students based on students having minimum entry requirements.
Please see our Website, mature students welcome and those looking to change career or retrain in these challenging times
Please contact us at
23rd April    SUSI grant applications have gone live.
All 6th years are familiar with the SUSI website and the Eligibility Reckoner. In order for you to make your application we have provided you with links below which will assist you. I will be available to assist you through Microsoft Teams or simply email me for further assistance.
As you know, the SUSI Application process opens today. The process can be a little overwhelming, so,  Classroom Guidance have created a 5 min video on “Student Grants in Ireland – How to Apply” It can be viewed here:












They explain the 5 eligibility criteria and give a quick run through the 6 sections on the on-line form. This is done in the simplest and quickest way possible. We think this will be very useful for your students to help get them started.

Please subscribe and then share at the end of the video,
You could check out the video guides page too. They can be viewed here:

23d April    The latest daily newsletter from Careers News is available for viewing at This newsletter is delivered daily to your inbox and contains lots of relevant information, including courses and institutions that are now accepting on-line applications. It also offers details of new courses coming onstream this September.  If you haven’t done so already, please sign up to their newsletter, so you can receive this daily.












Of interest today are the following announcements:

Portlaoise Institute has two new courses available: 1. Community Health with Psychology and 2. Nursing with midwifery.
Mullingar Community College is now accepting applications for Business, Computing and Beauty PLC – Level 5 courses.
St Pauls Community College PLC is advertising Vacancies
New PLC Places in Moate Business College
Ballyfermot College of FE – Places available
New Courses in Bray Institute of FE

21st April      Ballyfermot College of Further Education have four new Level 5 courses  on offer and updated information about applications.  Click here for more details

21st April    We wish to advise that Killester College is open for online applications. There are no interviews. Applicants will be offered places subject to meeting entry requirements.
Any queries email:

3rd April: Think About Teaching Foundation Course for initial Teacher Education.  This is the Course run by Maynooth University.  There is a Fact sheet (a pdf) and an application form which has to be filled in and returned online (a Word document)and an advice sheet for filing in the form

2nd April: Latest update from CAO.  Click here

2nd April:  At the moment SUSI (Student Grants) will not be live until April 23rd

2nd April: Please check for more information about bursaries and scholarships

2nd April: Scholarship application forms for UCD Future You students here

2nd April: Register your interest for UCDs 1916 Bursary scholarships here

25th March: Future You students click here

25th March: Students doing the Engineering Mathematics exam click here

Guidance Counsellors

Students meet with their guidance counsellor to discuss their plans for further and/or higher education and entering the world of work.
The guidance counsellors work with students to:
    •  Help them make appropriate subject choices;
    •  Prepare for interviews;
    •  Make applications and prepare personal statements;
  •  Complete interests assessments and psychometric testing so that the students are best informed when making these major life decisions at such a young age.

 Personal Counselling

If members of staff feel that students would benefit from additional support, the counsellors are available to students who wish to discuss certain issues e.g.

  • Academic issues (studying etc.)
  • Socialising with others
  • Personal issues (problems outside school etc.)
  • Bullying

Students are welcome to make appointments to discuss whatever issues are troubling them or parents/guardians may contact the school and request an appointment for their daughter/son.

Developmental Programmes

Working together with the NBSS teacher, we take smaller groups of students to develop their coping skills; deal with anxiety; offer solution-focused therapy; so that our students have tools to help them to move forward positively through difficulties.

Programmes include:

  • Friends For Life
  • Working Things Out
  • Bereavement Support

Contact Information

Tel: 01 4572300


Alison Daly (Guidance Counsellor)

Claire Fox (Guidance Counsellor)

Lydia McKenna (Psychotherapist)