Guidelines for subject choice

Subjects Offered:

* Accounting * French

* Economics * Spanish

* Business * German

* Biology * History

* Chemistry * Geography

* Physics * Construction Studies

* Agricultural Science * Design and Communication Graphics

* Mathematics * Home Economics

* English * Art

* Irish * Music

* Applied Maths * French

When choosing subjects go for:

  • What you’re interested in
  • The subjects you good at.
  • What you need for the future.

Consider

COLLEGE / CAREER REQUIREMENTS

                           SPECIFIC COURSE REQUIREMENTS

  • Range of Subjects

  • If you have no particular career in mind it makes sense to choose a broad range of subjects
  • A few courses may ask for at least two science subjects
  • Remember your best six subjects will count for points

    7 subjects for Leaving Certificate

  • The Core subjects that are essential:          
    • 1. Mathematics
    • 2. English
    • 3. Irish – unless exempted by Dept. of Educcation
  • The remaining choices:
    • 4. Languages: French, German, Spanish3 Other Subjects 

      What to research!

    • check the overall college requirements
    • check the course requirement
      • Subject
      • Grades/Levels
  • Check the course content –
      • this will highlight what subjects are predominant
  • Good websites include
      • studyclix.ie; www.ncca.ie: www.careersportal.ie:
      • www.qualifax.ie; www.examinations.ie;  

        College Requirements

        3 TYPES OF REQUIREMENTS

    • COLLEGE  Requirements

    • FACULTY OR COURSE Requirements

    • POINTS

       

      Subject Requirements

  • Maths, English & Irish – most commonly required.

  • A 3rd Language is required by the NUI colleges for a number of courses.

  • Most Business courses state a requirement in Maths – not a business subject!

  • A minimum of one science subject is required for the following fields:

    Nursing, Medical/Paramedical, Science, Engineering

    Science Essential in Universities For

SCIENCE OCCUP. THERAPY
ENGINEERING SPEECH THERAPY
MEDICINE SPORTS SCIENCE
DENTISTRY MED LAB SCIENCE
VETERINARY DIETETICS
PHARMACY OPTOMETRY
PHYSIOTHERAPY BIOTECHNOLOGY.
RADIOGRAPHY BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE
NURSING  

 

Subject Requirements NUI Colleges

  • General Entry Requirements:

  • Minimum Grade H5 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at O6/ H7 in the Leaving Certificate


    Faculty of Arts including Law:

    PASS in:

    Irish

    English

    Language

     

    Faculty of Commerce:
    Pass in:
    Irish
    English
    Language
    Mathematics

    Faculties of Science, Engineering, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Agriculture

  • Pass in:

  • Irish

  • English

  • Maths

  • Science Subject

    Engineering Faculties

    Minimum of Grade H4 on Higher Level Mathematics Paper

     

    Institutes of Technology

    Honours Degrees (Level 8):

    Pass in six subjects, minimum of two Grade O6/H7 or better in six Leaving Certificate subjects . Pass in Mathematics and English or Irish.

     Higher Certificates (Level 6) and Bachelor Degrees (Level 7)


    The minimum Leaving Certificate entry requirement for all higher certificates (Level 6) and bachelor degrees (Level 7) programmes is Grade O6/H7 or better in five Leaving Certificate subjects including Mathematics and English or Irish with a minimum of 160 points.

  • COLLEGE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS VARY

  • CHECK COLLEGE REQUIREMENTS IN RELATION TO SUBJECT CHOICE

  • CHECK COURSE REQUIREMENTS TOO

                                                            Minimum Entry Requirements of major CAO Colleges

Institution Minimum grades Required subjects
NUI Colleges: NUIG, NUIM, UCD, UCC. 2H5 + 4 O6/ H7 O6/ H 7 in English, Irish & Modern Language.
Trinity College Dublin 3H5 + 3 O6/ H 7 O6/ H 7 in MathsEnglish

& another Language

Dublin City University 2H5 + 4 O6/ H 7 O6/ H 7 in Maths, English or Irish
University of Limerick 2H5 + 4 O6/ H 7 O6/ H 7 in Maths, English & Irish or another Lang.
Galway Mayo Institute of Technology 2H5 + 4 O6/ H 7  (H.D.)5 O6/ H 7  (O.D. or H.C.) O6/ H 7 in Maths, English or Irish
Mary Immaculate College of Education 3H5 + 3 O6/ H 7 H5 in Irish, H6 or  O5 in English

 and H6 or O6in Maths

Institution Minimum grades Required subjects
NUI Colleges: NUIG, NUIM, UCD, UCC. 2H5 + 4 O6/ H7 O6/ H 7 in English,

 

 

Subjects Related to Career Choice

Essential subjects & levels :

Medicine (TR)-two science (1 H3 +1 H4)  

Nursing–one science subject (O6 or H7)

Primary Teaching–Irish (H5)

Engineering (NUI)-Maths (H4)

Veterinary (UCD)–Chemistry (H5)

Commerce  with French–(NUIG) French (H3)

Keeping Most Options Open

IRISH

ENGLISH

MATHEMATICS

LANGUAGE

SCIENCE SUBJECT

 

SELECTING OPTIONS

  • KEEP ALL OPTIONS OPEN
  • CHOOSE SUBJECTS YOU LIKE
  • SUBJECTS YOU ARE GOOD AT
  • SUBJECTS YOU NEED
  • DISCUSS CHOICES WITH TEACHERS
  • DISCUSS CHOICES WITH PARENTS
  • RESEARCH THE SUBJECT
  • CONSULT YOUR GUIDANCE COUNSELLOR 

 

 


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  • Learning Support Room
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