Euroguidance Resources

The resources contained on this page are intended to support you and learners.

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  • Many resources are provided in English AND Irish (GA indicates 'as Gaeilge')

If you have any queries about these resources please e-mail: euroguidance@ncge.ie


European Schools - PRESENTATION (2020/2021)

This resource outlines the general guidelines for the Irish European Baccalaureate student applying to study in Ireland. 
It provides useful information and links for students to explore in preparation for their guidance appointment. 
It is also a useful resource for parents, enabling them to develop a better understanding of the process and available options.


European Schools Guidance Service
07/10/2020

Euroguidance Ireland

European Schools, Student Resources
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European Schools - Entry requirements criteria for EU/EFTA Applicants (2020)

This document is based on a combination of information available from international qualifications recognition databases, historical data for admissions standards for entry in the past and examination performance statistics where available.

The purpose of this document on Entry Requirements for EU students presenting with qualifications (other than the Irish School Leaving Certificate Examination) is to provide a framework for comparisons of European Union (EU) and European Free Trade Association (EFTA) qualifications for entry to undergraduate Degree Programmes in Irish Universities.


European Schools Guidance Service
06/10/2020

Irish Universities Association (IUA) / Technological Higher Education Association of Ireland (THEA) / Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)

European Schools, Student Resources
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European Schools - CHOOSING A COURSE

This resource has been developed by NCGE / Euroguidance Ireland to support students and parents through the process of choosing courses. 
It includes advice and suggestions to assist the students’ research, links to helpful tools to explore, as well as outlining what students need to be mindful of when it comes to matriculation and course requirements. 
It is a useful resource for students and parents to consult in advance of a guidance appointment and when conducting their own research.


European Schools Guidance Service
05/10/2020

Euroguidance Ireland

European Schools, Student Resources
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European Schools - THE 'CAO'

The Central Applications Office (CAO) centrally processes applications for entry to the first year of undergraduate courses in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in the Republic of Ireland. It also issues offers to applicants, when instructed to do so by HEIs, and records acceptances. The CAO processes, on behalf of the HEIs, school-leavers presenting qualifications from other EU/EFTA countries as well as applications from Irish school-leavers presenting Leaving Certificate qualifications.

Below you will find 5 x documents that will assist you in making your application to the CAO.

The CAO system explained
This resource gives an overview of the Irish 'Central Applications Office' (CAO), the point system, a list of useful resources, timetable for events and some frequently asked questions from EB students related to applying to the CAO.

'Applying to CAO' (2020)

This resource, from the CAO,  provides information on the purpose of the CAO, the application process, the 'CAO Handbook', HEI Prospectuses and lots more.

Additional CAO documentation (EU Applicants)
This resource outlines the documents generally necessary for EU applicants when applying to the CAO.

'Do's and Dont's'
This simple document has been compiled by the CAO to remind student of what to do and not do when applying through the CAO. 
It is particularly useful to s7 students to consult in preparation for a CAO application.

'Dates and Tips' (2020)
This resource has a handy visual timeline of key dates in the CAO application process, as well as helpful tips for applicants.


European Schools Guidance Service
04/10/2020

Euroguidance Ireland / the Irish Central Applications Office (CAO)

European Schools, Student Resources
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European Schools - EB v Irish Leaving Certificate - Worked Examples

These documents give students and parents an insight into how the EB is evaluated in comparison to the Leaving Certificate. 
You will note that TCD (Trinity College Dublin) operate a different system to most other Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) (see example).

Please also note these examples are to be used as a guide only
The process and equivalent points allocated change annually. 
For the most up to date information see - 
Entry requirements criteria for EU/EFTA Applicants (2020) (pg 83/84) updated in November each year.


European Schools Guidance Service
03/10/2020

University College Cork (UCC) / Trinity College Dublin (TCD)

European Schools, Student Resources
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European Schools - SUBJECT CHOICE

This resource has been developed by NCGE / Euroguidance Ireland to support students and parents through the process of choosing subjects/ levels, considering their implications on further study.
It is a useful resource for student and parents to consult in advance of a guidance appointment and when conducting their own research.
It is particularly useful to s4 and s5 students to consult in advance of selecting their final subjects and levels.


European Schools Guidance Service
02/10/2020

Euroguidance Ireland

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European Schools - EXEMPTIONS

This resource has been developed by NCGE Euroguidance to offer guidance and helpful resources regarding the requirements for applying for an exemption. 
Please note, these details may be updated annually. Any updates will be uploaded once published. 
It is a useful resource for student and parents to consult in advance of a guidance appointment and when conducting their own research.
It is particularly useful to S7 (and S6) students to consult in preparation for a CAO application.


European Schools Guidance Service
01/10/2020

Euroguidance Ireland

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European Schools - 'What about Maths?'

This document aims to answer common queries related to how Maths and Advanced Maths are viewed as subjects and in relation to the calculation of points in Trinity versus other HEIs.


European Schools Guidance Service
30/09/2020

Euroguidance Ireland

Student Resources
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European Schools - RESTRICTED COURSES

This resource has been developed by NCGE / Euroguidance Ireland to introduce the concept of ‘restricted courses’ to students. 
It outlines which courses will likely have restrictions of some sorts and where further information regarding all restricted courses can be found. 
It is a useful resource for student and parents to consult in advance of a guidance appointment (if considering a course that might be restricted) and when conducting their own research.


European Schools Guidance Service
29/09/2020

Euroguidance Ireland

European Schools, Student Resources
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European Schools - HEI CONTACT INFORMATION

These three documents provide HEI contact information as follows:

HEI - General contact details
This resource gives the contact details and website details of each HEI.

HEI - Admission Officers
This resource gives the contact details of each Admissions Officer in the individual HEIs

HEI - Access Officers
This resource gives the contact details of each Access Officer in the individual HEIs.

If you have a disability or specific learning difficulty you are encouraged, though not obliged, to indicate this on your CAO application form. If you are not applying through the CAO system you are encouraged to inform the relevant institution. The purpose is solely to support access to higher education by students with a disability or specific learning difficulty.
For further information you should contact the access officer at the relevant Higher Education Institution (HEI)


European Schools Guidance Service
10/09/1999

Euroguidance Ireland

European Schools, Student Resources
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European Schools - COLLEGE PROSPECTUS LIST

This resource is a ‘one stop shop’ for students who wish to explore college prospectuses. It contains links to all university/ IT prospectuses and is updated annually. 
Please note, prospectuses for 2021 are not yet available but will be uploaded once published.

COMING SOON


European Schools Guidance Service
10/09/1999

Euroguidance Ireland

European Schools, Student Resources
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European Schools - MEDICAL ENTRY (Undergraduate - 2020)

This comprehensive document details the selection criteria for Entry to Medicine for all EU applicants - including 

  • minimum entry requirements and 
  • the HPAT admission test etc.

Please note, information for 2021 is not yet available but will be uploaded once published.


European Schools Guidance Service
10/09/1999

Irish HEI's

European Schools, Student Resources
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