Subject Choice & Career Choice : Subject Choice & Career Choice By
Guidance Counsellor Agenda : Agenda To examine the importance of choosing the right subjects by looking at:
General college requirements
Specific course requirements
To explain the school’s programme in relation to subject choice
To explain the procedure of subject choice College Entry Requirements : College Entry Requirements General College Requirements:
Specific Course Requirements:
Points - reflect demand of year in question!
Interview/Portfolio/Performance/Fitness Test Subject Requirements : Subject Requirements Maths, English & Irish - most commonly required.
A 3rd Language is required by the NUI colleges.
Most Business courses state a requirement in Maths - not a business subject!
An Art portfolio is required for most art related courses - Art itself is not required!
A minimum of one science subject is required for the following fields:
Nursing, Medical/paramedical, Science, Engineering Examples of Course Requirements : Examples of Course Requirements Medicine (UCC)
HC in Chemistry + HC in Physics or Biology
Computer Systems (UL, degree)
B3 in ordinary level Maths
Business Studies (UL, degree)
C3 in ordinary level Maths
Engineering courses (degree)
Honours Maths (HC3), 1 science subject
Note: Physics is a good indicator for engineering What to research! : What to research! Check the relevant college/employer literature
check the overall college requirements
check the course requirement
Check the course content -
this will highlight what subjects are predominant
Good websites include
www.qualifax.ie; www.skoool.ie Subject Choice - Guidelines : Subject Choice - Guidelines Pick the subjects you are most interested in.
Maximise your points.
Achieve grades specified by employers or colleges.
Pick the essential subjects for your hoped course or career.
Mistakes can be made in career decisions! St. Clement’s College Transition Year Subject Choice Programme : St. Clement’s College Transition Year Subject Choice Programme 1. The school’s programme outlined
2. Subject choice procedure Schools Programme : Schools Programme Senior Cycle Modules
Work Experience Programme
Mid West Careers Exhibition
Careers Interview Procedure for Subject Choice : Procedure for Subject Choice Initial Survey
Students indicate their preferences
Construction of subject lines
This will take into account the initial survey
Students choose one subject from each constructed line for their senior cycle subjects
Note: Limited Resources influence level of choices available! 7 subjects to Leaving Certificate : 7 subjects to Leaving Certificate The Core subjects that are essential:
3. Irish - unless exempted by Dept. of Educ.
The remaining choices:
4. Languages/ ? (depends on preferences stated and resources available)
7. Science/Business/Humanities Sample of Subject Options : Sample of Subject Options One subject is to be chosen from each line to make up your Senior Cycle subjects
Biology/Applied Maths /Economics/Geography
Note: ~ 90% of students each year are accommodated with their 1st preferences. Summary : Summary Maximise your options for college:
Maths, English, Irish, a modern European Language, 1 science subject.
Remember to research
appropriate careers websites
Important to check the grade/level required.
Pick the subjects you are most interested in or have an aptitude for!
Remember a lot of courses do not require any special subjects!