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Your CAO Questions Answered before the 1st February Deadline

Posted by Andrea Leyden on 27 January 2020

CAO Questions - Karen

With the 1st February CAO deadline* approaching, we asked if you had any CAO questions on social media recently to make sure that you have all of the facts about choosing to study at National College of Ireland.

Our School Liaison Officer, Karen Campbell, who regularly visits secondary schools and further education colleges to speak to students about applying through the CAO, took over our Instagram Stories to answer your burning questions. If you missed the Q & A session, you’ll find a quick roundup below.

*The 1st February 2020 marks the initial closing date for CAO applications but don’t worry, you can still use the Change of Mind facility to update your course preferences later. Bookmark this list of important dates for CAO applications for your future reference.

Q1. Is NCI a private college?

National College of Ireland is not a private college, our business and computing courses qualify under the Free Fees Initiative and the Student Grant Scheme (SUSI). However, the BA (Honours) in Psychology degree at NCI does not qualify under the Free Fees Initiative but students on this course may still qualify for a SUSI grant. This means that if you’re eligible for 100% tuition fees through SUSI then they’ll cover the course fees, if you are eligible for 50% tuition fees then you are covered for half of the course fees.

Q2. Where is NCI located?

You can find us at Mayor Square in Dublin’s IFSC area, close to the city centre. The college is easily accessible on the LUAS red line (we’re based opposite the ‘Mayor Square – NCI' stop) and we’re within walking distance of Connolly, Pearse and the Docklands train stations.

Remember that if you’re travelling from Heuston Station, you can hop on the LUAS and be at our door within 20 minutes. You can also walk here from any bus stop in the city centre and the main bus terminal in the city (Busáras) is located nearby.

Need more help? Here’s all the directions to the college you’ll need.

Q3. Does it matter that I missed the CAO Open Day?

Our last CAO Open Day was on Saturday 18th January 2020. If you missed it, you can check out the CAO section on our website to see the courses we offer, our prospectus and advice for Leaving Cert students.

If you have any more questions about studying at NCI, you can leave us a comment below or message us on social media.

Q4. When will the Free Leaving Certificate Revision Sessions take place?

The revision sessions are in Honours English and Ordinary Maths and will take place during the Easter break on Wednesday 15th April (English) and Thursday 16th April (Maths) from 12pm to 3pm.

You can register to attend the sessions and we’ll send you a reminder the week before they start.

Q5. What are the benefits of studying at NCI?

The main reasons why students choose to study at NCI are that we have:

  • Small classes which help you build a unique relationship with your lecturers and classmates
  • Great location easily accessed by public transport
  • An award-winning careers services with strong industry links

If you’re looking for more reasons to consider studying with us, here are 10 more reasons to study at National College of Ireland.

Q6. What is the points reduction for DARE and HEAR applicants?

NCI applies a reduction of 50 points for DARE and HEAR applicants across all full-time CAO programmes for courses starting in September 2020. Note that students must meet all minimum entry requirements for the programme they have applied to as well as meeting the reduced minimum points requirements.

We provide a range of supports for disabled students including assistive technology and academic support. The college recently launched an Autism-Friendly Initiative with the aim of making NCI an autism-friendly institution having committed to 8 key principles for autism inclusion on campus.

Q7. What’s student life like at NCI?

As we are a small college, our students often comment that there is a friendly atmosphere with a real sense of community here. From formal balls to free comedy gigs and everything in between, the Student’s Union (NCISU) organise lots of events and activities throughout the academic year to bring some fun to student life on the NCI campus.

NCISU also have a space where you can relax, hang out with friends and play games where you will have the opportunity to meet new people. You can also join a number of clubs and societies whether you’re interested in playing basketball or you’re an advocate for mental health, there’s something for you to get involved in.

Q8. Does NCI offer any scholarships for CAO students?

Yes, National College of Ireland offers a Sports Scholarship over a three-year period, subject to application criteria and conditions. The package includes:

  • Financial bursary of €2,000
  • Annual gym membership
  • Personal training sessions
  • Nutrition and dietary advice
  • Ongoing support from the Student Experience and Sport Team

This scholarship is awarded for a range of sports with current scholars representing NCI in football, basketball, golf, kickboxing, karate and cricket. Sports Scholarship students can also avail of up to 30 points reduction across all of our full-time CAO courses.

Q9. Are there work placement opportunities with any of the degrees?

Students enrolled in one of our School of Business programmes listed below have the option of completing work placement:

  • BA (Hons) in Accounting & Finance
  • BA (Hons) in Business
  • BA (Hons) in Marketing Practice
  • BA (Hons) in Human Resource Management

The placement takes place between the second and third year of the course and must be for a minimum of 8 months of 33 weeks. For those of you thinking about studying either the BSc (Hons) in Computing or the BSc (Hons) in Technology Management within our School of Computing, you will undertake a compulsory 30 credit work placement in the second semester of your third year.

The NCI Careers Team are experts in helping students find suitable work experience opportunities. Take a look at our Graduate Destinations Reports to see what companies previous graduates obtained employment with from each of our courses.

Q10. What else do I need to know about NCI?

We’ll let some of our students do the talking on this one...

If you’re questions haven’t been answered here, leave a comment below, message us on social media or you can email our School Liaison Officer to organise a chat.

Topics: CAO, Student Life, Advice