Guidance Counselling Information


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St. Aidan’s guidance counselling department provides a guidance and counselling service for all of its students. The service is designed to help each student to make the best use of the opportunities presented to him/her in school. The main areas covered include:

Educational Guidance: this involves guidance and advice on subject selection and the implications of these choices for later life.

Personal Development: this helps students to find direction in their personal and school lives and to recognise and develop their own personal strengths.

Career Guidance: this helps students to plan for their future beyond school. Information and advice is offered on employment and third level opportunities. Assistance is also provided on job applications, CV preparation and interview skills.

UCC Plus+

St. Aidan’s C.C. is a member of the UCC Plus+ Programme. The programme provides educational assistance to students throughout their secondary schooling to enhance their ability to compete for third level places in UCC. For further details log on to or contact the Guidance Counsellor.

CIT Linked Schools Programme

St. Aidan’s C.C. is a member of the CIT Linked Schools Programme. The programme provides a comprehensive range of supports for students to promote access to higher education and to aid their transition from second level to third level.

Student Maintenance Grant Scheme

Full details of the student maintenance grant scheme, including the application form, can be downloaded from

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Important Career Events


CAO 2012 Handbook & Documentation issued
UCC Open Day
University of Limerick Open Day
Higher Options Careers Exhibition, Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork.


CAO online applications facility opens
Institute of Technology Tralee Open Day
Cork Institute of Technology Open Day
Waterford Institute of Technology Open Day


Post Leaving Certificate Colleges Open Days
UCAS applications close
CAO early Applications deadline

February/ March

3rd/6th year pre examinations.
CAO applications deadline.
HEAR (Higher Education Access Route) applications deadline (see
DARE (Disability Access Route to Education) applications deadline.
HEAR/DARE – Deadline for supporting documentation returns.


Post Leaving Certificate Colleges direct applications close.
CAO free online change of mind facility becomes available.


Commencement of leaving and junior Certificate examinations.
CAO online change of mind facility closes.


Student maintenance grant scheme applications deadline (see ).
Leaving Certificate Results issued.
CAO round 1 offers

Important Notice

Parents, guardians and students are advised to check all details prior to the events. It is the student’s own responsibility to ensure that all applications are submitted correctly and on time. Students are advised to consult the information literature supplied by institutions.

Contact the school guidance counsellor for further information and support.




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