Maryfield College

Guidance & Counselling

2017/2018 – University, College, PLC applications-

The Central Applications Office (CAO) which processes applications for undergraduate courses in Irish Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) is now open.  Students can apply now or before the deadline of 5.15pm on 1st February 2018.  See handbook and for full details and updates.

Restricted courses cannot be applied for after the 1st February as they require additional application such as a portfolio, interview or assessment.  Therefore a student must have the restricted course on the cao application form by 1st February 2018 before 5.15pm.

Change of mind facility opens on 4th May 2018 and remain open until 1st July 2018 at 5.15pm.

FAQ and email enquiries may be made by using the Contact Us facility on the CAO website.

The following websites, together with individual College and University websites, are particularly useful in assisting with career investigations for CAO:,,,

Post Leaving Certificate (plc) colleges are open for applications.  Each institution has its own opening/closing date so check the individual college.  The application process involves an application form to each college and reference provided by Guidance Counsellor.  This is followed by Interviews which usually take place in February, March and April 2018.

Places can become available after closing dates up until September 2018. and are very useful websites to investigate career options and pathways to Third Level education.

Go to for useful information about the CAO Application 2017/2018

Employment opportunities, Apprentices, Interviews and Applications –

The following websites provide useful information and links to students and parents/guardians for employment opportunities. has a section for job seekers offering information and advice about the world of work, work experience, apprenticeships and support services.  There are links to job advertisements and careers news. This careers website provides job preparation information with CV and Application Form guidelines.

Other websites:,,

HEAR and DARE applications 2017/2018

The systems of HEAR (Higher Education Access Route) and DARE (Disability Access route to Education) offer EQUALITY OF ACCESS TO HIGHER EDUCATION IN IRELAND. is the website which contains all the information, instructional videos, guidelines and application forms regarding Hear and Dare applications.

Applications are now open linked with and will remain open until 5.15pm on 1st February 2018.

Students who are eligible can apply to both HEAR and DARE.  Check for eligibility criteria.

Students applying to DARE must have an Educational Impact Statement 2018 completed by the school Guidance Counsellor or relevant person.  Thus students applying to DARE must inform the Guidance Counsellor Ms. Ryan by November 2017.  This is a lengthy form (6 pages) which requires several Guidance Counselling appointments to complete with the student.

Students applying to HEAR do not need a reference from the school but are very welcome to seek help and assistance.

Hear and Dare timeline for applications –

Apply before 1st February 2018 at 5.15pm to

Complete application before 1st March 2018 at 5.15pm.

Send supporting documents to CAO before 1st April 2018 at 5.15pm.


The SUSI grants Online Application system for the 2018/19 academic year will open in April 2018.

Exact dates will be advised when released by SUSI. Further information on SUSI website.   Also phone: 0761087874

The organisation overseeing Grants for Third Level and PLC courses is SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland).

Information and application form available on: A new application or renewal of a grant can be made by clicking on the “APPLY HERE” button.

Closing date for new priority applications is usually July of the same year.

You can only apply online.

It is advisable to apply early.

Only send the application form – to arrive with SUSI for priority applications before the July 2018.

Do NOT send any other documentation until requested to do so. Make sure however you have the required documents ready to send when requested e.g. proof of family income.

Remember to apply early for Grants and have all documentation ready on time.

I wish all of you the very best of luck in all your Leaving Certificate examinations and in your future life and career.

Ms. F. Ryan, Guidance Counsellor.