CAO Options: Courses You May Have Missed – The Irish Times – The Irish Times | Ad On Picture

There’s still time to change your mind. While some majors — including architecture, art, and various performing arts majors — require an interview and/or portfolio (or in the case of medicine, an HPat test to determine if it’s right for you), most majors remain open applicant. Here’s just a small selection of popular and lesser-known courses that you may have missed.

Maynooth University: BSc Physics with Astrophysics CAO code: MH204

There is simply no source of wonder like going outside on a clear night and looking at the stars.

This course is designed to provide students with a thorough grounding in the principles of experimental physics, but with an additional focus on the study and understanding of the planets, stars and galaxies, and how the universe as a whole works.

There’s still so much we don’t know about the only universe we know definitely exists, and modules here include physics with astrophysics, math, and—timetables permitting—a choice of two other science subjects , including biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering science and mathematical physics.

Students of this course will also learn about the latest telescopes, satellites, detector technology and data analysis techniques of modern astrophysics.

Graduates went on to work at Met Éireann, St Luke’s Hospital Dublin, the European Space Agency, Nasa, Caltech, Intel, Hewlett Packard and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and in positions in medical physics, forensic science and computational physics. In 2021 the course required 422 CAO credits.

NUI Galway: Social Sciences CAO code: GY123

This is a four-year, level eight course, designed for high school graduates and older students, that explores some of society’s most pressing issues.

The modules of the course include an introduction to the social sciences, digital citizenship and the basics of geography. There is also an international field trip in the second year, an internship in the third year and a dissertation project in the last year. There is a strong focus on problem-centred learning and research methods that help students develop skills in using social science technology tools to address current and future societal challenges.

Social Sciences graduates are equipped for careers in a range of roles including, perhaps most obviously, social work, but there are also opportunities to work in Irish and international NGOs, local authorities, national authorities, EU and international bodies, public service, in politics, community work, marketing, journalism, business and much more.

Many graduates from this and similar majors go on to postgraduate degrees to specialize in a particular area. In 2021 the course required 419 CAO credits.

Royal College of Surgeons Ireland: Physiotherapy CAO code: RC004

The RCSI received university status in 2019, making it a specialized, high-level institution for the study of health and medicine.

School leavers entering this program study for a four-year honors degree, but college-entry students only study for three years.

RCSI physical therapy students have a unique advantage: they study alongside their future colleagues in medicine and pharmacy, and work together on interprofessional projects to ensure they have a thorough and well-developed understanding of the multidisciplinary nature of patient care.

Students on this course take modules in anatomy, physiology, physics, neurology, neuromusculoskeletal, and research methods. About a third of the course is devoted to clinical internships.

Publicly available data from the HSE shows that physiotherapists start at 36,296, with salaries rising to 62,493 for a senior physiotherapist and over 80,000 for a physiotherapist manager. However, physical therapists can earn more in a private practice.

University College Dublin: Agricultural Science CAO code: DN250

Until recently, UCD was the only place in Ireland where students could obtain an honors degree in agriculture. That all changed when UCC launched its own course three years ago, but UCD’s course remains popular.

Students on this four-year, Level 8 degree can apply for the general agricultural course and later choose their specialization, or they can go directly to one of the other courses on offer, which include agricultural systems engineering, animal and plant production, food and agriculture, and forestry Horticulture.

The core subjects of the joint freshman program are animal biology and evolution, introduction to chemistry, cell and plant biology and introduction to biomolecules.

Careers after a degree in agriculture are wide and varied, making it difficult to forecast salaries, but graduates work in business management, marketing and communications, research, education, environmental management, business and… in agriculture. Applicants required 440 CAO points in 2021.

University of Limerick: Law plus CAO code: LM029

A different approach to studying law, this four-year, Level 8 course allows students to also choose electives in other subjects, including economics, history, languages, mathematics, politics, psychology and sociology.

The course focuses on developing practical skills, including analysis, communication, negotiation, research and teamwork, and students develop their knowledge through hands-on participation in moot courts and through work with community partners on topics such as miscarriage of justice, sentencing, street law and the judiciary -App development.

Modules of the course include constitutional law, contract law, criminal law, EU law and land law. There is an internship in the third year of the program and the opportunity to spend this time abroad.

Lawyers’ salaries vary from just 38,000 in the early years to well over 100,000 with experience, but Glassdoor.ie lists the average salary as 73,000. The course required 530 credits in 2021.

TU Dublin: Product Design CAO code: TU811

This four-year, level eight course, one of the courses offered at TU Dublin’s School of Creative Arts, teaches students how to develop a new product that companies can sell and provides them with the theoretical and practical skills required.

Modules in this course include applied physics for design, fundamentals of creative design, design mathematics, innovation in design, and prototyping and model making.

Graduates work in a variety of industries, including agricultural technology, medical devices, sports technology, toy and game design, and user experience design, with the option of completing a semester abroad in the third year.

Glassdoor.ie lists the average salary of a product designer as 53,457. The course required 440 CAO credits in 2021.

Technical University of Münster: coaching science and sports education CAO code: MT915

This new four-year, full-time course introduces students to the applications of coaching science and the principles underlying physical education, as well as the science of athletic performance and health.

Graduates will be prepared to work as athletic coaches and in athletic development, and in health and well-being environments. You will also be well prepared to apply for a postgraduate course in physical education (PE).

The modules of this course include leisure and youth sports coaching, sports nutrition, strength and conditioning, health promotion, personal training and fitness classes as well as sports marketing.

Glassdoor.ie lists the average base salary of an athletic trainer as 34,019. Since this is a new course, the CAO points have yet to be determined.

LOW CAO POINTS, WEALTH AND EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

TUS: Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering and Plastics Technology CAO code: AL820

The honors degree in Mechanical and Polymer (Plastic) Engineering at TUS’s Athlone Campus (formerly Athlone IT) has an interesting place in student folklore. On the one hand, in its earlier days and in a previous incarnation, it was seen by many as a retreat for students who didn’t get enough CAO points.

It’s an instructive story: CAO scores weren’t low because the course was too easy; they were low because there just wasn’t much interest from students at the time. Last year it was just 327 points.

But polymer course graduates have the last laugh: Glassdoor.ie today lists the average base salary of a plastics engineer as 80,066, and if you’re ever going to meet (or interview) a polymer engineer, you’ll find that they have both job satisfaction and a rewarding salary.

Modules in this course include mathematics, 3D modeling and CAD, mechanics, quality and project management, product design, design of experiments, and Lean and Six Sigma.

Graduates of this four year, Level 8 course are in particularly high demand in Ireland as 18 of the world’s top 25 medical device companies are based in Ireland.

There are polymer and medical engineering positions, including mechanical engineering, manufacturing and process engineering, project development engineers, and quality assurance managers.

There is also a six-month internship in the third year of study.

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