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Senior Cycle

The Guidance Department Programme for the Senior Cycle (Forms 5 and 6)

Form 5

  • Pupils Open Days
  • Pupils are helped to develop information research skills, including use of the careers library and the use of the Internet to access various websites.
  • A Careers Evening is held for Form 5 pupils to find out 'first hand' information from various invited guests.
  • All Form 5 pupils do a Centigrade test to help them make informed career decisions. Each pupil receives a comprehensive report based on his or her centigrade scores.
  • All Form 5 pupils receive a careers folder with information on CAO, UCAS, Careers Library information, a list of career websites, a KH guidance calendar and information on PLC courses, application procedures and entry requirements.
  • All Form 5 pupils receive a Degree Course description book.
  • In Career classes, students look at CAO and UCAS options.
  • Liaise with Academic head to discuss pupils' subject choice, level and the option of dropping a subject.
  • Meet with Form 5 pupils individually, on request, to discuss their career choices.
  • Meet with all UCAS applicants to discuss application procedures and offer guidance on how to apply.
  • Counsel pupils who come for support, whether self-referred or referred by others.

Form 6

  • An information meeting is held for sixth year pupils and their parents at the beginning of the year.
  • All Form 6 attend the Higher Options Conference in the RDS in September.
  • All Form 6 receive a Directory of Leaving Certificate Entry Requirements.
  • All Form 6 receive a CAO Handbook.
  • All Form 6 receive individual consultations.
  • Pupils attend various open days, in line with their choices.
  • All pupils have a meeting with the Guidance Department to discuss CV updates and interview techniques.
  • All pupils attend a Mock Interview skills talk.
  • Mock Interviews are conducted for all Form 6.
  • UCAS applicants applying to Cambridge / Oxford / medicine / veterinary and dentistry are met.
  • All UCAS applicants are done online.
  • All CAO applicants are done online.
  • All pupils are offered advice and guidance to help them to cope with exam pressure.
  • Counsel pupils who come for support, whether self-referred or referred by others.
  • Liaise with Academic head regarding subject choice, level and dropping a subject.
  • After exams, pupils with particular weaknesses are met on an individual basis and offered advice.
  • Pupils are advised regarding CAO 'change of mind', on an individual basis.
  • Liaise with Special Needs Department and Headmaster to identify pupils who need a third language and Irish exemption.
  • All Form 6 have a final meeting just before their departure to give them important information, i.e. CAO change of mind, UCAS offers, Leaving Certificate results and CAO offers, L.C. Appeals, advice for succeeding at third level and 'Flying the Coop' booklet.
  • King's Hospital Senior Cycle Guidance Programme