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Expansion of Access Project 2007

Access Service Schools Programme
The Programme works in Partnership with School staff, Area Partnerships, local communities, undergraduates, staff and students from primary and secondary schools. 
Its core aims are:

To raise awareness about third level within participating schools
To increase numbers from participating schools entering third level
To support students to achieve their academic potential
To promote positive attitudes to education in the community We recognise that there are numerous economic, educational and social barriers facing many potential third level students. 

Expansion of Access Project 2007
This year entry through the Access route is open to qualifying students from all schools in the Dublin area. So if you think you qualify for entry through the Access programme and are attending any school in the Dublin area please contact us for an application form. You must also include us on your CAO form. The closing date for acceptance of application is April 2nd. We will also continue our outreach work with our linked schools To see if your school is linked to our outreach activities please click here.
Our minimum Academic entry Requirements are as follows:
B.Ed: Leaving Cert examination(s) with Grade C3 Higher Level in not less than three subjects, Grade D3 in three other subjects. C3 in higher-level Irish. At least D3 in ordinary/higher level Maths and C3 in ordinary level English or D3 Higher Level. Students must also achieve within a 60 points range of the 2007 CAO points requirement for the B. Ed.
B.A: Leaving Certificate with Grade C3 in two Higher Level subjects and grade D3 in four ordinary, or higher Level subjects (which must include Mathematics and either English or Irish). The college does not award points for Leaving Cert. Mathematics taken at Ordinary Alternative or Foundation level but will accept these for matriculation purposes. Students must also achieve within a 60 points range of the 2007 CAO points requirement for the B. A. N.B. These are minimum entry requirements and do not guarantee a place through the Access Project.

State Examinations Changes for 2008

Leaving Cert students will face less writing in the first few days of their exams next year following agreement to revise the timetable for the State Exams. Minister for Education and Science Mary Hanafin T.D., today said that the “new revised timetable is the most significant and student centred reform of the exams timetable in decades.”
Outlining how the new look timetable will benefit Leaving Cert exam students, Minister Hanafin said “no longer will the first few days of the exams be an endurance test for our students. In fact, virtually every student will get a half day or two over the first few days of the exams under the new agreed revised timetable. Those students taking both exams on the first day will see the time spent in the exam hall shortened by 50 minutes, compared with recent years when the two English papers were taken.
While exams are always a test and an acceptable level of stress is a normal part of any testing procedure, I think the new timetable is very student friendly. The new mix of concentrated writing papers with mathematical or scientific papers is a direct response to the students who themselves told me that reform was required.” The new look timetable, which will be in schools from the start of December, will see:-
Day 1 - Wednesday 4th June English Paper 1 & Home Economics (Social & Sc)
Day 2 – Thursday 5th June – English Paper 2 & Chemistry
Day 3 – Friday 6th June - Mathematics Paper 1 & Geography
Day 4 – Monday 9th June – Mathematics Paper 2 & Irish Paper 1/Aural
Day 5 – Tuesday 10th June – Irish Paper 2 & Business
Day 6 – Wednesday 11th June – French & History
Day 7 - Thursday 12th June – Biology & Art (History & Appreciation)
(Day 8 – Day 11 along lines of previous year’s timetable.)
There are also a number of minor amendments to the Junior Cert timetable, necessary to ensure there is a smooth running of exams for both sets of students.

Better Options

A unique one-day national event for guidance counsellors and students with a disability or specific learning difficulty considering Higher Education options in Ireland. National College of Ireland in association with AHEAD and DAWN (Disability Advisors Working Network) are hosting the event on: Wednesday 5th December 2007 11.00 am – 3.00 pm National College of Ireland, Mayor Street, IFSC, Dublin 1
The Better Options event is specifically geared towards and will be of great benefit to Students with Disabilities and specific learning difficulties, Guidance Counsellors, Teachers, SENO's, NEPS & Parents. This event is free & all are welcome.

11.00 am Welcome and Introduction Dr Paul Mooney, President, NCI Ms Ann Heelan, Executive Director, AHEAD
11.30 am Supplementary Admissions Procedure Explained What you need to know! (Students) What you need to know! (Guidance Counsellors)
12.00 pm Find Out More - Visit College and Support Stands
1.00 pm My Experience of Higher Education Presentations from graduates with a disability
1.30 pm Ask a Question - Visit College and Support Stands
2.30 pm Supplementary Admissions Procedure Explained What you need to know! (Students) What you need to know! (Guidance Counsellors)
3.00 pm Close

Concern Dabates Update

Congratulations to the Concern Debate team who won their first debate against Loreto College. The team are competing again on
3rd December against The High School in Rathgar.
The motion for this debate is "Ireland Inc. is demonstrating genuine commitment to tackling global warming." Dominican College will be opposing the motion.
This is the last debate in the league phase of the competition so best of luck to the team; Kim Connick and Dearbhla Quinn from 5th Year and Eimear Eilis and Emer Toale from Transition Year.

"National Forum on Europe" - Public Speaking

Congratulations to the TY Public Speaking team of Dawn Lonergan, Alissa Karpick and Emma Flynn. They defeated three other teams in Coláiste Cholm on Tuesday 20th November, speaking on the topic "Should the E.U. do more to tackle cross border crime?"
They now move to the second round of the "National Forum on Europe" - Public Speaking. More details to follow