Whether you’re returning to education, upskilling for a new job or entering the world of third-level education for the first time, choosing a course can be a daunting task.
And, between high fees, a significant time commitment & the inevitable impact on your future career path, the pressure to make the right choice can be enormous.
Pre-university courses are an excellent way to explore a particular field before fully committing your time, energy and financial resources. Read on for our complete guide to choosing a pre-university course and learn about the many benefits associated with them.
A pre-university course is a short-term course (typically 12 months & under) designed to give students an introduction to their chosen field of study.
The beauty of pre-university courses is that they are for everyone.
They are a flexible option for people, including;
Pre-university courses are a popular choice for one main reason: Flexibility.
They are designed to offer a sneak peek into the experience and structure of a third-level course but on a much shorter timeline (typically no longer than one year).
Amongst flexibility, choosing a pre-university course also comes with many other benefits, including;
With so many options, you might feel understandably overwhelmed and wonder how you can possibly pick the right course. To help ease your course selection stress, follow our top three tips for choosing a pre-university course:
If a pre-university course sounds like the right fit for you, here are some fantastic options available throughout Ireland:
Pre-University Science Lab. Techniques This course has been designed to meet the needs of a variety of students wishing to study Science, specifically those who did not satisfy the entry requirements for direct entry to a degree course, and adult returnees to education.
Pre University Creative Media Are you a creative person with a great imagination and an interest in gaining a qualification in creative advertising and marketing communications? Then our Creative Advertising and Digital Marketing course is the right choice for you.
Pre-3rd Level This course provides a foundation for those wishing to study at Third Level. It also introduces students to methods of study, writing skills and research techniques that
are necessary for successful participation in 3rd Level courses and cultivate the skills and knowledge necessary to become a life-long learner.
Pre-emergency Services Studies The purpose of this award is to enable the learner to develop the knowledge, skills and competencies required to undertake a career in the primary emergency services such as An Garda Siochana, Ambulance or Fire Services.
Pre-University Nursing with Midwifery Option This one-year course will aim to prepare participants for work with people in a hospital, respite care, social care, community development or residential setting. Nurses need social, communication and caring skills to work with individuals and groups. Nursing Studies will lay a foundation for these skills and provide the work experience to put learning into practice.