Trees, Graphs and the Leaving Certificate

Posted in Teaching on December 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“I’m starting to get the hang of some of the differences between things here in Ireland and the United Kingdom, both domestically and in the world of work. One of the most important points of variation that concerns academic life is the school system students go through before going to University …” (more)

[In the Dark, 15 December]

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Third Level Admissions Entry Requirements: A-levels

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 25th, 2017 by steve

IrelandNiall Ó Donnghaile (Sinn Fein): I raised this Commencement matter because the issue in question is coming to the fore. Many students, educationalists and teachers in the North are noticing and falling foul of a particular anomaly where there is a difference in the recognition of the A-level grading system by institutions in the South. This has only been exacerbated by Brexit …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 24 October]

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Irish universities U-turn on previously rejected A-levels

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Republic of Ireland’s universities will accept results of four Northern Irish A-level subjects they had previously rejected. The change will come into effect for students starting in September 2018. The subjects are Software Systems Development, Moving Image Arts, Digital Technology and Environmental Technology …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 26 May]

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Irish colleges reject NI A-Level subjects

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Republic of Ireland’s seven main universities in the will not accept results in four A-Levels taken by students in Northern Ireland this year. The affected subjects are Software Systems Development, Moving Image Arts, Digital Technology and Environmental Technology …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 2 March]

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Congratulations from Education Minister Peter Weir as A-level students top result tables

Posted in Teaching on August 19th, 2016 by steve

UK“Jubilant Northern Ireland students have outperformed their counterparts in England and Wales in the A-level results …” (more)

[Allan Preston, Belfast Telegraph, 19 August]

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Dundalk institute doubles the number of offers to NI students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 18th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) has doubled the number of offers it has made to school-leavers in the North following changes to its scoring system to attract students south. DkIT now awards additional points for each grade at A-Level and extra points for BTEC, which is another secondary school qualification in the UK education system …” (more)

[Elaine Keogh, Irish Times, 18 August]

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Irish university entrance criteria change welcomed

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 31st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin MLA Barry McElduff has welcomed the news that Irish universities will now award higher entrance marks to students studying A Levels …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 31 March]

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Northern Ireland students set to benefit from revised CAO points system

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The seven universities in the Republic are set to introduce new admissions procedures that will make it easier for school-leavers from Northern Ireland to gain entry. Under the plan, which will apply to college applicants from September 2016, the Central Applications Office (CAO) points awarded for an A* grade in the A-Level exams will rise from 150 to 180 …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 30 March]

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NUI Galway Introduce New Pilot Scheme for A-Level Students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway today announced a new one-year pilot scheme for GCE A-Level students for entry in September 2015. The initiative is intended to increase the number of Northern Ireland students attending NUI Galway …” (more)

[NUI Galway, 5 January]

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Universities keen to attract students from North

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 2nd, 2014 by steve

“Universities in the Republic are exploring ways of making it easier for Northern Ireland students to gain access …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 1 March]

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Dublin universities may change NI exam admissions criteria

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 6th, 2014 by steve

“Two of the Republic of Ireland’s leading universities are considering an increase in their intake of students from Northern Ireland. Many popular courses at universities in the Republic are inaccessible to Northern Ireland students …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 6 February]

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Third Level Admissions Reform – A levels

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 7th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of times during each of the past four years representatives of the NUI group of universities have met to discuss the matter of A Level and Applied A Level subjects recognised for the purposes of matriculation in these institutions; the departmental guidelines governing this practice …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 5 November]

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Third Level Admissions Entry Requirements – Northern Ireland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 28th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Brian Stanley asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will list, in tabular form, the accredited A Level qualifications that have been obtained at post-primary level in the six counties in the past three years whose status has not been recognised by third level colleges when students have applied for a degree course here …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 28 May]

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Northern Ireland top of the UK A-level class despite dip in best grades

Posted in Teaching on August 18th, 2012 by steve

“Northern Ireland students are top of the class when it comes to A-Levels. More A* and A grades were awarded to Northern Ireland candidates than in England and Wales …” (more)

[Lindsay Fergus, Belfast Telegraph, 18 August]

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Students in North still top of the class with better A-levels than English and Welsh peers

Posted in Teaching on August 17th, 2012 by steve

“Northern Ireland A-level students continue to outperform their counterparts in England and Wales, with close to a third achieving the top A* or A grades …” (more)

[Gerry Moriarty, Irish Times, 17 August]

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North sees fall in top exam grades

Posted in Teaching on August 16th, 2012 by steve

“The proportion of Northern Ireland pupils earning top grades has fallen for two years in a row because of a broader take-up of A-levels, the awarding body has said …” (more)

[Irish Times, 16 August]

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Britain to Begin Recentering A-level and GCSE Scores

Posted in Teaching on August 10th, 2012 by steve

“The change is meant to stem rampant grade inflation and allow grades to be used as a meaningful tool for comparing student achievement from year to year …” (more)

[Julia Lawrence, Education News, 9 August]

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Fury as examiners are told to fix A-level results to match last year’s

Posted in Teaching on August 6th, 2012 by steve

“Exam boards have been told they should fix pass rates and grades for this summer’s GCSE and A-level exams to match last year …” (more)

[Richard Garner, Independent, 6 August]

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A levels and Points

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 28th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Education and Skills the methodology and reason three Grade As achieved at A-level in the North of Ireland are allocated 450 points, when applicants for higher education are assessed after applying to a higher level institution in the 26 Counties …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 27 June]

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