For 5th Year Students
5th Year is the time when many students begin to think about their next steps after secondary school. As Ireland's University of Innovation and Transformation, DCU courses are designed to inspire and prepare students for the future. We have put together some information we hope will guide you!
Work towards your top choices
While it might seem far away, starting to prepare for the Leaving Cert and your CAO choices now, will make the following year easier. Get in the habit of studying for a short amount of time, on a regular basis - this will help reduce exam stress.
Take some time to read the DCU prospectus and course webpages. Use the subject requirements of courses you're interested in as a guide for what to focus your study on.
Don't be afraid to ask questions. Visiting us at an Open Day is the perfect time to ask DCU students and lecturers questions about their courses. You can also chat to current students using our Unibuddy platform - who better to ask than the students studying the courses you are thinking about!
Read about Scholarships!
DCU offers a variety of funding opportunities for students. These include:
McAleese Scholarship for Northern Ireland students
Please take the time to read through the eligibility criteria and application process if you're interested in applying.
Discuss your college choices with trusted adults
Going to college is a big step, so it's highly recommended that students discuss their choices with Parents/Guardians and Guidance Counsellors. This can help students decide between courses and work out the logistical elements of studying at DCU.
Our Parents & Guardians page contains a lot of information on financial supports, DCU's academic awards and rankings, the student experience and key dates for the upcoming academic year.
You may also be interested in learning more about INTRA (DCU's Work Placement programme) and reading profiles of our recent graduates.