Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Niamh Briggs from An Garda Síochána to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Niamh Briggs

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An Garda Síochána

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  Niamh Briggs
I would advise to any young person to go to college first and/or travelling and gain some life experience as this will help you deal/cope with situations a lot better.
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Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
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QQI Points Calculator
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Points Calculator for QQI Level 5 & 6 awards (from 2017 onwards)

Enter the credit scores and results of your modules to automatically calculate your points score!

Note: Max Score = 390

Credits vs Points

In most Further and Higher Education courses, every module you take has a credit value. Short modules have fewer credits than longer modules. Completing a module means you have achieved all the credits for that module. Typically, QQI modules are 15 credits each – so completing 8 modules = 120 credits. 120 Credits are needed to achieve a QQI Major Award.

However, sometimes a module will have as much as 30 credits, so completing one large module (30 Credits) plus 6 more normal modules (6 × 15 = 90) would achieve the 120 credits needed. Some courses also offer additional modules, in which case you use the scores from your best ones to calculate your points, but this makes figuring out your points trickier.

The Calculator above will calculate your CAO points for all combinations once you put in the information required.


Progression Routes


Finding CAO Courses with Progression Routes.

Your QQI Award can be used as an alternative to the Leaving Cert to access Higher Education (CAO) courses. Hundreds of courses are available to holders of any QQI Level 5 or 6 award, while others will require specific awards.

Search CAO courses using QQI award code

Note: Places for applicants on CAO courses using a QQI award are limited, and your points may be used as a criteria for acceptance.

Scoring Scheme

The scoring system for QQI awards is available on the QQI website