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Monday, 25 February 2019

Andrea Pownall - Pre-University Law
Andrea Pownall - Pre-University Law

Student: Andrea Pownall
“My name is Andrea Pownall. I studied Pre-University Law at Cavan Institute for the academic year 17/18. I have always had a keen interest in Law, however, school just wasn’t for me. I ended up leaving secondary school in sixth year and I didn’t complete my Leaving Certificate.
At the time, I thought that I had completely ruined my chances of becoming a solicitor and working in the legal industry. I applied for the Pre-University Law course at Cavan Institute, expecting not to get accepted.
One year later, I am now heading to Maynooth University to study Law and Psychology. I am so thankful to everyone at Cavan Institute for their continued support throughout the whole year. All of the tutors did their absolute best to ensure that I was having an enjoyable and reasonably stress-free experience at Cavan Institute. They motivated me to work hard and without them, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
Not only did I learn the key basics of the legal system through classes such as Business Law and Criminal Law, but, I am now more prepared for entering into the university environment. I have learned key essay writing skills; thanks to my Communications class and I know how to complete research for important assignments.
I will forever be grateful to Cavan Institute for believing in me and for giving me the opportunity and skills necessary to go to university. Thank you so much.”

It is great to hear from our past students. We wish you all the best with your studies in Maynooth University Andrea. Dreams really do come true. Keep in touch. Congrats on all your achievements to date.
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Student: Sean McGovern
Course: Pre-University Arts in Cultural and Heritage Studies

"After completing my Leaving Cert in 2016 and not getting the results I wished for I was naturally very disappointed, confused and not left with many options having gotten no offers. After weighing up my options I discovered the Pre-University Arts in Cultural and Heritage Studies in Cavan Institute and decided to apply.

During the duration of the course, I was able to discover a great depth of history of my local area, gain an understanding of the Irish Culture and folklore, make some great friends and lastly experience life in the workplace and job interviews.

During my time in Cavan Institute, I went from being someone who felt like any chance of having a future in education was gone, to someone who is now confident enough to stand up and deliver presentations, I learned how to structure college assignments and various other skills which have stood to me.

Today I am currently in my second year in Tourism Management in Dublin Institute Of Technology (renamed this year as TUD ( Technological University Dublin)) and soon I will start my work placement.

I can't express enough how well the hard work and assistance that my tutors provided along with the course and it's modules that prepared me for my course in Dublin. I am very grateful for the stepping stone that Cavan Institute provided me and highly recommend anyone to explore their great range of courses who may be in a similar position that I was in."

We wish you all the best on your learning journey Sean. Well done and thank you for your contribution.
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Mary Kiernan's experience of Cavan Institute. 

"I attended Cavan Institute in the 2016/2017 academic year as a full time student on the Pre-University Cultural and Heritage Studies. I was a mature student, in my fifties, and enjoyed every minute of my time there. I was looking for a career change and this course came highly recommended by a past student. 

The course itself was very interesting with a range of modules including Heritage, Appreciation of Irish Culture, Local History, Folklore Studies and also modules that prepared me for going into the workforce. There was a great Communications module involving interview techniques, CV preparation etc. and Word Processing to bring us up to speed on computer skills. We got an opportunity to do Work Experience, which was a great confidence boost. The course also allowed us to do a modern language; I chose French, which I hadn’t done since Leaving Cert, many years earlier.  

With over thirteen hundred students it still felt like there was a genuine interest in everyone’s wellbeing and as a mature student I did not feel at all out of place, in fact, it was lovely to be surrounded by young, enthusiastic and energetic people. 

The support from tutors was excellent and I always felt I could ask for help when struggling. The Class Tutor of this module is Patrick Cassidy and he is exceptional in his commitment and enthusiasm and his wide range of knowledge. The lectures were fascinating. 

With this course, I was able to secure employment in a library where my local history skills are called upon as well as computer skills, communication skills and lots more that I credit to my time in Cavan Institute.  


I highly recommend the college and it has so many courses to choose from."

We wish you continued success in your career Mary. Thanks for sharing your story as a student of CI. It is also great to hear from our mature learners.
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Thursday, 21 February 2019

Course Code: CI061
Course Level: 7
Award Title: Level 7 General Science
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Duration: 1 Year
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Science and Laboratory Techniques
Science and Laboratory Techniques

Entry Requirements

Direct entry via Cavan Institute web site. SUSI grants will be via IT Sligo. 

Course Description

Students enter Year 1 of the BSc (Level 7) in General Science at Cavan Institute to prepare for a choice of science qualifications provided by IT Sligo in subsequent years. This is the starting point for a successful and varied career in science. In Year 1, all the science subjects are taught (Biology, Physics and Chemistry) as well as Maths, Information Technology and Learning to Learn. Students will visit IT Sligo several times during this first year to become familiar with the campus and science programmes, meet students, access supports and do experiments. One of their first year subjects at Cavan Institute will be an online introduction to the Science programmes available to them from second year at IT Sligo. 

Progression
After successful completion of first year Science at Cavan Institute, students will move to IT Sligo, choosing one of four  Level 7 Science programmes

- Environmental Science
- Pharmaceutical Science
- Biomedical Science
- Occupational Safety and Health

They will join second year of one of these programmes and after successful  completion of third year will graduate with a BSc(Ordinary). They may then progress  to fourth year and obtain a BSc (Hons).  
Exit is also possible at the end of second year (Higher Certificate).
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Course Code: CI061FD
Course Level: 5
Award Title: QQI Level 5 Certificate in Fashion Design
QQI Code: 5M3865
Duration: 1 Year
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Fashion Design
Fashion Styling and Make-up

Entry Requirements
Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Applied or LCVP or QQI Level 4 Award. Equal consideration will be given to mature applicants (those aged over 23) who do not meet these entry requirements.

Course Description

This course is designed for students that are interested in fashion design but also would like to incorporate make-up, hair and visual image styling. Students will explore current fashion trends and contemporary fashion styling. Through a wide range of creative and practical modules from styling and production to fashion media and make-up, students will gain professional skills within the broader fashion industry. The course is also suitable for students wishing to build a visual portfolio of products and images to gain entry to higher education courses. 

The course provides an emphasis not just on the design product but also on the post-design service industry, including styling, fashion shows, advertising and promotion.

Course Content
Design Skills
Fashion Styling
Fashion and Media Make-up
Drawing
Creative Styling
Garment Construction
Fashion Industry and Design Studies
Pattern Drafting
Work Experience
Image Processing
Personal Effectiveness

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this course will gain creative and technical skills in the area of fashion, styling and make-up, preparing them for entry into employment or self-employment in the fashion industry or further study in a related area.

Progression Opportunities
Graduates of this course are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to year one of a range of higher certificate and degree programmes at Institutes of Technology and Universities (please check with the particular institution regarding local eligibility requirements).
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Course Code: CI061
Course Level: 5
QQI Level 5 Award Title: Certificate in Creative Media
QQI Award Letters: 5M5048
Course Duration: 1 Year
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Computer Games Design
Animation

Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Applied or LCVP or QQI Level 4 Award. Equal consideration will be given to mature applicants (those aged over 23) who do not meet these entry requirements.

Course Description
This course introduces students to the concepts and techniques involved in the production of 2D/3D animations, character modelling, stop motion and traditional animation. Students explore the creative process and animation principles whilst developing skills in storytelling and computer-generated graphics. There is an emphasis on the development of drawing skills which are fundamental to a career in animation. This course will provide students with the opportunity to produce the portfolio required for entry to Level 7 and 8 degree courses in animation in institutes of technology and colleges of art and design.
Course Content
  • Drawing
  • Animation Drawing Studies
  • Computer Illustrations Graphics
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Animation
  • Image Processing
  • Design Skills
  • Scriptwriting and Storyboarding
  • 3D Modelling and Animation
  • Music Technology
Work Experience
A minimum of 10 days of work placement must be completed in a relevant vocational area.

Career Opportunities
Ireland’s animation industry has undergone substantial growth in the last decade and has become a firm fixture in our digital and creative economy. It has gained a worldwide reputation for excellence and is now an accepted and respected part of the global animation community.

Progression Opportunities
At Cavan Institute: Students who successfully complete this course meet the entry requirements for the Level 6  Computer Games Development course or the Level 6 Multimedia and Web Development (Year 2) course at Cavan Institute. 

Elsewhere: Graduates are also eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to year one of a range of higher certificate and degree programmes at Institutes of Technology and Universities (please check with the particular institution regarding local eligibility requirements). 

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Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Student: Eli Mellor
Course: Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation Studies
University: Fontys University of Applied Sciences in Eindhoven, Holland
Course: 1st Year Physiotherapy English Stream

Eli Mellor - Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation Studies

"Without Cavan Institute, I doubt that I would be in the position that I am in today. I knew that I would not get the points needed in the Leaving Cert to do a Physiotherapy course in Ireland, so I used Cavan Institute as a stepping stone to get into a University abroad.

The course itself in Cavan Institute is filled with interesting topics such as Anatomy and Physiology, Injury Treatment and Prevention, Nutrition and Taping and Strapping. The knowledge that I attained in this course gave me a great start to University. I had a good foundation in the basics of Physiotherapy.

Outside of the course, the college is perfect for educating people on how to prepare for life in University by allowing them to take on a more responsible role in their education. This includes completing assignments, practicing self-study and meeting deadlines.

If progressing into physiotherapy is not for you, there are still opportunities available to work within the sports sector. Before I started my physiotherapy degree, I gained knowledge during the Summer of 2018 by working with various football and soccer teams as a sports physio throughout the Cavan-Leitrim region, but mainly with Gowna GAA. It allowed me to develop my skills in taping and strapping, performing sports massage and using first aid as well. All of these skills are very desirable in the world of sport.

My two years in Cavan Institute have allowed me to pursue my dream of becoming a Physiotherapist and for that, I would definitely recommend Cavan Institute for anyone who wants to do Physiotherapy or become a Sports Physio."

Thanks so much for your words of advice Eli. We wish you all the very best with your studies and your career.

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