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I didn’t get a good enough HPAT score. What should I do?

25th June 2022

I didn’t get a good enough HPAT score. What should I do?

After spending months working through HPAT guides, completing practise exams and labouring over difficult drills it can be devastating when HPAT results day arrives, and you realise that you have not achieved a good enough HPAT score to get into medicine. It is completely understandable that to feel extremely disappointed, but it is very important that you have a clear idea of the other option ...

 

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HPAT Results: What to do with your CAO

15th June 2022

HPAT Results: What to do with your CAO

HPAT results are usually released in mid to late June. After months of waiting to find out your HPAT results, it can feel quite overwhelming to finally receive them! After all of the hard work and preparation for HPAT, everyone wants to get a great HPAT score. However, it is important to know what to do if things don’t go as well as you had hoped. It’s not the end of the world and ...

 

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Medicine, the HPAT, the CAO and one big mistake to avoid

9th June 2022

Medicine, the HPAT, the CAO and one big mistake to avoid

For any Leaving Certificate students hoping to go on to study medicine, the HPAT (Health Professions Admission Test) and the CAO (Central Applications Office) are two well-known abbreviations which are of great importance to you as you prepare for life after the Leaving Certificate. For me, I wasn’t certain until the very end of 6th year as to what exactly I wanted to do after school. ...

 

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9 Factors to Consider when Choosing a Medical School

2nd June 2022

9 Factors to Consider when Choosing a Medical School

There are 5 universities in the Republic of Ireland which offer undergraduate medicine: University College Dublin (UCD), Trinity College Dublin (TCD), Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI), National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) and University College Cork (UCC). It may seem difficult to decide which university is right for you and students often end up making their choice purely b ...

 

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Timeline for Medical Entry 2021-2022

30th May 2022

Timeline for Medical Entry 2021-2022

Getting into medicine is a complex process. It’s not just about your academic performance, you also need to succeed in HPAT. There are many important deadlines that you must not miss if you are to enter your dream course. This blog outlines the key dates and tasks so you can ensure you keep on track!    Date Deadline Tasks ...

 

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How to Choose an Irish Medical School

9th May 2022

How to Choose an Irish Medical School

In Ireland there are five medical schools that you can apply to as an undergraduate student:  University College Dublin (UCD) Trinity College Dublin (TCD) Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) University College Cork (UCC) National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG)   As there are 10 spaces on your CAO application you can apply for all Irish medical scho ...

 

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ATTENTION PARENTS: 5 Ways to help your Son or Daughter get into Medicine

6th April 2022

ATTENTION PARENTS: 5 Ways to help your Son or Daughter get into Medicine

Great things never come easy. Medicine is an incredibly rewarding, secure, well paid and respected profession in Ireland. It is also the hardest course to get into. Furthermore, the final years of secondary school are a stressful and demanding time for your son or daughter, and the need to sit HPAT places additional pressure on them during this time. Thankfully there are ways ...

 

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Prerequisites for studying medicine in Ireland

5th April 2022

Prerequisites for studying medicine in Ireland

The five universities that offer medicine all have a minimum requirement of 480 points from the same sitting of the Leaving Certificate or equivalent. They also have minimum subject requirements, so it is essential to consider this when deciding which Leaving Certificate subjects to choose.  Some medicine courses are five years long and some are six. The six-year courses have a pre-med ...

 

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How to apply to the CAO and ACER for medicine

13th January 2022

How to apply to the CAO and ACER for medicine

To be eligible to study medicine in Ireland there are two key parts to the application process: applying to the Central Applications Office CAO applying separately to sit the HPAT through ACER. Applying to the CAO Before you can register to sit the HPAT, you need to apply to the CAO and get your CAO number – you will need this for the HPAT registration process. This must be done online ...

 

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Ten tips for surviving your first year of Medicine

24th September 2021

Ten tips for surviving your first year of Medicine

Medicine is tough, really tough but you’ve made it this far so you’re tougher. First year is a whirlwind and at times can seem overwhelming, but having made it through to the other side of those first few full-on months, I can hand on heart say that everyone is telling the truth when they say college will be the best time of your life. You’ll have ups and downs, I can guarant ...

 

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