22nd June 2023
How to apply for medicine in the UK as an Irish student
UK medical schools have an excellent reputation internationally and many Irish students travel to the UK to study each year. Applications to UK universities are made through UCAS (like the UK version of the CAO). Irish students applying to study medicine in the UK in 2024 can start their UCAS application over the summer before 6th year (applications open on 16 May 2023). They must ...
15th June 2023
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 ...
14th June 2023
HPAT Results Will Be Released Soon! Here are some Frequently Asked Questions and Answers regarding HPAT results
HPAT results are due to be released in late June. You may have questions about your HPAT results, how they are calculated and what they mean. This blog seeks to answer those questions. When will I receive my HPAT 2023 results? You will receive your HPAT 2023 results in late June. ACER does not normally release a specific date when HPAT results are made available, howe ...
9th June 2023
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. ...
6th June 2023
5 Tips for Leaving Cert Exams from a Current Medical Student
So the dreaded time of the leaving cert exams has rolled around once again and I’m sure many of you are trembling in your seats at the mere mention of it. But, trust me when I say that I can completely relate with you. This time last year I was in your position, getting ready to sit the leaving cert, my head flooded with feelings of excitement and anxiety for what lay ahead. I know that ...
25th May 2023
Should I choose a Medicine Course with a Pre-Med Year?
A common question asked by medicine hopefuls is, “Should I choose a medical course with a pre-med year?” This blog answers this question. What is the difference between 5- and 6-year medical courses? First, we need to understand the difference between 5- and 6-year medical courses. 6-year courses have a pre-med year where you develop a science foundation before yo ...
18th May 2023
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 ...
4th May 2023
Everything you need to know about the HPAT
Do you want to study medicine in 2024? If so, you will need to sit the HPAT 2024. This blog describes everything you need to know about the HPAT 2023. What is the HPAT? HPAT stands for Health Professions Admission Test. It is a test developed by ACER (Australian Council for Educational Research). HPAT is used to help select students into medicine in Ireland. The HPAT tak ...
24th April 2023
Distributed Practice and the HPAT: What you need to know Part 2
In part 1 of this blog, we looked at why it is important to study with distributed practice for the HPAT. In part 2, we will look at how to implement distributed practice into your HPAT plan. How to implement distributed practice for HPAT Here are some tips and strategies on how to best use distributed practice in your HPAT preparation (you can also use them in your secondary ...
24th April 2023
Distributed Practice and the HPAT: What you need to know Part 1
Over the last few years various catch-phrases have circulated in the education sector: “study smarter not harder”, "do less work for more reward” and others. They can seem too good to be true. Nevertheless, there is one system that eclipses all others in the research conducted, the widespread implementation and the unanimous praise it has received from sc ...