Going to College 2020 Podcast Series Independent.ie Education Podcast in association with QQI

Going to College is a four-part podcast series, presented by Sinead Ryan, that will help you prepare for some nerve-wracking - and exciting - weeks ahead.

From the Leaving Cert results to CAO offers and then going to college in a time of Covid, it's stressful and life-changing, but this series will help with practical advice, tips and insights from experts in the area.

The Going to College series is in association with QQI.

Episode 1: What to expect from the Leaving Cert results 2020

For the first episode, the focus is on the Leaving Cert results that are out on Monday and Sinead was joined by Katherine Donnelly, Education Editor of the Irish Independent, Dr. Padraig Walsh, CEO of Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) and Reuben Murray, a Leaving Cert student and President of the Irish Second Level Schools Union. 

The panel discussed the issue around the calculated grades system, welcoming the government's late decision to drop the controversial use of schools' past performance in the Leaving Cert as a key measure in the process for calculating grades for 2020.

Episode 2: Large incease in CAO points but you still have choices  

The CAO offers are out and this second episode of the Going to College podcast series is looking at what's gone up, what's gone down, and the overall effect that the calculated grades had on the points for this year's college courses.

Joining Sinead Ryan were Guidance Counsellor, Aoife Walsh, the Irish Independent's Education columnist, John Walshe, and QQI's Awards and Certification Manager, Colette Harrison to discuss the overall trends as well as outlining what your options are if you didn't get what you were hoping for.

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