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Information about Ireland: education

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Attending school
www.education.ie - The website of the Department of Education and Science provides information on the educational system in general.

Pre-school education

Around the age of 4 or 5, children in Ireland begin primary school:
Primary Education

Around 12, they enter post-primary education:
Post primary education

Websites for post-primary students include:

Third-level education
Post-primary education is completed by sitting the Leaving Certificate, after which students may choose to enter third-level:
Third level education

Central Application Office - This website helps and informs those who wish to apply to college, as well as those looking for links to colleges.

Information on a wide range of courses can also be found on: www.qualifax.ie

If you are of a more practical than academic bent, post-Leaving Certificate courses (PLCs) may suit you better:
Post Leaving Certificate Courses in Ireland

English courses

A lot of young people come to Ireland to study English. A good starting point is:
MEI - association of recognised English Language Schools in Ireland
You can look for a school by location or by type of course.

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Page Updated in October 2012.