6 Tips For Leaving Certificate Students To Help You Study Better

Now is the best time to get into a proper study routine, particularly if you are working towards the 2018 Leaving Certificate examinations.  Here are a few tips from our Student Services team to help Leaving Certificate students to get into a good study routine and ensure that they all get the most benefit from their precious study time.

Study Success

1. Take proper breaks

Sometimes less really is more. If you’ve ever felt like you are zoning out in the middle of a study session, it could be because you are simply studying for too long at a time! Did you know that your brain can typically concentrate for only 25 minutes at a time. So, it is best to study for 30 minute blocks and break these up by a “reward” of a 5 or 10 minute break between each.

2. Implement active learning

Most learning for exams can be divided into either 2 key areas: facts or concepts. Learning the names of the muscles in the human body are facts but learning how the muscles work together is a concept. Understanding concepts is much more important than facts. If you haven’t mastered the overall concept then it follows that you will find it really difficult to learn the facts.

Try to put concepts into your own words. This will add meaning to it and remembering it will be easier. Or work with a study buddy and try and teach them the concept you’ve just learned (and vice versa).

3. Change your study habitat

Change Your Study Habitat

Lots of students study in their bedroom or in the kitchen or living room at home. The problem with this is that the brain associates these rooms with activities other than studying.

Set up a proper study area. If this has to be your bedroom then move your desk away from the bed. Remember to put your phone on silent (or better still leave it out of the room) to minimise unwanted distractions!

4. SQ3R

A good method of learning from textbooks is SQ3R: Survey, Question, Read, Recite and Review.

In each chapter of your textbook survey the various sections to come up with a series of questions, for example “What are red blood cells for?” Then read through the text looking for answers to your questions. (Once you have created questions, your brain will find it way easier to place the answers). Next recite the information by either verbalising it or re-writing it and finally review everything just before your exam.

5. Sleep Hygiene

An Hour Before Midnight Is Worth Two After!

One of the best and easiest ways to improve the efficiency of your study period is to get more quality sleep. Scientists have proven that our brain forms memory during REM (rapid eye movement) sleep.

Aim for a minimum of 8 hours. It’s also really important to try and get into a healthy sleep pattern. As my Granny used to say: “An hour before midnight is worth two after!”

6. Question Everything

One of the best ways you can see if you are making progress is by testing yourself with past exam questions. You can download these for free from the State Examinations Commission and they will also give you the marking schemes for past papers.

Student Support

Although you are in a class of one, you are never alone.  Our Leaving Certificate students can reach out to their personal subject tutors 24/7 privately by email or they can phone our in-house Student Services team at the College on (01) 639 4660 during office hours.  We are here to help!



Training Grants Following Redundancies

Redundancy can mean new, exciting opportunities, including the opportunity to retrain for a new career. You might find that losing your job opens the door to a new career.

Adding to your existing skills or gaining qualifications in a new area are good ways of boosting your chances of getting another job. They can also give your confidence a well-needed boost at this time.

Retraining Choices

You will find lots of retraining choices open to you when you’ve been made redundant, from apprenticeships and internships to part-time, full-time or distance study courses at college or university.

Financing A Career Change

There are several different ways to finance a career change, depending on the training programme or study course you want to pursue – and also depending on any savings or income you have.

Think about which option is right for you – a loan (which you will need to pay back), training grants or bursaries (which you don’t need to pay back) or apprenticeships (where you can earn as you learn).

Training Grants

Training Grants

Departing staff will sometimes be able to avail of a training grant of up to €5,000 from their former employer. This can be a time-sensitive training grant (for example it must be used within six months of being made redundant) so make sure that you check out the terms and conditions of any funding and don’t miss out!

In addition to the course fees, training grants can also cover the cost of any equipment that you may need in order to complete your study course.

Practical Equipment

For example if you decide to enrol on a practical course like, Professional Make-Up Artistry or Photography, the grant will cover the cost of purchasing additional practical equipment.

Although we provide sample-sized make-up products and applicators with the course materials, our Professional Make-Up Artistry students would also be required to purchase additional make-up equipment (foundations, concealers, brushes, sponges, cleaners, toners, eyeshadow, mascara etc).

Make-Up Set

A photography student will need to own a good digital camera, as well as a digital device (laptop, tablet or desktop) to store and catalogue images.

Digital Camera

Distance Learning Courses

Students who enrol in any distance learning course – an online course or a correspondence (postal) course – will need to own a digital device – laptop, tablet or desktop – in order to access their course materials and contact the College and their personal tutor.  They may also need to have access to a printer.

Laptop Required!

Just remember to keep all receipts of practical equipment and course fees in order to be reimbursed by your former employer!

Enrol Today For A Brighter Tomorrow

For more information on this topic or to enquire about any of our distance learning courses please call our Student Services team on (01) 639 4660 or email lisa@kilroyscollege.ie

You can enrol securely online and our Admissions team will send you a confirmation email of your enrolment the very same day.


Canadian Gaeilgeoirí

We have had many students studying our home study Irish leaving certificate course based all over the world.  Some are working towards sitting Irish at the Leaving Certificate State Examinations in Ireland and others are doing it just for fun, or to make a connection with their Irish ancestry.

Did you know?

Flying the Flag for Irish

In Ontario, Canada there is an official Gaeltacht settlement in Tamworth, 30 miles north of Napanee.  Many Irish immigrants who fled the Great Famine in the mid 19th century settled here, so there is a big historical connection with Ireland already in the town. The Tamworth Gaeltacht was founded by Sheila Scott and her husband Séamus Mac Concharraige in 1994 and has continued to grow and thrive since. “People like to connect with their roots. There’s a sense of pride in that identity,” says Sheila Scott.

Living Language

In this 62 acre Ontario settlement, the Irish language is used as a way of remembering and celebrating the roots, the history, culture and a way of keeping alive the tie to Ireland itself.  The language is kept alive by hosting event such as arts festivals, summer camps, classes, Irish dance, music, Gaelic games and most importantly by speaking Irish.

However, it is not just in Ontario that Canadians are flying the flag for Ireland.  In Vancouver Professor Scott Oser, Physics Professor at the University of British Columbia, has organised An Ciorcal Comhrá.  A group of people meet every week for an hour and a half for coffee and conversation in Irish.  We chatted with Professor Oser about his motivation for setting up this group and for tips on how to encourage our students to reach out and do the same thing back home or wherever they are based!

Interview with Professor Scott Oser

When did you found An Ciorcal Comhrá?

Ciorcal Comhrá was set up in 2009 and has operated continuously ever since.

What inspired you to set up this Irish language exchange?

I had not had any opportunities to use my Irish for nearly a decade at the point when I learned that my former Irish teacher had died tragically young from brain cancer.  This shocking news have the effect of lighting a fire under me and motivating me to look for other Irish speakers in the Vancouver area.  While there was a beginner’s Irish class offered across town, there was nothing available for people who were already fluent and just wanted a chance to use Irish outside a classroom setting.  But through that class I was able to find other more advanced Irish speakers and start a group.  Members have joined steadily since.

Can you tell us a little bit about the group of people involved in the Irish language group and their backgrounds? Are they native Canadians, ex pats or a mix of both?

The majority of our regulars are Irish ex-pats, some of whom have been in Canada for decades as well as some people who’ve come more recently. We do however have two or three Canadians, and the occasional American.

How did you go about learning Irish initially? What was your motivation?

I began learning Irish in 1993 while living in the US. Originally I had only textbooks and audio tapes available, and the Internet as we know it today scarcely existed.  Upon moving to Chicago, I found a group that offered weekly evening classes which I attended for about five years, and was eventually able to reach a high level of fluency.

The question of why I would learn Irish is one I am often asked and one which I scarcely have a convincing answer for.  Ultimately I loved the language, and wanted to learn the idiom that some of my ancestors previously spoke.  The fact that Irish was both unusual but very much a living language was part of the appeal.

What tips can you give our Irish Leaving Certificate students who might like to set up a similar language exchange?

Advertise extensively online, and set up a culture in which only Irish is spoken. We welcome beginners but tell them that we’re there to speak Irish, and won’t be offering translations to English or speaking English.  We’re not a class, and while we love talking about the language as much as any Irish speaker we’re there to speak it and not talk about speaking it.

Do you have any advice for an Irish student who may be struggling with getting to grips with the language?

Get a good Irish grammar book

While this will not be a popular opinion, I think getting a strong grip on the grammar at the start is essential. Get yourself a good grammar book and really learn how phrases and sentences get put together.  I don’t think this can be learned just by osmosis.  Once you have that basis, read extensively to improve vocabulary.

You have been a guest on An Saol Ó Dheas on Raidio na Gaeltachta and spoken about your love of the Irish language before. What did you talk about?

My interview on An Saol Ó Dheas was motivated by a trip I took to Dublin in November 2016, where I presented a public lecture in Irish on physics, which is my day job.  I was invited to speak at the Meanmanra 2016 conference on dark matter.  It was perhaps the first time a foreign scientist has lectured in Irish in Ireland, and almost certainly the first time that cutting-edge physics and cosmology was presented through Irish as well.


The interview on Raidió na Gaeltachta 

Dark Matter Lecture in Irish



Have you ever visited Ireland? If yes, what do you like best about coming to our country?

I’ve been to Ireland three times, but I’ve spent less than a month in the country in total.  For me the best part is the comparative ease of finding people to speak Irish with.  And I always buy lots of books – you can buy Irish books online from Canada, but shipping adds ~30% to the cost.  The last time I came I brought a small extra suitcase and filled it entirely with books from Siopa an Chonartha in Dublin!

Leaving Certificate Irish Course

Enrol now in our home study Leaving Certificate Irish course and work towards sitting the State Examinations in June 2018 or June 2019 – or study the course just for fun!

Competition Time!

Translate Professor Oser’s interview into Irish! Email your submission to lisa@kilroyscollege.ie by 31st October 2017 and be in with a chance to win a €250 Kilroy’s College tuition voucher. The lucky winner will be notified by email the following week!


Leaving Certificate Courses By Distance Learning

Fully Flexible Leaving Certificate

We have been delivering the Leaving Certificate by distance learning for over thirty years at Kilroy’s College.  During this period we have had hundreds of students, of all ages and abilities, take from one to seven subjects with the College over the years. One of our recent Leaving Certificate students, Carmela, who took six subjects with us and attained one A1, two A2s, two B1s and one B2 has shared her success story with us.  Read on to find out she accomplished this.

Home Schooling

Students study with us for many different reasons: some have decided that a school environment is not for them after the Junior Cycle and work with us to continue in the education system from home with a view to completing the Leaving Certificate and, in many cases, progress onto a third level course.

Repeat Leaving Certificate

Other students repeat the Leaving Certificate with a view to getting the points that they need to enter third level in Ireland or abroad.  As our Leaving Certificate course is delivered by distance learning and is self-paced students can also earn as they learn!

Academic Entry Requirements

For students who decide on a change of career or course and need higher level Irish for Primary Education or a science subject or a modern language for a particular College course our flexible home study Leaving Certificate course can enable them to achieve their goal.

International Students

We also have a cohort of international students based all over the world, who study with Kilroy’s College from home.  In many cases they plan to  enter third level education in Ireland or in their home country once they have sat the Leaving Certificate.

We interviewed one such student, Carmela Zazpe Revello, who studied six subjects with us from Uruguay to find out how she got on!

Leaving Certificate student Carmela Zazape Revello
  1. You were based in Uruguay when you enrolled in our distance learning Leaving Certificate courses.  What inspired you to study for the Irish Leaving Certificate examination?

I had already sat the Junior Certificate when I lived in Dublin and I had a delightful experience. I knew I wanted to finish my studies in English, since it would help me to expand my vocabulary even more and better my English skills. I especially like the fact that you get to choose the subjects you want to do, and you’re more in control with what you would like to study, which is a privilege we don’t have here in Uruguay.

2. How did you initially hear about Kilroy’s College and our Leaving Certificate home study programme?

I was looking online for options to study from a distance, and I found Kilroy’s College programme.

3. You enrolled in September and sat the examinations the following June. Were you comfortable with the nine month time line that you had to complete your studies?

Yes, I was comfortable with it. Maybe it was because I had sat the Junior Certificate not too long before that and I knew how everything works. I think doing it in 9 months instead of 2 years was perfect in my case since doing it long distance for 2 whole years maybe would’ve caused me to lose motivation or focus towards the end. Every case is different, but 9 months were sufficient for me.

4. Which subjects did you enrol in?

I enrolled in six subjects: English, Maths, Spanish, Accounting, Business and Economics.

5. How did you get on in the examinations?  Were you happy with your results?

I got on really well – an A1 in Spanish, an A2 in Maths and Economics, a B1 in Accounting and Business and a B2 in English. I studied and practised a lot beforehand so I was as well prepared as I could be. I was extremely happy with the results since they reflected the amount of effort and hard work I put in.

6. Did you find it easy to complete the home study programme from abroad? 

I found it pretty easy. The only thing I had trouble with, was finding the motivation to do it myself. Since nobody is watching over you or telling you to do it constantly, and you don’t really have definite deadlines, I sometimes found it hard to actually sit down and do the work when I first started the programme. Once I got used to how everything worked, and received the grades back for the assignments I sent, it was easier to make a routine for studying and completing everything on time.

7. Were you happy with the guidance that you got from your personal subject tutors and also from the Kilroy’s Student Services team?

Yes, everyone at Kilroy’s College were really supportive and always willing to help me. They definitely made the whole experience easier and more enjoyable. Despite the distance, I got quick answers. We had issues at first due to the assignments having to be delivered by post and having to go back and forth, it took a pretty long time for things to get all the way to Uruguay and back to Ireland. We realized this was slowing the process down. We decided I would scan the assignments and send them by e-mail since it was way quicker and more efficient.

8. Had you any experience of taking any other distance learning courses at all before you enrolled with Kilroy’s College?

No, I hadn’t had any experience or knew anyone that had done anything remotely similar. I didn’t know what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised!

Leaving Certificate External Candidacy

9. How did you go about finding a secondary school in Ireland to sit the examinations in?

I had no problem finding one since I lived in Ireland for 2 years and attended school there. I sat the Junior Certificate while I lived in Dublin. I got in touch with my old school and they were extremely helpful and supportive of me sitting the exams there.

10.  Was it an easy process to register as an external candidate online at with the State Examinations Commission?

I honestly don’t remember much about this process so I assume it wasn’t difficult at all!

11. When you went into the school to sit the examination were there any other external candidates in the exam hall?  How did you feel?

Yes, they were other external candidates who were sitting the exams, a lot of them actually. We were always in a separated group from the rest of the students that actually studied at that school. I felt comfortable because I saw some familiar faces and old friends. I chatted with the Principal and some of my old teachers as well.

12. Which subject did you personally find the most challenging and did you find our course helpful and useful in getting to grips with that subject?

The most challenging subject for me was Economics, more specifically microeconomics. I found the programme helpful because it had everything well summarized and exactly what you needed in order to understand some of the difficult concepts in the course. It didn’t have unnecessary information that would have confused me or made it more difficult.

13. Which subject did you find the most enjoyable? 

I found Accounting the most enjoyable, which wasn’t really a surprise since I’ve always known I liked it better than any other subject.

Leaving Certificate home study from Uruguay!

14. What did you do next? 

I started university here in Uruguay, I’m studying to become an accountant. I’m currently halfway through my third year.

15. Were you offered a place at university in Ireland or anywhere else?

I wasn’t really looking to go to university in Ireland, that was never my plan. I knew I wanted to study here, in Uruguay, and that’s what I’m doing.

16. Would you recommend the home study leaving certificate programme to students who are perhaps planning to apply to study in Ireland at a third level institution/university?

Yes, I would definitely recommend it. The best thing to do is probably find out beforehand what are the requirements, in terms of subjects and grades, for the university you want to go to, and start planning from there.

17. What are you most looking forward to next in your career path?

I’m really looking forward to continue studying accounting and getting my degree. Once I finish, I will most definitely be doing a Masters Degree in some area related to Accounting or International Commerce, which I’m also really interested in, but I plan on doing that abroad. Maybe Ireland, who knows?

Enrol Today and Save 25% on your Leaving Certificate Home Study Course Fees

There is no better time than now to enrol and start working towards the 2018 or 2019 Leaving Certificate examination!  Each course is tutor-supported and self-paced right up until the date of the examination and can be completed in as little as 6-9 months!

Enrol before midnight Tuesday August 29th and save 25% off your course fees.  Your course can be put on hold for you until you are ready to commence your studies – so you can still avail of the discount even if you plan to start later in the year.  Please just contact our Student Services team once you have enrolled to organise this.

We support our students every step of the way in their learning journey.  At Kilroy’s College you are in a class of one, but are never alone!

10 IT Job Skills In High Demand For 2017 & Beyond!

IT Job Skills In-Demand for 2017

If 2016 was a good year to be in IT, it looks like 2017 is going to be an even better year! Unemployment rates in the IT industry in 2016 were at around 1% in some areas – such as network and web security engineers and software developers and are forecast to fall even more in 2017. Given those numbers, it will come as no surprise that 81% of IT leaders have said that they have a real problem finding IT talent (as found in a recent TEKsystems survey).

10 IT skills that were in high demand for 2016:

  1. UI/UX designers/developers
  2. Full-stack Web & product developers
  3. Network engineers
  4. Security/web security professionals
  5. Mobile Engineers
  6. Data analysts
  7. IT project managers (vertical specific)
  8. Cloud architects/integration
  9. Data scientists
  10. Content Management Systems


So, even if you’re not a web security expert or a software developer, there’s still a lot of opportunity out there for you!

Interview With An Expert Recruiter

We spoke to one of the IT recruitment industry’s best in Ireland, Charlene Heaney. Charlene is Co-Founder & Managing Director at HP|konnect.

Charlene Heaney

We asked Charlene to forecast what the trends for IT recruitment will look like in 2017 for our IT students and graduates:

  1. Do you see the same dominance for recruitment of cyber security experts and software developers so far in 2017?

Absolutely, and it’s going to get stronger as time goes on.  I’ve read a few different articles across the web noting that by 2020 there will be 1 million more jobs, than IT skilled professionals to fill them.  That is a massive gap for any industry.  In our day to day work of recruiting IT professionals, I’m noticing this trend already.  There is so much competition out there for good IT professionals, I will emphasise “good”.  If your students plan their career strategy correctly, they will be in a position to chose what type of work they want.

2. Are there any emerging new trends for in-demand IT skills in 2017?

Much the same as above in 2016, UX/UI is hot right now, and a lot of people in the market moved jobs in 2016, this will slow down a little however the demand is still there.

Look at the last 5-10yrs evolution in both the IT and digital industries.  With the commercialisation of the internet (digital) it has changed how we do business.  Thus, if companies want to remain competitive they have to evolve with the trends which means that “practically” every business will have some sort of IT/Digital bow to their belt, hence the rise in demand of UX/UI designers.  Digital is now mainstream, it’s not the privilege of the big tech companies anymore.  Costs of operating a business online has never been cheaper, which in turn spurs new entrepreneurs to take the risk and creates more jobs in our economy.

So what does all this mean for your students, especially cyber security students?  The more businesses online, the more demand that will generate for cyber security professionals as more laws and compliance will be introduced to protect businesses from cyber threats.  This is a complex industry in itself, however very rewarding one.

For the remaining IT domains, UPC (now Virgin) released an insights report on the affects of digital economy in Ireland in 2014, forecasting a minimum of 150,000 jobs will be created by 2020 in Ireland.

3. What advice would you give to someone who is thinking of changing career to enter the IT sector?

The IT sector is a vocation, and a profession in one.  I would encourage people who are thinking about changing careers to seek advice.  Understand what the role entails, talk to people who are currently in the role you desire.  Find out the good aspects and the not so good aspects.  Does this career fit into your ideal lifestyle?  Changing careers is a big decision and should be carefully considered as you may have to start at the bottom again.

The IT industry is one of the best industries to be in, you will be at the forefront of innovation, be part of something that’s bigger than yourself and could possibly change history.  It’s exciting, it’s very very challenging and IT is here to stay forever…

4. What qualities do you look for in the ideal candidate?
  • Education
  • Skills / experience
  • Attitude / personality
5. How can you best upskill to keep ahead of the pack?

Keep an eye on the market trends for your chosen field.  Network and find out what you should be learning.  Read industry blogs and attend events and meetups.  Meetups are a great way to network, and are pretty informal/friendly atmosphere.

Have personal projects – hiring managers love to see candidates who have personal side-projects.  It shows you are enthusiastic and passionate about what you do, while helping you to upskill and learn more about your chosen field.

Take The First Step To A New Career In IT Today!

To reflect the current trends in IT Skills, Kilroy’s College IT Department is proud to announce that it has just launched 2 new online CIW courses in Web Security and Data Analytics. Or take a look at our full range of IT courses to find an online course that really interests to you.

Each course can be completed in as little as 160 hours of learning effort and successful completion leads to a CIW certificate.  CIW is the most recognised vendor-neutral Web technology education programme in the world.

So, what are you waiting for?  Enrol today and start your journey towards a brighter future in this exciting, new and brave digital world!

6 Steps to Funding for Job Seekers

Now is the perfect time to get back to the books and start working towards a new qualification – at your own pace during the summer months.  Kilroy’s College has extended its summer learning offer into July with up to 50% off most of our distance training courses to accommodate prospective students who are thinking of up-skilling or changing career.

Our Hottest Discounts Yet!

Funded Training Courses

Did you know that job seekers who wish to participate on our extensive range of online and correspondence distance learning courses may be eligible to avail of Department of Social Welfare funding? The allocation of funding for participation in one of our courses, is at the discretion of your local Social Welfare advisor. It is dependent upon two key criteria:

  1. The availability of funding at the time of application and
  2. The applicant’s ability to satisfy the eligibility criteria.


Occasionally employers also fund courses either fully or partially and local charitable organisations may assist with fee contributions, if approached. Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask!

6 Steps To Success

Schedule a Meeting To Chat About Your Preferred Course

Department of Social Welfare Funding

To make an application for funding for your preferred course from the Department of Social Welfare the following 6 steps must be completed:

  1. Schedule A Meeting

Arrange an appointment with a job facilitator in your local Department of Social Welfare office to check your eligibility for funding.  We advise you to print off the course details that are of interest to you and take them with you to the meeting to show your local employment officer.

  1. Be Proactive

During the meeting with your Department of Social Welfare job facilitator, be proactive and explain to the facilitator that completing the training course is key to your back to work plan.

  1. Funding Form

If you are successful in obtaining funding, your facilitator will provide you with a funding form.  Please complete the relevant section of this form.

  1. Post

Please then post your form to Kilroy’s College, Wentworth House, Lower Grand Canal Street, FREEPOST, D02 Y970, Dublin  2 and we will fill out the rest of the form. We will then return the completed form, together with any other necessary documentation directly to your local social welfare office.

  1. Enrol

If you are successful in obtaining your funding please then contact our Admissions team to book your place on the training course.

  1. Approval & Verification

We will then obtain an Approval & Verification form from your Social Welfare advisor (which must be signed by you and by the College upon successful completion of your course).  You are then good to go!

Digital Photography New Online Course!

Make Extra Income As A Freelance Photographer

Learn Essential Photography Skills

Our new Digital Photography distance learning course will teach you the essential skills necessary to improve the quality level of your picture taking, have great competency in all aspects of camera controls and technique including exposure, composition, lighting, digital editing and image presentation.

Camera Equipment Explained

It will also explain what camera equipment will work best for you, what’s recommended and what’s not essential. As you complete each of the lessons, you will gain photography skills that can help with your career or that are for enjoyment and personal use.

New Online Course

You can study this new digital photography course online entirely from home with a personal tutor to guide you through all the lessons. In joining us for this six module course, you will undertake a journey through the amazing world of photography. Photographs can be memorable, interesting and they can qualify as fine art. They can also be entered into competitions and also serve as a means of extra income when sold as stock photography on sites.

10 Places To Sell Stock Photography

Once you have completed your online digital photography course you could consider selling your work as stock photography and earn extra income!  Here are ten very good places to sell stock photography.

Digital Photography Personal Tutor

We are proud to have an award winning, expert, digital photographer working with us on course development and tutoring – Mark McCall.

Mark gives his students in-depth, constructive criticism and helpful feedback on their work and is an invaluable source of information and guidance for those students who wish to enter the marketplace as freelance photographers.

Want To Learn More For Less?

Our Hottest Discounts Yet!

Catch our hottest summer discount offer while it is still live until midnight June 30th 2017 and save 50% on our new online digital photography course fees!

Childcare Courses By Distance Learning

At Kilroy’s College we really value having students contact us to tell us about their experience in our nationally recognised distance learning training courses. This week, Lisa Wright (our resident blogger), was privileged to hear from one of our recent QQI childcare training graduates, Sarah Finlay.

Sarah Finlay (recent graduate of our QQI Level 6 Early Childhood Curriculum minor award programme)

Childcare Training Success Story -Unwrapped!


LW: “Sarah, what inspired you to to go back to education and work towards your QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Care & Education (6M2007)?

SF: “About eight years ago I got a summer job in a creche and found it was the right job for me.  It became a legal requirement to have a qualification when working with Early Years so I decided to go and complete my QQI level 6“.

LW: “How did you hear about Kilroy’s College and our distance learning childcare programmes?”

SF: “I searched for distance courses online and came across Kilroy’s College and it offered exactly what I was looking for”.

LW: “Which programme did you enrol in?”

SF: “I enrolled in the QQI Level 6 minor certificate in Early Childhood Curriculum (6N1944)”.

LW: “Did you find it easy to complete the 12 week programme?”

SF: “Yes definitely.  After enrolling in the course I received a course folder which had absolutely everything I needed in it to complete the course.  I just read all the materials (which wasn’t too much either and contained very easy to read materials) and just followed the tutor’s instructions within the folders”.

LW: “Had you an experience of taking any other home study courses in the past?”

SF: ” Never!  I was nervous at first as I had been in full time and part time courses and swore I would never do a distance learning course – as I didn’t believe I would sit down in my own time and work – but with a two and a half year old and working part time it was the best option for me.  Now I don’t think I would do anything other than distance courses”.

LW: “Some of our students contact local creches to find a work placement for their course.  How did you go about finding a creche for your supervised work placement?”

SF: “I was lucky enough to be working in a creche so I had no issue here”.

LW: “Was it an easy process to apply for Garda vetting?”

SF: “I had Garda vetting when I started in September and it was quick – it took about two weeks when using Early Childhood Ireland“.

LW:”When you went into the creche to complete your work placement did you find it enjoyable?”

SF: “Absolutely!  I love working with young children especially the pre-school room, which this certificate allows me to do now”.

Creativity in the pre-school classroom

LW: “Would you recommend the programme to others who are thinking about working in the childcare sector in Ireland or who would like to up skill from QQI level 5?”

SF: “Yes definitely.  It is an easy course to follow and Kilroy’s College offer so much support and the tutors are always just an email away.  The modules are run over twelve weeks which is ideal and there is very little pressure.  Again the folders are perfect and if you follow the tutor’s instructions you will pass with flying colours”.

LW: “How did you get on in the course?  Were you happy with your result?”

SF: “I did really well and received a distinction in this course.  I failed this module in another College so I was delighted to have done so well.  It was my final module for my level 6.”

LW: “What are you most looking forward to next in your learning journey?”

SF: “I was having a little look at the Child Psychology courses with Kilroy’s College as it’s something that I have always had an interest in”.

Want to learn more for less?

Why not take a look at our full range of online and correspondence courses which are discounted by up to 50% until midnight Friday June 16th 2017!

Cyber Security Online Training Course

Cyber Security: know your enemies: people, not computers!

Did you know that recent data published by global cyber security experts Kaspersky Lab revealed that 80% of all cyber incidents are caused by human error?  Businesses lose millions recovering from staff-related incidents.  It is recommended that every online business should have a trained in-house or out-sourced cyber security expert to support staff members and to protect networks.

Cyber Security Unwrapped

CIW Web Security Associate

To support the global cause to create a healthier Internet, Kilroy’s College will shortly be launching a new Cyber Security online course.  This CIW Web Security Associate course will teach you how to secure your network from unauthorised activity.  It will teach you about security principles, such as establishing an effective security policy and about the different types of hacker activities that you are most likely to encounter.  Individuals with these security skills can pursue or advance careers in many aspects of online and network security.


The CIW Web Security Associate course prepares candidates to take the CIW Web Security Associate exam.

Average Salary – €62,500 for Web Security Associate

The 2015 annual mean salary of an IT professional who has been awarded the CIW Web Security Associate certification is €62,500.  This salary was calculated based on 14,000+ IT professionals who responded to the 2016 IT Skills and Salary survey that was conducted by Global Knowledge in September 2015.

Target Audience

  • Network Server administrators
  • Firewall administrators
  • Systems administrators
  • Application developers
  • IT security officers

Skills Taught

  • Corporate network security policies
  • Authentication procedures, encryption standards and implementations
  • Ports and protocols that hackers manipulate
  • Proactive detection and response/reporting methods
  • Preventing and managing hacker penetration

10% Early Bird Discount

If you would like to register your interest for this course please email lisa@kilroyscollege.ie and you will automatically be entitled to a 10% early bird discount off the course fees.

Full details of this course

Freelance Journalism Distance Course – A Success Story

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Freelance Journalism In Action

3 Tips To Success As A Freelance Journalist

1. Take a short training course in freelance journalism

Our Freelance Journalism course has been taken by hundreds of students since the course was launched over twenty years ago.  The whole genre of journalism has changed dramatically in the digital age and our Freelance Journalism home study course has evolved and been adapted by our expert course writers to meet the needs of the changing face of freelance journalism.

Another good educational resource is the BBC Academy which offers a broad range of online resources that freelance journalists may find useful.

Their range of weekly podcasts are particularly interesting and informative for those who are thinking about a career in television, radio or online.

2. Join an online community of journalists

This is a good way to exchange tips and ideas with fellow journalists.  There are many options available but we like Journobiz Forums – it is free to join and can be a great source of information.  You can also search on social media and look on Twitter or for a Facebook group.  LinkedIn For Journalists includes advice and information for all journalists, including freelancers.

3. Register with a freelance journalist directory

Online paid directories like Upwork and Journalism.co.uk can also be worth considering.  They will take some of the pain out of connecting with industry professionals and, more importantly, can help you to network with fellow industry professionals and get published.

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Interview Time

7 Reasons To Enrol

I recently interviewed a Kilroy’s past Freelance Journalism student Joe Scully. Joe had contacted our Careers team to let them know that he was delighted with his qualification and that he had just got published!

LW: “What inspired you to go back to education?”

JS: “I have always wanted to be a journalist, but for one reason or another, I never got around to doing anything about it.  I never did my Leaving Certificate, so I always felt that I could not get involved in journalism without it.  However once I found out about this course I just decided to go for it.”

LW: “How did you hear about Kilroy’s College and our personal tutor-supported home study courses?”

JS: “I heard about Kilroy’s from a friend who had done a course and looked it up on the Internet and found the course that I was interested in – Freelance Journalism“.

LW: “Did you find it easy to complete the self-paced course within the twelve month time limit?”

JS: “Yes.  I found it very easy”.

LW: “Have you ever had any experience of taking any other distance learning course in the past?”

JS: “No – this was my first experience, but I would recommend the course to anyone thinking of returning to education”.

LW: “Which topic did you personally find the most challenging, and did you find our course helpful and useful in getting to grips with that topic?”

JS: “I never really found much of the course all that difficult, the hardest part was getting started I suppose. The course was very useful though in helping me, in several ways.  Mainly it gave me the confidence to believe I could become a journalist and put the tools in place for me to further my career.”

LW: “Which section of the course did you find the most enjoyable?”

JS: “I found the assignment on interviewing someone the most enjoyable by far. I would be a shy person by nature but to have the confidence to approach someone has helped me a lot.  Doing research on the person and interviewing them and listening to them speak, was something I really enjoyed.

LW: “I know that you have recently had an article published – congratulations!  What are you most looking forward to next in your career as a freelance journalist?”

JS: “I am looking forward to having many more articles published and to exploring more avenues.  Also continuing to learn as I move forward.  I am also looking forward to meeting new people and hearing their opinions on all kinds of different subjects.  I am most looking forward to doing as much writing as I can”.

 What to learn more?

Request a Freelance Journalism eBrochure.