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Student Experience

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College Facilites 

Kinsale College continues to grow and improve to accommodate the needs of its students; the college facilities reflect this growth.

The college has a purpose built facility to accommodate students involved in Drama in the form of its impressive amphitheatre. The Professional Cookery students train in a professional kitchen and 16-seat restaurant. The Sustainable Horticulture/ Permaculture students have access to the market garden, two poly-tunnels and the college site for growing herbs, vegetables, fruit, nuts and flowers. Students involved in technology training courses use Apple Mac computers and up-to-date software. The art students enjoy the dark room facilities and access to The Mill in Kinsale for their end-of-year exhibition. All students have access to a supervised computer room for study and assignment writing, the computer room has printing facilities as well as free internet. There are also free car parking facilities for students at the main campus in Kinsale. All of the college’s students enjoy a varied and vibrant social life in Kinsale, which has plenty of pubs, nightclubs and live music venues.

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College Location

Kinsale College enjoys an enviable location in the fishing and tourist village of Kinsale, 25km from Cork City. The location is known nationally and internationally for its restaurants, markets and outdoor pursuits.

The location has influenced the growth and development of some the college’s cornerstone courses – Outdoor Recreation, Sustainable Horticulture (Permaculture), and Professional Cookery. For international students it is worth mentioning that Kinsale is approximately 20km from Cork International Airport and is also within easy commute of Ringaskiddy Ferry Port. A regular bus now operates from Cork City to Kinsale making it more accessible than ever before for those travelling to the college. Rental accommodation is available in the village for the academic year and houses/rooms are frequently advertised on the college notice board.

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Enrolment Procedure

Step 1 - Online Application
Click here 'Apply Online' to our QQI LEVEL 5 and 6 Courses

Step 2 - Attend the Interview
Applicant will be invited for interview.

Step 3 - Accept place on Course

Successful applicants will be notified of the offer of a place on a college course by post, email or phone call from the Head of Department.

Students must secure this place by paying the relevant course fee before a set date. Failure to do so may result in the place being offered to another applicant.

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Communications 

Communications is a mandatory module on most level 5 courses and some level 6 courses. It is a core skill that is useful and important in every facet of life and work.

On completion of this module students will have improved the key skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing as well as non- verbal and visual communication. Business and creative writing, group participation, interview and presentation skills are all covered. Communications technology has a huge impact on our lives and students will learn about the key issues that affect them.

Information gathering such as research skills will be covered and ultimately students will develop their confidenceto convey and interpret meaning effectively in speaking and writing. 

The module is taught in a lively, creative and interactive way and active student participation and class contribution is encouraged.

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Work Experience/ Work Practice 

Work Experience: Students will apply for and spend a minimum of ten days on work experience in a placement related to their course of study. Some of the best learning takes place during this experience which offers the chance of real hands-on activities and tasks. Students keep a journal of their activities and reflect on their performance. Planning and preparation includes producing documents such as a current CV, letter of application, a skills audit, a career plan and an analysis of the industry/sector being studied. Work related legislation will be covered to ensure students understand their rights and responsibilities. The workplace supervisor will complete an assessment form based on the student’s performance.

Work Practice: Students doing this module will apply for and spend a minimum of 40 days in an organisation related to their course of study. They will keep an account of their daily activities and evaluate and reflect on their performance.

Research will be carried out into an organisation, its structure, functions, policies etc. Work-related legislation will be covered to ensure students understand their rights and responsibilities. The workplace employer will complete an assessment form based on the student’s performance.

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Personal Effectiveness 

On completion of this module students will be equipped with knowledge, skills and competence to apply a range of skills in a variety of personal, civil and vocational situations.

Topics covered include: time management, goal setting, problem solving, participation in groups and presentation skills. Research will be carried out into an organisation, examining the management structure, mission and purpose of the organisation.

The module is taught in a lively, creative and interactive way and active student participation and class contribution is encouraged to help increase students' overall confidence and ability.

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Career Guidance

Students in Kinsale College have access to a Career Guidance Counsellor, whose role is to support and advise students on their educational and career development by providing an understanding, student centred, inclusive service that students are encouraged to use throughout the academic year. The Career Guidance Counsellor can support students in:

• Discovering how to progress to 3rd level with the QQI Qualification
• Filling in CAO forms
• Study Skills, Time Management & Exam Preparation
• Exploring career & education options
• Updating CVs & Cover Letters

The Career Guidance Counsellor will deliver the service through group presentations and workshops and one-to-one meetings. The college Career Guidance Counsellor is Alayne Hynes, you can contact her on:
ahynes@kinsalecollege.ie

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International Students

Kinsale College welcomes applicants from all parts of the world. We value the cultural diversity and richness that international students bring to the college.

Non EU students must comply with Irish Immigration requirements. A visa from the Immigration section of the Department of Justice and Equality must be secured, prior to acceptance.

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Students with Disabilities and specific learning needs

Kinsale College is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and welcomes applications from students with documented disabilities and specific learning needs. The college is determined to provide appropriate support and help for such students within the limits of available resources.

This disability support includes assistive technology, alternative examination arrangements, specialist career guidance service, Tutor support, dyslexia screening and support along with advice on funding.

No CAO points requirement!

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