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The Centre for Talented Youth, Ireland

Correspondence Courses for CTYI Students

The courses offered in this section are available to second level students who have taken part in CTYI's Talent Search. Students choose one subject to study over the course of the 2016 - 2017 academic year.

We recommend that students study just one subject per year.

Students complete seven assignments (one every month). Tutors provide individual feedback to the students (usually one week after the submission deadline), highlighting the assignment’s strengths and weaknesses, and providing some helpful hints for the next assignment. Please note we do not grade these assignments, we just provide constructive criticisms.

 

Correspondence Courses (October 2016 to June 2017)*
Legal StudiesThis course will cover a range of areas within law, including: The Purpose of Law, The Irish Legal System, The Irish Constitution and Advocacy. The course will be quite practical with students having to consider particular problems in each assignment and in some cases developing their own responses.
MedicineThis correspondence course aims to introduce the student to the broad knowledge base that is required to study Medicine. It will give the student a chance to understand the normal functioning of the human body and learn through their own research how disease can come about. It will cover a broad range of topics from current medical knowledge to potential future developments. Through the assignments the student will learn not just the pathophysiology behind the disease but should also learn to recognise the signs and symptoms of common diseases and be able to understand the steps involved in making a diagnosis and managing a patient.
PsychologyThe aim of the psychology course is to introduce students to some of the basic theoretical and applied areas of psychology. The course will involve analysing the value of psychological theories and explanations of human behaviour and thinking processes. It will also involve identifying the contribution of a psychological approach to current social issues. One of the main objectives of the course will be to encourage students to adopt a critical thinking approach to their work.
WritingThis is a correspondence course in creative writing that will help develop the thinking and organisational skills of the participants. The course is tutored by a professional writer. Assignments will cover writing skills desirable for upper level secondary school or first year university courses. They will focus on essays focusing on rhetorical skills to the writing of poetry and short fiction. Through a graded series of highly effective and enjoyable writing assignments, students will receive an invaluable insight into the writing process.
 Student Testimonials
“Being told where I did well was a morale boost, being told where my arguments were weak stopped me becoming complacent.” (Legal Studies Student)
“I feel that I can now use this knowledge to understand others and myself better.” (Psychology Student)
“I thought that all the assignments were really well chosen and all equally valuable in their own way… (they) covered a wide range of topics and styles, so that my skills could be expanded." (Writing Student)
*Course outlines are preliminary and are subject to change

 

 

TY Correspondence Courses

CTYI offers a number of correspondence courses for students in Transition Year. Students may apply directly to CTYI, and need not have taken an assessment with us. The course begins in January, running through to May, with assignments due every 3-4 weeks. Tutors will correct the assignments and give individual feedback to the students, helping them to gain in knowledge and confidence with their chosen subject. Please note we do not grade these assignments, we provide constructive critiscism which we believe is more beneficial to the student.

Details will be posted to secondary schools in October 2016.

Correspondence Courses (January 2017 to May 2017)*
Creative WritingThis is a correspondence course in creative writing that will help develop the thinking and organisational skills of the participants. The course is tutored by a professional writer. Assignments will cover writing skills desirable for upper level secondary school or first year university courses. They will focus on essays focusing on rhetorical skills to the writing of poetry and short fiction. Through a graded series of highly effective and enjoyable writing assignments, students will receive an invaluable insight into the writing process.
Cutting Edge ScienceThis course considers exciting scientific discoveries that have had major implications to animals and humans in recent times. Raising many ethical and health questions these new fields of study have led to much debate amongst society in general. On this course students will explore some of the most topical scientific discoveries in the last decade. Through guided research and study they will gain a solid understanding of the issues allowing them to properly argue their opinion. Assignment topics include; artificial intelligence, DNA and genetics, cloning, robotics, GM food and the Hadron Collider.
Legal StudiesThis course will cover a range of areas within law, including: The Purpose of Law, The Irish Legal System, The Irish Constitution and Advocacy. The course will be quite practical with students having to consider particular problems in each assignment and in some cases developing their own responses.
MedicineThis correspondence course aims to introduce the student to the broad knowledge base that is required to study Medicine. It will give the student a chance to understand the normal functioning of the human body and learn through their own research how disease can come about. It will cover a broad range of topics from current medical knowledge to potential future developments. Through the assignments the student will learn not just the pathophysiology behind the disease but should also learn to recognise the signs and symptoms of common diseases and be able to understand the steps involved in making a diagnosis and managing a patient.
PsychologyThe aim of the psychology course is to introduce students to some of the basic theoretical and applied areas of psychology. The course will involve analysing the value of psychological theories and explanations of human behaviour and thinking processes. It will also involve identifying the contribution of a psychological approach to current social issues. One of the main objectives of the course will be to encourage students to adopt a critical thinking approach to their work.

 

To apply, please download the 2016/17 TY Correspondence Course brochure. Application for these courses is by post only. Please print out the Course Brochure (which includes the application form), and return it to:

TY Correspondence Courses,

CTYI,

Dublin City University,

Dublin 9.

*These are preliminary course outlines, and are subject to change