Student Support Structures

Rathmines College student support services provide opportunities for academic development, assists students with basic college requirements, and serves to motivate students towards the successful completion of their chosen course.

Course Directors

Course Directors administer and co-ordinate the various courses at Rathmines College. Each Director is available to students and parents to advise and consult on personal and academic matters.

Guidance and Counselling

A professional Guidance and Counselling service is available to all College students. Those who wish to seek information or discuss career paths are encouraged to meet with the Guidance Counsellors. Personal counselling is also available.

As an additional support the College may avail of the CDVEC Psychological service to further assist students with particular needs.

Career talks are organised on an ongoing basis.

In preparation for work experience, lectures are arranged to advise students on job search procedures, preparation of CVs and general interview techniques.

Special Education Needs

Rathmines College supports students with special education needs. It is essential that such students indicate their needs when they make an application or as early as possible after induction and course commencement.

It is Rathmines College policy to provide appropriate support for students in the context of our commitment to equality.

The college requires relevant professional reports to support application to the DES for necessary resources. Students with a serious medical condition should also inform the college authorities as early as possible.

Disclosure of a Disability and/or Specific Learning Difficulty will not adversely
affect your application or your legal rights in any way.

Student Council

The College supports a representative student council which organises social, cultural and sporting events. It works with management and staff to ensure the experience of students at Rathmines College is both positive and rewarding. The Student Council is represented on the College Board of Management.

Study Facilities

A library with computers, high-speed internet access and study facilities, is available to all students.

Students may also avail of free supervised evening study.

Seminars on study skills are organised during each academic year.

Student canteen available in each building.

  • Sports and Cultural Activities
  • Soccer and Swimming
  • Public Speaking Competitions
  • Film Society
  • Literary Competitions and Awards
  • Art Exhibitions
  • College Concerts
  • Socials
  • Music Group
  • Drama

Computer Facilities

The college has five fully equipped computer rooms complete with projection equipment and high-speed Internet Access.

In addition to these facilities students have access to PCs at various points throughout the College for project work etc.


  • Computers: Pentium IV, 2 GHz, Multimedia PCs
  • Printers: Laserjet and Deskjet (b/w & colour)
  • Scanners: Scanbed flatbed colour scanners


Training is provided to students in the following up-to-date software:

  • Operating Systems: Windows XP,
  • Business Software: Microsoft Office XP (Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint), Payroll-Quickpay, On-line Typing Tutorial, Medicom - Medical Software.
  • Desktop Publishing: Microsoft Publisher 2000 and Quark Xpress.
  • Computerised Accounts: Tas Books for Windows and Sage Line 50.
  • Web Authoring: Microsoft Frontpage 2000 and Dreamweaver
  • Communications Software: Internet Explorer and Outlook Express.
  • Digital Dictation Software

Programming Language

Visual Basic and C++

Radio Studio

The college has a state-of-the-art radio studio which is used for media courses and broadcasts live and prerecorded shows on RCR (Rathmines College Radio) each year. Digital Editing Software: Adobe Audition 2.0

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