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Brian Howard, Deirdre Garrett Mon, Aug 17
 
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  • 08:50
    Good morning everyone, and welcome to the Leaving Cert helpdesk. Our expert guidance counsellors Brian Howard and Deirdre Garrett will be here until 6 to answer any questions you may have today regarding the CAO, or anything else. In the meantime check www.irishtimes.com/results2015 for information about college life, exam results analysis, and discussion on CAO points.
  • 08:58
  • 09:46

    Hi, one of my courses - TR482 History of art &architecture/sociology - is now "course not found". How can this happen

    Is this course under TSM TROO1?

    Where are you looking for it?

    This TCD two-subject Moderatorship (TR001) 2015 has cut-off points of 470* (random selection).

    Hope that this is of help.

     

  • 09:47

    I am so heartbroken with my CAO offer, I thought I would have enough points going by last year and I feel so upset, stupid and that all my hard work was for nothing

    Hi there, my heart goes out to you this morning because you sound so disappointed and, even though I'm sure you probably don't want to hear it, this moment will pass and in time you will see that you are far from stupid. All the work that you put in this year will never be a waste and I'm sure that it is going to help get you on the road to a good future.

    The disappointment can seem overwhelming this morning for you and for a great many other young people similar to you who did not get the course you wanted to get but, as time progresses, this will ease. Other options will open up and you will find a way to move forward.



    In the next rounds of the CAO the course you really want or other good courses may be offered to you and you may find on closer research that you are happy to take up the offer of a place, in fact many students who ended up on a course that was not their first choice often say that they were glad they didn't get their first choice as they enjoyed their actual course so much more.  Take some time to think about your options and talk them over with your family and hopefully you will see that things are not so bad after all and you have in fact good options for moving forward.  We wish you all the best.

  • 09:49
  • 09:52

    I received 460 points in my Leaving Cert meaning I missed out on primary teaching at Marino by five points and St Pat's by 10. Do I have a chance of getting offered a place at second round or after rechecks or will all the places be taken?

    It all depends on how many of the students accept this course in the first round. If many people decline or defer offer, then places may become available and points may drop. Round-two offers are out on August 27th.

    If you are successful with the appeals and have the necessary points for this course then CAO must make you an offer. Appeal results will be out mid-October. Some colleges may not allow you to start mid-October but a place on this course must be kept for you for September 2016.

  • 09:54

    Do the points tend to drop by much in the second round of offers?  


    The answer to this varies very much from course to course.  In the high-demand courses you don't tend to get massive drops of points going from round to round, that is even if there is a second round for these courses.  But in courses that are in lower demand you can get a drop in points.  These tend to be in the region of five or 10 points but, as always, there are exceptions.  This very much depends on how many people do not take up an initial offer on the course and hence how many places down the course merit list the CAO have to go to fill the unfilled places.

  • 09:58


    If my daughter accepts a CAO offer today and changes her mind after next Monday, have we still got to pay the registration fee or at what date are we liable for the registration fee. Thanks

    The answer is no if she changes her mind. I would advise you to let  the college know so that her place can then be offered to another Leaving Cert candidate.

    You will only be  asked to pay the registration fees if and when you register for  a  college.


  • 10:03

    My course unexpectedly rose by 40 points, I have 20 fewer points than is needed. I have 535, the course, MSISS, is 555. I need some past examples of people being offered places 20 below the round one points!  


    Hi Dylan, this can happen!  In Trinity last year there were a small handful of courses that dropped by 20 points from first to final round points and a few more that dropped by 10.  MSISS is a popular course however and last year it didn't drop at all, so there may be a very slim chance but I would not be relying on it and would look at your other options.

  • 10:06

    I missed out on my preferred course by 20 points. How can I use a PLC to gain points and get it next year?
    Orla

     

    A PLC student will study many different components. Achievement of each component award is graded as Distinction, Merit or Pass. Distinction grade is weighted at 3.333°, Merit at 2.222° and Pass at 1.111°.

    This is then multiplied by the individual component credit value to a maximum 120 credits. For components with a credit value of less than five credits, multiply the credit value by 15.

    Components leading to the best 120 credits are scored and applicants are ranked accordingly. The best 120 credits come from component awards achieved with the highest grades. A score of 400 points is the most that can be achieved from a PLC. You reapply through the CAO system.

     

  • 10:10

    I have been made a level 8 offer and a level 7 offer. If I accept the level 7 offer can I get second round offers at 8 and 7 ?


    You will not get any offer on courses that lie below  today's level 7 and level 8 offer. However, you may get offers on course choices that lie above today's offers. This could happen in round two if, and only if, the points drop or you go up a grade in the appeals process and now meet the necessary cut-off points.

  • 10:11

    I got 470 points and hoped to do computer science in UCD which requires 475 points. What are my chances in the second round?  


     


    Hi, this very much depends on how many people do not take up a round-one offer on the course, if any, and hence how many places down the course merit list the CAO have to go to fill the unfilled places.  If all applicants who got offered this course this morning accept the place then there will be no second-round offers.  So it all rests with those who currently have the places and what they are going to do with them. We have no way of knowing this until the round-one reply date when all the replies are known.

  • 10:20

    When will we know if we have got the Susi grant? Mine's at the final stage for three weeks at this stage. Pat  



    Hi Pat, there are no set dates for everyone.  It very much depends on when you submitted your application.  Early applications will receive priority.  There is a tracking facility on the Susi website you can use to try and get some idea of your timescale.

  • 10:24

    If I do an arts degree and do not like the subject that I have picked, have I an option to change to another subject and within what time frame?  


    This depends on the arts degree.  It varies from college to college.  In Maynooth, for example, they give students a few weeks to try different subjects before finalising their choice of subjects, but in other colleges this option is not available.  You need to contact the admissions office of the arts degree you are concerned with and ask them what their policy is.

  • 10:26

    I met the minimum entry requirements for the Fetac route into nursing in Ireland. I completed a level 5 nursing studies course and got nine distinctions and one merit which I am waiting on an appeal for. I still didn't get an offer



    Would it be possible that you got a merit in a subject that required a distinction?

    Otherwise, it's a case of supply and demand. You must compete with other students who met the requirements.

  • 10:33

    I applied from Italy and sent the results from my high school at the end of July. The Italian post office told me that there was a problem with delivery. How can I know if everything arrived? Please, I need help!

    I would advise you to contact the CAO. It's best to email them and quote your CAO number.

  • 10:34

    How many places are there in finance (Ck204) at UCC? Thanks  



    Hi Lauren, we don't have this information definitely as we don't know how many places UCC offered this year on this course.  In 2013 the figure we have is 57 and this may be in line with this year.

  • 10:37

    Please can you tell me if it is possible to change choice options on CAO?   I have been offered law in Galway (first choice, UCD, jumped by 10 points) but would prefer my next choice on the CAO which is law in Cork. I am not taking up the Galway option.


    Unfortunately, you will never be offered courses choices that fall below today's course offer even if you don't accept today's offer. You cannot change the order of preference either. The closing date for this was July 1st.


    You may be offered courses that lie above your offer today (Galway) if points drop in round two.


     

  • 10:38

    What colleges don't accept until 2016 if you receive the correct amount of points after rechecks?



    To my knowledge all colleges have to make an effort to offer a place in the current year where possible.  If they cannnot because they don't have the facilities, eg, lab facilities, then they must offer a deferred place the following year.  If your query refers to a particular college I would advice contacting the admissions office there.

  • 10:39

    If I accept my first choice for a Level 7 course in CIT, can I still get my first option for Level 8 offered to me in round two, if the points were to drop? I got 380 points and the course in UCC was 380 but went up by 10 points. Missed out by 10 points


    The answer is yes. Your level 6/7 will have no effect on your level 8 list.

  • 10:40

    I missed out on my first choice of business in UL by 15 points. I was told there will possibly not be any second-round offers so I'm wondering is there a list available anywhere or Fetac or PLCs available that they accept? Locality is Laois. Thanks


    Hello, qualifax.ie has a list of all PLC courses. Don't forget that Level 6/7 is another progression route to a Level 8 degree.

  • 10:42

    My son wanted to study food marketing in UCC, but is five points short. He has been offered commerce. If he accepts it now and if the points for food marketing are lowered in a possible second-round offer can he drop commerce and take up food marketing?


    Yes he can. He will be given the choice to stay  with commerce or move  to food marketing. The choice is his.


     


    Good luck.

  • 10:43

    Hi Brian, thanks for being here again.   My daughter got 425 and journalism in DCU was 435: any chance in round two?


    Hi, this very much depends on how many people do not take up a round-one offer on the course, if any, and hence how many places down the course-merit list the CAO have to go to fill the unfilled places.  If all applicants who got offered this course this morning accept the place then there will be no second-round offers.  So it all rests with those who currently have the places and what they are going to do with them. We have no way of knowing this until the round-one reply date when all the replies are known.

  • 10:46

    My son applied for engineering in Galway and   thought 425 points would get him in but 450 is the lowest offer - what chance may he have in the second round? He has offer from Cork but would prefer Galway.


    I would advise that he accepts Cork as he will not be offered anything below this in the next round. Getting offered Galway very much depends on how many people do not take up a round-one offer on the course, if any, and hence how many places down the course-merit list the CAO have to go to fill the unfilled places.  If all applicants who got offered this course this morning accept the place then there will be no second-round offers.  So it all rests with those who currently have the places and what they are going to do with them. We have no way of knowing this until the round-one reply date when all the replies are known.


     

  • 10:47

    Morning, I got 470 points and my first choice, Computer Science in UCD, is 475.
    What do you think my chances are in the second offers?
    Thanks


    Hi, this very much depends on how many people do not take up a round-one offer on the course, if any, and hence how many places down the course merit list the CAO have to go to fill the unfilled places.  If all applicants who got offered this course this morning accept the place then there will be no second-round offers.  So it all rests with those who currently have the places and what they are going to do with them. We have no way of knowing this until the round-one reply date when all the replies are known.


     

  • 10:49

    My second-choice course is 280 points. I have 315 points but not 2 HC3 minimum entry points - only one - do you think I may get a second-round offer or should I look at repeating Leaving Cert?  



    Hi, unfortunately if you don't meet the entry requirements for a course (2HC3 in the case of an honours Level 8 degree) you are not deemed qualified to apply for a course, no matter what points you have.  The first thing the CAO will check is to see if you have met the entry requirements for the courses you have applied to.  If you have not met the requirements, they will not consider you for this course.



    Have you applied for any Level 6/7 courses?  Think carefully about repeating, this is something you need to give great thought to as it is a big decision.

  • 10:55

    My daughter has been given her first choice in UCC but at the last minute she feels her second choice in UCC was her preferred option. Is there any solution to this?  



    Unfortunately not.  Once she was offered her first choice then effectively all her lower choices were deleted from her application.  The only way she could get to this second choice is if the course appeared on the vacant places list on the CAO website.  This is a list of courses where colleges have not managed to fill all the courses.  The other option is to apply again next year placing this course at the top of her CAO list.

  • 10:55

    With a Leaving of 590 points, I plan on accepting my offer of biomed in UCD and repeating the HPat to achieve the points to study medicine. Is it possible to transfer into year two of medicine if my HPat is suitable? Or will I have to do premed? Thanks


    You will have to contact college admissions for this query as all colleges have their own policies.


     

  • 11:01

    Hi, I got 515 which was the requirement for history and Spanish at Trinity but was not offered the course due to random selection. How likely am I to get this in round two? What should I do now?


    I recommend that you accept the course you got offered today as you will not get offered any course below this in further rounds.


    What are the chances of you being offered Trinity in round two? This very much depends on how many people do not take up a round-one offer on the course, if any, and hence how many places down the course-merit list the CAO have to go to fill the unfilled places.  If all applicants who got offered this course this morning accept the place then there will be no second-round offers.  So it all rests with those who currently have the places and what they are going to do with them. We have no way of knowing this until the round-one reply date when all the replies are known.

  • 11:06

    What were the points for international commerce with French in NUIG?


    2015 CAO points - 500

  • 11:13
    Hi all, don't forget tomorrow is the deadline for the return of your personalised forms requesting to view your Leaving Certificate scripts.  The form has to returned to your school.
  • 11:16
  • 11:20

    Hi,
    My nephew was offered humanities joint honours degree Dc009. He would like to take Irish. It says it is only offered at intermediate level. What does this mean? He got HC3 in Irish.


    General entry requirements of Grade C3 in two Higher Level subjects and Grade D3 in four Ordinary or Higher Level subjects including mathematics AND either English or Irish is all that is necessary for this course.

  • 11:23

    I got 390 which is the amount I need for early care and childhood studies. But I didn't get the offer.


    I would advise you to look at the Leaving Cert entry requirements for this course. You will find this information on qualifax.ie or cao.ie. You must satisfy these requirements and the cut-off points in order to be offered a place on the course.


    Get back to us if needs be.

  • 11:25

    I got arts in Maynooth in round 0 but today I got my top choice of nutritional in UCC. I'm all set to go to Maynooth as I have accommodation with cousins but I really like the course in UCC but am afraid because I don't want to be in student accommodation  



    Hi Hannah, it sounds as if you are quite keen on Maynooth and have already put in some groundwork getting your accommodation sorted.  But to me the most important thing has got to be the course and how happy you will be studying it.  All other things can change - accommodation, friends, etc - but the course doesn't. You have to feel content that the course will be enjoyable, stimulating and will keep you motivated.  So my advice is to concentrate on the two courses and their content and figure out which one you would be most content in over the duration of the course.

  • 11:31

    My son got 460 points and has enough points for his third (UCD) and fourth (DIT) choices. He has plenty of points for both. Is there any way he can do the fourth choice instead of the third choice at this point?  


    Unfortunately not.  If he is offered his third choice then effectively his fourth choice will disappear.  You can never move down the CAO list of choices.  The only possibility of getting to a place on the DIT course is if it appears on the list of vacant places on the CAO website but this is a long shot.

  • 11:32

    For my course I need 390. A higher C3s in two subjects and passes in the rest. I have achieved all those objectives but I still haven't been offered my course.  



    What is the course?

  • 11:41

    The course is early years and childhood studies at UCC (Ck111).



    Yes the points are 390 and the entry requirements are 2HC3 and 4OD3 to include a pass in English, Irish and a language.  Did you pass your language and English and Irish?  If you did then there is something strange and you should email CAO with your CAO number and the full details of this query.

  • 11:42

    My niece didn't get the minimum six subjects for matriculation, but was still (I'm told) offered a UCC arts place this morning.


    UCC apply the compensation rule where 1HE is acceptable for matriculation with either 3HC3 or 1B3+1HC3. This may be the reason.

  • 11:43

    I have 445 points and am eligible for Dare. I got podiatry in NUIG. My first choice was speech and language in NUIG. Do I have to repeat or is there another route?


    Did you put speech and language down on your CAO form? Did it lie above podiatry?

  • 11:46

    My son got 460 points and had Mary Immaculate, St Pat's, Marino and science concurrent ag/biology teaching so missed out on top four choices. Any chance, with possibility of recheck or second-round offer, that he would get a higher offer? Science in UL went up 35 points


    Appeals results are back mid-October. If he then has the necessary points CAO must make him an offer. The college/ himself may not want to start mid-October but a place will be held for him in September 2016.


    With regard to round two, this very much depends on how many people do not take up a round-one offer on the course, if any, and hence how many places down the course-merit list the CAO have to go to fill the unfilled places.  If all applicants who got offered this course this morning accept the place then there will be no second-round offers.  So it all rests with those who currently have the places and what they are going to do with them. We have no way of knowing this until the round-one reply date when all the replies are known. But 35 points  would be a big  drop.

  • 11:52

    My son was offered a course equivalent to his points but he forgot to remove this course from his CAO. His second choice has jumped in points to just below what he achieved. Is he out of luck for a second-round offer for the course he really wants?


     


    Yes, I am afraid so. He will not be offered any course below his course offer today. The deadline for this was July 1st.

  • 11:55

    I got 550 points in LC 2014, took a gap year and repeated Hpat. My score is now 720 and I'm absolutely heartbroken again. I feel like I have more to give and medicine is the only career I genuinely desire. I'd GREATLY appreciate your advice. Thanks


    You have the option of repeating the HPat again. You could also do a science-related course and apply then for graduate medicine. You can do graduate medicine in Ireland and the UK. You could also apply through UCAS for undergrad medicine.


    Is this of any help?

  • 11:58

    I got 450 points. My list of courses are Tr071; DN200; TR081; TR083; TR753; DT201; DN500.
    Why have I only received a DN500 offer? And I cannot find where the points are for TR753. Regards



    You have received an offer for DN500 as it is the highest choice on your list that you are entitled to a place on: all the others on your list above you are not entitled to a place on.  TR753 is one of the TR001 combinations - Spanish and sociology, and the points are 475*

  • 12:01

    Can you please advise what website advertises study courses abroad for science; medicine etc  



    For the UK - ucas.com and for the EU - eunicas.com.

  • 12:03

    Hi, is the one-year certificate course in games technology at Griffith College (GC445) a direct link to transfer to the games design course in DIT (DT508)?
    Thank-you.



    I am not sure of this, I would advise contacting the admissions office in DIT to get a definitive answer. Their number is 01-402 3445.

  • 12:05

    Yes speech and language was down as first choice; podiatry was third.


    Speech and language was 530 this year. The maximum point reduction for Galway Dare candidates is 60 points. Again you are not gauranteed to get all 60 points due to competition from other Dare candidates. You can do an undergraduate degree and then apply for a postgraduate/masters in speech and langauge. UCC, UL and NUIG offer such courses.


    Or you could repeat and try get higher points.


    The best of luck. We wish you well.

  • 12:09

    Hi, offer is Maynooth EU studies, Level 8 or DIT Science, Level 7.   Would doing three years of science be more beneficial if I had an interest in health and nutrition? Thank-you:)


    Very much so as you would be coming from a science-related background. You will also learn the extent of your interest in the area of science/health and nutrition.

  • 12:09

    Does the student have to view their script before requesting a recheck or can they simply apply for a recheck?


    No you can simply apply for a recheck without reviewing your script.

  • 12:10

    HI
    I have a choice of optometry in DIT Kevin Street or optometry in Coleraine.
    Which course would you advise?
    There is no campus experience in Dublin, I'm told, whereas Coleraine has a student campus.
    rgds
    Rebecca



    In terms of finance the DIT option would probably work out better especially given the sterling rate at the moment. The course in DIT is well regarded and quite similar to the UU course and, of course, leads to a professional qualification. However you are right, one of the big drawbacks for DIT for the moment is the lack of a campus experience.  As you probably know DIT is on the move over the next few years to the new Grangeorman campus, but whether you will ever see it in your time on the optometry course I'm not sure - you might be lucky and get one or two years. This is really a personal decision you will have to make having weighed up all the pros and cons of both offerings.  You are in a lucky situation this morning.

  • 12:13

    My son got 405 points. He was hoping to do business with French or Spanish at DIT. He got arts in UCD. He has points for business and german in DIT but did not have it on CAO.   Has he any chance of changing?


    Unfortuantely not. The closing date for any changes was on July 1st.


    Also he will not be offered any course that lies below today's course offer on his CAO form. He can only be offered courses above today's offer in later rounds.

  • 12:17

    I got my second choice LM045 and I realise that I really don't want to do it. Is there internal changing in UL? I wanted LM044 but didn't get the points. I am so confused.  


    Hi, if there are any internal transfers in UL the general rule of thumb is you can only transfer to a course that you would have got the points for originally, otherwise this would become a back door into courses and would play havoc with the CAO system.  My advice however is to ring the admissions office in UL and get a definitive answer from them as to what the possibilities are.

  • 12:21

    If you miss out on a course by 10 points, is it better to try to gain entry via resitting the LC or via doing a PLC course?


    You have to think about whether you would be a good repeat student or not. Is there more in the tank? Will course content change for many of your subjects? Where could you improve?


    A PLC gives you a good insight into that particular discipline before you go investing three/four more years. A small number of places on certain courses are kept for PLC applicants. Certain requirements must be met. You then compete with other PLC students from all over the country. The maximum amount of points one can obtain from a PLC is 400.


    It's your decision at the end of the day. I recommend that you consult with school staff. They know you best.

  • 12:22

    I got two offers today but neither I want to accept. I'm five points off what I want. Should I risk waiting for second-round offers?  



    The general advice is to accept something in round one as there is no guarantee you will be offered anything in the next rounds and you could be left with no offers. If, having accepted something in round one, you become entitled to a higher choice in the next rounds, you will be offered it and you can decide whether to accept it or not. If you decide afterwards that you do not want to take up the place you accepted in round one then you simply contact the college and tell them.

  • 12:22

    I got 370 in my Leaving Cert. The course I desperately want it 375: that was in round one and it went up 20 points. Is there any chance I would get an offer in round two or three? .


    Hi, this very much depends on how many people do not take up a round-one offer on the course, if any, and hence how many places down the course-merit list the CAO have to go to fill the unfilled places. If all applicants who got offered this course this morning accept the place then there will be no second-round offers.  So it all rests with those who currently have the places and what they are going to do with them. We have no way of knowing this until the round-one reply date when all the replies are known.

  • 12:24

    If I accept this offer of LM045 (my second choice) can I still apply for a vacant place when they come up?



    Yes, absolutely, in the next round.

  • 12:25

    I have 370 points. I found a course I want which is 365 in Sligo St Angela's for nursing. Is there any chance I could change my CAO and put that option down? I would pay any price. Is there any way they would let me? My career depends on this.


    I am afraid not. The change of mind facility closed on July 1st. The only way of you getting this course for September 2015 is if this course appears under available places on cao.ie. Places start becoming available from tomorrow.

  • 12:27
  • 12:28

    Would my son have needed to put a course that shows up in the vacant places on his CAO application if he wishes to apply? Also should he accept his offer before the vacant places list is released? Thanks


    No available places are open to all candidiates regardless of their previous CAO choices.


    If he accepts his offer he can still apply for available places. He has to make sure that he has this new course correctly placed on his form though.

  • 12:28

    I missed a course by five points - is there a chance I will get offered it in second round? If I accept the offer can I transfer next year to first-choice course? If I apply to CAO next year will I have a different fee structure (mature student)?  



    Hi, this very much depends on how many people do not take up a round-one offer on the course, if any, and hence how many places down the course merit list the CAO have to go to fill the unfilled places. If all applicants who got offered this course this morning accept the place then there will be no second-round offers.  So it all rests with those who currently have the places and what they are going to do with them. We have no way of knowing this until the round-one reply date when all the replies are known.  Transfers are treated on an individual basis by colleges.  I would advise contacting the colleges involved to see what their policies are.

  • 12:31

    I got one offer of a course which I am not particularly interested in, but if I was to accept this, would I still get offers in round two in the hope that I would get lucky, and be able to change to the preferred new offer?


    You may get offered courses that lie above today's offer providing that points fall in further rounds. You will not get offered any course choices below today's offer.


    Remember that it is very important to study something that you're interested in as doing first year again in September 2016 can be pretty expensive.


    Good luck with your decision.

  • 12:32

    My son is five points short for his first choice arts in UCC. He got offered his second choice - arts in MI. If he accepts this, could he still be offered his first choice in the second-round offers if the points drop?


    Yes he could. Second-round offers are out on Thursday, August 28th.

  • 12:35

    I have an offer for DN500, economics, politics and international relations. This wasn't my first choice and I'm unsure about it. I have concerns as in economics there are no tutorials and only lectures and independent study. Is this a big disadvantage?


    It depends on the student. Lectures will be aimed at a level that requires no previous economics experience. My advice would be to stay on top of this subject. Maybe shout 'help' to the necessary department or form a study/support group when the need arises.


    I am sure that other students will be in a similar position.


    The best of luck.

  • 12:36



    Hi, I missed out on my course BESS by five points, is there any real chance that I could get an offer for it in the second round? Do   many people normally drop out?


    Hi, this very much depends on how many people do not take up a round-one offer on the course, if any, and hence how many places down the course merit list the CAO have to go to fill the unfilled places.  If all applicants who got offered this course this morning accept the place then there will be no second-round offers.  So it all rests with those who currently have the places and what they are going to do with them. We have no way of knowing this until the round-one reply date when all the replies are known.


     


     

  • 12:36

    My daughter got 520 but the course went up 10 points with an *.  She is going to get one of her papers rechecked. She got an A2 but feels it should be an A1. Would she then be offered the place?  



    It depends.  Every applicant is given a randomly generated number on application.  When your daughter applied to this course she was put into an academic merit list for it - applicants with the highest points at the top all the way down to the applicant with the lowest points at the bottom.  Where students have the same points in the list they are put in order of their random number - highest to lowest.  With the 10 extra points she may get in October, the CAO goes back to round-one offers day and checks with her random number would she have been within the group of people who were offered a place?  If the answer is yes then she must be offered a place in October.  This is explained in the CAO handbook whcih can be accessed on cao.ie  

  • 12:38

    Hi, I was just wondering what are the likely points to be needed to get offered a partial scholarship for finance in UCC?



    This is a question for UCC I'm afraid.  Give them a ring on 021 4903571.

  • 12:39

    Hi, I got 545 and was hoping to study pharmacy at RCSI which is 545*. I didn't get offered a place today; should I keep my hopes up for round two?


    I am sorry to hear that. That is very unfortunate. Whether you get an offer in the next round will depend on how many people do not take up a round-one offer on the course, if any, and hence how many places down the course merit list the CAO have to go to fill the unfilled places.  If all applicants who got offered this course this morning accept the place then there will be no second-round offers.  So it all rests with those who currently have the places and what they are going to do with them. We have no way of knowing this until the round-one reply date when all the replies are known.


    The best of luck.

  • 12:41

    I was offered my third choice in UCD but was wondering if I accept can I still get offered my second during second-round offers or do I have to decline which means taking a big risk. Thanks!  



    Whether you accept your third choice or not you will still be offered your second choice in round two if you become entitled to it.  So the general advice is to accept something in round one, so you are sure you have something and then hope for the best in round two.

  • 12:44

    My daughter got 430 points. She did not get her Level 8 choice but got a Level 7 in the same discipline. The question is how many years in Level 7 will she need to do before she can move to Level 8, assuming she gets the correct grades?


    It all depends on her grades. The higher the grade then the  greater the  chance of getting into the last year of the Level 8. A  lower grade will result into entry into year three of the Level 8. You would have to speak to each college directly to get the exact requirements.


    The government cover you for five years so either way your tuition fees are covered.

  • 12:44

    Hello,
    I got my third preference today, MH115. I was five points off my second preference and 10 off my first. Is it possible that I could get my second preference (French/History)on round two if there are still vacancies? I'm only five points short.


    Yes it is possible, this very much depends on how many people do not take up a round-one offer on the second-choice course, if any, and hence how many places down the course merit list the CAO have to go to fill the unfilled places.  If all applicants who got offered this course this morning accept the place then there will be no second-round offers.  So it all rests with those who currently have the places and what they are going to do with them. We have no way of knowing this until the round-one reply date when all the replies are known.



  • 12:47

    I have been offered a choice ABOVE what I really want.  I understand that my CAO was filled out incorrectly.  Is it possible to accept the course offered and watch out for a vacant place on the course below me and then apply?  



    Yes, absolutely.

  • 12:47

    I have 495 points. I have an offer for computer science in Trinity, which is my second choice. Computer science and business being my first,what actions should I be taking to optimise my chances to get a second-round offer ?


    You can review your scripts and make an appeal in the hope of going up a grade or you can sit and wait to see if computer science and business comes down in points in round two.

  • 12:53

    I am going into my final year degree in business, but I have been offered a place in medicine today.   Can I defer my offer of medicine to finish my business degree?


     


    It is possible eg, in UCC, but I would advise you to contact the admissions office of that particular university.


    Well done and the best of luck.


     

  • 12:54

    I got 465 in the LC but I had physiotherapy down as my first four choices. Primary education was next in Mary Immaculate but I'm five points short: what to do next?  



    I'm not sure if you have been offered anything lower, but either way you will have to wait for round two to see if you get offered a place on the course in Mary I.  At five points off you might have a slim chance.  If you have been offered nothing you will have to think about maybe repeating, looking at vacant places on the CAO website or looking at clearing in the UK system to see if there is a course you could do there.  Some private colleges offer direct entry to some of their courses; you might check out their websites to see if there is anything suitable.

  • 13:10
  • 13:54

    Hi I got offered arts at UCD today; my third choice. I really wanted communications in DCU. I recieved an E in Ag science and applied for a recheck. If I had a D3 I could have made my course. If my grade goes up on recheck can I transfer in October?


    Yes you can providing that DCU still have room on this course. Otherwise a place must be kept for you for September 2016.

  • 13:57

    I have been told the subject choices can be limited in DN 500 joint honours arts course UCD. How do I ensure I get my subject choice? It's not my choice of course and I want to make it as interesting as possible.


    You would have made your selection when applying through CAO. Please refer to the grid on CAO handbook on the UCD page.

  • 14:03

    I didn’t receive my first choice (science at UL) but my third choice at IT Sligo. Is it possible to transfer to science in UL from the science in IT Sligo after year one? Or are there any PLC courses I could do to gain entry into science choice (LM117)?



    You will have to contact UL. HEIs have their own policies when it comes to transfers: qualifax.ie is a good website when searching what PLCs get you into certain Level 8 courses.


    Not all Level 8 courses have a Fetac route. Check to see does this course keep spaces for Fetac applicants.


    Get back to us if needs be.

  • 14:10

    I've heard that maths and English are automatically used in my top six subjects regardless of whether or not they're actually two of my best results due to the fact that they're main subjects. Is this true?

    No this is not true. You may need these subjects for matriculation purposes but you choose your six highest grades for CAO points.

  • 14:11
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  • 14:16

    Is WD200 a popular course choice and do you know if the points might drop down?  


    This is a relatively new course for WIT.  The subject offerings would not be as comprehensive as other arts courses so it is really important that you look carefully at the options to make sure that you are happy with your subject choice.  I don't see the points dropping less than 280.

  • 14:16

    Should I repeat sixth year, or do a course which I am not too sure I will love and is not originally what I wanted? The thought of repeating absolutely kills me.


    Are you a good repeat candidate? What subjects could you improve on? By how much? Will course content be different in many of your subjects? These are the type of questions that you have to ask yourself. The answer to these questions will help you make a more informed decision.


    I would advise you to do a course that you are interested in. Maybe research this course a little bit more and visit the college. Speak with course lecturers. All this will help you finalise your decision.


    Don't forget PLCs. It can be used an an alternative route to a Level 8. PLCs have the benefit of giving you a feel as to whether you want to invest three to four more years in that particular area. You apply directly to the Post-Leaving Cert college. Entry requirements tend to be five passes in the Leaving Cert.


    I hope that this has helped.


     

  • 14:22

    Hi I did not get offered my top three choices which was physical education in Limerick, Cork and DCU but was offered my fourth choice of sports science in Carlow IT, do you know if it is possible to do a HDip afterthe sports science degree?


    You would have to contact the Teaching Council in Maynooth. They'll tell you if that degree is recognised for teaching purposes and what subjects you would be qualified  to teach.

  • 14:22
  • 14:23

    Hi, I was offered a place in Trinity. I may need to defer. Do I accept the place first and then contact Trinity?  



    No, don't accept the offer.  You need to follow the procedure laid out on page 5 of the CAO handbook on cao.ie The steps are: email immediately the admissions office of TCD with your name and CAO number and the course code you wish to defer.  Say why you wish to defer.  Put DEFERRED ENTRY in the subject field of the email.  This email must arrive in the admissions office at least two days before the reply date.  TCD will then communicate its decision to you.

  • 14:24
  • 14:25

    Hi, my daughter got offered a place on physio course in UCD and had medicine as her first choice. She is unsure if she should go ahead and do the physio and is thinking of repeating. Can she accept the offer and then later decline it?  



    Yes she can.  If after having accepted the course she decides to repeat she can contact UCD and tell them that she is not taking up the place on the course.

  • 14:26


    Hi. I got 505 in my Leaving Cert just missing out on BESS in Trinity which I really wanted. What should I do? I was offered commerce in UCD.



    I would recommend that you accept UCD as you will not get offered any courses below this one.  You could get offered BESS in round two if the points fall. You will then have the choice to remain at UCD or move over to Trinity.


    Maybe you could view your scripts and ensure that you and your teacher are happy with the grade. If not, appeal. If your appeal is successful TCD would have to make you an offer for October 2015 (providing that there is room on the course or ensure you a place on this programme in September 2016.).


    The very best of luck.

  • 14:28

    I got 265 which are the points for my second choice in LIT. I did not get the points for my first choice. On my letter from CAO it read that I have not been offered a place in any of my chosen courses. Does this mean my second choice course is full?


    No not necessarily. You need to check to see if you satisfy the Leaving Cert entry requirements for that course.


    You need to satisfy minimum Leaving Cert requirements and the CAO cut-off points before an offer is made.


     


    Get back onto us if needs be.

  • 14:31

    Our son got 500 points. Brilliant we thought. However not enough for his preferred physiotherapy. He has been made an offer in economics his fourth choice but I'm not sure if he is really keen. What advice can you give?  



    I would accept the economics for the moment and give yourselves some breathing space to think this through.  If your son is extremely keen to do physiotherapy then it may be worth his while to consider repeating. Whether he does this or not depends on whether he thinks he could increase his points by 50 or so.  If he does then he should seriously consider going back.  If he thinks not then maybe he is better moving forward and getting his head in the right place for his fourth choice.  With 500 points I would suggest he should maybe have a look at the UCAS system and consider next year submitting an application for physiotherapy in the UK.  He would get a decision fairly quickly.

  • 14:32

    It looks like my son won't get any other offers. If he accepts current one, does it necessarily mean he has to go on the course until he weighs up some other options?

    He is not obliged to accept it but accepting it would gives him some breathing space to think this through. He could contact the college directly and look for a deferral?PLC could be another option. Remember the Government will only pay for you to do first year once. Making a wrong choice can prove to be expensive.


    We are here all day today and again tomorrow. Get back on if you need us.

  • 14:38

    If I accept my offer of law in Galway, what are the possibilities of being able to transfer to law in UCD or Trinity after my first year, which I missed due to points? If so, what kind of requirements are necessary?


    You would have to contact the HEI involved as each college has its own transfer policies.

  • 14:38

    Hi, I got my second preference and missed out on my first choice by 15 points. Is there a chance animal science DN250 will drop by 15 points in round two? Or is there anywhere that can inform you if the course is filling up and any vacancies? Thanks  



    Nobody knows what courses are going to drop or not and by how much if they do.  Read some of the answers below for explanation why. The colleges will only know if there are going to be any places offered in round two, when all the replies come in from the people holding the places at the moment. This will not be until the round one reply date on the 24th.

  • 14:40

    Thank you for answering earlier question. One clarification, if I accept a course and decide to apply to CAO again next year, do I pay different fees for the second course than I would have if I had got that course first time round? Thanks


    No, you don't pay different fees but you do pay fees when doing first year again albeit on the same or different course.



  • 14:40

    What is the contact number for UCD for questions about offers?
    Thank you :)


    01 7161555 and ask for admissions.

  • 14:45

    My friend got a matriculation place in drama/theatre in Trinity (exemption from points race), her first choice. She has been offered her fifth choice - drama and art history - instead. Is it possible something went wrong with matriculation place? Who do we contact?  



    I'm not sure I understand. Are you saying she was made an offer of her first choice and then her fifth choice. If she thinks there is something wrong, the quickest way to query it is directly with the CAO by the Contact Us button on its website quoting the CAO number and name involved.  It may take a few hours for a reply.

  • 14:46
  • 14:47

    If I defer my second choice offer, will I still be offered my first choice if points come down in round two? Thanks


    Yes, you will be offered your first choice in round two if points come down.


    Be sure to contact the admissions office of the college that offered you a place and request permission to postpone until next year. Outline your reason for seeking a deferral. The college will then contact CAO on your behalf.


    You must reapply through CAO next year, listing just that one course in your application. If you list other courses other than your deferred place, you are then back in open competition with next year's applicants.

  • 14:47

    I was offered my first choice but I'm no longer interested in this course. Can I apply for a course with vacant places even though I was offered my first choice?

    Yes you can. Vacant college places will be made available from tomorrow.

    Good luck.

  • 14:49

    Hi my daughter has received an offer for DIT DT324 but wanted Level 8 degree DT366. She got 430 points. She thinks if she does Level 7 then, with good grades, she can transfer to Level 8 after only one year at Level 7?  


    My understanding is that this is a Level 6 two-year course and that the transfers to the Level 8 honours degrees take place after the two-year course is complete.  Course transfers are a minefield and very often are treated on an individual basis so my advice is to contact DIT admissions or the Business School in DIT and seek their views.

  • 14:50

    Hi, my daughter was offered a Level 7 in Griffith College, GC466. Is it possible to top this up to Level 8 in another college? She was also offered GA281 in GMIT, which is Level 8!


    It certainly has been done before   between other courses and other colleges. I suggest that you contact HEIs in question as each institution have its own policy on transfers.

  • 14:51

    Hi I missed business and French in DCU by 10 points but got same course in DIT. If I do first year there and do well could I transfer to DCU for second year if anyone drops out?


    I don't think so. I suggest you contact admissions in DCU.

  • 14:52

    Hi were second-round offers given  for  law plus ul in 2014. If so how many points did it drop? I am out 10 points. Is there any hope of a second-round offer.



    It looks as if there were no further offers after round one last year on this course.  It started and finished on 425.  We have no way of knowing if there will be any second round offers.  See below - or this article on the Irish Times website http://www.irishtimes.com/n... - for an explanation why.

  • 14:53

    I was offered my third choice (didn't get enough points for first and second choices). I actually would prefer my fourth-choice course, which I have enough points for. If I decline the offer of my third choice will I be offered my fourth choice course next week?


    No. You will never be offered a course below the course that you got offered today in CAO 2015. You can only offered course above today college offer in future rounds.

  • 14:56

    I missed the point requirement for my first choice by 20 points - and did not get offered it in round one.
    Does this mean :
    1. I can never be offered my first choice
    2. I might be offered my first choice if there are places still left unfilled ?


     


    It does not mean you can never be offered your first choice, it simply means in round one you were not entitled to a place on the basis of your points but you may become entitled to an offer in round two. If you become entitled to a place in round two then you will be offered it regardless of what you did or did not accept in round one. See http://www.irishtimes.com/n...

  • 14:57

    I had the points for medicine in NUIG last year but didn't have it on my CAO form.   I did Hpat again and this year and am short by two points. Do you think there is any hope of an offer in round two?

    I am terribly sorry for you. I really can't say as it depends on how many people do not take up a round-one offer on the course, if any, and hence how many places down the course-merit list the CAO have to go to fill the unfilled places. If all applicants who got offered this course this morning accept the place then there will be no second-round offers. So it all rests with those who currently have the places and what they are going to do with them. We have no way of knowing this until the round-one reply date when all the replies are known.


    We wish you the very best.

  • 14:58

    I  have 490 points, UCD engineering is 490 but I didn't get an offer and Trinity went up to 505. Do I have a chance at either of these in second-round offers?


    Hi, this very much depends on how many people do not take up a round-one offer on the course, if any, and hence how many places down the course-merit list the CAO have to go to fill the unfilled places. If all applicants who got offered this course this morning accept the place then there will be no second-round offers.  So it all rests with those who currently have the places and what they are going to do with them. We have no way of knowing this until the round-one reply date when all the replies are known.

  • 14:59

    Do I have to reapply for Dare if I repeat Leaving or defer college place? I got accepted for Dare this year


    No you can carry your Dare forward for one more academic year (2015/2016).

  • 15:00


    I didn't get my first choice of communications studies at DCU as I'm 20 points off, what are my chances of getting it in round two?


    Hi, this very much depends on how many people do not take up a round-one offer on the course, if any, and hence how many places down the course-merit list the CAO have to go to fill the unfilled places. If all applicants who got offered this course this morning accept the place then there will be no second-round offers.  So it all rests with those who currently have the places and what they are going to do with them. We have no way of knowing this until the round-one reply date when all the replies are known.


     

  • 15:00
  • 15:01

    Daughter got 460 points so more than enough for her first choice of arts at UL. However, she would now prefer to do arts at NUIG (her third choice). Is it possible to change at this stage or is she committed to UL?


    It's too late to change I'm afraid. The deadline for change was July 1st.

  • 15:02

    I got 495 points. My first choice was for engineering at TCD -  505 points. I had an error on my CAO - second choice DIT Bolton Street - which I got offered this morning. My third choice is engineering at 495 points. Is there a chance in the second round.  



    If I understand correctly, you have been offered your second choice in DIT.  You still remain in the running for your first choice if it drops by 10 points in the next rounds.  If you do become entitled to it you will be offered it and it is your decision if you want to move to it or not.  You will never be in the running for your third choice as it has effectively been removed from your list.  Everything below your second choice is now out of the equation.

  • 15:03

    I've been offered joint honours law in DCU. I am five points off UCD. My dream is to become a solicitor but I am unsure; can you progress to do the FE1 exams if you have an arts degree and not an LLB?


    Yes you can. You can find out more on the following website lawsociety.ie/. I recommend that you speak with someone in the Law Society also.


     


    Good luck.

  • 15:06

    I rang the CAO info desk only to be told there are no reccords of me attending the Leaving Cert, although I have my results! I sent an email with things such as my examination number, year attended the LC, etc. What exactly should I do?

    Have they emailed you back? Did you state that you sat your LC in previous years on your 2015 CAO form?

  • 15:09

    I missed out on my first choice which is TR006 by not meeting the points requirement, should I consider repeating or apply to DBS psychology and transfer into the above course year two if it’s plausible?  



    The problem with the second option is you may not be able to transfer into TCD in an easy manner. Transfers can be very problematic and depend on a lot of factors. I would imagine it would be quite difficult to transfer into year two. The course in DBS is recognised by PBS and PSi – the professional bodies – and hence is a well recognised course and would be eligible to allow you to progress to postgraduate studies in psychology. But if you really have your heart set on TCD I think the best way to achieve this is to have a go again at trying to get the points for direct entry through the CAO.

  • 15:11

    My son got 385 points and wanted to do Law in either NUIG (370/2014) or DCU (380), but this year is 5 points short for NUIG. Do you think  that there's any realistic chance he could get an offer in the second round or get bumped up on a re-mark?  



    There is absolutely no way of knowing the answer to this.  Have a look at previous answers to see why and read irishtimes.com/news/educati....

  • 15:17

    Hey I'm a bit confused. I got my fourth offer and I'm delighted but I'm just wondering, if I accept this offer ... if in round two I got offered my second or third choice do I have to accept it? Or can I remain with my round-one offer of my fourth choice?  



    You remain in control all the time.  If you accept your fourth offer and then later are offered a higher preference course (second or third) it is up to you to decide if you want to stay with your fourth preference  or move up to the new course you have been offered.

  • 15:18

    My daughter was about 30 points off her first choice at DCU - PE with biology. This is the only course she really wants. She has a CAO offer but is not too keen on this particular course.   Is there an alternative route or should she repeat(can improve)?


    PLCs can be an option but not in this case. This course does not keep places available for Fetac applicants so PLC students cannot enter on merit of PLC scores.


    It is important to have an interest in what you are studying but she could check with the teaching council to see if her offered course is recognised by them and for what subjects (perhaps biology). After completing her undergrad she could then apply to do a masters in physical education at UL.


    She might be able to combine these two qualifications to allow her teach PE and biology.


    She could also apply to a college in the UK. This is done through UCAS. I would advise you to check their clearing system to see if they have any available PE courses for September 2015.


    Her other option is to repeat.

  • 15:20

    hi i sent you a query but did not get a reply maybe you have not go to it yet.

    Hi, if it hasn't already been answered please send it in again.

  • 15:21

    Can you tell me what the points were for BIS in UCC and if the requirement went up or down from last year?

    2015 CAO points 455.

  • 15:28

    My daughter got 460 and her third choice of UCD arts. She wanted primary teaching in St Pat's at 470 points. She is confused> Any advice?


    I would advise her to accept it. She may get offered primary ed if points go down in round two or if she makes an appeal and it's successful (then having sufficient points).


    Many people do a Level 8 honours degree and then apply for a postgrad in primary ed (providing that she has a HC3 in Irish).


    She could apply for a primary ed undergradaute in the UK also, through UCAS.


    She could also repeat and hope for higher points. Remember that points for this course could increase or decrease this time next year.


    I hope that this will help you.

  • 15:32

    Hi there, my daughter got 305 and isn't hugely sure of the next steps and was hoping to do arts. We feel that PLC would be a useful route rather than repeating but realistically should she repeat?  She's very bright but wasn't well motivated until too late.  



    Not sure if she has been offered anything or not from your question.  It is possible to get onto an arts degree through a PLC course.  Colleges hold a quota of places for PLC (Fetac) applicants.  Unually it is an arts related PLC course which is required to gain entry to one of these places such as cultural studies.  Your daughter would need to look carefully at these courses and see if they appeal to her.  If they don't there is no point going down this route.



    In terms of repeating there are a number of important considerations to take into account.  Have a look at this article to see some of these. www.irishtimes.com/news/edu... Maynooth university have an outreach centre in Kilkenny and it is possible to get into an Arts degree there for year one and they transfer to Maynooth for the rest of the course.  the course may be in the Vacant Places list so I would take a look there also.

  • 15:34

    I missed general nursing in Tralee by 5 points and didn't get any offer for it iTs down as my 5th choice? what should I do, could I be offered it next week or is there anything I can do to move it up higher on my cao?

    You cannot change your order of choices now. That facility closed on July 1st.

    You could be offered it in round 2 if the points go down and you meet all the Leaving Cert minimum requirements.

    Applying for a PLC in nursing studies could be an option. This is a route that can offer progression into a level 8 nursing programme. Repeating for higher points may also be an option.

     

    I hope that we have answered your questions.

     

  • 15:36

    In relation to your response at 14.53: I don't have enough points for my 1st & 2nd choices so am unlikely to be offered them in future rounds. Is there any way to secure my 4th choice? Thanks.

    I am afraid not. You have been offered your third choice. You will not be offered any course below this in future 2015 CAO rounds.

    I hope that I have answered your question.

  • 15:39

    Hi, I obtained ten distinctions through FETAC on a nursing studies course, but haven't received any offers. I filled up all my choices will I get offered a place in the second round?  


    My understanding is that for Nursing places through the FETAC system the best 8 modules in your PLC are looked at and competition is so high that many have the 8 distinctions and as a result random selection is used then among this group to decide who gets the places.  there is no way of knowing if you will be offered a place in round two or not.

  • 15:39

    Just wondering do you know I last year there were second round offers for the engineering course in either trinity or ucd

    2014 points for Engineering in Trinity remained the same. Engineering UCD fell by 5 points.

     

    I hope that this answers your question.

  • 15:45

    Hello I am from Northern Ireland and received an offer from UCD for DN500 which I understand to be BA Joint Honours. Do you only get one offer as I really don't think I want this but don't know what to do

    You may get two offers, one from your level 8 list and another from your level6/7. You can only accept one of these.

    You  may  get offered a  course (if points fall)  that lie's above your  DN500 course in round two on Thursday, August 28th. You will never recieve a offer for courses that lie below DN500 on your CAO list.


    Get back onto us if needs be.

  • 15:49

    I have been offered a level 8 electronic engineering and a level 7 general engineering in DIT, I want to go to UCD or TCD, and I've been offered neither, will I be able to transfer? Should I do level 7 or level 8?  


    Hi Alex, this is really down to yourself and your views on the research you have carried out into both these courses.  firstly I would not be banking on transfering to UCD or TCD.  While this may be possible, the route is far from clear and there are many factors to be taken into consideration.



    For the level 8 degree, you know exactly what is ahead of you.  No transfers are necessary, it is an ab initio degree in Electronic Engineering.  With the general enginneering course you have options as to what area you want to specialise in - this may or may not be an important factor for you in your decision.  I suppose if you like the thought of completing an electronic course as opposed to an open choice course then the level 8 is the one, whereas if you would prefer some element of choice still the level 7 is the way to go albeit it may take an extra year to get an honours degree.

  • 15:54

    Can you explain how applying for "vacant places" actually works? Is this through the CAO or through the University itself? When & how do they become available?

    This is through CAO. Places become available from tomorrow. Check out www.cao.ie/index.php?page=aboutVPL.

    Any problems get back on.

  • 15:55

    Fair comment about my earlier question. But do you know if there were any second round offers for either of these courses (DC230 & GY250)  last year (and how much did they change) ? Also, what percentage of re-marks result in a bump up in grades ?  


    DC230 remained at 380 to the end so no second offers there and GY 250 remained at 370 to the end so dito.  The figure I have in my head is one in five applicants for rechecks get an upgrade.

  • 15:57

    I got my 2nd choice, but if I don't accept that, is there a chance I could get my 3rd choice instead?

    No. You will not be offered any course in 2015  that lies below todays course offer on your CAO list. This  is the rule whether you accept or reject todays offer.

  • 15:57
  • 15:58

    Hi, my son got 430 points but didn't get his first choice DT066 Engineering, as he didn't get a C3 in maths. He is sitting the DIT maths exam on Wednesday. If he passes the exam will he be offered   place on the course?

    Yes providing that he passes.

  • 16:02

    If I consider repeating, how different is the 2016 course as I've previously heard that major changes are implemented this year with new marking system (not the current A1-E/F/NG) and having less college courses on offer?


    The new grading system is not being implemented until 2017  and so should not affect yourself.  There may be less courses in the system but I don't see this as a drastic number and if anything what is happening is courses are being pooled into general entry with options.  I don't think you have to worry about these issues.  There may be issues with the syllabi of your Leaving Certificate repeat subjects e.g. English.  I would suggest reading this article about the repeating option www.irishtimes.com/news/edu...

  • 16:04

    How are this year's results going to affect the leaving certificate reform?

    Reform is a long process in the Irish education system. Take a look at the JC reform..

    The Minister Jan O'Sullivan  and others have said that  they're looking at the bonus points for Maths which have been controversial this year. But reform takes a long time...

  • 16:05

    my daughter got GMIT (ga570,290pts)  but wants ga270 or ga776 instead in same college she has enough pts ,can this be done ??  


    Not unless these courses appear in the vacant places list on www.cao.ie It might be no harm ringing GMIT admissions to discuss the issue with them.

  • 16:07

    Quick Question, I was delighted this morning and accepted my first choice offer, is it unusual that I haven't also received notification of the offer by post as I was aware that this was also due to be delivered today? Thanks

    If you are deemed eligible for an offer you will also receive an offer notification via e-mail and SMS text if you have selected this option on your application form.

     Paper Offer Notices will reach the majority of applicants on Monday 17th August. If you have not received an offer you will receive a ‘Statement of Application Record’ in the post which you must read carefully and notify CAO of any changes immediately.

    I take it that you must not  be one of the majority. Contact CAO if you haven't recieved it by tomorrow.

  • 16:09

    Hi
    I've got 410 points (more than i thought I'd get) and been offered arts in UCD. I had been hoping for commerce in Galway but that was a lower choice. Is there anyway to get into that course this year .
    Thanks

     

    I am afraid not. Not in 2015 rounds.  Once offered a course you will no longer be offered any courses that lie below it.

     

  • 16:09

    Hi my daughter has gotten over the amount of points needed for her 2nd choice in the CAO and has all the requirements but she has gotten no offers. Do you know why this may have happened and what should she do?  


    I would contact the CAO if you have checked and are sure she has met all the requirements and has not been offered a place.  Use the Contact Us section of the CAO website and quote the CAO number, your daughters name as on her CAO application and the course involved.  Explain your concern and await a reply.

  • 16:12

    I have 305 point in my Leaving Cert and the two courses I applied for are 330 points, what avenue can I pursue now?

    You  could apply for twenty courses in total. Did you apply for other courses?

    You could get offered them in round 2 if the points go down. You would have to satisfy teh minimum entry requirements and the cut off points in order to get an offer.

     

  • 16:14

    I missed out on BESS in Trinity by 20 points .
    If I appeal and get the necessary points , would I be allowed to attend trinity this academic year? Or is there even much chance of going up 20 points?

    You would be allowed attend Trinity providing that there is places still available on this course. Otherwise they have to guarantee you a place on this course starting in Sept 2016.

    Twenty points is a lot to go up. I imagine that you're appealing more than one subject.

    Best of luck.

  • 16:16

    Regarding 15:49 would I be better off repeating as I'm not too keen on electronic engineering anymore and would rather mechanical but I know I wouldn't be happy with 4/5 years in DIT  


    I think the Electronic Eng has been eliminated from picture so that is one decision made.  I wouldn't be in such a hurry to discard the level 7 as this is a perfectly good route to a degree in Mechanical Engineering.


    Going back repeating is a big step and the decision to do it should not be taken lightly.  Have a read of Brian Mooney's article on repeating www.irishtimes.com/news/edu...

  • 16:16

    How do we go about changing arts subjects in UCD? My daughter selected two and now wants to change them?

    Contact UCD admissions 01-7161555

  • 16:47

    Sorry Just a   follow on question(16:09 410 points) would it   not be possible   even to apply for commerce on vacant places if it came up

    Apologies. Yes it would be possible if Commerce in NUI Galway came up through available places. Applicants are encouraged to regularly check the Available Places facility on the CAO website when it opens on 18 August at noon to view all courses with available places for which you may apply, providing that you meet the minimum entry requirements.

  • 16:48

    I got 385 points I got offered itb nci was my fourth option will I be offered place in second round  


    If your place in ITB was below your 4th choice then you will still remain in the running for a place on the NCI course and whether you accept the place on the ITB course or not in round one you will still be able to accept the NCI course.

  • 16:49

    My son got 360 points. He has been offered one choice on Level 8 and one on Level 6/7 but he's not interested in doing either. He wants to do Spanish. Any advice?


    It's so important that you put your courses in order of preference as he will not be offered any courses that lie below today's offer.


    It would be possible if  a Spanish related course  came up through available places. Applicants are encouraged to regularly check the Available Places facility on the CAO website when it opens on August 18th at noon to view all courses with available places for which you may apply, providing that you meet the minimum entry requirements.


    I hope that this helps.


     

  • 16:50

    Regarding 16:16, if I did well in the level 7 in DIT would I be able to transfer to ucd or trinity? Is it a possibility because unless I can transfer or unless I get offered ICD or TCD in the second round I will be repeating.


    Hi again Alex, why don't you give the admissions office in UCD and TCD a ring and discuss transfers with them and then you'll be in a better position to make some decisions.  We cannot give you answers about transfers here unfortunately.

  • 16:52

    What happens at 12 o'clock tomorrow on the CAO website?


    Courses that haven't been filled appear under available places on the CAO website. More info can be found on www.cao.ie/index.php?page=a...


     

  • 16:56

    Am I correct in saying you can only apply for a vacant place if it is above the course you have offered on your original CAO list? i.e. you can't apply for a vacant place lower down?

    Available/Vacant place course codes may only be inserted higher in your list of preferences than any offer which you have received to date.

  • 16:57

    Is it a regular occurance for the CAO to not upload your results? My sister got no offers as they don't have her results on file. Been trying all day to contact the CAO.  


    This is not a regular occurance and there has to be some reason why this happened.  It may be to do with some problem in matching your sisters application and her results with the exams commission - wrong exam number or different name on CAO application and exam file or something similar.


    The best way to contact CAO is to put all of this down in writing including CAO number, full name and address and email it to them through their contact us section on their website.  they promise to get through all emails each day and get back to applicants, so there might be a short delay.



  • 16:58

    I have been hoping to do History at TCD but missed out by 5 points. What is the chance that there will be no spaces by round 2

    Hi, this very much depends on how many people do not take up a round-one offer on the course, if any, and hence how many places down the course-merit list the CAO have to go to fill the unfilled places. If all applicants who got offered this course this morning accept the place then there will be no second-round offers.  So it all rests with those who currently have the places and what they are going to do with them. We have no way of knowing this until the round-one reply date when all the replies are known.

  • 17:05

    Who can we get an OFFICIAL yes or no regarding my niece's offer, which she received in spite of having passed only five subjects?




    I answered this question earlier. I explained how she may have got an offer based on the compensation rule. You will have to ask your niece if you are looking for an official yes or no.

  • 17:08

    If my daughter gets LC papers checked and was to lose points when notified in mid-October could she be asked to vacate the course she is now accepting if it was affected by a reduction in points.


    The college would be notified of a change in points. The college has the  right to keep her on the course or to ask her to leave. I would be hugely surprised if it came to the college asking her to leave.


    It is more common for students to go up a grade as opposed to down.


    It is important to view papers before applying for rechecks as this could avoid someone going down a grade if they are borderline.

  • 17:12

    Hi I'm just wondering is the NCEF course applicable for a grant and also does a medical card cover tuition fees.  


    Hi Kelly, there are many NCEF courses run in different colleges the advice from SUSI is to contact the college involved and ask them if the course is covered by the grant and a medical card.

  • 17:18

    Hi, can you tell me if there were any second round offers for vet med in UCD in 2014. Daughter got 570 needed 575.Thks.  



    In 2014 Vet Med in UCD dropped from 580 in round one to 575* random selection in the final round.

  • 17:20

    Offered Science UCD (level 8) & Marine Engineering CIT (Level 6/7). Undecided / unsure whether either is course I want. What should I do?

    I recommend that you research both courses and see what subjects you like most. A visit to the college along with a meeting with course providers could help in your decision process.

    It's a personal decision after that.

    You will not be offered courses (in round 2)  that lie below the one in which you have been offered. You can only be offered courses that lie above todays offer.

    If you don't want either keep an eye on available places. You can find out more information on www.cao.ie . PLC could be an option.

    I hope that we have answered your question.

  • 17:23

    If you fail Irish does that mean that you have failed your Leaving Cert?



    No.  It just means you may not be eligible to apply for courses that require Irish as a course requirement.  E.g. The NUI universities require a pass in English, Irish and a third language to matriculate.  If someone is dyslexic they can apply for an exemption from the language and Irish requirement from the NUI.  At this stage an exemption can still be applied for and sent to the CAO and the colleges may consider it for round two.  See www.nui.ie  

  • 17:26

    Related to previous query (Offered UCD Level 8 Science & CIT Level 7 Marine Engineering but unsure about either) ...If I decide to defer for a year can I change CAO choices next year and any advice on how to gainfully spend a gap year?

    If you want to defer you must contact the admissions office of teh relevant college asap. Details on deferrals are in your CAO handbook and online www.cao.ie. You must state a reason for your deferral.

    You must remember to reapply to the CAO next year, listing that one course on your application. If you list other courses as well as your deferred place, you are then back in open competition with next's year applicants.

    I am a strong advocate of PLC's as they give you an idea as to whether or not to invest 3/4 years in a particular discipline. Earning money is never a bad option either. The choice is yours.. plenty of choices..

    Good luck.

  • 17:28

    Is Dublin Business School a private college and therefore does not come under the remit of the Susi Grant system?


    DBS is a private college and is not under the remit of the Susi grant.

  • 17:28

    How do third level institutes view repeat students? Are they ever viewed as weaker students considering they had to repeat their leaving cert?
    Regarding 16:02, would psychology as an independent course ever be scrapped due to the LC reform?


    No, repeat students are not viewed as weaker students.  In fact I don't think colleges may even know someone is repeating or indeed care.  If someone gets a place through a repeat then they are entitled to it and this is not questioned in any way.  I'm not sure what you are asking about Psychology.

  • 17:28

    Hi I'm just wondering if I have the points but not the exact entry requirements will I have any chance of getting an offer in the next round of offers


    I'm afraid not. You must meet the minimum entry points first.

  • 17:31

    What happens if you accept an offer on the CAO today but then change your mind if you get a PLC offer.   Do you need to contact the CAO to tell them you no longer want to do the course?

    Contact the college. They will then contact CAO.

    Good luck.

  • 17:32

    Hi as a mature student I applied for an offer of a place on the Level 8 BA Arts Degree in Maynooth. I have just found out that there are available places on the part time BA Community Studies. Can I apply and what are the implications?  


    Yes you can apply for this vacant place.  If you accept your place on the BA in the next few days  then if you are offered a place on the Community Studies course in round two you will have to decide whether to stick with your BA from round one or move to the BA Community Studies.

  • 17:33

    I got offered a course on CAO but I prefer the one below it in my list and didn't get offered it as it was lower, is there any way I can do that course ?


     


    Only if becomes available through available/vacant places. You will find more information on cao.ie. Available places opens tomorrow.

  • 17:35

    Hi I got offered a course this morning but I am thinking about applying for a course on the vacant places list. Will I   still have today's offer if I apply for one on the vacant list tomorrow?


    Yes. So accept today's offer and if you get an offer above this in round 2 then you can choose then.

  • 17:39

    My daughter got 510 in her Leaving Cert and has qualified for Dare.     She is having htree subjects rechecked - she got 2 A2s and1 B1.     Should she be successful if her re-check, is there any chance of her being offered her choice course DN440?


    She will get an offer in mid October providing that there is room on the course and that  she meets the minimum entry requirements and  the cut off points.


    If the course is full by mid October they must guarantee her a space on this course in September 2016.


    I hope that I have answered your query.

  • 17:41

    How many places are available in DN600 (Law in UCD)? There are 9 different branches (French Law, Philosophy etc) and I'm wondering if all those 9 branches have an intake of 125 students. Thanks

     

    I have the following figures on places in Sept 2014:

    TR004-91 places

    TR018- 16 places

    TR019 - 15 places

    tr020 25 places

     

    I don't have access to 2015 data.

  • 17:42

    Second round: do they offer you courses below your original offer?


    No. You will never be offered course (CAO 2015) that lie below today's offer.


     


    Best of luck.

  • 17:43

    I got offered 1st choice Level 8 CAO course online and I accepted it. Then my CAO Offer Notice came in post and listed my Score as 969 for 1st choice & 5th choice and 540 for other 8 courses. I got 540 Points in Leaving. What does the 969 score mean?

    Did you have to submit a portfolio or attend any interviews for course choice one and five?

  • 17:45

    Did Maynooth, St Pat's or Marino give any second-round offers last year in relation to primary ed? And do they allow students to join after rechecks give them the sufficient points?  



    In terms of points Marino stayed at 465* from first to final round, Maynooth went from 510* to 510 and St Pats stayed on 465* to the final round.  Because of the * it may be that some places were offered in sucessive rounds but the only one where we are sure some extra places were offered was in maynooth because it dropped to 510 from 510*.  I am sure if they have capacity they will allow students to join after upgrades, at the very least if they have no capacilty they must offer a deferred place the following year.

  • 17:48

    If I accept a college placement this year and reapply to the CAO next year with my same points and I have enough points for the course I wanted then, would I be able to receive that course and change to that college placement?


    Yes you could change but you would be entering into first year of your new course. You would also be liable for the tuition fees aswell as your student reg fee. The government will cover you for first year on an undergrad degree. They will not cover you the following year when it comes to doing first year again on another course.


    If one drops out of college by October 31st you don't lose your right to fee tuition fees for Sept 2016.


     


    I hope that I have made this clear enough. Let me know if you need more information.

  • 17:51

    I was 5 points short of my first choice course, if after getting my papers rechecked I gain the 5 points do I get offered my first choice and if so can I do it this year?

    You  will get an offer in mid October providing that there is room on the course and that  you now  meet the minimum entry requirements and the cut off points.

    If the course is full by mid October the college  must guarantee  you a  place on this course in September 2016.

    I hope that I have answered your query.

  • 17:54
  • 17:54

    Engineering in DIT or UCD?  



    Engineering in UCD would probably have a better international reputation as it would trade on the UCD name and the university status.  I think it would be fair to say that the content of the course in UCD would be more theoretical and less practical than the DIT course.  DIT is still an excellent course that is known to prepare eningeers to hit the ground running upon graduation because of the more hands-on nature of the course.  Ultimately both courses are recognised by Engineers Ireland and can lead to a professional qualification as a chartered engineer.

  • 17:56
  • 17:59

    I got offered my first choice but would now prefer my second choice. The problem is I am afraid to reject the offer in case I don't get second choice. What should I do?


    Accept first offer as you will not get offerd any courses that lie below this in round two or any other round for that matter.


    You placed your courses in order of preference. Once you receive an offer you don't get an offer below it (whether you accept that offer or not). You may be offered courses that lie above this offer in round two.


    Be sure that you are interested in the course though. It's very important that you study an area of interest.

  • 18:00

    I got science in Trinity College Dublin. When I will receive the student ID number ?


    Once registration is complete.

  • 18:04

    Thanks for answering question re. 969 score on CAO offer notice. But no I didn't have to do a portfolio or attend any interviews. My first choice is Computer Science and IT in NUIG, fifth choice was Computer Applications in DCU - I am very confused!  



    Hi Eamon, this code is normally associated with a Dare application.  It would indicate that you qualified under the Dare scheme for these two courses, but it seems that you qualified yourself for the course you received the offer for.


     

  • 18:05

    Hi my daughter has not received enough points for any of the CAO courses she applied for but has been accepted for a plc course,is it a good thing to do and will she still qualify for SUSI grant? We are totally in the dark.


    She will still qualify for SUSI grant while doing a PLC. I am an advocate of PLC as it allows one to experience work placement and material in that particular subject area.  He/  She will know whether they would like to do more of this and therefore, continue onto further studies. They might do a PLC and change their mind and their career direction completely.


    They can achieve a maximum of 400 points via a PLC course . They can use their PLC scores and apply through CAO again next year.


    Please let me know if you need further help. Back again tomorrow.

  • 18:06
    The Helpline is now closing after an extremely busy day but we will be back tomorrow morning from 9am until 6pm tomorrow evening.
  • 18:08

    I got offered a level seven course in LIT if I accept this offer could I transfer to a level eight degree for a different course in WIT as I have the points for this other course?


    You may be able to transfer after you complete the level 7 in LIT to complete a level 8. I would advise you to contact the admission office of the college involved. All colleges have their own policies regarding external transfers.

  • 18:09

    What time tomorrow do the vacant/available places come out?

    Some are out now but you cannot apply for them until 12 noon tomorrow.

  • 18:10

    If I was granted a place in my first choice course in mid October would there be resources to help me catch up on the 6 weeks I would have missed? First choice code is MI005  


    I would suggest Eimear the greater onus would be on yourself to catch up on the material you missed.  I am sure your lecturers would help as much as they could providing your with guidance on the material missed and where your might further help.  Why not contact Mary I directly and ask them the same question.

  • 18:11

    Just wondering when does registration start, or when will the college get in contact

     

    It will vary per college. Colleges will be sending out information over the next few days.

  • 18:16

    Hi I'm just wondering when will we find out what the highest points for a course was (because as far as i know all the points published today were the lowest)

     

    This information is not available. You can view 2014 points but it only shows you the mid interval value and the final cut off points. www2.cao.ie/points/lvl8_14.pdf

    I am sure that 2015 statistics will be uploaded in time.

  • 18:17
    The Helpline is now closing after an extremely busy day but we will be back tomorrow morning from 9am until 6pm tomorrow evening.