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    How do I apply to view scripts and then what happens?
    When you receive your results your school will also have a personalised application form provided by the SEC which will show your examination details including your subjects. If you decide you would like to view a particular script you must complete this form. You must then return the completed form to the school where you sat your examination by Tuesday 19th August 2014. The Organising Superintendent appointed by the SEC to your school will assign you to one of the viewing sessions. The viewing sessions are: Friday 29th August 2014 from 6.00 pm to 9.00 pm (Session 1), Saturday 30th August 2014 from 9.00 am to 12.00 noon (Session 2), Saturday 30th August 2014 from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm (Session 3). Please take note of these dates as it is not possible to arrange viewing of scripts on any other date. You will receive a postcard from the Organising Superintendent assigning you to one of these sessions in advance of 29th August.
  • 10:16

    POINTS: When do we find out this year’s points?


    The points will begin to be known from next Monday the 18th, once the CAO begins to offer places.

    The first round of offers and the cut off points will be known then. After students accept and reject courses the rejected places go back into the system for the next round and this means that some students on lower points get offered a place in subsequent rounds.

    The offer and acceptance process goes on for weeks until the places are filled and the last student who got a place on a course dictates the level of the cut off points. It is only a guide for future years and paints a picture of what happened in a given year but every year is different so we will see what happens on Monday.
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  • 10:46
    I got 340 for my results and a D1 in Irish. I am hoping to get Arts in UCD. Is there any way I could just repeat Irish to get a C3, because I want to study primary education.

    Yes, you can repeat one subject, in this case Irish, on it's own.   You are allowed to combine Leaving Certificates for the purpose of meeting entry requirements (not points). Having the C3 would then open the possibility of doing the postgraduate Primary Teaching course.   I have just copied a piece from the entry requirements in St. Patrick's Drumcondra for the postgraduate course in Primary Teaching and it shows some alternatives to getting the HC3 in LC Irish.   You may want to have a look at some of these before launching into repeating Irish.

     
    Alternatives to second level qualifications in Irish

    A Pass in a University First Arts Examination in Irish,   will be accepted in lieu of the Leaving Certificate Examination requirement.

    In the case of Irish, a Grade C in the Matriculation Examination (which existed up to 1992) will also be accepted in lieu of the Leaving Certificate Examination / GCE / GC(S)E requirement. In addition, the following are accepted as satisfying the Leaving Certificate Examination / GCE / GC(S)E requirement.

          Dioplóma sa Ghaeilge , NUI Maynooth
          Teastas Eorpach na Ghaeilge (TEG) at Level B2, NUI Maynooth
          Diploma in Arts (Applied Irish ), University College Cork
          Dioplóma sa Ghaeilge Fheidhmeach,UCD
          Dioplóma sa Ghaeilge, Level C1, NUIG
          Dioplóma sa Ghaeilge (An Ghaeilge sa Saol Comhaimseartha), University of Limerick
          Diploma in Irish at the University of Ulster
  • 11:20
    Owen, Westport: I want to study Arts in Nuig which has been set at 300 points for the last few years. I got 20 points off that but am sending my English paper to be rechecked. What are the chances I will get an offer of Arts in the second round? I know there is a big demand for arts but I have my heart set on it and can't see meself repeating for 20 points.

    Hi Owen, if you send your English paper to be rechecked, the results of the recheck will be available in mid October.   If you get an upgrade, the new points total will be backdated to round one offers day (Monday 18th) and whatever course you would have been offered then with the new points total must be offered to you in October.   If for some reason the college (NUIG in this case) cannot offer you a place at this stage (October) then at the very least they must offer you a deferred place for the following year.   I would think that NUIG should be able to offer you the place in October however in Arts as this is not a course dependent on lab space, placements, etc.   The recheck results are not available for round two.
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  • 11:26
    I only got one HC in my results, is there any way that I can still obtain arts in UCD with 340?

    Unfortunately, the entry requirements for UCD state you must have at least two HC3s to gain entry to their degree courses, so you will not be able to get an offer for Arts.
  • 11:34

    How likely is it that with my 320 points I'll obtain a place in UCD arts?

    The points for Arts in UCD last year were 335 so the points would have to drop by 15 this year for you to make it.   This is not impossible but unfortunately it is a waiting game until Monday to see where the points are this year.   You may not necessarily get an offer in round one but may in the next rounds.

  • 11:40

    If I view my exam papers and decide to have a recheck, in the meantime am offered a place on Monday, do I accept the place offered or hold out to see if I get an upgrade?
    If I accept and then get an upgrade can I back out of first offer?

    There is no guarantee that you will get an upgrade from a recheck, so my advice is to proceed now and make decisions based on what you have at the moment.   If you get a recheck and get an upgrade in October and become entitled to a higher course on your preferences, then you will be offered that and can accept it regardless of what you have already accepted. So yes give serious consideration to accepting something on Monday as you may get no other offers and could be left with nothing.

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    My daughter was informed that she is eligible to compete for one of the HEAR places on offer. The letter states "If you are successful you will receive a HEAR course offer through the CAO system". Just wondering if you can please explain what this means. We are taking holiday for three weeks from 21st August and am concerned about whether my kid needs to keep an eye on her CAO account. Additionally,   will the HEAR option be fed into the CAO results due to issue next Monday?


    So your daughter is eligible under the HEAR scheme and whatever course she is entitled to under the scheme will be offered to her through the normal CAO process.   Your daughter needs to check what offers are made to her on Monday (online or received in post) and also keep an eye out in sucessive rounds to see if other offers are made to her. Round two offers are made on the 28th August and the reply date is 3rd September.   It is very important that she keeps and eye on her email account and CAO account at this very important time.

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    Hi I got 240 points but I failed maths.   What options do I have with this?

    You have a few options here: you could repeat Maths next year as a single subject and then if you pass it you can combine this years LC and your pass in Maths from next year to meet the entry requirements for any CAO courses that require the pass in Maths, you could apply for a vast array of PLC courses - many of which do not a have a Maths requirement and use your results in these courses to eventually gain entry to CAO courses if you wish, there may be some courses in the Vacant Places section of the CAO which you can apply for which have no Maths requirement, some private colleges accept direct application to their courses (not throught the CAO) and some of these may not have a Maths requirement and finally some of the colleges in the CAO system have second chance opportunities for those who don't do so well in Maths, you should have a look at the college websites to see if these are applicable to you.

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    Bernard. I got a D3 in French and would like a recheck. How long does it take to get the results of the recheck? How common is it to be downgraded? Can an improved grade help me this year?

    The results of the recheck are generally available in early October and these are followed by the final round of CAO offers which have to be made as a result of the recheck results.   It is possible to be downgraded but it it is not very common probably because anyone who is on the cusp of dropping to a lower grade would not go ahead and appeal the result, hence why it is so important to view your scripts before you decide to get a recheck.   If you get a higher grade in October from a recheck then this improved grade is backdated to round one offers day (Monday 18th) and whatever course you would have been offered then with the improved grades must be offered to you in October, so yes an improved grade could help you this year.

  • 12:23

    Susan. We live in the South but my daughter applied to Queens in Belfast - if she doesn't get grades will she be offered a second option or can she apply at this stage for a course with lower points (grades)?

    Generally in the UCAS system students are allowed hold two offers: Firm acceptance (1st preference) and Insurance acceptance (2nd preference).   If an applicant doesn't get the grades required for their Firm they are generally offered their Insurance which is usually lower in grade requirements.   If they don't get the points for either the applicant enters a system called Clearing.   Details of this years Clearing System are available on www.ucas.com.

  • 12:26

    Mark. If one goes for a recheck of certain papers and these are marked upwards will that count for a place in college this year. Essentially my question is- will rechecking happen in time to allow for a place on college this year? Thanks

    Yes. The results of the recheck are generally available in early October and these are followed by the final round of CAO offers which have to be made as a result of the recheck results.     If you get a higher grade in October from a recheck then this improved grade is backdated to round one offers day (Monday 18th) and whatever course you would have been offered then with the improved grades must be offered to you in October.   On rare occasions if colleges physically take on any more entitled students in October, then they must offer a deferred place the following year.

  • 12:29

    I got 415 points, will it be enough for   social science in UCD?

    The final cut off points last year were 410 so you have 5 points to spare.   Of course we have no way of knowing what is going to happen this year until Monday, but I would think you have a very good chance of getting an offer.

  • 12:32

    I'm just wondering do I include l.c.v.p. score as one of the 6 subjects or do I add it on to find   the overall points?

    In calculating points you add the scores from your six best subjects or your five best subjects + your LCVP score.   Take whichever is higgest as your points score for college entry.

  • 12:40
    Jordan Byrne (left) and Mark Gillespie getting their Leaving Certificate results at St John's De La Salle College, Ballyfermot, Dublin. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times
    Jordan Byrne (left) and Mark Gillespie getting their Leaving Certificate results at St John's De La Salle College, Ballyfermot, Dublin. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times
  • 12:45

    My son passed five subjects but has a E grade in sixth subject. If he gets an upgrade he will have points needed for his course. If his recheck/appeal is successful will he still be able to get a place on his chosen course this year or will the delay mean he would have to wait till next year?

    Generally if an applicant is entitled to a place on a course due to an upgrade in October then he must be offered a place on that course in October.   However in a small minority of cases the college may not have the capacity to offer a place at this stage and must then offer a deferred (guaranteed place) for the following year.  

  • 12:48

    If I accept a place in college on Monday but later on get offered one of my higher choices can I take that one over one I had accepted first?

    Yes, absolutely.   If you accept for example your 6th preference course on Monday and then in round two become entitled to your 3rd preference course then you will be offered it and can accept it regardless of what you have already accepted in round one.   You can always hope to move up your list of preference but never down.

  • 12:54

    I got 305 points but also failed maths.   I was originally intending on doing arts in NUIM, but also have their kilkenny campus down.   What are the chances of me getting either of these, and should I consider rechecking my maths for the points alone?

    Maths is not a requirement for many of the options in Arts in NUIM and NUIM Kilkenny so in terms of entry requirements you should be fine.   In terms of points you have a strong chance certainly for Kilkenny.


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    Sean Behan from Ashington, Dublin (left) and William Sexton from Cabra after receiving their Leaving Cert results at CUS in Dublin's City Centre. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins
    Sean Behan from Ashington, Dublin (left) and William Sexton from Cabra after receiving their Leaving Cert results at CUS in Dublin's City Centre. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins
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    Aoife Gregg after receiving her Leaving Cert results at Loreto on the Green in Dublin's City Centre. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins
    Aoife Gregg after receiving her Leaving Cert results at Loreto on the Green in Dublin's City Centre. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins
  • 13:43

    I do not want my 1st choice (for which I have got the points). If I turn it down what are my chances of getting an offer for my lower choices.

    If you get offered your first choice then as far as the CAO are concerned you have got the course you most want to get into and they will not offer you any further courses on that list You can never go down to a lower course on your list of courses.

  • 13:47

    I got 445 points. what chance do I have of getting biological sciences with chemistry/physics in Ul?

    While of course we won't know for certain until Monday what this years points will be for courses, I think you should be in with a good chance, but it's a waiting game I'm afraid.

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    Is there any chance I could get primary teaching with 445 points in any of the training college's?

    I would never say never but based on the points for primary teaching courses over the last few years you might be under pressure with 445 points.   There is no obvious reason why the points might drop significantly.   Remember, you have the option of postgraduate entry if you get an honours level 8 degree in some other area.

  • 13:55

    I got 355 points, I qualify for HEAR too. My 1st choice was 455 last year, second is 415 and third is 425. Is it possible to get at least one of these with HEAR?

    It is possible, but how possible depends on a number of variables, in particular which colleges you have applied to and how they treat successful HEAR applicants.   It can vary considerably from college to college.   A phone call to the relevant college admissions offices might be helpful.

  • 13:59

    My son has put down UCD for first three choices on CAO. Given his points, looks like he will be offered at least one of these choices. For financial reasons, we cannot allow him to take any of these offers. His 4th and 5th choices are in a university near us. Does he ignore or reject the offers and will he or could he hold out and be offered his 4th or 5th choice, which is in a university near us?

    Once an applicant is offered a course on his/her list of course preferences he/she cannot move to a course below the one he/she has been offered.   So if your son gets offered one of his top three courses which are in UCD he will not be able to get down to his 4th or 5th preference choices.   The system is designed to allow a student to move up his choices if possible but never down.

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  • 14:26

    I got enough to do science in one college but not my first choice college . How do inter college transfers work and how soon might I be able to transfer?

    Intra and inter college transfers are treated very much on a case by case basis by the colleges and I have to say in my experience are not very frequent.   I would imagine you would find it very hard to change to another college in 1st year but my advice would be to contact the college admissions office involved and seek their guidance on the issue.   They should be able to very quickly tell you if what you wish to do is possible.

  • 14:29

    Hi all, I received 455 points today and my first choice is Food Marketing & Entrepreneurship in UCC (445 last year). Just wondering could you give your opinion, given the trends in course applications this year, whether or not 455 will be enough?

    Given that you have 10 points over and above last year I think you have a very good chance of receiving an offer on this course.   There are no obvious indications that there will be a huge jump in points in this area.

  • 14:34

    I got 395 points but hoped to get into business in DCU which was 440 points last year, or business courses in NUIM which were 400 points last year. I have been accepted for the DARE scheme. Do you think I have any chance of getting into dcu or is the gap too wide?

    Given that you are an eligible applicant under the DARE scheme, I think you may have a very good chance of receiving an offer from either college.   If you want to get further information you could give the admissions office in the two colleges involved a call and seek more information from them regarding how they treat DARE applicants.

     

  • 14:38

    I failed Maths today and I got 240 points. If I do a PLC will there be any chance of me getting a Course in any College next year since I failed maths this year? I am just worried that if I do a PLC that I will still not be able to get a course because I failed maths


    My advice to you would be to do your PLC course and at the same time next year repeat your Maths as a single subject.   If you pass your Maths you will then be able to meet the entry requirements for any courses that require Maths.   This would certainly keep more options open for you in the future.

  • 14:43

    Will 425 be enough for Business in UL?

    I would be quite surprised if the points go up to 425 for Business in UL so I think you are quite safe, but of course we will all have to wait until Monday to find out for sure. The points in 2012 were 375 so there has already been a big jump and I'm not sure there will be another one of this nature this year.

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  • 14:51

    I got 500 points. I wanted to do computer science in TCD but did not get the C1 required in the maths. I got a D1. My second choice is computer science in UCD what do u think of my chances. I will recheck the maths

    Computer Science in UCD last year was 470 points and the Maths requirement is HD3 so given you have a HD1 and 500 points then you have a very good chance of getting an offer.   It's a big jump from a D1 to a C1 in Maths for TCD in a recheck but it would be no harm to view your papers anyway.

  • 14:53

    I got 420 points today but my first choice is 430 points will I get offered a place?

    Your first choice was 430 last year, remember the points could be different this year (maybe 420) so don't jump the gun until Monday and see what happens.

  • 15:02

    I passed my Leaving Cert, I needed 2HC3 to do my course, but I only got 1HC3 and a HD3, does this mean that I cannot do my course.


    It sounds like you are talking about an honours Level 8 degree course where the minimum requirement is two honours at grade C3 or above.   Unfortunately it looks as if you have not met this minimum entry requirement and so you cannot be made an offer for this course.

  • 15:04

    I got 515 points. Can I still get into Law with Politics in UCD?

    There is now an undenominated entry path into Law in UCD and the points for this last year were 500 so I think you should have a good chance of receiving an offer here unless there is a sizable jump in points.   Monday will tell all.

  • 15:07

    I am hoping to be offered a place in UCD Science this year. I obtained 510 points and was wondering will this likely be enough for entry, or are points set to rise by more than 5 from last year?

    There is no way of knowing for sure but given that this course has jumped 50 points already since 2012 I don't think there should be another major jump this year.   Hopefully you should be fine but it will be Monday before we know for sure.

  • 15:10

    A student needs 5 passes to get into a PLC Course. He got four passes and passed LCVP. Does that count as five passes? Or is LCVP included?

    Generally LCVP is not considered a full Leaving Certificate subject but in the PLC sector this could very from college to college and from course to course, so my advice would be to contact the college in question and seek their advice.

  • 15:17

    I got 350 points. The course I wish to do was 380 points last year. I met all the requirements and also got my HEAR application accepted. Will I receive offers for my course on the 18th or are students hoping to get in through HEAR dealt with after?

    Yes, if you are entitled to a place you will receive your offer on Monday the 18th like all other CAO applicants and given what you describe above you look like you are in a good position for the course you want to do.

     

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    I got 455, will that be enough for biological and chemical sciences in UCC? Considering the fact that more people seem to be applying for science courses.

    With points last year for this course at 445 it was a sizable jump from 400 in 2012, so whether it will go up another 10 points this year is debatable.   I think you have a strong chance of receiving an offer, but as always you will have to wait and see on Monday.

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  • 15:32

    I got a disappointing 260 points, is there any chance of me getting Tourism management in dit (level 7) this year or should I give up?


    At 275 with random selection last year it is going to be a tight call for you on 260 but never say never.   Remember there are a number of PLC courses you couold do that could gain you access through the FETAC links scheme to the course in DIT.   It might be worth your while doing a bit of research on this.   Go to the DIT website and search for FETAC links.

  • 15:35

    What can I do if I don't get any of my courses?

    Its a bit early days to worry about this, lets wait until Monday and see what happens.   It might be no harm to get your hands on todays supplement in the Irish Times as there is plenty of food for thought in there on various options available to students who are not happy with results.

  • 15:42

    My daughter got 355 points and she is hoping to study Arts (joint honours) in NUIM, she is 5 points off, what are her chances of getting an offer?


    It is very difficult to tell at this stage what the final points are going to be. The last couple of years points are below so as you can see 360 is the lowest Arts has gone in a few years.   Will it drop to 355, not so sure.   It might be a tight one. 2013 360, 2012 370, 2011 375.

  • 15:45

    I have got a result in my agricultural science that I'm not happy with, how do I go about rechecking my result as I believe I deserve a better mark when I did so well in other agri exams before?



    When you receive your results your school will also have a personalised application form provided by the SEC which will show your examination details including your subjects. If you decide you would like to view a particular script you must complete this form. You must then return the completed form to the school where you sat your examination by Tuesday 19th August 2014. The Organising Superintendent appointed by the SEC to your school will assign you to one of the viewing sessions. The viewing sessions are: Friday 29th August 2014 from 6.00 pm to 9.00 pm (Session 1), Saturday 30th August 2014 from 9.00 am to 12.00 noon (Session 2), Saturday 30th August 2014 from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm (Session 3). Please take note of these dates as it is not possible to arrange viewing of scripts on any other date. You will receive a postcard from the Organising Superintendent assigning you to one of these sessions in advance of 29th August.

  • 15:49

    Looking to do economics in UCD, I have 470 points and last years requirement was 465. Any thoughts on how economics is trending on entry requirements and my chances?


    I would think you're chances are pretty good, you have 5 clear on last year and the 465 of last year is a jump of 25 points on the 2011 figure of 440 so another big jump is probably unlikely.

  • 15:54

    What do you think will be required for general nursing in   Dublin this year?

    Unfortunately, we will have to wait and see on Monday, but the points will probably be broadly in line with the points listed in the Times today for 2013 entry.

  • 15:56

    My first choice on the CAO is veterinary and last year it was 575 points, I got 530 points today but I've also been accepted onto the HEAR scheme and thinking about getting one of my results rechecked, do you think i have a good chance of getting in?


    I would say you have a good shot at it given you have qualified under the HEAR scheme.   It is just so hard to know what way they will go with this.   I would advise contacting the admissions office in UCD and getting some guidance from them on this case.

  • 15:59

    My son passed his leaving cert , he need two c3s for his business course in DIT , he got one c3 and one d3, can he still do his course.

    It sounds like you are talking about an honours level 8 degree course where the minimum requirement is 2 honourss at grade C3 or above.   Unfortunately it looks as if your son has not met this minimum entry requirement and so cannot be made an offer for this course.

  • 16:04

    I got 315 points but was interested in psychology or Arts.   Is it unlikely I will get either?   Are there any plc courses in limerick or kerry I could do to get me on this route?

    First of all you need to look at the CAO courses you would like to gain access to.   Then you need to find out if these courses have FETAC links to them and finally you need to find out where these PLC courses are being run near you.   The CAO website and the Qualifax website have good sections on PLC/FETAC courses where you could do some research.

  • 16:07

    Will 450 be enough for general nursing in UCD?

    Given it was 425 last year I think you should be safe with 450.

     

  • 16:10

    I am 70 points off the course I wanted and now thinking of doing a PLC, when should I apply for that?

    PLC courses are currently taking applications for courses and will be running interviews soon.   If you are serious about applying for a PLC my advice is to make contact with the PLC college as soon as possible and get your application in very quickly.   Places will fill very quickly on high demand courses so you need to move quickly.

  • 16:17

    I got 315 points and am interested in Arts or Psychology. What do you think is best route for me? Should I repeat or is a plc course a better route?

    Repeating should only be considered after serious consideration and discussion with your parents and possibly your school.   You should only be repeating if you really think you can significantly improve your performance next year.   To get into pure Psychology you need approx. 200 more points.   Depending where you want to do it, you actually have the points for ARts in NUIG and approx. another 50 points you would be able to do it in another few colleges.   In NUIG you have a route to Psychology through Arts but it is not certain, you have to be in the top bracket of students to be offered a place in 2nd year pure Psyshology.   Getting a place in Psychology and Arts through a PLC course could be quite competitive for a limited number of places.

  • 16:19

    I have enough points to do   PE in UCC. I had it on my initial CAO application but did not include it on my change of mind form. Have I any way of letting UCC know I am keen to do PE in UCC?

    Unfortunately not, you cannot change your CAO form at this stage even back to pre change of mind options.

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  • 16:23

    I got 355 points and I qualify for the HEAR Scheme. My 1st three choices were in NUIM. 1st was 455 last year, 2nd was 415 and 3rd was 425. I definitely won't get No 1 and 3 but could I qualify for no 2 at 415 points.

    Yes I think you are right.   You could possibly be in with a chance for the second preference as you are within 60 points of the normal cut off points.   If I were you I would ring the admissions office in NUIM and get more information from them.

  • 16:28

    I got 465 and hope to do primary teaching in Marino. Do you think there is any chance of the points going up by much? If it goes up to say, 475 do you think I would still have a chance for the second round?

    I don't think the course will go up beyond the 465 mark but if it does go up to 475 or so then you will more than likely not get offered a place in round two as it is unlikely to drop down in sucessive rounds after round one.   Generally, with popular courses like this few if any places would be offered in round two and so the points would usually not drop.

  • 16:29

    I got 505 points, and I want to get Law in UCD. What are the chances of the points rising so much I won't get a place?

    This is a hard call with the new undenominated entry into Law.   Hopefully you have enough to get that offer on Monday.

  • 16:31

    Can you do a plc course in bray and just repeat one subject - maths failed and would like to repeat?

    Absolutely, this is a very common route where those who fail Maths want to move forward but also want to have another shot at passing their Maths and keeping more options open in the future.

  • 16:40

    I got 156 points in HPAT and 555 in the Leaving Cert this year; I wish to study medicine; should I repeat both Leaving and HPAT, or just HPAT next year?

    If you are really determined to get into Medicine, for the sake of one year and a much higher chance of improving your points score, I think you should seriously consider repeating both the Leaving Certificate.   I know it sounds daunting but competition is so steep for these courses that you might well consider giving yourself every possibility of reaching that gold target.

  • 16:43

    I got 300 points today and just wonder will I be able to get arts in UCC? It's 335 - is that too high for me?

    I think unfortunately it is a big gap to bridge and looking at the points history for this course it hasn't gone to the 300 mark so you may not be in the running here.

  • 16:51

    Hey just got my results today and sadly I haven't gotten enough points for any of my courses be it level 6/7 or 8. Is there anything I can do ?

    There are a few options:

    Repeat, PLC course, private college course, european course - EUNICAS, vacant place course in the CAO, apprenticeship, direct employment and maybe reapply to college next year.   There are some great articles in today's supplement in the Irish Times that could be useful for you to examine some of these options.

  • 16:57

    I got 505 with a few disappointing results that can hopefully improve on the recheck. I wish to study science in trinity , do I stand a chance with the demand for science increasing ?

    The points last year were 505* for this course so not everybody on 505 even got a place.   This could be very tight for you and may even require a bit of luck if random selection is to be used again.   If you get some upgrades in the recheck process it could make a big difference but unfortunately you won't have the results of the rechecks until October.   You can't rely on this and have to make your decisions assuming you are not going to get an upgrade.   If you do then it is a bonus.

  • 17:00

    I got 485 which will probably get Commerce in UCD but probably in the Second Round offers, do i accept the offer in the First Round below this to stay in the race or just hold out until 2nd round offers ?

    You should accept something in round one so that you have something 'in the bag' so to speak and then if you get a higher offer in round two you can accept this then.

  • 17:02

    I got 300 points but failed Maths and all i want to do is Arts in NUIM, can i repeat maths by itself and add it on even though its not an entry requirement?

    You cannot combine two Leaving Certificate results for the purpose of points, so if you repeat just Maths you will not be able to use the points for next years Maths along with your points from this year to get you into NUIM.

  • 17:05

    I was just wondering, if you do not receive any CAO offers can you apply to colleges directly to ask if there are any vacancies in     courses that you did not have down on your CAO form originally?

    No. However the CAO has a facility on its website called Vacant Places and any courses which have places unfilled are advertised here.   Go to www.cao.ie and search for Vacant Places and you'll see the details.   It is not live yet but the details are there.   This is updated regularly ovder the next few weeks.

  • 17:06

    I got 104 point's .. have I failed?

    No, there is no failing the Leaving Certificate, you have a Leaving Certificate in certain subjects which have given you 104 points.

  • 17:10

    I'm five points off the course according to the points needed in 2012, i know the points can fluctuate but if I'm offered a fourth choice course with lower points and turn it down, is there a chance i could still get my first choice?

    Yes, if you accept your fourth preference course and then in the next round become entitled to a higher preference course (such as your first choice) you will be offered it and you can choose whether to accept it or not.

  • 17:11
  • 17:12

    Does the amount of points for UCD Arts vary between options or is it 335 points no matter what two options have been chosen?

    There is one set of points for Arts in UCD irrespective of what subject combinations are chosen.   It is not like TCD where the points vary depending on the subject combinations chosen.

  • 17:12
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  • 17:13

    Any idea on the points requirement for medicine in UCD or,NUIG given that HPAT results were lower this year than the previous 2 years?

    Afraid not, just have to wait until Monday.

  • 17:18

    Hi, I   got my results today. I only passed 4 subjects: Irish, English, accounting and engineering. What options are open to me? Can I do a PLC with these results?

    You could consider repeating if you think that might be an option for you.   In relation to PLC courses you might be able to gain access to certain programmes.   The best thing to do is to look at the courses on offer near you and check with the college would they consider you with your results.   Have you considered doing an apprenticeship? Your local SOLAS office should have details of the possibilities here.

  • 17:21

    I got 415 and my first choice was 505 last year (Commerce International in UCD). I'm thinking of getting two of my subjects re-checked. Do you think I have any chance of getting the course and do you think the course may come down in points?

     

    I think this is definitely a long shot.   I cannot see this course dropping too much and if you are only getting two of your subjects checked they would need to come up a lot to get you near this course.

  • 17:22

    I got 475 am I safe for primary teaching?

    There is no way of knowing for sure until Monday, but I would think you are safe with 475.

  • 17:24

    I have 565 points and a combined 718 for medicine. I do not think this will be enough. Are biomedical science points expected to rise?

    We have no reason to suggest there will be a big jump in points for Biomedical Science, but we will have to wait until Monday to know for sure.

  • 17:26

    Got 505 points and have radiotherapy as first choice in UCD. Approved for DARE also what you think my chances are.

    With the DARE eligibility you certainly in with a good chance.   I wouold ring the admissions office in UCD to get a clearer idea of you chances with this.

  • 17:34

    My son got 495 points and is hopeing to do B.E.S.S course in trinity it was 495 last year ! Do you think he has a chance and thinks he might get one subject rechecked any advice ?

    BESS finished at 495* last year.   The star means that not everyone on 495 got a place on the course - random selection was used.   It will definitely be tight and is the course does remain at 495* he will need a bit of luck also to get into the random pool.   If he gets a recheck and subsequent upgrade this will definitely help but he will not know about this until October.

  • 17:36

    Will 475 be enough for primary teaching in St Pats

    Hopefully so Jo, but we will not know for certain until Monday.   Sorry we can't be more helpful about this, its a waiting game I'm afraid.

  • 17:38

    I have got 410 points and I am also eligible for the HEAR Scheme. Do I have any chances of getting Arts in UCD?

    Absolutely, at 335 last year I think you are well clear.

  • 17:41

    I got 515 and plan to get 2/3 rechecked... My plan was to do law and business in ucd but now looks like Ill do law and economics in ucd. If I come up in points am I able to switch course?

    Yes, if you have started Law and Economics and then get a points increase through an upgrade and become entitled to a higher preference course (Law and Business) then you will be offered this in October and will be allowed to transfer course.

  • 17:46

    My daughter got 575 and first choice is veterinary UCD, do you think there is a chance of a drop in entry points from 580 last year.   Her second choice is pharmacy RCSI, she has chemistry, is biology a requirement

    Vet finished on 575* last year which means not everyone on 575 got a place - random selection was used.   So if the same happens this year your daughter will need a bit of luck to get into that random pool for a place.   It is going to be a long wait until Monday morning.   Biology is not a requirement for Pharmacy in RCSI so she should be fine there.

  • 17:53

    I'm five points off general nursing in Trinity, i got 415, if i turn down my fourth choice at 400 is it possible to get my first choice at 420?

    If you are offered your fourth preference and turn it down there is no guarantee you will be offered a higher preference course in the next rounds so think carefully about not accepting something in round one.   You could be left with nothing.   If you accept your fourth preference in round one you will still remain in the running for a higher preference course in the next rounds.   In the next rounds if you become entitled to a higher place (eg. nursing TCD) then you will be offered the place and you decide whether to accept the place or not.

  • 17:56

    That's it for today - join us again tomorrow at 9am. Outstanding questions will be answered then.

    Many thanks