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  • 08:58
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  • 09:25

    Hi, I got 370 points with a C3 in Higher Maths. First choice is LM117 (Science Choice) in UL. Any idea if I should be worried as the requirements is 360 but I do not know how many places they have compared to how many that will have applied.




    Points for the first round are based on the supply and demand for the course. Supply being the number of places available on the course and demand being the number of students who applied for that particular course. Nobody will know anything for definite till Monday. Applicants for Science courses are slightly down, when compared with 2013. Be sure that you satisfy all the Leaving Cert entry requirements. Look this up on www.qualifax.ie


     

  • 09:30

    My son applied for   computer science at DIT. He needed 420 points and C3 maths. He got 455 points and an A1. Does that mean he can be sure he'll get the offer?

    Yes it looks like he is well set up for an offer for this course as he has way above last years points needed and has met the entry requirements.

  • 09:33

    Hi, I've got 410 points and I am also eligible for the HEAR Scheme. I am wondering do I have any chance of getting Arts in UCD?

    Points wise it looks as if you are almost definitely going to get a place in Arts in UCD, I am presuming you have met the entry requirements.

  • 09:35

    I qualify for the HEAR scheme and got 275 I need 350 for social studies. Do you think there is any chance the hear scheme would bring up the points by that much for me to get into the course I want?


    The HEAR scheme does offer a reduced points place. I think that the maximum number of points reduction is sixty points. However, I would still advise you that you contact the college itself and speak with a HEAR advisor. You will get their contact information on www.accesscollege.ie or on their college website.

  • 09:38

    With my 6 subjects do I also include the mark I got for LCVP?

    To calculate your points add up the scores from your 6 best subjects OR add up your 5 best subjects + your LCVP score, whichever is highest is taken as your points for CAO entry.

  • 09:39

    I passed 5 out 6 subjects for Leaving Cert. Can I still do a Level 8 course in DIT?


    One needs to have six subjects at Leaving Cert level for entry into DIT level 8 course. I would advise you to contact admissions in DIT.

  • 09:41

    Looking to do arts in St Pats but got 360 when last years points was 385, do I have a chance depending on demand for places?


    This course has dropped in points for the last two years. Nobody will know exactly till Monday. Points will depend on the demand for places and the number of places that the college make available for this course.

  • 09:42

    I got 335 points and am hoping to do Spanish and History in UCD. Do you think I may get a place?

    Based on last years cut off points you have a good chance of getting an offer of a place.   However, remember points can go up and down form year to year so its just a waiting game until Monday morning to see what happens.

  • 09:44

    Hi, My Daughter got 505 points yesterday. Her first choice is Science in UCD, which was 505 last year. Do you think this will increase again this year ?

    No one can know for sure until Monday. Applicants for Science courses are slightly dowm when compared with 2013. The best of luck.

  • 09:47

    I got 395 and I am applying through the DARE scheme. My first choice is commerce UCD which was 475 I think last year. Is that too large of a gap to be considered would you think considering the dare scheme?

    To be honest I think it could be a very big gap to bridge.   Usually in the DARE scheme the maximum points you would be brought up is 60 so this would bring you up to 455 and you would still be a little off the 475 of last year.   I would give the UCD admissions office to get more advice on this so you have an idea what to expect.

  • 09:49

    Hi guys, got 335 in my Leaving Cert and hope to do arts in Maynooth which is 360. I'm also eligible for HEAR. What are my chances?

    You're chances will depend on how many people are competing for the HEAR places for Arts in Maynooth. For example if there is 10 places available for HEAR applicants and eleven HEAR applicants apply they will take the ten with the highest points. One must get 300 points before they can get allocated a course using the HEAR point reduction.

  • 09:52

    How much of a points reduction would you say I would get with the HEAR scheme for DN660?


    To the best of my knowledge the maximum point reduction with the HEAR and DARE scheme is sixty points. The number of point allocation will depend on the number of HEAR places available and the demand for those palces by HEAR applicants. Please look at the answer to a similar question below.

  • 09:54
  • 09:58

    Hi, I got 490 today and have applied to a range of law and law based Interdisciplinary courses, with the denominated entry in UCD listed together with law in DCU. Do you expect major changes in points requirements for law going on current trends?



    I do not have access to such information. I do know that the number of CAO applicants has increased from last year. The 2014 points will be published on Monday. The best of luck.

  • 10:06

     

    The cut off points for any course are a consequence of the ratio between the number of applicants and teh number of places. This course dipped in points in 2012 but became more popular in 2013 and therefore causing a points increase. The cut off points for courses in 2014 will not be known until Monday. We wish you the very best of luck.

  • 10:20

    I've got 355 CAO points with a D1 in ordinary level maths. I need 240 Ucas points to get into Derry to do creative technologies (I have 245) but as I don't have a C in maths will I be accepted?


    It very much depends on the institution, I would recommend contacting the college and giving them your results and getting some answers from them.   Some UK colleges are very strict about getting the exact grades required and others allow some small bit of flexibility.   It also depends on the course in the college and demand for that course.


     

  • 10:21

    Got 325 points and need 340 for the BA in UCD. When the round 2 offers come out would it be possible that the points will drop enough that I'll be able to do the course? Also, I'm eligible for HEAR, would that make a difference in the course offers?


    You may get an offer in round one if you get a points reduction from the HEAR scheme. How much of a point reduction will depend on the number of HEAR places available on this course and the number of  HEAR applicants wanting a place on this course. Please see below an answer to a similar question. CAO offers will be continued to be offered until Wednesday October 15. Points will drop if the supply ( number of places available)  exceeds the demand( the number of  applicants who  wish to  get onto teh course)  for the course.

  • 10:21

    Can you confirm if the LCVP mark is added to the result with the 6 subjects as it says on your paper 6 subjects plus LCVP?


  • 10:24

    I got 400 points I applied for economics politics and law   in DCU which was 390 last year what do you think of my chances?

    I'm afraid it is just a waitng game until Monday to know for sure, but based on last years points you should theoretically be in with a good chance unless something drastic happens to the cut off points for this course this year.

  • 10:27

    I got 335 and wish to do arts in NUIM, which is 360. I also was granted my HEAR application. Do I have a chance of being able to pursue this course?

    You have a chance but it all depends on the number of eligible HEAR applicants for this course and your position in the list of those eligible applicants points wise.   We will have to wait until Monday to know for sure.

  • 10:30



    I got 485.   I have PE in UL as my first choice.I have Biological Sciences (teaching) as my second choice ,also in UL. What do you think my chances are of getting my first or second choice?




    No one will know this for certain until Monday. Going on previous years the points for P.E. at UL have remained static at 495. I would be confident that you will have enough points for your second perference as 2013 cut off points for thi scourse was 420. If it does jump in points  I can't see it jumping that much. But no one will know for certain until Monday. Well done and we wish you the best.

  • 10:31

    If there is a downgrade after the appeals process and you end up with a combined points total of lower than what you originally got, will the CAO take your first round offer off you if you are below the points for your course that you accepted?

    In theory yes, the college reserves the right to take away a place that you are no longer entitled to.   Essentially if this happens you are in a place that someone else is entitled to more than you.   This is why we strongly reccomend viewing your scripts before sending any of them for a recheck.

  • 10:34

    How many passes do I need to pass my Leaving Cert - 5 or 6?

    Not sure what you mean here.   Generally for an honours level 8 degree you need a minimum of 6 passes in the Leaving Certificate, 2 of which must be at HC3 of above.   For Level 6 Higher Certificates and level 7 Ordinary Degrees you generally need a minimum of 5 passes in the LC.

  • 10:36

    Hi, didn't get the result I wanted or was expecting in geography, I was an external candidate and sat the exam in Ballyfermot school and when I sat the exam my project wasn't there. However I was told the day before it would meet my paper in Athlone. Is it possible my project got lost considering my project and paper came from two different schools?
    Thanks




    I would advise you to fill out the application to request to view you're Leaving Cert Geography paper. Viewing of scripts will take place on Friday August 29th and Saturday , August 30. You should of recieved teh application for viewing of scripts along with your CAO results. If you are not happy at the viewing of scripts you can request a recheck. This will cost you €40 per subject but is refundable if you are granted an upgrade. The best of luck.



  • 10:39

    My son got 505 points but only got an E in English. The course he wants to do needed 430 points last year with English as an entry requirement. We are going to appeal his English results. Will he be offered this course or any other course before the recheck?

    He will not be offered this course before the rechecks as he has not met the entry requirements for the course.   If there are other courses he has applied for and has met the entry and points requirements he could get an offer.   Many courses have an English or Irish entry requirement, it depends what other courses he has applied for.

  • 10:41
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  • 10:41

    I got 500 will I get psychology in maynooth

    No one will know for certain until Monday August 18th. The course cut off points for any course are a consequence of teh supply of places available on this course and the number of CAO applicants wanting this course and have the points and the necessary Leaving Cert requirements. Going on previous years .. points for this course in 2013 were 505, 2012 520, 2011 505. I hope that it works out for you. Well done doing so well.

  • 10:43

    How many students applied and were granted DARE/HEAR status for their CAO? Will this increase the points required for students that don't qualify for DARE/HEAR status in your opinion?


    I do not have access to such figures. DARE/HEAR applicants and their points will have no effect on all other students.



  • 10:43

    Received 435 points. 1st-5th choices are nursing and based on points in 2013, in UCD (420), UCC (450), UL (445), NUIG (450), DCU (445). Tralee IT (415*), it looks like there might be a chance with UCD/Tralee. UCD lowest points last year were 420, but midpoint was 440. Applications for nursing fell by almost 5% this year.

    Yes you are correct there is a good chance for UCD and Tralee based on last years points cut offs but remember these can all change and you could be dealing with a different landscape this year points wise.   Its a waiting game until Monday!

  • 10:47
    Institute of Education students (l-r), Rebecca Gordon, Shankill; Enya Drudy, Terenure and Emily O'Rourke, Celbridge, with their Leaving Cert results. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins
    Institute of Education students (l-r), Rebecca Gordon, Shankill; Enya Drudy, Terenure and Emily O'Rourke, Celbridge, with their Leaving Cert results. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins
  • 10:48

    My daughter got 305 points and has been approved for the HEAR scheme. Will she get into UCC with that as it was 335 last year?

    HEAR do give   a point reduction. How much of a reduction will depend on the pool of HEAR candidates. HEAR will have a certain number of places allocated to HEAR applicants. Those HEAR applicants with the highest points will be accepted first. If there are still places available then the HEAR applicant with the next highest points will then get his/her place and so on till all the HEAR places are full up. So whether you get accepted into your course via the HEAR scheme will depend on the number of HEAR applicants you are competing against and their points. We wish you the very best.

  • 10:50

    I'm just wondering how can I get some of my subjects rechecked and how is it going to effect my CAO offers? Thanks.

    If you want to get some of your subjects rechecked you need to fill out the form you got with your results and get it back to your school by Tuesday the 19th August and they will allocate you a session to come in and view your scripts (highly recommended). If you want to go ahead and appeal certain subjects you fill out a form available from your school.   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.   All the details are on the home page of the examinations.ie

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  • 11:27

    Our daughter got 475 points not sufficient for Law at UCD, 500 points. Could she do Arts in UCD and transfer at some stage to do Law?


    You do not know what points Law in UCD will be this year. I don't think that transferring woul dbe an option unless she had teh adequate points and places were still available. I suggest that you contact admssions at UCD. Each institution have different transfering policies. The best of luck.

  • 11:31

    470 points. Is there any possible dream of a hope I may get the BComm in UCD? Entry level points last year 475. Also going for recheck on 2 papers?

    Too poosible scenarios here. One is that the points drop. No one will know this for certain until Monday August 18th. Second scenario is that you go up a grade on your recheck. If you now have sufficient points UCD must offer you a place on the BComm. Recheck results come out in mid October. You can swithch over to the BComm then or they will guarantee a place for you for the next academic year. Well done on achieving such good results. We wish you the very best.

  • 11:31

    Hi. I am short 5 points (minimum) for entry to my CAO course of choice in UCD. I feel two of my results were marked lower than I expected and am applying to have these rechecked. However, it appears that the recheck result will not be available until early October. Should I accept my second choice offer and what happens then if I increase my points and achieve enough for original first choice? Is there a possibility of getting an offer in October or would I have to wait until next year? Many thanks

    If you get an upgrade in October and get a points increase then these points are backdated to round one offers day (next Monday).   Then whatever course you would have been offered at this stage must be offered to you in October.   On a few rare occasions the college may not be able to physically accept another person onto the course at this late stage and in this case they must offer you a dererred entry onto the course the following year. The general advice is to accept your second choice now and proceed as if you are not going to be upgraded and in October if you are upgraded and become entitled to your first choice you will be offered it and can accept it and this will be a great bonus.

  • 11:33

    I was wondering do you have any idea how many students apply for medicine with the HEAR scheme? A rough guess would be fine.

    Apologies we don't have that information, maybe if you email the CAO they may be able to tell you.

  • 11:42

    My daughter has not received enough points for her chosen course in one of her chosen colleges. However the same points would be enough for a college that she hasn't written down. Is there any hope for her?


    No one knows the 2014 points for any courses till Monday August 18th. Points are determined by supply and demand and obviously that can change from year to year.


    However, your daughter has plenty of options. You must keep an eye on vacant places on www.CAO.ie. This facility will open up Tuesday August 19th at 12:00.


    Your daughter could also apply to do a PLC that could link into the course that she wishes to do at third level. You can find out more on www.fetac.ie or www.qualifax.ie and clicking on PLC Post Leaving Cert course.


    Another option would be for her to take a year out and change her order of preference. She would however run the risk of the points going up.


    Get back onto us if you need additional information. The best of luck.

  • 11:43

    Hi, I am just wondering if you fail Higher Level French can you still go to college?

    Yes indeed you can.   There are many courses in the CAO system which have no language requirement at all whcih would be available to you for application.

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  • 11:48

    My daughter passed all her subjects and got 350 points,she has three science subjects and her 1st choice was industrial and pharmaceutical chemistry in UL, would there be a possibility that she will get an offer for this? Thanks



    The number of CAO applicants has increased this year. Applicants for Science are slightly down on 2013. The cut off points for any course are a consequence of the supply of places made available from the college and the demand for this course by CAO applicants. Their can be an increase or a decrease in several areas. No one will know for definite until Monday August 18th. The best of luck.


     

  • 11:51

    Do we add the extra 25 points for passing higher level maths to our overall result or our maths result?


    Either. Overall it will increase your total CAO points.

  • 11:59

    I needed 2 higher C3 and 4 ordinary D2 grades with 240 points for computer science in Griffith College Dublin. I achieved only 2 higher C3 and 3 ordinary D3 grades with 230 points. If I don't get an offer from the CAO can I call them directly and ask them if they have any vacant spots for computer science? Also what would the chances of me being accepted there?

    This years CAO points for that course could decrease or increase so you will have to wait for Monday to know for sure. However, you did not receive the minimum requirements unfortunately. Points may continue to fall in round 2 and 3 but minimum requirements do not change.   I would advise you to contact admissons office in Griffith College. But I do not think that you will get an offer in any round due to not satisfying the minimum requirements. I hope that it works out. Get back onto us if you need more direction.

  • 12:00

    I have 500 points, really want psychology Maynooth but that is 505 also have down UCD and DCU - what are my chances?

    You are very close indeed to getting in but remember when you say NUIM is 505, that is last years points and it could be less or more this year.   I would advise not even trying to predict what is going to happen, enjoy your great Leaving Certificate results and next Monday morning deal with whatever you are faced with.

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  • 12:02

    I got 440 in the Leaving and looks like I will not get my first choices. However my best chance is a course I do not really want and I would rather do Arts in UCD which is the choice below it on my CAO. How do I stand if I refuse my first offer?

     

    No one knows 2014 CAO points till Monday. So don't lose faith yet. If you do refuse your first offer you will not get offered any course below this. Best of luck. Contact us again if you need more help. Well done on a great result.

  • 12:03

    I got 470 and I'm hoping for Froebel Primary Teaching in NUIM. I've qualified for the HEAR scheme too. What do you think my chances are like?

    It looks like you have a good chance but it all depends how many eligible HEAR applicants have applied for this course and your position in that group of applicants points wise.   There is no way of knowing for sure until Monday.

  • 12:07


    Hi! I got 340 points but failed maths. I really want to do general nursing. What are my options? Thank you.



    Assuming that you don't have the point either I would advise you to get in touch with a college of Further Education that offers a course in Nursing Studies or Community Care. Both these courses offer a progression route into Higher Education. These results will be used as an entry assessment as opposed to you're LC results.

    Go onto www.qualifax.ie and click on PLC Post Leaving Cert College. You can narrow you're search. Contact the college directly. They tend to accept application up to end of August/ September.

    Contact us if you need further help.

  • 12:07

    I am exempt from Irish though it is one of the requirements for my course, I do meet all other requirements but 5 points short. Is it very unlikely that I will be offered the course?

    If you have met the entry requirements through your achievements and exemptions then you are relying on points to get into the course.   If you are 5 points short of last years cut off points that won't necessarily apply this year.   Being only 5 points away from last years cut off puts you in a good position.

  • 12:10

    My Son got 405 points was hoping to study Sports and Exercise Management in UCD. As the points for this course are 430 and he is unlikely to be offered this course, can he study Sports Management and Coaching in Blanchardstown IT and transfer to UCD after one year? What are the options please?


    No one knows the 2014 CAO points until Monday next. Cut off points can vary from year to year due to changes in trends in several areas.


    I don't think that one could transfer after year one. It may be possible to transfer on completion of the   Level 6/7. I would advise you to contact admissions in UCD. A lot of courses off transfer options but not all.


    The best of luck.

  • 12:24

    How would an internal transfer work if someone missed out on a course because they got 495 points and the course was 495*? Would they be considered as having obtained the points required or not?

    Yes, but was not succesful due to random selection. Their position in the line will depend on their random selection number. An internal transfer would only work if places become available on this course and if that particular students rnumber is next in line.   I would advise you to get in contact with admissions UCD. We wish you every success.

  • 12:29
    Ross Kelly-Nolan (left) and Mark Ryan celebrate Leaving Certificate results at St John's De La Salle College, Ballyfermot, Dublin. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times
    Ross Kelly-Nolan (left) and Mark Ryan celebrate Leaving Certificate results at St John's De La Salle College, Ballyfermot, Dublin. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times
  • 12:32

    I failed ordinary maths and I'm absolutely devastated! What can I do next? And can you repeat more than one subject if I repeated maths and biology let's say? How does that work? Do I reapply my CAO then? Or even am I too late applying for a PLC?

    PLC colleges accept applications until end of August/ Sept or until places are full. So you are not too late.


    Keep an eye on vacant places from August 19th at 12.00. See if there is a course on it that you would like to do and can do without having to pass Maths.

    You can repeat two subjects but only for minimum entry requirement purpose. You can not recalculate points using scores from two leaving cert sittings.

    I hope that this will help. Get back to us with any other queries.

  • 12:38

    Hi, my daughter was so upset with her results yesterday only getting 330 and her arts course in Maynooth was 360, studying geography and French. Can she get it through HEAR or how does this work? She had planned on deferring this year as she is only gone 17 in July. Can you advise me so I can help her?


    Has she been granted HEAR eligibility? HEAR confirm this by mailing you out a letter in June. HEAR forms were due in by March 1st.


    If she has HEAR eligibility then she may be offered it. This will depend on the competition amongst all HEAR applicants. Eg, if there are 10 HEAR places and 15 HEAR applicants for one course, the applicants with the top ten scores get through.

  • 12:40

    Hi - my son got an E in Hons English, got 5 other subjects wants to go for a degree in science. He has 300 points and is exempt from Irish. What would you advise him doing please?


    Depending on what grades were received in the other five subjects and colleges applied to, there is a compensation rule in some of the universities which will allow one fail to be counted as a pass. Alternatively maybe doing a FETAC linked course to a science CAO course next year and at the same time repeating English as a single subject so that he can meet the English requirement of colleges next year.

  • 12:44

    I got 435 points, however I was hoping for architecture which was 450 year in UCD. It dropped down 30 points last year from 480 - what are the odds of this happening again? And is there another back road into it? Thanks


    No one will know for certain until Monday.The statistics on the CAO website show an increase in trend for Architecture compared to last year. This does not mean an automatic increase in points as many thing could affect it e.g. applicants not meeting minimum entry requirements etc.

    I would advise you to research course in Arctitectural Technology with the view to progressing onto Architecture be it here or in the UK.

    The very best of luck with it all.

  • 12:45

    Hi My son is 10 points short of his first choice if he doesn't get it and he accepts the offer he gets on Monday can he apply next year through the CAO in the hope that the points go down next year and transfer courses ? Thanks

    Yes, he can complete a new application next year and if he gets an offer next year on a preferred course he can leave the course he has already started and start the new course.   Remember however there will be fee issues here, the government will only pay fees for one first year so in the new course the registration fee and tuition fees will be payable.

  • 12:49
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  • 12:50

    Hi, I am eligible for both DARE and HEAR, I was wondering would this mean I would get double the chance to get place? I got 365 points and the Computer   Science course I want is 405 points. What are the chances of me getting my choice?

    You will not be available to avail of the point reduction from both. The chance of you getting on the Computer Science course will depend on 2014 CAO points and also on the competition from the pool of HEAR / DARE students. Each course will have a number of HEAR/DARE places reserved for their applicants. It will be filled by the applicants with the highest points first and so on until all HEAR/DARE places are filled.

  • 12:51

    I got 345 points and a D3, I needed 425 and a C3 for aeronautical engineering, I can sit a maths test to get a C3 in UL. I am also on the HEAR scheme. Is there a chance I could still get this course?

    It is a long shot. Firstly you are hoping the HEAR   scheme will bring you up 80 points and then you are hoping to matriculate on the basis of success in the Maths entrance exam.   the reduction of 80 points might be a problem.   You'll just have to wait until Monday to see what the cut off points for this course are for this year and you'll have a better idea where you stand.

  • 12:57

    My daughter got 495. First choice was science UCD which was 505 last year. She did 8 honours subjects. Would it be wise to review all papers with teachers if possible. Those that may have been just 1% off (if any) may have a chance of being upgraded. Or she felt she could have done a bit better in two subjects. Should she just review these? Finally do you think points for this course is likely to go up or down? Thank you

    I see no harm in viewing all scripts as it is   a free service. If she and her teacher feel that it was not graded properly then get it rechecked (cost €40 - refundable if upgraded). Results from rechecks come back mid October.

    The number of applicants applying for Science course  has gone dowm slightly from 2013. This however is not a good enough indicator for me to make a definite judgement. We will all have to wait until Monday.

    Please contact again if needs be. The best of luck.

  • 12:58

    Hi, I got 560 in the leaving cert. Do you think I have a chance to get into dentistry in Cork or Trinity this year and was there ever a round 2 for dentistry? Thanks.

    I don't know for definite but I'm sure there have been round two offers for Dentistry over the years.   As you know there is no way of guessing what the points are going to be for any course this year but looking at the Dentistry points for the last few years they haven't dropped down to the 560s so it may be a bit away.  

  • 13:00

    Hi, I got 250 in my LC and and I only applied for three courses on my Level 7/6 option which were all 300 points. I don't think I will be offered any choice on Monday. What should I do?


    No one knows the points for CAO courses 2014 until Monday. Demand and supply can change the points.


    I would advise you to research courses in Colleges of Further Education. They can act as a progression route onto Higher Education. You will be able to find out more if you go onto www.fetac.ie or www.qualifax.ie and click on PLC on the left handside.


    Please contact us again if needs be. The very best of luck to you.

  • 13:00

    My son got 505 points but only got an E in English, the course he applied for was 430 points last year with English as a requirement. We are appealing the English result. Will he be offered this course or any other course?

    Answered earlier.

  • 13:03

    Hi got 415 points and hoping for Arts in St. Pats. What are my chances do you think


    No one will know for certain until Monday. 2013 cut off points were 385. It looks like you have a good chance. Nothing is definite until Monday though. Well done and the best of luck.

  • 13:06

    Hi I am repeating next year, I count phys chem combined for points but I will need a HC3 in chemistry to fulfill the requirement. My question is can I do phys chem for points and chemistry to fulfil requirement? Thanks

    You can combine Leaving Certificates   for the purposes of meeting entry requirements but not for points purposes.   Your points must come from one sitting of the Leaving Certificate.   Not sure from the question what you mean but hope this answers your question.

  • 13:09

    BComm UCD. I got 470 points yesterday, 5 short of last year's 475 entry requirement. Am applying to have recheck on two papers as there is only a five point difference. Do you think there is a chance I might make it or were applications up this year? In the hope I might pick up the points, would you recommend I have all papers rechecked?


    Applications for Business courses continued its upward spiral this year. But no on ewill know the true result from this until Monday.

     

    I recommend that you view all your scripts. This a service free of charge. Then if you are anyway unhappy I recommend that you send them off and get a recheck. This will cost you €40 per subject. It is refundable if an upgrade is granted.

     

    The best of luck.

  • 13:09

    My son got 185 points , what are his options

    I'm afraid the question is a bit vague.   Has he applied for any courses already?   There are many courses in the CAO system on no points or cut off points below 185 so they could be researched.   Also another possiblility is to look at non CAO options such as PLC courses in a nearby centre or indeed apprenticeship options run by SOLAS.

  • 13:12

    I got 470 points in LC and my first choice is primary teaching in st pats, last year the points were 460. Do you think I will get offered a place?

    Nobody knows what the points will be this year until the admissions officers do their work over the weekend in CAO but it does look as if you have a strong chance.   Hopefully the points will not go over the 470 mark this year.

  • 13:12

    I got 475 and I'm hoping to do engineering in UCD. Last years points were 475, do you think the points will rise?


    First of all well done. The number of applicants for Engineering/Technology courses has increased slightly from 2013. This is not enough information to make a fullt informed decision. We will all have to wait until Monday to know for definite.

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    L-R: Andrew Murphy, Kildare; Gary Power, Clontarf; Dominic Kelly, Clontarf and James Doyle, Castleknock, after receiving Leaving Cert results at CUS in Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins
    L-R: Andrew Murphy, Kildare; Gary Power, Clontarf; Dominic Kelly, Clontarf and James Doyle, Castleknock, after receiving Leaving Cert results at CUS in Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins
  • 13:20

    If you fail higher English will you not get any courses on your CAO form?

    As far as I know DCU and the Institutes of Technology will accept a OD3 in English or Irish. Trinity, UL and NUI's require a minimum of OD3 in English. Certain courses in these colleges reuire a higher English grade.

     

    I would advise you to look up the minimum requirements for each of you're courses on you're list. Use www.cao.ie or www.qualifax.ie to check out the minimum requirements.

     

    Get back to us then if needs be.

    Good luck.

  • 13:21

    When calculating your points do include LCVP points to the other 6 subjects. I got 360. I got a merit in my LCVP. Would I have any chance of getting in to NUIM BBS Business and Accounting or Accounting and Finance in NUIM or DCU Accounting and Finance or DIT Event Management.I also have qualified for Dare and Hear

    To calculate your points you add your score from your six best subjects or your five best subjects + your LCVP score.   The fact that you are eligible for a supplementary route into CAO courses will help you but by how much depends on the number of other HEAR/DARE eligible applicants who have applied to these courses and where you stand points-wise in relation to these other applicants.   Its very hard to know how it will work out for you so its just a matter of waiting until Monday.

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  • 14:12

    I got 420 points today in my Leaving Certificate and I have been accepted for the DARE scheme.   I am now wondering if I will get offered any of my choices the first four were with Trinity with points between 490 and 575 and my next three were with DCU with points ranging from 445 to 490.   Thanks for your help.

    The fact that you have been accepted for the DARE scheme will certainly help you in your quest for a course offer.   What course you end up on will largely depend on the number of applicants who apply for the courses you have applied for who have also become eligible for DARE and your position in relation to them in terms of points.   A certain quota of places are allocated to DARE applicants on each course and how far down the merit list on the course will determine the outcome of your application.   It's a waiting game until Monday really.

  • 14:14

    I got 390 points yesterday and am really disappointed because I got a D1 in biology and a merit in LCVP.   If I had of got even another grade up I would have gotten the points for my preferred course. Do you think I should get a recheck or do you think I would have a chance for a 395 course for Trinity's psychiatric nursing?

    You don't know whether you got you're perferred course or not. No one will know until Monday. Trends can change over the years and this has an effect on CAO course points.

    I would advise you to fill out the form for the viewing of scripts. This is a free service. It will cost you nothing financially. You do have to be there in person. If you are still dissatisfied I would recommend that you get them rechecked. Results from rechecks will be issued in mid October.

  • 14:17

    Hi, I got 415 points in my Leaving Cert. Do you think this will be enough for a place in Arts and Humanities in St Pats?


    Nothing is for certain until the points are issued on Monday. I reckon that you could be safe enough as you have enough points to play around with. But I do not know for definite. Only time will tell. The best of luck. I hope that Monday works out well for you.

  • 14:19

    My daughter got four B3s and one C2 in higher level but failed higher level maths. She has applied to do Commerce   or Agribusiness in UCD but her points are 385; way below the requirement. She is going to view her papers and recheck her maths. She also has applied for Economics and Computing, also in UCD. She does suffer from mild dyslexia but didn't qualify for any waver. Any thoughts as what she should do?

    There are two main options here, one is to repeat her Leaving Certificate and try to get her points increased and get herself a good grade in Maths.   This is the most straightforward route.   Alternatively she could consider doing a PLC course and at the same time repeat her Maths as a single subject.   The PLC course could be used to apply for a linked place in a business programme in a number of CAO colleges including UCD and having the Maths grade improved would give her more options next year if she wanted to submitg a whole new application through the CAO.   There are other options but maybe she should start with these and she how she feels about them.

  • 14:22

    We have four days until the offers are out I'm almost certain I have enough points for both my first choice and second choice but I can't choose. Help! How do I make the right decision?

    If you have enough points for both your first and second choice courses the decision will be made for you.   You will be offered your first preference and your second preference will disappear from your application.   You will never be able to get to your second choice if you are offered your first preference.   In other words you can never move down your list of preferences.

     

  • 14:22
    My daughter is relying on a single offer from one university. Based on last years points this will hopefully materialise. However if this does not happen what options could she consider?

    No one can predict whether points will increase or decrease. It is  a waiting game until Monday. If she doesn't get that offer she may be offered a course further down on her list providing that she put more than one course down? She can also get an offer from her list of Level 8 and an offer from her list of Level 6/7s.


    She can also keep an eye on vacant places on the CAO website www.cao.ie. This facility will open at 12.00 on Tuesday the 19th. PLC in colleges of Further Education are also used as a progression route into Higher Education or she can take a year out and fill out her CAO order of preference differently.


    Please contact us again if you need further help. The best of luck.

  • 14:23
    Leaving Cert student at Trinity Comprehensive in Ballymun, Adam Jenkins, celebrates with his dad Alby Jenkins, the caretaker, after he achieved the best result at the school. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
    Leaving Cert student at Trinity Comprehensive in Ballymun, Adam Jenkins, celebrates with his dad Alby Jenkins, the caretaker, after he achieved the best result at the school. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
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    I got 420 yesterday and I was disappointed. I got a B3 higher Irish, C1 higher English and C3 higher maths. Could I repeat the other subjects next year and still count the points from the results above. Thanks


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  • 14:28

    I got my results yesterday and unfortunately only got a D1 in mathematics, I needed this subject as a requirement  
    to take up my place in college, the deposit they required back in June was paid as it had to be paid before the
    6-6-2014, and now I don't know where I go from here. I am distraught.


    I would advise you to contact the college directly. Some Higher Education Institutions offer second chance maths exams to allow the students another chance to meet the standard required for minimum entry. Check this out in the yesterdays Irish Time's Leaving Cert Results supplement.


    Be sure to contact us again if needs be.

  • 14:34

    I passed five subjects out of six can. I still do a Level 8 course, computer science, in Griffith College?


    Unfortunately not, you must have six subjects passed to matriculate for a Level 8 course in Griffith and two of the passes must be at HC3 level or above.

  • 14:39

    My son got 4 highers- A2, B2, B2 and B3.   Also ordinary B2 maths and B2 English.   Also LCVP merit.   Has he got 405 or 415 points?   Unsure if LCVP can take the place of either of his ordinarys when counting points (especially when they are maths and English).


    His score is 415.   He adds up his best five subjects and his LCVP score, as a merit in the LCVP is 50 it will replace one of his OB2s which are 40 points.

  • 14:40

    I got 295 in LC yesterday, wanted Primary Teaching, but failed English. I am having it rechecked. I was thinking of rechecking few others. What does it cost per subject?   Is there a real danger I could get less points in some subjects that I am reasonably happy with but could do with extra points in, and end up worse? Also. Will I gain entry into IT 's without English. Or should I perhaps repeat? What are my options in Arts, in universities or ITs?


    Rechecks cost €40 per paper. You will be refunded if an upgrade is granted. Rechecks can result in an increase or decrease in grade. Last year twenty percent got upgraded and three percent got downgraded. You really need to view you're scripts before you make this decision.  


    UL, NUIs and Trinity have an OD3 in English as a minimum requirement. DCU and IT'S ask for OD3 in English or Irish.


    Whether to repeat or not entirely depends on the individual student. Only you can answer this. Do you have the motivation to improve performance ? Has your attitude changed? All these questions need considerable thought. I would advise you to speak with someone in your school that knows you well, preferably your guidance counselor.


    Please do not hesitate to contact us again. We are here to help. The best of luck.

  • 14:41

    Any ideas on how the points for St. Patrick's college, Arts and Humanities will be. Got 410 points and not sure if it will be enough

     

    This question has been answered below. Take a look. Good luck on Monday.

  • 14:42

    Received 355 points and wish to study arts in NUIG, I'm aware that the entrance points for the past two years were 300 points and 340 in 2010; I also note the median last year was 360, do you think I have a good chance of getting an offer on Monday?


    No way of knowing for definite of course until Monday but it looks as if you are in with a good chance given what you say.

  • 14:43

    My son got 365 points. He was hoping to get Marketing in DIT which was 380 last year. If he accepts a level 6/7 course could he get a level 8 course on the second round of offers?


    Yes he could. If he has the points for this course and has not been offered any Level 8 above his DIT preference he should get offered it regardless of any offer from his Level 6/7 list.

  • 14:46

    Will 470 get place on BComm UCD?


    No way of knowing for definite until Monday, but if the points drop a little from last year you just might an offer.   The indications are that applicants to Business courses is up but this doesn't necessarily mean higher points as some of these applicants may not have met the entry requirements for the courses they are applying for.

  • 14:48

    If I get upgraded due to recheck can I decline this offer and remain with my second choice. Thanks


     


    Yes you can. You will be given three choices. One is to remain in your existing course. Second option is that you swap over to your new offer. Third option is that they offer to keep a place on the new course for you starting September 2015.


    Good luck with it all.

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    Hi! I got 340 points but failed maths. I really want to do general nursing. What are my options? Thank you.

    Two options here.   Repeat your LC and try to get the higher points required and get the pass in Maths.   If you really want Nursing you should really consider this option, but only if you feel you could improve your overall standard to the level of Nursing.   Alternatively you could do a PLC course which is linked to Nursing and try to get one of the few places set aside for PLC applicants.   This is a very long shot as the number of places is tiny and the competition is very tough.

  • 14:52

    I got 505 and hoping to do Science in Trinity. Do you think I have a chance of getting an offer? I'm also getting a recheck for a few papers that I know I can improve my grade on. Thank you


    The demand for Science courses have gone slightly down. This information alone is not enough to make any definite predictions. We will not know until Monday.

    If you go up a grade on rechecks and now have the necessary cut off points teh college must offer you a place on this course. You have the option to stay where you are, swap over a few weeks late or start this course in September 2015.

    The best of luck.

  • 14:55

    I got 385 points and qualified for the HEAR scheme, and applied to UCD for agricultural science which is 455 points. Is there any chance I will get offered a place?

    The fact that you have been accepted for the HEAR scheme will certainly help you in your quest for a course offer.   Whether you get an offer or not will largely depend on the number of applicants who apply for the Agricultural course you have applied for who have also become eligible for HEAR and your position in relation to them in terms of points.   A certain quota of places are allocated to HEAR applicants on this course and how far down the merit list on the course you are will determine the outcome of your application.   It's a waiting game until Monday really.

  • 14:55

    My first CAO choice was computer science in Trinity. I got 500 points and a HD1 in maths but I needed a HC3. Is it worth my while rechecking the paper?




    The viewing of scripts is free. You must view your scripts first. This will help you make the decision as to whether you decide to go with a recheck or not. Make sure that all scores have been added up properly and then see if you feel that you have been rewarded adequate marks for your answers. Recheck results will be out mid October.


    The best of luck.

  • 14:58

    What happens if your points end up being lower after a recheck but you have already accepted a first round offer? Will you lose your place in the course if your points are now below the required points for that course?


    Yes, theoretically you could as you are taking up a college place that someone else is more entitled to. This is why we strongly suggest viewing any papers you are thinking of getting rechecked beforehand.  

  • 14:59

    I failed honours maths and got an E. How do I go about this as I've heard some colleges offer a maths course to get into college?


     


    The following colleges offer a second chance Maths exam: Cork IT, DIT, NUIG, NUI Maynooth, UL and Waterford IT. See more detail in yesterdays Irish Times Leaving Cert Results supplement. Some offer free preparatory course before the actual exam.


     


    Best of luck.

  • 15:06

    Hi, my daughter got 340 points and had applied for an Arts Degree in UCD, she has met the criteria with subjects and grades required, is this a positive. Points for this course were 335 last year, would she have any chance of an offer?

     

    We will not know the 2014 cut off points until Monday. She has minimum requirements on her side so lets just hope that the points stay static.

     

    Good luck.

  • 15:11

    I got 430 points but the first choice I put down is UCD and the points are 475. I still met the other entry requirements like get above a C3 in maths. I'm wondering are there any chances of me ending up going to UCD?

    It will all depend on this years demand for this particular course. If demand has fallen points should fall and vice versa. I don't have access to further information and cannot make an accurate perdictions.

     

    I hope that all works out well for you.

  • 15:14

    Am just wondering if you received my query sent this morning re changing levels in a language LC exam - having done the oral exam at higher level - and the taken the written exam at lower level? Many thanks.

    Don't remember receiving your particular query but just to state that the oral component in language subjects is at a common level which allows students to decide afterwards at which level they want to take the written paper.

  • 15:14

    Got 455 points, hoping for Business & Law DIT, however for a number of reasons, may need to defer for a year - what are my options? Many thanks,


    You must contact the admission office of the college by email or letter. You must make this as an application for deferral and give your reasons for wanting to refer. The college will get back to you once a decision has been made. The instructions for a deferral are on the cao website or cao handbook. Check out www.cao.ie

  • 15:17

    I got 500 points and want Speech and Language in UCC. Have I any chance of an offer?


    It is important that you satisfy the points and the Leaving Cert entry requirements for this course. Last years points were 510. No one knows what the 2014 points will be until Monday. Well done on a fabulous Leaving Cert.

  • 15:23

    Can you please tell me where to find information on the UKCAT for applying for medicine in Scotland? What courses are available to take in preparation for this? And what are the requirements for entry for medicine in Scotland?

    You will get information on the UKCAT at www.ukcat.ac.uk.   There are very few if any preparatory courses in the south of Ireland but there may be some options in the north of Ireland, google may be a good option to check this out. There may have been a course run in BDS in Dublin by a company call Kaplan.   If you go to www.ucas.com and go into the course search engine looking for Medicine in Scotland you will get a list of courses and when you click on entry requirements you can check what they are looking for in terms of the Irish LC.

  • 15:32

    I have 305 points and want Arts in UCC, 335 points. I am getting the HEAR scheme. Will I get accepted in arts course? I have counted LCVP in that.

    There is a chance. The fact that you have been accepted for the HEAR scheme will certainly help you.   Whether you get an offer or not will largely depend on the number of applicants who apply for the Arts you have applied for who have also become eligible for HEAR and your position in relation to them in terms of points.   A certain quota of places are allocated to HEAR applicants on this course and how far down the merit list on the course you are will determine the outcome of your application.   It's a waiting game until Monday really.

     

  • 15:34

    My son has a PLC place for September but got an E in higher maths. He will need to resit it next year to do Science at 3rd level but how does this happen. Does he find a private tutor or are there resit courses available? If he needs to up his points slightly should he resit maths and one other subject rather than resit the whole Leaving Cert? Can he add two results from next year to this year's points?


    You can only calculate points from one Leaving Cert sitting. You can combine minimum requirements over two sittings or more. He can avail of one to one tuition or some repeat colleges offer Saturday morning classes in individual subjects. The Institute of Education offers such a service.

     

    His PLC results may  replace his Leaving Cert results. I would advise you to ring the College of Further Education to get this confirmed.

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  • 15:35

    Hi my daughter got 385 points and has applied to do Digital Media in Maynooth 360 points but the minimum requirement in a B3 in Maths and she got a C1. Is it possible this minimum requirement could change if not could she still get a place? Thanks


    Unfortunately entry requirements for courses do not change and if an applicant does not meet the entry requirements for a course they are not a qualified applicant for that course and cannot be offered a place on the course.

  • 15:39

    My son has obtained enough points for his course but did not achieve two Cs in honours papers and so is not eligible for a place. Any ideas on best option in the event the rechecks are unsuccessful?


    He could apply to a PLC in a college of further education. This can be used as a progression route to Higher Education.


    He could also resit a subject next year with a view to obtaining another honour. His course cut off points could be higher or lower this time next year. That is the risk one has to take.

    The best of luck.


     

  • 15:39

    I received 325 points in the leaving and want BA Arts in UCD, which last year was 335.   Do you think I have a chance.   I meet all the other requirements.

    While we have no way of knowing what the exact points will be for individual courses it is probably going to be a long shot for you to get a place on this course as the points have never gone down to that level before, but you never know. Best of luck.

  • 15:42

    My question is, if my son misses out on his first preference college place and starts in his second place option and subsequently gets a rechecked paper upgraded and thus eligible for his first preference can he choose to stay with his second preference course and not take the first preference or does he have to move? Thank you


    No he can choose to stay put. He can also change over if he wishes too.

  • 15:42

    I got 430 points in my Leaving Cert, I'm five points under my choice of Science teaching in UL that was 435 last year, I was wondering if there is any chance it could come down this year, thanks


    Unfortunately Maeve we have no way of knowing until Monday, its a waiting game I'm afraid, best of luck.

  • 15:43

    Want to say a sincere thank you for your advice. We are first timers and have been reading you since ye started yesterday. Fair play!


    Many thanks

  • 15:46

    What is DARE and HEAR?


    These are supplementary admission systems for people with disabilities and to school leavers from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Lots of information at www.accesscollege.ie

  • 15:46

    I got 290 and the course I want to study (health and nutrition for culinary art) is 290 do you think I have a chance of getting it. I am also eligible for HEAR and I might be getting two subjects rechecked


    You seem to have many positives on you're side. No one will know the 2014 course points until Monday. Being eligible for HEAR can give you a points reduction. How much of a point reduction will depend on the number of HEAR places available on this particular course and the number of HEAR applicants applying for this course.


    The very best of luck.

  • 15:53

    I have received 290 points in my Leaving Cert. I was hoping to do occupational therapy in the UK, however, I had a difficult year (personal circumstances) and just couldn't get the points. Should I repeat? what subjects are worth repeating?

    Repeating is a big step and should only be undertaken if you seriously feel you can really improve your performance.   Given your personal circumstances you should talk to your parents and teachers and others to work out if this is a good option for you now.   You should obviously repeat any subjects that are needed to meet the entry requirements for the courses you wish to apply for and other than this repeat the subjects you feel you can do best in to maximise your points.

  • 15:54

    If a student fails Irish can in the Leaving Cert if they do a PLC course will they have to repeat and pass the Irish if they want to progress to an IT or university programme ?


    Irish is not a requirement for all colleges . Some accept an OD3 in English or Irish. This is the case in DCU and the IT colleges. I think that ones entry into Higher Education is assessed on their score from their PLC course as oppossed to their Leaving Cert results. I would advise you to contact the college of Further Education and put this question to them.

  • 16:00

    My son didn't get his first two choices. If he accepts his third choice, science, and starts the course but doesn't like it and drops out, can he still use this years points, 495, and apply through the CAO next year to do a business course? If he can will he be able to put 10 courses on the form up to 495 points?


    You will not know if he got the courses or not until Monday. Trends can change causing the points for certain courses to rise or fall.


    Any student can drop out before 31st October and not lose out on the free fees initiative for the following year. Time spent in college after this date will cost you if you were to change courses the following academic year.


    He can apply for ten courses at level 8 and another ten at level 6/7. They should be put in order of preference as opposed to being conditioned on points.

  • 16:01

    Hi, I got 420 points and have been accepted for the DARE scheme. I am now just wondering if I have enough points for the courses I applied for. I applied for Law and the BESS in Trinity, I also applied for Business & Economics and Accounting & Finance courses in DCU and DIT.

    The fact that you have been accepted for the DARE scheme will certainly help you in your quest for a course offer.   Whether you get an offer or not will largely depend on the number of applicants who apply for the   courses you have applied for, who have also become eligible for DARE and your position in relation to them in terms of points.   A certain quota of places are allocated to DARE applicants on these courses and how far down the merit list on the courses you are will determine the outcome of your application.   It's a waiting game until Monday really.

  • 16:02

    Do you think I have any chance of getting speech and language therapy in UCC with 500 points?


    Answered below.

  • 16:05

    I got 520 and the course I want (BESS in Trinity) is 495 but I'm constantly hearing how business courses are rising in demand. I'm also on the HEAR scheme. Do you think I have a good chance of getting in?

    While we cannot predict the exact points for courses next Monday, I think you are in with a good chance of securing an offer for BESS, given you have 520 points.   I would be very surprised if the cut off points went above 520 for this business course.

  • 16:06

    I got 465 and hope to study primary teaching in either Marino or St Pats. What do you think my chances are?

    Answered below

  • 16:08

    I got 425 and NUIG for Computer Science and Information Technology is 420. Will I get my course?

    Theoretically you have a good chance unless there is any major points change for the course.   You'll have to wait until Monday to find out for sure.

  • 16:10

    Can you please explain how Vacant CAO Places work? I got 355 and the course I want is 415. I'm eligible for HEAR.


    Every year there are more places available than qualified applicants. An updated list of list courses will be made available on www.cao.ie on Tuesday August 19.. This list will be updated constantly until all offers have been exhausted. These places are open to all applicants already in the CAO system and those who have not yet applied.


    HEAR do give   a point deduction. The amount of the reduction will depend on the supply and demand of HEAR places on the courses. Please see related emails below.

  • 16:15

    I got 520 and the course I want (BESS in Trinity) is 495 but I'm constantly hearing how business courses are rising in demand. I'm also on the HEAR scheme. Do you think I have a good chance of getting in?


    Nothing will be definite until Monday. I feel that you are in a very strong position and would be quite hopefully. Just because the demand from applicants went up it does not that thepoints will. Whose to know if these applicants satisfied minimum entry requirements and necessary points. It is just a guessing game until Monday.


    I wish you the very best.

  • 16:16

    Criminology in UCC   is a new course; any indication on what level of interest / how many points it will require? Is it similar to a general arts or general social science degree?

    Mary I think if you ring or email the admissions office in UCC they might be able to give you the information you are looking for in relation to this programme.   The email address is admissions@ucc.ie

  • 16:21

    Hi, I got 445 points but had primary teaching as my first two   places on my CAO form which means I will miss out. Third on my CAO is arts in St Pats so does this mean I'm likely to be offered this even though I've courses of higher points lower down on my CAO?

    Yes it looks like it.   The CAO will first of all work out which of your 10 choice courses you are entitled to on the basis of your points and then they will offer you the highest one of these on your list.   Eg. If you are entitled to your 8th, 6th and 4th preferences on the basis of your points then the CAO will offer you your 4th choice (highest one) and everything below your 4th preference will disappear.

  • 16:22

    In the CAO list we (my son and I) mistakenly put down DT228 as the first choice, misreading 405 points in 2013 as 435, with DC133 as second choice, 425 points in 2013. But DC133 was his first choice and he has 425 points - can anything be done?



    Nothing can be done with regard to changing your order of choice. The closing date for this was July 1st.


    You're son needs DT228 to go up in points above 425 and hope then that he gets his second choice.



    I would advise you to ring the admissions office in DIT   and explain your situation. Ask if there is a trnsfer system once you're a registered DIT student.



    I hope that things work out for you. The best of luck.

  • 16:23

    Can you decline a first choice offer of 405 points and choose second choice 425 points instead as my son got 425 points and 405 was misread as 435 for first choice originally.

    No. Once you have the requested points and meet the minimum requirements the offer is made. No other course below this will be offered at any stage.

  • 16:28

    Hey, I was so surprised yesterday, got 480 points and was expecting lower! Had originally set my sights on a gap year with travel/work experience, but just wondering if I could of avail of anything even now? Also do you have any advice for UCAS ?


    You can avail of vacant places. This facility is available from 12.00 Tuesday, August 19th. Please see details about Vacant places below.


    I would advise you to look on www.ucas.com.


    We are here tomorrow and next week. Feel free to contact us.

  • 16:32

    I got 240 points. Could I still go on and do culinary arts in ITT or DIT?

    Based on last years points you would not be offered a place on Culinary Arts with 240 points, as the lowest one was 270 in ITT, but we don't know what the points are for this year, you will have to wait until Monday morning to see for sure what the cut off points for these courses are this year.   Remember you could consider doing a linked PLC course in the culinary area and using this to gain entry to the Culinary Arts programme.

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  • 16:42

    I'm looking up PLC courses for nursing. One had this in their entry requirement: "Learners who wish to progress to Nursing in Ireland need Biology and Ordinary Level Mathematics as part of their LC." Do you need to have passed it? I failed HL Maths.


    If this is the case you could repeat you're Maths whilst attending your PLC.


    I would advise you to contact that particular college of Further Education. Each college may have different entry requirements.  

  • 16:45

    I only got 295 points. Will I get any offers for college?


    It will depend on the 2014 cut off points and on what courses you put down and at what levels. Levels 6 & 7's tend to be lower points than an honours degree.


    We will be here to help next Monday. Contact us again if needs be.

  • 16:46

    Hi, I got 560 points in my Leaving Cert. My first choice is the BCL/Maitrise in UCD which was 550 last year, my second and third choices are Law with French Law in Trinity and UCD, respectively. I would love to get one of my top three however I am aware that the points for Law are scheduled to go up 5.5% this year. Is there a possibility of me obtaining one of my top three? I also have another question regarding admissions, which is that I am aware that the requirement for these courses is at least a B3 in Higher French. With my A1 in Higher French, would that give me any advantage where admissions are concerned, or in the event of two or three applicants fighting for one space on the course (for example in the BCL/Maitrise course, where there are only five places)?


    Just to be clear the points for Law are not necessarily scheduled to increase by 5.5% this year, rather the CAO first preferences for Law courses increased by 5.5% which doesn't mean the points will automatically follow suit.   Being on 560 I think you have a good chance of getting one of your top three courses. In relation to the grade in French, unfortunately this will not make any difference to you in terms of being offered a place over and above someone on a lower grade in French. Once the basic requirement is satisfied then it is purely points which determines who gets an offer of a place or random selection if there are a few people on the same points.

  • 16:50

    My son got 400 points and the general science in NUIG was 405 what are his chances of getting in on first or second offers? He doesn't want any of his other choices.   What is his chances of getting an offer, and if not what would be his best plan next?


    The number of applicants for Science courses are slightly down on last year. If demand is down points will go down. No one will know for definite until Monday.


    Is he satisfied with all his grades? Is he interested in viewing his scripts and paying for a recheck? Money is refundable if upgrade is granted.


    Investigate and see if his Level 6/7 on completion could be used to transfer into Galway.


    Please get back to us on Monday if needs be. Here all day Monday and Tuesday.

  • 16:52
  • 16:54

    My daughter got 460 points - looking to do agricultural science in UCD - 455 last year.   Has there been an increase in first choice preferences for agricultural science in UCD this year?


    All I can tell you is that there is a slight upward trend for agricultural courses on a whole. This does not mean that points will definitely rise. Many of these applicants may not get enough points or even satisfy the minimum entry requirements. It is a guessing game and no one will know for sure until Monday.

  • 16:59

    I got 555 points yesterday and I'm hoping to get Law in TCD. Last year, it was 530 but since TCD have introduced a "feasibility study" this year it means there are 10 less places. Is there any way of estimating the points increase with 10 less spaces?

    It may not necessarily be the case that the 10 places on the feasibility study have been taken from the normal pool of places, they may have funded 10 extra places as part of the study.   However if it is the case that the 10 places have come from the original pool of places I think it would be very difficult to estimate the effect of this on this years points for Law. I have tried to contact TCD on this but didn't get any answers for you.   It looks like a wait until Monday morning.   Great question.

  • 16:59

    Hi, I got my results and I'll get my first choice no problem but I am not happy with my English grade and I feel I deserve a higher grade so I have a few questions.
    Firstly, can I view my paper and still get a recheck?
    Secondly, if I get a recheck can I still get offered my course on Monday or does it mean I can't get offered anything until the recheck goes through?
    Thirdly, I failed an eight subject and I was wondering if, even though I am in college next year, could I repeat that on it's own?


    One can review their paper for free. A recheck will cost €40. This is refundable if an upgrade is granted.


    You will get you're  highest perference course in which you satisfy the cut off points and the minimum requirements.


    The answer to your third question is a yes.



  • 17:03

    Are points for medicine likely to be down slightly this year with the change in HPat and slightly lower HPat marks all round or similar or higher to last year?


    There has been a drop in applicant number for medicine. A drop means that less people will be fighting for places and points may fall. Put has the demand dropped enough to make a huge difference in the points. We will have to play the waiting game. 2014 cut off points out on Monday.

  • 17:04

    I got 355 points. Does this make me eligible to study mental health nursing this year in the UK without having applied yet through UCAS?


    I would get onto the UCAS website and generate a list of possible colleges you would be happy with who offer mental health nursing. From this I would try to ascertain what the colleges are looking for in terms of grades in the Irish LC, under international qualifications. If there are some that suit you then when clearing opens look to see what colleges from this list are there and then make contact with them. Best of luck.

  • 17:06

    Hi, I got 475 and I'm hoping to do engineering in UCD. Last years points were 475, do you think the points will rise?


    No one knows for definite until Monday. Applicants for engineering/technology courses have increased slightly. This does not mean that the course points will rise. Many applicants may not meet entry requirements etc.


    One will have to wait until Monday. The best of luck.

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  • 17:11

    How do PLC courses assist you to get the course of your choice?   Are the results added to your leaving cert results and do you reapply to the CAO next year? Thanks


    No there is a separate system for people applying with a FETAC PLC course. Essentially when you complete a FETAC course you are applying to the CAO on the basis of your score in the FETAC course and no longer your Leaving Certificate. There is a document which describes this process on the CAO website.   Go to student resources and the FETAC information.

  • 17:15

    My sister became very ill so she couldn't sit the Leaving Cert and thus has to repeat next year. So can she repeat the Leaving Cert next year without registering/attending a school but only attend evening grinds? If yes, where can she sit the exam?


    The answer to the first question is yes. She can just attend evening grinds. She can sit the exam in any school providing that she registers with the school as an external candidiate. I recommend that you look up www.examinations.ie. You will find more information there.


    The best of luck with it.

  • 17:32

    My daughter is eligible for Dare and is 25 points off her first choice. She is applying for a recheck in two subjects. If she doesnt get her first choice on Monday but subsequently gets an upgrade could she get a Dare offer at that stage?

    It is possible that she could get an offer if she gets an upgrade sufficient to bring her position in the course merit list up to where she would have been originally entitled to a place.   But all this would not happen until October so lets hope she gets her place on Monday.

  • 17:33
    If I ignore all offers this year because my choices have changed utterly can I apply to CAO again next year? Thanks

    Yes you can. I would advise you to decline your offers. No one will know if point swill go up from 2014 to 2015. Keep that in mind. Be sure that you satisfy minimum entry also.

    If you got an offer on a course of interest look into deferring your place. You would need to make direct contact with the college.
  • 17:41

    My daughter got 415 and she is a dare applicant I'm wondering is she still in with a shot for primary school teaching at Marino. She has the entry requirements

     

    I think that the maximum amount of point reduction is 60 points with DARE. I would advise you to contact the DARE advisor at Marino College.

     

    Her chances of getting an offer will depend on two things. Firstly, your daughter will be competing against other DARE students for a handful of DARE places. E.G. If there is 5 DARE places and 6 DARE applicants, the first five with the highest points get in. Not all DARE applicants need to use the maximum point reduction. It really is a race amongst DARE applicants. I hope that this makes sense.

    Secondly, if the points rise above 475 this course will be no longer within her reach providing that the maximum point reduction under the DARE scheme is sixty points.

    The best of luck with it.

  • 17:43

    How often is random selection used in the offer process for the Medicine courses in Dublin (RCSI, UD-TCD, UCD)?

    I'm afraid I cannot give you an exact answer at the moment on this but I would say in my experience quite a lot.   If you go to the CAO website and look up points for courses over the last few years you would be able to getan exact figure, for example in TCD the picture is as follows: 2013 - 478*, 2012 - 746*, 2011 - 739* so as you can see in this situation it is used quite a lot.   go to www.cao.ie need help and points by year to get more information.

  • 17:44

    Hi, I got 525 points and I an hoping to study law in UCD, is there much chance the points have rose from 500 last year? Also does being from Northern Ireland affect my chances of gaining a place or is it the same as a Leaving Cert student?

    Where you live is not going to affect you. One must make the necessary cut off points and meet the minimum subject requirements.

    No one can perdict the points. We must all wait till Monday.

    Well done with your results.

  • 17:45

    How often is random selection used in the offer process for the Medicine courses in Dublin (RC001,TR051,DN400)?

    Answered below

  • 17:48

    Hi, my daughter got 395 points in her LC and wants to do an Arts degree in Maynooth. It was 360 pts last year. Would it be unusual for it increase so much that she wouldn't get in?

     

    Highly unlikely, she should be safe, although we cannot be sure until Monday morning.

  • 17:48

    I only passed 5 subjects do I need to resit the leaving again?

    Many  IT's and colleges accept five subjects at entry level 6 or 7. I would advise you to look up each course that you put doem on your CAO. We are here all day Monday.

     

    Please contact if you need our help.

  • 17:53

    I want to do a course and unfortunately fell short of the course points wise. would there be any chance of me getting accepted into the course under different circumstances for example doing a year of a level 6 course then transferring into level 8


    You don't know if you have fallen short as 2014 points are only out on Monday. Many level 6 courses can allow you to progress to a level 8 but I would need more details from you.


    Most level 6 courses take two years to complete. You will see if there is a progression route from your CAO handbook. We will be here all day tomorrow and Monday.

     

    Please contact if needs be.

  • 17:54

    I got 380 points from 5 honours subjects. I only got an e in my other subjects, if my appeal is not successful will I have to resit the leaving again.

    You have not met the entry requirements currently for a level 8 course because you have not got six passes in your LC, so you will not be offered any level 8 course in the offer process.   You have met the entry requirements for level 6 and level 7 courses so you could be offered one of these on Monday.   If you repeat one subject and get another pass you could combine Leaving Certificates to meet the requirements for a level 8 course.

  • 17:59

    I got 585 points. I applied through UCAS to medicine in Queen's which was conditional in me achieving 5 a1s. I got an a2 in chemistry and filled the rest of the requirements. I've contacted them but it doesn't look good. What can I do?

    Unfortunately there is not much you can do.   Keep a good channel of communication open with Queens admissions office and make sure you exhaust all attempts to get them to consider the results you have.   Did you have another offer from another college that might accept your grades?

  • 18:00
    Hi folks, the Helpdesk is now closed but, if you've asked a question and haven't had an answer, we'll deal with your enquiry in the morning.

    Many thanks.