Mak­ing the cut

CAO Round 2 points out to­day

Irish Examiner - - Front Page - Niall Mur­ray

More than 3,000 stu­dents are be­ing of­fered third-level col­lege places by the Cen­tral Ap­pli­ca­tions Of­fice (CAO) to­day.

The of­fers are be­ing is­sued to 3,087 ap­pli­cants, up from 2,446 at the same stage last year, and can be ac­cepted up to next Wed­nes­day evening.

With nearly 60% of places of­fered 10 days ago on hon­ours (level 8) de­grees in teach­ing, en­gi­neer­ing, and tech­nol­ogy be­ing the re­cip­i­ents’ first-choice cour­ses, there were of­fers to­day for only lim­ited num­bers of cour­ses in these cat­e­gories.

Around three-quar­ters of the 800-plus level 8 de­grees in the CAO sys­tem this year ap­pear to have been al­ready filled, with 1,991 places now be­ing of­fered on just over 200 level 8 cour­ses.

Around a dozen saw CAO points fall be­tween 50 and 100 since last week’s CAO Round 1 of­fers, but most were cour­ses that had to re-open for ap­pli­ca­tions due to a short­age of ap­pli­cants.

At the other end of the scale, more than 50 level 8 cour­ses are ac­cept­ing stu­dents with be­tween one and four points fewer than the Round 1 cut-off, demon­strat­ing the ef­fects of this year’s new CAO points scales.

At Mary Im­mac­u­late Col­lege, Lim­er­ick, for ex­am­ple, en­try to pri­mary teach­ing is be­ing of­fered with 465 points, one less than last week.

There is a sim­i­lar min­i­mal drop in points from 319 to 318 for Cork In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy’s level 8 ac­count­ing de­gree.

A higher pro­por­tion of or­di­nary de­gree and higher cer­tifi­cates (level 7 and 6 cour­ses) still had va­can­cies af­ter last week, with nearly 160 out of 460 of­fer­ing 1,317 places to some of the re­main­ing ap­pli­cants to­day.

Af­ter Mon­day’s dead­line to ac­cept last week’s Round 1 of­fers, more than 46,400 places were filled at 39 colleges. Nearly 39,000 of them were filled over the past week, with over 7,500 taken in pre­lim­i­nary of­fer rounds in July and early Au­gust to stu­dents who were not await­ing Leav­ing Cer­tifi­cate re­sults.

Af­ter this morn­ing’s of­fers, nearly 62,100 peo­ple have been given a chance to at­tend a higher ed­u­ca­tion course so far this year.

This is over 800 more than this time last year, but it still leaves 18,800 who have not re­ceived an of­fer yet.

CAO gen­eral man­ager Joseph O’Grady said it is im­por­tant to note that most of­fers for 2017 have now been made, and those get­ting their first of­fer to­day might not re­ceive any fur­ther of­fers in the com­ing weeks.

Of those who will find an of­fer in their email or by log­ging into their CAO ac­count this morn­ing, 1,150 — or just over one-third — are be­ing of­fered a col­lege course for the first time this year.

“They can choose to ac­cept this of­fer and this will not pre­vent them from re­ceiv­ing a higher pref­er­ence course in a later of­fer round if they are deemed el­i­gi­ble,” Mr O’Grady said.

Ex­ist­ing or new ap­pli­cants can still ap­ply to over 200 cour­ses from a list on the CAO’s web­site which still had places avail­able last night.

Fresh ap­pli­ca­tions through this fa­cil­ity were con­sid­ered in the de­cid­ing of of­fers that have is­sued to­day.

Last year, less than 2,000 more of­fers were made through the re­main­der of the CAO sea­son, and un­der 600 peo­ple got an of­fer for the first time af­ter Round 2.

The CAO Round 2 cut-off points for all cour­ses, as well as Round 1 points, are pub­lished on pages 18 to 21.

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