In­crease in sec­ond round of­fers is­sued

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Thirty-three of the coun­try’s largest third-level cour­ses have made places avail­able to ap­pli­cants through the Cen­tral Ap­pli­ca­tions Of­fice (CAO) sec­ond-round of­fers process. Places have been of­fered to some 3,308 ap­pli­cants who re­ceived new, or in some cases their first, of­fer from the CAO on be­half of the coun­try’s third-level in­sti­tu­tions on Thurs­day.

A to­tal of 1,991 level-8 of­fers, and 1,317 level 7/6 of­fers, were made to 3,087 CAO ap­pli­cants in this round.

Of the re­cip­i­ents of level 8 of­fers, 967 re­ceived an of­fer of their first-pref­er­ence course.

Of the re­cip­i­ents of level 7/6 a to­tal of 938 ap­pli­cants’ first-pref­er­ence of­fers were made.

The re­main­ing of­fers are is­sued to stu­dents who al­ready re­ceived a course in the first round but who have now been of­fered a course placed higher up in their list of pref­er­ences.

The largest course in the coun­try – arts in UCD – has seen a four-point drop from 326 to 322. Arts in Cork fell six points to 340 while arts in­ter­na­tional, also at UCC, fell by 18 points to 466 and English me­dia and cul­tural stud­ies in IADT fell 12 points to 300.

Com­merce in Gal­way and UCD fell four and six points re­spec­tively to 403 and 499 points.

Among the other main busi­ness cour­ses, busi­ness and law and com­merce in­ter­na­tional at UCD both saw a drop of eight points to 521 and one point to 509* re­spec- tively. Ac­count­ing in UCC fell by 10 points to 434.

Com­puter sci­ence fell by one point at UCD to 476 and by two in TCD to 465*.

Law in TCD is down by eight points to 534 and in UCC by five to 475.

Gen­eral nurs­ing

Gen­eral nurs­ing fell by six points in TCD to 404 and by two points in UCD to 409* while medicine fell by one point in TCD and in NUI Gal­way to 731* and 724* re­spec­tively.

Phar­macy in TCD 544.

Maynooth made no of­fers in their main cam­pus arts pro­gramme but ad­mit­ted all ap­pli­cants who met min­i­mum-en­try re­quire­ments to their arts pro­gramme in their Kilkenny cam­pus.

Other pop­u­lar pro­grammes such as sci­ence in UCD and TCD fell by one point to 509* and 498*. Sci­ence saw a greater drop of six points in Maynooth to 360 and sci­ence fell by six points in UCC (CK404) to 435.

Of the coun­try’s largest third-level cour­ses, so­cial sci­ence in Cork dropped by 25 points to 378 while so­cial work in TCD fell by 13 points to 441. At UCD, so­cial sci­ence fell by one point to 400.

Pri­mary school teach­ing fell by one point in Mary Im­mac­u­late to 465. Early years and child­hood stud­ies fell by two at UCC to 379 points.

Engi­neer­ing in UCD fell by one point to 498 and, in Trin­ity, it fell by four points to 466*.

The largest drop in points for any engi­neer­ing course was by 11 points in UCC, where it fell to 443.

Agri­cul­tural sci­ence fell by one point in UCD to 454 and the coun­try’s sole vet­eri­nary medicine de­gree was down by five points to 559 at UCD.

Food sci­ence at UCD fell by three points to 463 while hu­man nu­tri­tion dropped 10 points to 499. Ra­di­og­ra­phy at UCD dropped by nine points to 500 while sport and exercise man­age­ment fell by 12 points to 432 .

Trin­ity Col­lege Dublin

fell nine points to Trin­ity also made a wide range of of­fers in round two. Law fell eight points to 534. Clin­i­cal speech and lan­guage was down nine to 511* points while early and mod­ern Ir­ish fell 50 points to 337.

Of the third-level in­sti­tu­tions that of­fered places in the sec­ond-round process, those sit­u­ated in Dublin and Cork of­fered places on by far the most cour­ses with 27 pro­grammes of­fered each by TCD and UCD while 17 cour­ses were of­fered in Cork.

This may well re­flect an in­abil­ity on the part of many ap­pli­cants of­fered places in round one by these col­leges to se­cure ac­com­mo­da­tion to en­able them to ac­cept their place.

In con­trast with UCD and TCD, DCU of­fered only one pro­gramme (early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion) while St An­gela’s in Sligo of­fered places on all seven of their pro­grammes.

Some of those places be­ing of­fered today are in cour­ses that did not fill prior to first-round of­fers and have been avail­able

Some of those places be­ing of­fered today are in cour­ses that did not fill ini­tially and have been avail­able to stu­dents on the CAO va­cant places list in re­cent days. GETTY to stu­dents on the CAO va­cant places list in re­cent days.

The num­ber of places of­fered in round two is al­ways far lower than that is­sued in round one – al­though the num­ber of places of­fered in 2017 rep­re­sents a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease of 735 on the 2,573 of­fers made to ap­pli­cants in the sec­ond round in 2016.

CAO web­site

Round two of­fers are avail­able to view on the CAO web­site from 6am on Thurs­day. Of­fers will then be is­sued on a weekly ba­sis up to mid-Oc­to­ber for all re­main­ing places.

CAO ap­pli­cants can check to see if they have re­ceived an of­fer by go­ing on­line at cao.ie and log­ging on to their ac­count us­ing the “My Ap­pli­ca­tion” fa­cil­ity from 6am.

Suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants will also re­ceive an of­fer no­ti­fi­ca­tion via email and SMS text mes­sage if they have se­lected this op­tion on their ap­pli­ca­tion form.

Postal of­fers should be with suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants by this Fri­day.

Ap­pli­cants have un­til Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 6th, at 5.15pm to ac­cept their of­fer.

Where there has been par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est in a va­cant places course, and the num­ber of new ap­pli­cants ex­ceeds the num­ber of places left, the nor­mal CAO rules ap­ply, where those with the high­est points se­cure the of­fer.

The list of va­cant places will con­tinue to be pub­lished on the CAO web­site over the com­ing weeks or for as long as places are on of­fer.

The list cur­rently fea­tures over 200 places. The fa­cil­ity is avail­able free of charge to ex­ist­ing ap­pli­cants and is open to new ap­pli­ca­tions for a ¤40 fee.

The fa­cil­ity will re­main open un­til early Oc­to­ber or un­til all places have been filled.

The Ir­ish Times will pro­vide con­tin­u­ing cov­er­age on­line cov­er­ing the of­fers and fea­tur­ing news, anal­y­sis and ex­pert opin­ion at irish­times.com/cao2017. *Ran­dom se­lec­tion

‘‘ Places have been of­fered to some 3,308 ap­pli­cants who re­ceived new, or in some cases their first, of­fer from the CAO on be­half of the coun­try’s third level in­sti­tu­tions this morn­ing. ‘‘ Where there has been par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est in a va­cant places course, and the num­ber of new ap­pli­cants ex­ceeds the num­ber of places left, the nor­mal CAO rules ap­ply

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