Monday 26 September 2016

Help! I didn't get any CAO college offers

Don't worry, there are still plenty of options, says Aoife Walsh

Aoife Walsh

Published 22/08/2016 | 06:00

Universities all over Europe offer courses through English even in countries where English is not the main language. GETTY
Universities all over Europe offer courses through English even in countries where English is not the main language. GETTY

CAO Round Two - CAO will offer any places that are not filled after Round 1 filled to the next candidate on the list - all applicants who have met the entry requirements are listed for courses in order of the points they have achieved.

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The CAO will continue to offer places until all places have been filled or lists have been exhausted.

Available places

Any course places not filled because there were not enough qualified applicants will be published on the CAO website tomorrow. There is no charge for CAO applicants to apply. First time applicants will need to create an account and pay a registration fee of €40. Applicants must meet the minimum entry requirements for the course in order to be considered and they will then be ranked on points in comparison to other vacant places applicants.

Study in Europe

Universities all over Europe offer courses through English even in countries where English is not the main language. Many of these courses have lower entry requirements than Irish courses as well as low fees. Some universities are receiving applications at present. For more information students should see studyineurope.ie or eunicas.ie.

Study in the UK

UCAS is the UK equivalent to the CAO. Requirements for entry into courses can be very different from the requirements of Irish colleges. Even if a student has not applied for college in the Britain or Northern Ireland it is possible to submit an application now through a process called Clearing, which fills vacant places. More information at ucas.co.ac.

Rechecks and appeals

A student who decides to appeal a grade or grade, may end up with slightly higher points or an entry requirement they were missing. If this is the case the State Examinations Commission will contact the CAO and advise them of the revised results.

If the change in grade means the candidate has missed out on an offer which they should have received, the CAO will contact the candidate to make arrangements for them to receive an offer for the course. This will not take place until October therefore applicants should make other arrangements just in case their appeal is not successful or does not result in a new offer.

It is not essential to view scripts before applying for a recheck but it is a good idea. If candidates collected their results from school, they should have also received a personalised form that enables them to request to view their scripts. Tomorrow is the deadline for returning that form to their exam centre, (normally their school).      

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