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Points race speeds up as students chase jobs

Published 17/08/2015 | 06:00

The 2015 points trends are evidence students have heeded the advice about where the jobs will be when they leave college
The 2015 points trends are evidence students have heeded the advice about where the jobs will be when they leave college

The points race is hotting up, with the country's brightest students racing to get into courses that will give them jobs in the high-tech, engineering and financial worlds.

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The CAO is making a record 52,028 round-one offers to prospective students today with points rising, sometimes dramatically, for two out of every five honours degree courses.

A striking trend is the way the points have rocketed for many courses linked to expanding areas of the economy, including business degrees that will equip graduates for careers in a digital age and global economy.

The points surge comes on the back of a growth in the numbers of school-leavers and overall Leaving Cert grades being up on last year - resulting in more competition for places.

The 2015 points trends are evidence students have heeded the advice about where the jobs will be when they leave college.

In one remarkable development, 590 points are needed for a new quantitative business course in UCD which will teach students how to interpret complex data for business analysis.

It mirrors a trend of high points for business courses generally, especially those with a maths or technology element.

UCD deputy president Professor Mark Rogers said the increased CAO points requirement in business and economy-related degrees reflected the wider signs of recovery in Ireland.

Irish Independent

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