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Some colleges are offering free preparatory maths courses for students

Some colleges are offering free preparatory maths courses for students

Some colleges are offering free preparatory maths courses for students

Every year there are Leaving Cert candidates whose maths result is an obstacle to being offered a preferred CAO place. A student may not have achieved the necessary grade, at either higher or ordinary level, to meet the requirements for a particular course, although they may have attained the points. The good news is that some colleges offer a “second chance” maths exam for CAO applicants who otherwise have the entry requirements and have met the cut-off points. Success in the exams does not bring any extra points, but can pave the way for entry to a course in a later round.

Here is a list of exams yet to take place although, in some cases, the application deadline may have passed.

ATLANTIC TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY (ATU)

Galway-Mayo campus, September 12 at 10.30am, exam based on ordinary level syllabus, for CAO applicants who have not achieved the required grade for admission to ATU Galway-Mayo courses, with a number of exceptions – check with college or its website.

DUNDALK IT

September 12 for applicants to: BEng (Hons) in engineering (Common Entry); BEng (Hons) in mechanical engineering; BEng (Hons) in electrical and electronic systems; BEng (Hons) in civil engineering; BSc (Hons) in computing in games development. Registration deadline was 5pm on September 6 and candidates were required to engage in the preparation sessions on September 7-9. Fee: €30, including preparation sessions.

MAYNOOTH UNIVERSITY (MU)

September 14 at 11 am, for CAO applicants who have not achieved the H4 requirement for MH304 engineering. Exam based on higher-level paper 1. Following the exam, if there are more eligible applicants than available places, an applicant’s CAO points will be taken into consideration. Optional preparation course, September 13, at MU North Campus.

NATIONAL COLLEGE OF IRELAND (NCI), DUBLIN

September 15 for CAO applicants for the Level 8 BSc (Hons) in data science and Level 6 Higher Certificate in data science, which require a minimum H5. Free preparatory tutorials September 12-14.

UNIVERSITY OF GALWAY

September 10 at 10am for CAO applicants requiring: H4 for BE Programmes; H7/O3 for BSc Project & Construction Management; H6/O2 for BSc Computer Science & IT; H4for BE Programmes,H7/O3 for BSc Project&Construction Management; H6/O2 for BSc Computer Science & IT. Optional, preparatory course started September 4.

SOUTH EAST TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY (SETU), TU DUBLIN AND UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK

Exams scheduled for September 9.


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