Helpline to assist students when offers are released
The wait for college offers is nearly over and CAO Round One will be released at 6am on Monday.
The CAO received a record 80,000 applications this year, with significant increases in demand in a number of areas, including for construction-related courses, computing/engineering, nursing, law and business, which is expected to put pressure on points. However in other disciplines, such as arts and social science, teaching, medicine and veterinary medicine, demand was flat or down.
The National Parents Council post primary (NPCpp) Freephone Helpline - 1800 265 165 - will open on Monday from 8am-7pm to deal with queries that arise for students and parents at this time.
The helpline will also open on Tuesday from 8am-7pm and on Wednesday from 8am-1pm.
The helpline - sponsored by the Irish Independent, the Department of Education and Skills, and Eir - is staffed by members of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors. A representative of the centralised grants agency, Susi, is also on hand to deal with queries.
The helpline has already been running for three days and has dealt with hundreds of callers and their concerns about the Leaving Certificate results and options for students uncertain or worried about the next step.