Monday 16 September 2019

Major drop in points for top courses on CAO second round

Students are seeing the fruits of their hard work in exams. Stock picture
Students are seeing the fruits of their hard work in exams. Stock picture
Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

The second round of college offers brought good news for 2,513 CAO applicants, with many receiving a place on their top-choice course.

No new offers were made for the majority of courses, but there was plenty to celebrate with significant points drops on some hotly contested programmes.

Among the Level 8 (honours degree) disciplines with the most new offers were arts (219), health (239), social and behavioural sciences (169), business (159), engineering (145) and nursing (132).

Interactive guide to 2019 CAO points, click here

Three of the four physiotherapy degree programmes - at RSCI, TCD and UCD - saw points falls of between five and 10.

However, all 50 places on the highest points course in the country this year, economics and finance at UCD, which hit a record 601 in round one, were obviously snapped up, with no new offers made.

The CAO made a total of 2,703 offers, with some applicants receiving one at both Level 8 and at Level 7/6 (ordinary degree/higher certificate).

There were 1,611 offers at Level 8, with 793 - 49pc - getting their top choice and 77pc one of their top three.

At Level 7/6, there were 1,092 offers, with 853 - 78pc - receiving their first preference and 94pc one of their top three.

Some 971 applicants received an offer for the first time.

The offers aim to fill places still vacant after CAO round one, and those who received one have until tomorrow to accept it, if they wish.

Data released by the CAO confirms the growing gap between take-up in Level 8 programmes and those at Level 7/6.

Round one ended with a total of 46,038 net acceptances, up 1,023 on this time last year, reflecting the start of what will be a decade-long rise in school-leaver numbers.

However, while acceptances for Level 8 courses reached 38,919, up 1,729 on last year, acceptances at Level 7/6 were 7,119, down 706.

This is a follow-through from application patterns this year, where Level 8 courses experienced a 1.5pc rise in demand, while Level 7/6 courses saw a 2pc drop.

As well as the college offers made yesterday, there are also opportunities through the CAO Available Places facility, which has almost 200 courses with vacancies.

The Available Places facility is free to existing applicants, and open to new applications for a fee of €45.

The CAO will continue to issue offers on a weekly basis for any remaining places, until late September.

Irish Independent

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