Monday 11 December 2017

Time to take a last look at the CAO site and make any changes to course choices

Going to college

Students grant body is ahead in processing awards
Students grant body is ahead in processing awards

Aoife Walsh

Now the exams are almost over, there are still a number of career-related events that Leaving Cert students may wish to keep in mind.

Change of Mind

The CAO change-of-mind facility does not close until July 1. So, applicants should have one final look over their preference lists for Level 8 and Level 6 and 7, if they have not already done so. Course choices can be removed, added or the order rearranged.

Applicants should also consider taking a final look at the alert lists on the CAO website where they can see all new courses or courses that have been cancelled. Restricted-entry courses may not be added at this stage.

HPAT results

HPAT result are due to be released soon. When students receive these results they may wish to make some changes to their CAO. It is important to discuss any changes with someone they trust, in order to avoid impulsive decisions.


In late June, applicants will receive news on whether they fit the eligibility criteria for these reduced-points entry schemes. Students may request a recheck of the decision if they so wish.

The recheck process takes place in July and the HEAR and DARE scheme will confirm the closing date for a recheck shortly. Students often ask what the points waiver will be. This depends on the particular college and course for which they have applied and the demand for the course among applicants on the same scheme

PLC applications

Most further-education colleges will continue to take applications during the summer. Many courses will be filled at this point and waiting list established but there are many places still available. However, colleges are unlikely to interview applicants until after the Leaving Certificate result in August. Further education colleges have many opportunities for students who wish to go on to universities and institutes of technology as well as those who wish to complete a short course before entry to the workplace.

Those not taking Irish

There are many students around the country who are exempt from the requirement to take Irish as a Leaving Cert subject.

These students will also be exempt from the requirement to present Irish as a subject for matriculation to universities, however, they must inform the institution of their exemption.

This must be done as soon as possible. Forms can be downloaded from and returned to the NUI offices in Merrion Square, Dublin. Applicants to other universities should contact the admissions office.

Grant applications

SUSI will be accepting applications for the student grant until August 1. However, students should apply as early as possible to ensure that their application is processed by the time they start college.


UCAS closes for late applications on June 30


June 19

Enrolment, Ballsbridge College of FE

Open Evening, Institute of Technology Tallaght

Part-Time Open Evening, National College of Ireland

June 25

Open Day, Griffith College Dublin

Open Day, Irish College of Humanities & Applied Sciences

June 26

Come and See DCU – Open Day for CAO Applicants, Dublin City University

Reply to Offers by this date for Decisions Received by June 5, UCAS

June 28

Summer Open Day 2014, NUI Maynooth

Summer Open Day 2014, Pontifical University, St Patrick's College, Maynooth

Aoife Walsh is a guidance counsellor at Malahide Community School, Co Dublin

Irish Independent

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