Restrictions for mature nursing applicants
Yesterday's column looked at some questions relating to mature students' application to CAO. It referred briefly to the fact that, alone among CAO course categories, nursing and midwifery courses offer two separate codes for each course, one for standard applicants and one for 'matures'.
The nursing codes for mature applicants are listed as 'restricted'; in other words, applicants must apply to these courses by February 1.
They may not be listed on a late application, or introduced in the change of mind facility between early May and July 1.
However, they may be added using the procedure for correction of errors or omissions between February 5 and March 1 for an additional fee of €10.
A quota of places is allocated to mature applicants.
This amounts to approximately 15pc for general nursing, 35pc for intellectual disability nursing, 35pc for psychiatric nursing, 15pc for children's and general nursing (integrated) and 20pc for midwifery.
Mature applicants are ranked by scores achieved at written assessment tests.
Having applied through the CAO before February 1 at 5.15 pm, mature applicants must also register and apply through the PAS (Public Appointments Service) website, www.publicjobs.ie, between February 15 and March 5.
This is required as PAS undertakes the written assessment on behalf of the NCC (the Nursing Careers Centre).
Information sessions Today, advisory sessions for mature applicants to CAO courses will be held in Athlone IT from 6am-8pm, in Cork IT from 6.30pm to 8.30pm, and in DIT in its Aungier St campus from 4pm–7pm, (where all are welcome, but particularly mature, FETAC, advanced entry, and adult learners). LIT Tipperary hosts an information evening in its Thurles campus from 6pm- 8pm. Today is the closing date for applications to UCAS, the British University and Colleges Admission service.