Hundreds make new applications for courses

Hundreds of people have been making new applications to college courses as limited numbers of remaining places will be offered in the next few weeks.

Just over 3,200 people got an offer from the CAO yesterday, but high uptake after last week’s main offers stage left many courses already full, particularly on high-demand science and engineering degrees.

This has left nearly 17,300 of this year’s 76,073 applicants without a place at college through the CAO. For those who got good news yesterday, almost 1,030 online acceptances were recorded by 5pm.

Despite the filling of many courses in Round 1, there was a drop in points as places opened up yesterday in areas like teaching.

However, many colleges had few or no places to offer on their degrees, particularly institutes of technology.

For disappointed applicants, or anybody yet to apply, over 160 courses were still taking applications through the CAO website.

Up to the start of the week, 1,149 applicants had courses such as these with vacant places among their choices, including 302 who only applied since last month.

Figures from the CAO yesterday show that almost 28,000 of over 37,500 places filled during the first round up to last Monday were on level-8 degree courses. Of those, 14,911, or 53% of the places filled, were in the first-choice course of the students involved.

More than 8,500 level-8 places had been filled on arts and social science degrees, but fewer than half of them were the first preference of those who accepted them.

Just 46% of 4,915 places taken in Round 1 were the first preference of the students concerned.

However, more than two thirds of entrants to the 1,740 teaching degree places and to 2,615 places on engineering or technology degrees are taking their top choice course.

Some of the biggest points drops, suggesting poor uptake of first-round offers, were in some of the private colleges among 43 institutions filling places through the CAO. Interior architecture at Griffith College Dublin, for example, was 80 points lower than a week ago with a cut-off standard of 220 CAO points, but a 75-point drop was seen for entry to Dublin Institute of Technology’s degree in print and digital media technology management.

Although a surge in demand had pushed up standards for entry to many science and technology programmes, the 25 bonus points for higher-level Leaving Certificate maths only earned 3,353 people a Round 1 level-8 offer they would not otherwise have received.

Digital arts

University College Cork is inviting applications for a new master’s programme in digital arts and humanities.

The university says the MA programme will encompass a broad range of study areas including digital conservation, digital publishing, social network analysis, literature and the web, 3D laser scanning, and cataloguing and digital music.

A spokesman said the course programme lay “the foundations for careers which use digital tools to ask creative questions in the arts and humanities”.

Applications are through www.pac.ie (course code is CKE09)


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