CAO 2020: WIT ‘Try’ helps students to make better choices

CAO 2020: WIT ‘Try’ helps students to make better choices

WIT Try events differ from college open days as it’s all about giving students a real-life sense of what it’s like to actually study on the course.

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CA0 2020: ITs gain new powers to make awards

CA0 2020: ITs gain new powers to make awards

Institutes of Technology have their own autonomous award making powers for the first time ever, with the exception of doctoral awards.

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CAO 2020: 3,000 new places open to students

CAO 2020: 3,000 new places open to students

Students applying to the CAO for the coming college year have a greater choice available to them than in previous years.

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CAO 2020: Women in STEM still a fine balance

CAO 2020: Women in STEM still a fine balance

Ireland's tech giants are continuing to find creative ways to address the gender imbalance in the STEM sector, both at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

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CAO 2020: How to decide if a college is a good match

CAO 2020: How to decide if a college is a good match

With the CAO deadline looming, choosing the right course really is at the forefront of everyone’s mind.

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CAO 2020: Hear and Dare schemes to help with college access

CAO 2020: Hear and Dare schemes to help with college access

In the months ahead, there are two schemes specifically designed to help broaden access to third-level for students who have a disability, or who are from a disadvantaged background.

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Health plan for students living away from home

Health plan for students living away from home

John Daly looks at resources students can use to develop good habits that will stay with them all their lives

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CAO 2020: Alternative paths to further study

CAO 2020: Alternative paths to further study

Here we will take a look at alternative routes to the working world, or for those who aren’t ready to commit to a degree just yet.

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CAO 2020: Essential advice and mistakes to avoid

CAO 2020: Essential advice and mistakes to avoid

While the CAO application process is relatively straightforward, prospective applicants might find that getting the relevant details together may take more time than they would have anticipated.

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Key things to keep in mind for 2020 CAO applications

Key things to keep in mind for 2020 CAO applications

Completing your CAO form can seem like an overwhelming task when you are still deciding on what avenue to pursue.

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Essential deadline dates for this year’s CAO applicants

Essential deadline dates for this year’s CAO applicants

Laurie O’Flynn takes you through the essential CAO deadlines for 2020.

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PLC courses also an option for students considering next step after Leaving Cert results

PLC courses also an option for students considering next step after Leaving Cert results

Ciara O'Donovan is delighted she chose to attend a post-Leaving Certificate (PLC) course in science and laboratory techniques at St John’s Central College, Cork.

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Ten tips to completing CAO 2020 applications online, plus a short video guide for students

Ten tips to completing CAO 2020 applications online, plus a short video guide for students

Students have nothing to be anxious about with their CAO 2020, just follow this easy video guide with Trish McGrath, Principal of Hewitt College

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Online CAO applications to open at midday today

Online CAO applications to open at midday today

Online CAO applications open at midday today for students looking to attend third level next year.

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Learning Points: It’s okay for a sixth-year not to know their future

Learning Points: It’s okay for a sixth-year not to know their future

We are now five weeks into the school year and filling out their CAO form to decide their future is becoming a reality for sixth-year students.

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Second-round CAO offers issued to more than 2,700 students

Second-round CAO offers issued to more than 2,700 students

More than 2,700 college places have been offered to students this Wednesday as the Central Applications Office (CAO) issued round two offers.

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More than half of students receive their first choices

More than half of students receive their first choices

With more students opting to pursue careers in engineering, science and tech, the first round of college place offers also brought a drop in the demand for nursing.

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CAO rise for teacher training courses

CAO rise for teacher training courses

Demand for teacher training courses has risen for the second year running while the number of students wishing to pursue a career in journalism has fallen by up to 51%. There has also been an increase in demand for honours degree courses, according to the latest CAO figures.

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349 get college places after grade changes

349 get college places after grade changes

College places have been offered today to 349 students who received an upgrade of one or more Leaving Certificate results this week.

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Student ‘overjoyed’ to start college after High Court win

Student ‘overjoyed’ to start college after High Court win

The student who was forced to take a High Court action over a Leaving Cert marking error has said she is “overjoyed” to have been given a veterinary medicine course at UCD.

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Housing crisis may have lead to drop in CAO points

Housing crisis may have lead to drop in CAO points

It is believed a drop in points for college courses in round two of the CAO offers may be down to the housing crisis.

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CAO issues over 2,000 college offers in round two of process

CAO issues over 2,000 college offers in round two of process

The Central Applications Office (CAO) has today issued 2,337 offers to applicants in Round Two of the CAO offers process.

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College offers tomorrow as 38,000 places accepted

College offers tomorrow as 38,000 places accepted

More than 38,000 places have been taken up by students offered college courses last week, as thousands more wait for a better — or first — offer tomorrow.

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Engineering and construction see big rise in points in CAO

Engineering and construction see big rise in points in CAO

Engineering and construction are among the courses that have seen the biggest rise in points in this year's CAO.

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Options for 18,000 not in receipt of a place

Options for 18,000 not in receipt of a place

Based on previous years, fewer than 2,000 people who have not yet received an offer from CAO will do so in subsequent rounds.

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Fall in CAO applications means points for most courses do not rise

Fall in CAO applications means points for most courses do not rise

The fall in this year’s student applications has allowed colleges to offer fewer places without raising the points needed for most courses.

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Early Rounds: Mature student CAO applications drop 11%

Early Rounds: Mature student CAO applications drop 11%

As in other years, most of around 48,000 college places eventually filled through the CAO system will go to this year’s school leavers.

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Shifts in student demand dictates course offers

Shifts in student demand dictates course offers

The colleges may administer the Central Applications Office system but students themselves once again have ultimately decided where and how places on courses are offered.

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Board produces checklist for students renting for the first time

Board produces checklist for students renting for the first time

Students who are moving away from home to go to college are being advised they could end up paying between €600 and €1,500 a month for a flat.

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Here is where students can get free advice on the CAO

Here is where students can get free advice on the CAO

Students and parents can get some expert tips on the CAO process, points queries and everything else to do with higher and further education.

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Points race slowed as colleges look to broaden course entries

Points race slowed as colleges look to broaden course entries

The opening of broader entry routes to third-level courses instead of expecting Leaving Certificate students to decide on specialisations appears to be having some moderate effects on the points race, writes Niall Murray of the Irish Examiner.

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15,000 already approved for college grants

15,000 already approved for college grants

Around 15,000 Leaving Certificate students were already approved for college grants this year before the main business of courses being offered began today, writes Niall Murray of the Irish Examiner.

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