Despite big jumps in Central Applications Office points needed for many honours (level 8) degrees in technology, civil, and structural engineering when college offers issued yesterday — some colleges have been unable to fill spaces on courses for these in-demand subject areas.
NUI Maynooth, for example, has places available on four computer or electronic engineering degrees, although it says this is not necessarily a signal of flagging demand. The courses only admitted students with minimum CAO points between 315 and 435, but admissions officer John McGinnity explained that not all applicants will have met the requirement to have a minimum grade in higher level Leaving Certificate maths.
“We have a second chance higher-level maths exam on Friday to give people a chance to meet those requirements, which they can apply online to take,” said Mr McGinnity.
There is also an opportunity, with courses opening up for people who have an offer they do not want; for some of the 19,000 people with no CAO offer; or for anyone not yet registered with CAO, to apply for these or any other listed courses. Although they will not open to new applicants until 12pm today, details of dozens of courses which remain unfilled were posted to the CAO website yesterday.
Among them are also electronic and mechanical engineering courses at Institute of Technology, Tallaght, and computing, software and games development degrees at Griffith College in Cork and Dublin. All 20 level 8 degrees at Dublin Business School still have places, most having already admitted some applicants with as low as 240 to 265 points.
Most third-level places are likely to have been filled by next week, with more than 22,000 students accepting offers by mid-afternoon yesterday. Within two hours of going live at 6am, 7,500 CAO offer recipients had accepted online. UCC expects few, if any, degrees will have places to offer in next week’s CAO second round. All 50,000-plus people who got an offer yesterday have until 5.15am next Monday, before the next stage of offers is made at 6am on Thursday, August 28.