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CAO points increase on many courses: Here's the stats.


Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 17/08/2015. CAO points increase on many courses: Here's the stats.Tags: Education And Politics


There were nearly 80,000 applicants to the CAO in 2015 and today thousands of students will find out whether or not they have been accepted for courses for college. In the CAO Round One offers going out today, 52,028 applicants will receive an offer from the CAO.

However, according to media outlets this morning, there have been significant increases in points requirements in many university courses. According to RTE.ie this morning there has been a rise in points in engineering, technology, business and law: engineering at UCD is up 15 points, at Trinity College it is up 25 points, at NUI Galway it is up 50. Business is up 10 points at UCD and up 20 points at University College Cork.

2015 Points Checker is now available online for a full list of CAO courses, and students can check on which courses have gone up or down in points for this year.

Here are today’s stats for the CAO 2015 according to CareersPortal.ie:

There was a total of 79,214 applicants to the CAO this year, which is an extra 1,237 students applying for a total of 1397 college courses.

These are made up of 925 courses at Level 8 and 472 courses at Level 6 and Level 7.

52,028 applicants will receive an offer in Round One today with some applicants receiving both a Level 8 and a Level 6/7 offer. There have been a total of 40,599 level 8 offers and 34,595 Level 7/6 offers in Round One.

Level 8 round one first preference offers: 20,523 (31,916 receiving pref 1, 2, or 3) i.e. 50% receiving pref 1, 79% receiving pref 1,2 or 3.

Level 7/6 round one first preference offers: 29,133 (33,421 receiving pref 1, 2, or 3) i.e. 84% receiving pref 1, 97% receiving pref 1,2 or 3


Students have until Monday 24th August at 5.15pm to accept first round offers. For more on Leaving Cert 2015 and for advice and resources see our dedicated page.


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