The deadline for late applications to the CAO is Friday 1st May. No new applications can be submitted after this date.
The CAO change-of-mind facility then becomes available to any applicant already in the CAO system.
The online change-of-mind facility becomes available from May 5th, with a closing date for any changes of 5.15pm on Wednesday 1st July.
Applicants may submit a change of mind to CAO free of charge. A copy of a paper change-of-mind form will be included with the statement of the application record which all applicants receive from CAO before the end of May. However, CAO stresses that it is safer to record a change of mind online.
When applicants use the online facility, they should remember that the same basic principle underlines the CAO application system.
Applicants should place their courses in order of genuine preference, regardless of what points they feel they may get.
A change- of- mind application cancels and supersedes all the original course choices made in the category in which changes are now being made.
Applicants can use the facility as many times as they want up to July 1st. However, they may not introduce a restricted-application course to their list of course choices on a change of mind application. There is an exception - if a restricted course shares the exact same assessment procedures with a course an applicant has already applied for, it may be permitted to introduce it on a change of mind. Applicants should always consult with the relevant Higher Education Institution before introducing such a course. Applicants may remove restricted-application courses from their list of course choices if they wish to do so.
Many CAO applicants will be happy with their choices to date and will not change their mind.
However, in 2014, according to figures from the CAO, over half (41,897) of the 77,725 CAO applicants submitted a Change of Mind before the July 1 deadline.
In some instances, applicants may have discovered and become interested in a course they had not originally considered and applied for, or may now realise that a course they had applied for is not for them.
Applicants may have seen a new course in CAO's Important Changes list, which they did not know was available, because these new courses received approval too late to be included in the CAO 2015 handbook.
- CAO Change of Mind video - A guide from the CAO to making changes to your application
The CareersPortal Team