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Next Step for Leaving Certs CAO Round 1 Offers

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Next Step for Leaving Certs CAO Round 1 Offers

Friday, August 14, 2015 

Next Step for Leaving Certs CAO Round 1 Offers

In this article we have rounded up answers to some of the questions students and parents might have about what happens in the CAO Offers process.

When will I know if I have enough points for the courses I put in my CAO application?

The First Round of CAO Offers are made available to applicants on Monday 17th August 2015 - students will not know until then what the points will be for any 2015 CAO course. 

Points are based on the number of places available on a course, and the demand for those places, combined with how well applicants have performed in the Leaving Cert in that particular year. So, if more applicants with high points have a particular course as their top choice, it drives the points up for that course.

At the moment students can see the 2014 points for all courses here on the website. Students will be able to see the final points for all 2015 courses when the new points information is released - it will be updated on by 6.00am on Monday 17th August.

What happens in the CAO Offers Process?

The first round of CAO offers are made available to all applicants next Monday. Those who applied online will receive their offer online from the CAO. A postal offer will also arrive.

The offer will contain the highest course choice for which the applicant has achieved the required number of points and also met the required course entry requirements.

The CAO have launched this helpful 4 minute video guide for applicants who are anxiously awaiting round 1 offers on monday next. The video talks applicants through the Offer and Acceptance process and aims to answer some common questions that arise at this time of the year.

What information should I have for when my CAO offer arrives?

It can be useful to have the following information available at CAO offers time:

  • Your Statement of Course Choice
  • Access to relevant websites including and individual college websites

Will I only receive one offer?

Applicants may receive two offers:

1. Round 8 Honours Bachelor Degree offer (the highest undergraduate level)

2. Round 6 & 7 offer (Most of these courses run at institutes of technology but there is an excellent links system into Level 8 at both IT and University levels)

The CAO publish all points for First Round offers on the CAO website - these are also published here on that date. It is worth noting that points may go up, or they may go down. The changes indicate trends in certain course areas and can be a reasonably good barometer of course and career popularity. Please note that you may also receive an offer in Round 2 etc.

Parents - visit the 'What's Next' area of for full details of the CAO offers process, Leaving Cert appeals, Money Matters and much more...

The CareersPortal Team