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Over Three Thousand Round Two CAO offers issued

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Over Three Thousand Round Two CAO offers issued

Thursday, August 27, 2015 

Over Three Thousand Round Two CAO offers issued

The CAO has now issued 3,126 offers to applicants in Round Two of the CAO offers process. A total of 1,545 Level 8 offers, and 1,581 Level 7/6 offers, were made to 2,901 CAO applicants in this round.

Of the recipients of Level 8 offers, 766 received an offer of their first preference course; for Level 7/6 offer recipients a total of 1,153 applicants’ first preference offers were received.

Applicants receiving an offer in this round have until Wednesday September 2 at 5:15pm to accept their offer.

Several colleges made very few offers in Round Two: DCU made no offers whatsoever, with DIT offering places on only three courses. Dundalk IT, IT Tallaght and  St. Angela’s in Sligo made a substantial number of offers.

Of the places offered in Round Two, more were in science, engineering and technology this year compared to last year, with far fewer late offers in most other disciplines, including medicine, veterinary or dentistry, with a majority of those receiving an offer being students who had failed to notify the CAO initially of such  factors such an Irish exemption or a previous Leaving Cert result.

Private colleges reduced their points requirements across the board, making offers on almost all courses.


There were no substantial points reductions. Points for General Nursing went down five points in UCC and Athlone IT, with Psychiatric Nursing down 15 points in UCD to 415.

UCC reduced points for chemical sciences by 10 to 445, nutritional sciences by 5 to 510, occupational therapy by 5 to 535.

Compared to 2014, when 64 additional places were offered in Round Two, only UCC has offered new places, clearing the list of people who missed places on the random list at 726 points.

TCD has offered places on 20 programmes, reducing points by five in each of engineering (to 490), computer science (now 485) and dental science (now 585); all still on random offers.

UCD has offered places on 16 courses: Engineering; computer science; actuarial and finance; veterinary nursing; health and performance science; and psychology are all down by 5 points. Its new business programme, quantitative business, which required 590 points in round one, is also down by 5 to 585 (random selection).

General Manager of CAO, Joe O’Grady, advised applicants to carefully consider their options. He said; “Many of the applicants receiving a second round offer today may have already accepted an offer in Round One, and it is important that they take the time to decide between these courses and inform CAO before the reply date if they wish to accept the new offer.

“We congratulate all of the applicants who are receiving a CAO offer for the first time today and also those who have received a higher preference course in this round” he added. Applicants can check if they have received a Round Two offer by logging in to their CAO account using the 'My Application' facility - applicants will also receive an offer notification by email and SMS text. Paper offer notices should be with successful applicants by this Friday 28th August.

For applicants who have already received an offer in a previous offer round, CAO provide the following advice:

1. Accept the new offer by the 'Reply Date' if you prefer this course to the one that you have already accepted - this action automatically cancels your previous acceptance.

2. If you do not wish to accept the new offer you can simply do nothing and your previous acceptance will still stand.

3. If you wish to defer your current offer you must contact the Admissions Office of the offering institution immediately by email with the text 'Deferred Entry' in the subject line of the email. This email must reach the Admissions Office of the institution a minimum of two days before the 'Reply Date' on the offer notice and you must include your name as it appears on your CAO application, your CAO application number, the course code of the offer you wish to defer, and your reasons for wanting to defer the offer.

The Admissions Office will then contact you directly with a decision. If they accept your application for a deferral you do not need to contact CAO; however, if they do not allow you to defer your place you must decide before the 'Reply Date' if you wish to accept the offer or not.

Available Places

The CAO Available Places facility remains open, with over 200 courses with available places advertised – this facility is free to existing applicants, and to new applications for a fee of €40 For more information about the Offer and Acceptance process or Available Places visit the CAO handbook (also available online) and watch the CAO video guides at

The CareersPortal Team