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First CAO Deadline of 2016 is approaching

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First CAO Deadline of 2016 is approaching

Monday, January 04, 2016 

First CAO Deadline of 2016 is approaching

The first CAO Deadline of 2016 is 1st February. What should applicants do by this date?


The first thing to do is make sure to register with the CAO. Applicants can go to and start their application by entering their personal details, their qualifications or type of assessment, and making their payment.

Applying early has its advantages. Applications processed before 17:15 on 20th January benefit from a discounted application fee of €25. The normal application fee up to 1st February at 17:15 is €40.

CAO ID Number

When you have done this, you’ll get your CAO identification number. 

Enter Courses

You may or may not be in a position right now to indicate  the courses you wish to be considered for next September. At this stage, make your best attempt at entering all courses you wish to apply for, in genuine order of preference. You have freedom to return to your application during May/June, to list or amend your course choices. You can continue to go back and do this up until 1st July, which is the final deadline for all such changes. 

Restricted Entry Courses

Any restricted entry courses being considered must be added before the 1st February deadline.

What you need to know about Restricted Entry Courses

These are CAO courses that have some other element to the application process, besides CAO points and entry requirement such as an interview or performance testing. Therefore, there are restrictions on when students may apply for them. Late applicants to the CAO may not apply for restricted entry courses. They also may not be included in the change-of-mind process which opens in May. This is to facilitate any interviews, exams or portfolio presentations that may need to be organised.

Restricted entry courses are clearly marked in the CAO handbook.

A full list of Restricted Entry Courses is available here.


Students who wish to apply for HEAR and DARE must indicate their intention to do so on their CAO form (You then have another month to complete the supplementary information forms).

More on HEAR & DARE

Help & Support

Applicants are advised to read the CAO handbook in advance of submitting their application, and also to use the ‘Demo Application’ facility available on The ‘Demo Application’ is an almost exact-replica of the online application form which can be used by applicants to practice their application. This facility is accessible from the ‘Student Resources’ section of the CAO website.

Other Useful Resources for 2016 Students:

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