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What to do if you do not receive a CAO offer

Find out more about round 2 and 3 offers, vacant places, direct entry courses, and PLC options.

What to do if you do not receive a CAO offer

Leaving Cert Results Guide
To explore our Leaving Cert Results - Your Next Steps guide, click here.

Important:
If you did not receive a CAO offer today, do not panic! You may receive an offer in Round 2 or 3. If you do not receive an offer later on, then there are a number of other further education options available to you.

When first round CAO offers are made to successful applicants, notices are also sent to those who do not receive any offer together with a Statement of Application Record.

This provides applicants with an opportunity to check that the CAO has all their relevant data on file and that it is correct. 

See our LC Guide - Alternatives to the CAO here.

CAO Available/Vacant Places
Each year, there a number of courses where not all of the available places are filled during the CAO offer process. These courses are then transferred to the CAO Available Places list, where the places are advertised. Candidates who did not originally apply to these courses but satisfy the entry requirements are entitled to apply to these courses once they appear on the available places list.

In addition to this, courses that have been added to the CAO since the the 1st of July can also appear on the list. So if you have not received an offer, it can be worthwhile to examine the list to see if any of the courses with available places would be the right fit for you.

Direct Entry Courses

Direct Entry courses allow students to apply to the institution directly and do not consider CAO points. See a list of these courses on our CourseFinder here.

PLC Courses
PLC courses are a great way of continuing your education after secondary school. Many PLC courses provide progression opportunities to higher education courses. To search PLC courses and see the progression links to the higher education system, click here.

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