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Higher Ed & CAO Courses
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Higher Ed & CAO Courses


Video courtesy CAO (2018 edition)

 

If you are considering starting your third level education, then you will have to choose courses from the CAO system (the majority of first year undergraduate courses) or, directly from individual colleges (a smaller number of 'Direct Entry' courses, mostly fee paying).

Direct Entry Course Search

You can search for first year undergraduate direct entry courses from the link provided below however, No 'official' list of Direct Entry courses exists - we produce this following list to assist you, according to information we find through our own research.

The CAO is a service used by colleges to sort out thousands of applications for hundreds of courses in a fair and equal manner. There are strict procedures in place to ensure fairness, which you can explore from the links on this page.

CAO courses provide awards a Levels 6, 7 and 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications. 

There are a number of resources available to help you make choices for the CAO. To explore additional options outside the CAO system you will have to make your applications directly to the relevant college.

There are a number of additional resources available to help you make choices for the CAO:


Access Programmes

These are an alternative entry route to Third Level education. Access programmes are usually aimed at young people and mature students (over 23 years) who missed out on getting into college directly from school. They involve doing a 'foundation' year college concerned which is designed to prepare learners for university-level learning and life, while studying in a subject area such as the humanities, or science. The main universities all offer access programmes. Some  guarantee entry to a certain degree programmes, once course assessment criteria are met. For more information about access programmes in universities and colleges in Ireland, follow the links below:

CIT - click here

DCU - click here

DIT - Click here

NUI Galway - click here

TCD - click here

UCD - click here

University of Limerick (UL) - click here


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