College-Wide Points Drop is a Cause For Concern

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Lies, damned lies and CAO points offers. In many ways, the day that rolls inexorably round each August, when tens of thousands of college hopefuls receive their first-round CAO offers, feels more akin to theatre than anything else, taken as it is by expressions of ecstasy and anguish, by experts shouting down the airwaves, by an avaricious public greedily feeding on the highs and lows of its next generation …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 20 August]

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CAO points rise for over 40% of courses as offers made

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“More than 50,700 applicants will receive a third-level course offer from the Central Applications Office this morning. This year sees fluctuation in the points requirement for many courses. While around half of all courses have seen a points drop, points have risen for more than 40% of options …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 20 August]

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Decline in students choosing ICT courses cause for concern

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Technology Ireland, the Ibec group that represents the sector, says it is concerned at the 11% decline at level 8 and level 6/7 for Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) courses as first preferences at a time when total CAO applications fell by 4.2%. Responding to the CAO application data, Una Fitzpatrick, Director of Technology Ireland said …” (more)

[IBEC, 20 August]

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Five big take-aways from this year’s CAO results

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“This morning more than 50,000 applicants will receive an offer from the CAO on behalf of the 44 institutions who provide their places on courses through this structure. Here’s are some of the big trends from this year’s figures. 1. Students fall out of love with the arts. A fall in applications for arts programmes this year is reflected in a decrease in points requirements across most courses …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 20 August]

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CAO 2018: Points for arts fall amid demand for jobs-friendly courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Points for many arts and creative courses have fallen as students opt for degrees linked to areas of strong jobs growth such as engineering, teaching and nursing. In all, just over 50,000 college hopefuls are set to receive their CAO results on Monday …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 August]

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CAO 2018: Arts falls, science steady and engineering and law rise

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 20th, 2018 by steve

IrelandArts: The big news for arts students this year is the introduction of three new streams in UCD’s offering. The changes have had a mixed impact on points. Last year, arts at UCD went from 320 to 326 points but the three new courses cannot be directly compared to the 2017 offering …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 20 August]

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Higher-level maths students performing well despite doubling in exam numbers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Leaving Cert students are performing remarkably well in higher level maths despite a doubling in the proportion of students taking on the more challenging exam in recent years, according to a new study …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 August]

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Trinity’s CAO Decline Shows it Needs to Focus More on the Here and Now

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“New figures that show a steep decline – of 8% – in the number of students who put Trinity down as their first choice on their CAO applications must have left College officials wondering where they’ve gone wrong. Nationally, CAO applications declined by 4.5%, suggesting that, for some reason, Trinity isn’t keeping pace …” (more)

[University Times, 19 August]

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Number of students who got over 400 points on the rise

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The number of Leaving Certificate candidates scoring high points for college entry has jumped since the changes to the exam grading system and CAO points scale. Figures from the CAO show that 11.9% of students achieved between 500 to 599 points this year, compared with 9.6% in 2016. There are also other candidates with 600 points, and even more if they have the ‘honours’ maths bonus …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 16 August]

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More than 3,700 Leaving Cert pupils fail maths exam

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on August 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“More than 3,700 students have failed their Leaving Cert maths papers, effectively locking them out of many third-level courses which require a pass as a basic entry requirement. The bulk of those who failed to secure a pass grade sat the ordinary-level paper where the failure rate was just under 10% …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 15 August]

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Increase in students opting for higher level papers

Posted in Teaching on August 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The results of the 2018 Leaving Cert indicate an increase in the number and percentage of students opting for higher level papers. This trend is driven in part by the movement downwards from 40% to 30% of what constitutes a failure in the eyes of third-level colleges, and many students have responded to this change by opting to study higher level subjects …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 15 August]

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More Leaving Cert students than ever taking higher level subjects

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 5th, 2018 by steve

“The proportion of Leaving Cert students taking on higher level subjects has climbed to a new high. It is a sign that pupils are trying to make the most from recent changes to the CAO points system which reward students for what used to be E grades, or fails …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 5 June]

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Almost 400 new college spots created amid demand for teaching courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 14th, 2018 by steve

“Almost 400 extra places on teacher training courses are to be created this year in a bid to help alleviate a lack of supply in key subjects. The move also has the potential to offset some of the heat added to the points race by a surge in the number of young people applying for education programmes through the Central Applications Office (CAO) …” (more)

[Kevin Doyle, Independent, 14 March]

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CAO points set to drop as applications decline

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Points requirements for many college courses are likely to fall this year as new figures show a significant drop in the number of CAO applications. Overall, applications are down by almost 5%. One of the key factors behind the fall is a sharp decrease among mature applicants …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 9 March]

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Big bounce in CAO demand to study teaching

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“There is a big leap in demand for teacher training courses this year as school-leavers race to fill well-publicised staff shortages in the nation’s classrooms. Despite negative publicity about pay inequality in the profession, there is a striking surge in CAO applications for both primary and post-primary degree programmes …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 9 March]

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Growth in jobs likely to be behind CAO points fall

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“During the economic crash, higher education became a refuge for many seeking to carve out new careers as their livelihoods went up in smoke. This was particularly true of mature students who flocked to universities and institutes of technology to up-skill or re-skill …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 9 March]

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‘Third level institutions in the south should also recognise PE A-Level’ – Ó Donnghaile

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile has welcomed official recognition for Physical Education as a leaving cert subject and has reiterated his call that third level institutions in the south also move to recognise PE A-Level as a Central Applications Office (CAO) subject when applying for university places in the South …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 24 February]

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Drop in number of CAO applications

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 2nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The number of applicants who have applied for college courses has dropped to the lowest level in at least five years. A total of 72,751 applicants applied ahead of the CAO’s normal application deadline at 5.15pm on Thursday, down almost 5% on the same period last year …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 1 February]

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Are engineers prone to terrorism?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“In his most recent column Sean Moncrieff notes the curious fact that a high proportion of ISIS terrorists are from an engineering background. I’ve heard this argument before and the subtext is that engineers are unsophisticated nerds, with systemising mindsets, who seek simple and simplistic solutions to complex problems …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 18 December]

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Leaving Cert students can gain CAO points with new PE subject

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Second-level pupils entering fifth year in September will be the first to get marks in the Leaving Certificate – and CAO points – for performance in sport, dance or other physical activity. The long-awaited Leaving Cert subject of Physical Education (PE) is being introduced, initially to about 50 to 60 schools next autumn, and will be examined for the first time in 2020 …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 11 December]

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