Ministers McHugh and Mitchell O’Connor welcome earlier date for Round One CAO offers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD have today (15 February, 2019) welcomed confirmation that Round One offers from the Central Applications Office (CAO) will be issued this year on the earlier date of Thursday, 15 August 2019 …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 15 February]

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Leaving Cert students set to receive college offers four days earlier than normal

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“This year’s Leaving Cert students will have to wait just 48 hours after they get their exam results to find out if they have a college place. Up until now, thousands of students have faced the agony of a five-day wait after their results to see if they secured a CAO offer …” (more)

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

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Parents need to learn higher education is not the only measure of success

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Parents need to be challenged over their belief that higher education is the ‘only measure of success’ for school-leavers, the head of a national education body has warned. Nessa White, general secretary of Education and Training Boards Ireland, was responding to the findings of a study which show alarming dropout rates among students in some computing and engineering courses with low CAO entry points …” (more)

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

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CAO points race ‘putting children’s health at risk’ amid fall in fitness levels

Posted in Life, Teaching on February 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The long-term health of teenagers is being put at risk by the race for CAO points, according to health and fitness expert Professor Niall Moyna. His warning comes as a new study shows a sharp fall in fitness levels among second-level pupils, particularly girls, after the age of 15 …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 11 February]

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College entry applications edge up on last year

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Applications for college entry are up slightly on this time last year. The CAO received 73,157 applications when the main deadline passed yesterday. The final tally will likely be higher as there is a facility for late applications, and normally a few thousand more come in …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 2 February]

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CAO applications rise to over 73,000 for higher education courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The number of CAO applications this year has increased slightly with more than 73,000 people applying for a place in higher education. The modest increase of just over 400 applications, or 0.6%, reverses last year’s trend when the total number of applications fell by 5%. This was due mainly due a decline in mature applicants …” (more)

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

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Senator thinks students should get CAO points for ‘civic activities’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A Senator believes school students’ ‘civic activities’ should be included in the CAO Points System. Fine Gael Senator Joe O’Reilly thinks 80 points should be set aside for the personal development of students …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 18 January]

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Rise in Leaving Cert numbers set to drive up CAO applications

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A rise in Leaving Cert student numbers this year could drive up points for college entry on popular courses. It will be some months before the final candidate figures are available, but it is understood an increase of 3%, or slightly more, is on the cards. It is the first significant increase in Leaving Cert exam candidates in many years and expected to translate into more CAO applications …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 16 January]

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CAO countdown: Industries facing skills shortages battle to attract school-leavers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Industries facing acute skills shortages, such as the tech and construction sectors, are battling to attract school-leavers in the run up to this month’s CAO closing date. Up to 70,000 young people are selecting their courses and career choices, with most set to apply before the closing date for discounted application fees (€30) which expires this Sunday …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 14 January]

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Revised timeline for college offers still not approved by CAO

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Third-level colleges have not yet agreed a shortened timeline for offering places to Leaving Certificate students, seven weeks after it was hastily announced by two Government ministers. Education Minister Joe McHugh and Higher Education Minister of State Mary Mitchell O’Connor said on November 1 that the State Examinations Commission (SEC) would get exam results out a day earlier than usual next August …” (more)

[Niall Murray,, 18 December]

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‘With colleges at saturation point, apprenticeships are attractive again’

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

Ireland“With almost 47,000 CAO acceptances this year, most of them from the Leaving Cert class of 2018, school-leaver college entry rates are pretty much at saturation level. Many of those who did not go straight to higher education started on a post-Leaving Certificate (PLC) course and will use that as a stepping stone …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 4 December]

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Irish Times view on the latest feeder school tables: making progress, must do better

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The latest feeder school tables, charting progression from second to third-level colleges, underline the educational challenges faced by both society and Government. At a societal level the aspiration of families to support their children in securing appropriate post second level education has never been higher, as demonstrated by the fact that close to 70% of school leavers now access third level through the CAO …” (more)

[Irish Times, 4 November]

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The 50 non-private schools that send 100% of pupils to third-level

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The huge surge in college progression rates nationally has seen many schools in different parts of the country achieve 100% progression rates. Feeder Schools: Click here for the full breakdown of where Leaving Cert pupils have gone to college over the past 10 years …” (more)

[Independent, 4 December]

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Class gap exposed in third-level progression figures

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Click here to download the full 2018 Feeder School tables. Students from the most affluent parts of Dublin are up to 14 times more likely to progress to university than their counterparts from some schools in the city’s most disadvantaged areas, the annual Irish Times ‘Feeder Schools’ supplement shows …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Peter McGuire and Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 4 November]

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Leaving Cert bonus points proposed in sweeping reforms

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 6th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sweeping changes to the Leaving Cert, including bonus points for more subjects and a system of continuous assessment of students, are proposed in a report from the Oireachtas Education Committee. The all-party committee says students who do more than one foreign language should get extra points, and there should also be a points reward for taking certain subjects at higher level …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 6 November]

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Leaving Cert results, CAO offers and appeal outcomes to be released earlier following UCD student’s landmark High Court case

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on November 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The release of Leaving Cert results, CAO offers and the outcomes of appeals are being brought forward next year. A major overhaul of the timetable comes in the wake of the recent High Court case …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 1 November]

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Ministers announce significant changes to process of Leaving Certificate examination appeals and entry to higher education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on November 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD, and Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, have today (1st November 2018) announced significant changes to the Leaving Certificate examination appeals process from 2019. The changes will mean that, in future, students who appeal the results of the Leaving Certificate will be informed by the State Examinations Commission (SEC) of the outcome of their appeals much earlier than has previously been possible …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 1 November]

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Third Level Admissions Entry Requirements – UCD

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

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention was drawn to the fact that UCD had changed its enrolment policy for the 2018-19 academic year; when his attention was further drawn to the fact that this would impact on the ability of students to commence their studies in this academic year; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 18 October]

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End CAO points race to ease pupils’ anxiety, says school principal president

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“It may be time to sever the link between the Leaving Cert and entry to university due to the ‘huge’ rate of anxiety among students, school leaders have warned. Mary Keane, president of the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals, said the extent of stress-related illnesses among students was a source of major concern …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 19 October]

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349 get college places after grade changes

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“College places have been offered today to 349 students who received an upgrade of one or more Leaving Certificate results this week. It is unclear how many of them will be able to start those courses as many colleges will instead ask them to defer their studies until next year as programmes have already been running for up to six weeks …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 12 October]

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