Tomorrow morning, the Central Applications Office (CAO) will offer close to 9,000 degree course programmes to over 7,300 applicants. Pictured the UCD Belfield Campus. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Prospective students offered places tomorrow have a week to accept

Minister for Education and Skills Ruairí Quinn with children at the Docklands Early Numeracy Project. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

PLC courses appear to suffer brunt of cuts as others schools are protected

What do you really want to study in college? This is the time to reassess your CAO options

For parents who are both working, avoid the ultimate disaster of your child missing an exam by ensuring they are up and dressed before you leave the house.  Photograph: David Jones/PA Wire.

Brian Mooney on how to help and support your son or daughter through the exams

Continental universities are widening their net to attract better applicants

More than half of all undergraduates now go on to postgraduate study and there are plenty of courses to choose from

CAO applicants have discerned that the property market is well on the way to recovery, and that graduates in disciplines such as surveying, valuation, construction management, architecture, and so on, will be in demand shortly. Photograph: Eric Luke

What will happen when number of CAO applicants reaches 100,000?

The number of students sitting the Leaving Certificate will grow from 52,000 last year to 54,000 this year. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Increase in applications for engineering, science and agriculture/food courses reflects changing economy

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