Applicants for arts degrees the big winners in scramble for college places
CAO points reflect continued swing toward sciences, business
Students attending the Open Day at Trinity College Dublin. Photographer: Dara MacDónaill
The CAO points requirements this morning reflect the changing pattern of student applications this year.
They also reflect the 25 bonus points for maths awarded to 1,883 students who chose higher maths at higher level this year. This change introduces an additional 314,288 points into the CAO system.
The ongoing surge in interest in the agriculture/food industry, which has been evident for the past six years, saw a 10 per cent growth in first-place applications this year.
This growth has resulted in a rise in points requirements for all courses in the two main colleges offering these programmes, UCD and UCC.
Having lost momentum since the crash of 2008, first preference interest in business and commerce courses has grown by 6.5 per cent this year.
This, along with the maths bonus points effect, has seen points for courses increase across the board. Commerce in UCD is up 10 points to 475 and up 35 in NUIG to 375.
Engineering/technology level 8 courses have attracted 6,428 first-choice applicants this year, an increase of 3.5 per cent on 2012.
These courses also attract applications from higher maths students – exclusively in the case of engineering, and predominantly in the fields of science/technology.
Common entry engineering in UCD is up 15 points to 475 and up 20 to 390 in DCU.
The rise in points requirements for science continues in 2013, partly as a result of the bonus points effect.
Common entry science requirements have increased by a further five points in UCD to 505 and remain at 510* with random selection in Trinity.
Computer Science programmes are hugely popular again this year, reflecting the growing concentration of the world’s leading technology firms in Ireland, with the resultant job opportunities for computer science graduates.
The ongoing popularity of courses in the areas of sports and sports management is reflected in the points requirements for 2013. Sport and exercise management is up five points in UCD to 430. Sport and exercise science in UL is up 25 points to 480.
The overall number of first-choice applicants for law has not increased this year but points are marginally up across the board, yet again reflecting the ripple effect of the maths bonus points.
Law is up five points each in Trinity, UCD and UCC to 530, 500 and 480 respectively.
Many students interested in careers in journalism have questioned their career prospects in the era of social media. This year students have overcome their fears. Journalism and new media is up 30 points in UL to 410. Journalism is up in DCU by 25 points to 435 and in DIT by five to 405.