Courses with vacant places on CAO website
This evening thousands of Leaving Cert students will review exam scripts at their former school
If you did not receive a satisfactory offer in yesterday’s second round CAO application process your options in the current academic year may be narrowing, but there are still courses and options available.
The list of vacant-place courses will continue to be published on the CAO website www.cao.ie over the coming weeks, and for as long as course places continue to be on offer.
Any existing or new applicant who has not secured a suitable course in yesterday’s round of offers can over the coming week place any of the remaining published “vacant places courses” on their application record on the CAO website, and receive an offer of a place on that programme.
This evening thousands of Leaving Cert students will review one or a number of their exam scripts at their former school. This process will continue all day tomorrow.
Students who have applied to view scripts may bring a second person, normally a subject teacher or parent, with them.
Pay attention to the percentage mark you achieved as opposed to the grade you have been awarded. Your chances of securing an upgrade are highest if you are within 1-2 per cent of the next grade.
If you discover an administrative error in the awarding of the marks which have been written on your answer sheet by the correcting teacher but not correctly transcribed into the totals column at the front of your answer book bring this matter to the attention of the supervising teacher.
Such administrative errors are rectified by the SEC and communicated to the CAO without having to seek a remarking of your script.
If, having viewed your script, you decide to seek a remarking of one or more of your papers you must submit it to the SEC by 5.30pm on Wednesday, September 4th.
The fee per standard Leaving Cert subject, refundable in the case of a successful appeal, is €40.
The fees are payable by bank giro form provided by the SEC or by credit card over the internet. You will get this giro form in your school.
The SEC says many candidates return their appeal form without proof of payment; either the stamped personalised bank giro if paid at the bank or the internet confirmation record if paid online by credit card. Such incomplete applications can invalidate the appeal request.
If the recheck leads to a higher grade the payment will be refunded.
In 2012 appeals against 8,779 grades brought about 1,684 upgrades, a success rate of just short of 20 per cent.
Week to consider
If you were offered a CAO place yesterday you have a week to consider whether you wish to accept or reject the place.
Any places not accepted by the September 4th deadline will continue to be offered by the CAO to applicants over the coming six weeks.
Students who receive upgraded Leaving Cert marks will receive revised offers following the publication of those results in mid-October.
When the SEC publishes the amended Leaving Cert results in October, the CAO will make offers to all applicants who would have secured a higher ranking offer if they had those points on August 19th when round one was published.