Regional variation in CAO points trends

Architecture, business and engineering among big movers

The points requirement for CAO courses were bound to rise this year for a variety of reasons, including more students sitting the Leaving Cert. Photograph: Frank Miller

The points requirement for CAO courses were bound to rise this year for a variety of reasons, including more students sitting the Leaving Cert. Photograph: Frank Miller

Mon, Aug 18, 2014, 06:01

Points requirements for CAO courses were bound to rise this year for a number of factors, including the increased numbers of students sitting the Leaving Cert and the record number of students getting 25 bonus points for passing higher level maths. But, as ever, the extent and range of increases has been determined by student demand.

Some 28 per cent of university places go to those seeking arts/humanities places each year and these applicants will be happy to know that there has been no increase in the numbers seeking such places in 2014.

Points for arts were unchanged both at UCD at 340, and NUIG at 300. They were down 10 in UL (joint honours) at 430, down 10 in NUIM at 350, and up 10 in UCC at 345.

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Science applicants for honours degree programmes which account for a further 18 per cent of university places have remained constant this year at 9,452 students listing science as their first choice, which sees points remaining in or around the 500 mark.

But there is a regional variation here. They are up 10 in UCD, up five in Trinity College Dublin, down five in Galway, down 15 in NUIM, and unchanged in UCC.

Reflecting what is happening in the real economy, the most dramatic increase in demand for places this year at 140 per cent is in the area of construction – in disciplines such as quantity and building surveying and construction management.

At Dublin Institute of Technology, construction management is up 40 and quantity surveying is up 45 points.

Architecture courses

This return of confidence in the economy among applicants is also reflected in increased demand and therefore higher points requirements at honours degree level for architecture (up 13.5 per cent), engineering (up 5.8 per cent), business (up 4.4 per cent), and law (up 5.5 per cent).

Architecture is up 25 points in UCD, 70 in DIT, 10 in Limerick. Structural engineering with architecture in UCD is up 20. Engineering is up 20 in UCD, and five in Trinity, DIT and CIT.

Business is up 25 at NCI, Business information systems is up 40 in CIT; commerce is up 15 in UCD, 15 in DCU and DIT, and five in NUIG. Business, economic and social sciences is unchanged in Trinity while business is down five in UL.

Law is up 20 in UL, law and business and law are up 10 in UCD, civil law is up 10 in NUIG, law is unchanged in Trinity and UCC and DCU (BCL).

Agriculture and food science is also up again. Food science is up 20 and agriculture science is up 10 in UCD. Food science and health is up 40 in UL and food science is up five in UCC.

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