The number of candidates listing construction as their first choice has more than doubled from 195 to 460 for level 8 honours programmes, while demand for level 7 and 6 construction courses has jumped from 198 to 482. Photograph: Eric Luke

Science and humanities expected to remain largely unchanged

UCD students walking by the  Veterinary Institute. Its veterinary science course has the highest points requirements at 585. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Humanities, art and design-driven courses have little or no increase

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

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