Demand for science courses has grown. Science at TCD rose by 5 points to 515, which compares to a final points requirement of 455 in 2010. Science at DCU rose 10 points to 460, a 23 per cent rise over five years, while at DIT points for science rose 30 points to 435. Photograph: Getty

Demand for science and technology courses has grown considerably this year in a sign that Government and industry efforts to attract school leavers to(...)

Only 43 of the 900-plus higher degree (level 8) courses listed on the CAO offered 100 or more places last year

Entry requirements for engineering, science, business, law and architecture saw the biggest increases this year. But CAO points released today also r(...)

Leaving Cert students at Belvedere College, Dublin, about to sit an exam in June of this year. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Third level colleges have come under fresh criticism for “artificially inflating” CAO points, through the proliferation of niche courses, ahead of the(...)

Tralee IT was shown to offer four tourism-related, higher-degree courses last year with 15 places. These included “travel and tourism management”, which had just two places and an entry requirement of 340 points.

More than one-third of courses being offered by universities and institutes of technology have 15 or fewer places, latest figures show, in a pattern (...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan with Leaving Cert students Stephen Ryan and Jenny O Connor as they got their results at St Nessan’s Community College in Limerick. Photograph: Brian Arthur/Press 22

The Leaving Cert – to adapt a phrase of Winston Churchill’s – is surely the worst form of examination except for the alternatives. What would you wan(...)

Both Trinity College Dublin and UCD have jumped up considerably in the Shanghai rankings, one of the most prestigious international league tables for higher education institutions. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Both Trinity College Dublin and UCD have jumped up considerably in the Shanghai rankings, one of the most prestigious international league tables for (...)

Some 1,730 students received a “Distinction” grade in the Leaving Certificate, 79 per cent of whom were girls

Girls outperformed boys in 50 of the 59 Leaving Cert papers at higher and ordinary level, a gender breakdown of this year’s results shows. At h(...)

Always on: We are the ones making the choice, not the technology

The end of holidays means one thing for many people: reconnecting to technology. On goes the mobile phone and off goes the automated out-of-office (...)

Ruth Freeman: delighted to see more students opting for science, technology, engineering and maths in CAO first preferences.Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Science researchers have welcomed the improved performance among Leaving Cert students in technology-related subjects but warned that a continuing gen(...)

Amy Lynch from Tralee, who was award a merit in the Leaving Cert Applied with her mother Jean. Photograph:  Eye Focus Ltd

The grade on Amy Lynch’s certificate read “merit” but behind that single word lay a series of huge achievements.“It was a long journey, thinking back(...)