A Higher Education Authority report shows one in six  college students are failing to progress past their first year. Photograph: Eric Luke

Third-level colleges, like any businesses which need prospective customers, follow a simple rule: give them what they want. This equates to a place on(...)

The Central Applications Office (CAO) is a not-for-profit company established by the higher education institutions in the Republic of Ireland. The co(...)

Checking the CAO first round offers in August 2015. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

January 2016: Register your application with cao.ie Your first step is to register your intention to seek a CAO college place immediately. If (...)

Rising number in need of support is likely to raise further questions over the merits of the new Leaving Cert maths syllabus, “project Maths”. Photograph: Getty Images

Students at third level are increasingly unable to cope with courses which require competence in maths and require extra support in order to pass thei(...)

Ministerial action: Richard Bruton claimed the Action Plan for Jobs could help create 25,000 jobs in the southeast over the next five years. Photograph: Sara Freund

The Government’s further education and training strategy was devised at the height of the economic crisis in 2012, to upskill the labour force and so (...)

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QUESTION: My son has just started secondary school. I initially put his name down in five schools near us. Unfortunately he was number 146 on the w(...)

 The Union of Students in Ireland in conjunction with the Private Residential Tenancies Board have launched the Student Finance and Accommodation Guide. Photograph: Iain White

Securing a place in college is just the first hurdle for many students. The next one is making sure you can meet the costs of your education for the d(...)

Trinity College Dublin

When students who got college offers from the CAO this morning chose their Leaving Cert subjects and levels in early 2013, and made their final cou(...)

In 2014 there was a surge in applications for computer science degrees. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The question uppermost in the minds of most Leaving Cert students – and their parents – since the results came out on Wednesday is whether their resul(...)

Once you have got over the initial excitement of seeing your grades in print, your mind will turn to your points score if you have applied for a college place through the CAO process

In the early hours of this morning, some 700 school principals collected the results of this year’s Leaving Cert from their local post office. Over(...)