The CAO points system is changing to try to take some of the heat out of the points race. By reducing the number of grading bands from 14 to eight, students may feel less inclined to chase marginal gains in the Leaving Cert.

Why are the points changing? It is trying to take some of the heat out of the points race. By reducing the number of grading bands from 14 to eight, s(...)

A new Central Applications Office (CAO) points scale for students entering third-level education aimed at taking some of the pressure off the Leaving Cert year has been published.

A new Central Applications Office (CAO) points scale for students entering third-level education aimed at taking some of the pressure off the Leaving (...)

CAO course codes: smaller, specialised courses restrict student options and mobility. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The manipulation of CAO points by colleges through the provision of courses with a small student intake is under scrutiny again this year. Toda(...)

Change to Trinity College’s admissions procedure should allow students to specialise later in their studies. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Trinity College Dublin is planning a major overhaul of its college admissions procedures to allow students entering the university to specialise la(...)

At a time when third-level institutions are experiencing a shortage in funding, the practice of limiting intake of students for particular courses to (...)

Kate Bannon, Emily Griffin, Helen Carroll and Corinne Henry-Bezy getting their Leaving Cert results at Loreto College in Dublin last week. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Engineering and business studies, two areas closely aligned to the economic recovery, were the big movers in this year’s CAO offers. Points were also(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan said the new system is about marking achievement, not rewarding failure. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A new points scale for entry to third-level courses will be published in September under what has been described by the Department of Education as the(...)

NUI Maynooth: Aims to give school-leavers more flexibility in their study options

Maynooth University plans to halve the number of entry routes it lists on the CAO by September 2016 in a bid to give school-leavers more flexibility (...)

New year, and a new life beckons. But this post-Christmas period means competing demands for attention from Leaving Cert students and their parents. T(...)

Minister for Eduction  Jan O’Sullivan: We have seen an increase in the number of Chinese students studying at graduate and postgraduate level in Ireland.”   Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

One of the great Irish exports to China has been education, and Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan was in China last week on a trade mis(...)