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

The number of students per lecturer has increased hugely, explaining your son’s experience in college

PROBLEM: My son is finding the demands of third level difficult. The lack of one-to-one support, through tutorials or opportunities to talk to seni(...)

HP Ireland’s Martin Murphy: noted the need for regional balance

UCD has launched a Business Alumni Investment Index, having surveyed more than 60,000 graduates on Ireland’s investment prospects. The bottom line – a(...)

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(...)