If you  have been  offered a CAO place, you have a week to consider whether you wish to accept or reject the place. Any places not accepted by the September 3rd deadline will continue to be offered by the CAO to applicants over the coming six weeks. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

If you did not receive a satisfactory course offer in yesterday’s second round of the CAO application process, your options in the current academic ye(...)

Blurring the results: the number of places filled in each course is crucial for determining demand for it, and affects the points required. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

As second round offers are released today to college applicants, there have been fresh calls for greater transparency in the application process. (...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan, who dropped in to The Irish Times Results Helpdesk yesterday as the team fielded calls, with education columnist Brian Mooney and guidance counsellors Brian Howard and Deirdre Garrett.  The helpdesk is at irishtimes.com/results. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has urged higher-education institutions to cut the number of course offerings on the CAO to reduce the complexi(...)

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(...)

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 (...)

Spoilt for choice: The confusing state of our college application system causes many students to select programmes which they drop out of in first year. Getty/Digital Vision

Let’s be honest, there are only about 14 professions. So how did we get to a situation where students face choosing between 1,400 CAO courses each yea(...)

From left:  Joe Humphreys, Irish Times  Education Correspondent, with guidance counsellors   Brian Howard   and Deirdre Garrett,  at the Exams Helpdesk.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Since the Leaving Cert results came out on Wednesday, guidance counsellors at the Irish Times Help Desk have been busy answering inquiries and respond(...)

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Entry requirements for engineering, business and several other popular courses are expected to rise this year after a record number of students gained(...)

A discussion paper by the Irish Universities Association has also proposed to offer bonus points to students who excel in subjects directly related to their college courses, and an end to the Irish language requirement for courses taught through English at NUI colleges. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

A universities’ working group on reforming the college entry system has proposed allocating compensatory points for students who score below the exist(...)