New grades: The A1, A2 system is being replaced by marks from H1 to H8 at higher level and from O1 to O8 at ordinary. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Pencils sharpened. Time started. You may now turn over your paper.SECTION I: COMPREHENDINGQuestion A: How many grading bands will the Leaving Certific(...)

‘Students entering higher education face a vast and arguably overwhelming array of options. This array mainly reflects the policies adopted in third-level colleges, of segmenting broad entry courses in the arts and science faculties into separate specialised entry streams with limited numbers in each stream.’ Photograph: Getty Images

The Government has established an expert group, chaired by Peter Cassells, which is “to identify and consider the issues relating to the long-term (...)

A total of 74,499 applications had been received by the CAO at its deadline on Sunday, up from 73,063 in 2014 and 71,151 the previous year

Entry points for college courses are set to rise further this year as figures show a 5 per cent jump in the number of students applying to the Central(...)

The next step: applicants who do not process their application in advance of the February 1st deadline can submit a late application at an increased fee. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Students are being reminded to beat today’s Central Applications Office (CAO) deadline to avoid added fees or course restrictions.Applicants who do no(...)

Learning, ideally, is its own reward. In practice, though, the education young people gain in secondary school is translated annually into a numerical(...)

Tomorrow morning, the Central Applications Office (CAO) will offer close to 9,000 degree course programmes to over 7,300 applicants. Pictured the UCD Belfield Campus. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Tomorrow morning, the Central Applications Office (CAO) will offer close to 9,000 degree course programmes to over 7,300 applicants, who are seeking t(...)

Students undertaking the Leaving Certificate Examinations on the first day of the 2011 state exams. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Demand for courses in agriculture, engineering and architecture have risen shaprly, latest figures in third-level education show, indicating re(...)

Virtually all applications to the Central Applications Office (CAO) for a first year undergraduate place in an Irish third-level higher education i(...)

Students have until 5.15pm on Monday, August 26th to respond to the first round offers.

Online student acceptances for places on higher education courses came flooding into the Central Applications Office yesterday, with thousands more e(...)

Courses across the board and across institutions have seen points rises, with roughly 60 per cent of programmes seeing points rises at UCD and UL

Changing student demand and the maths bonus points have combined to drive up the points needed to get into higher education. Courses across the board (...)