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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(...)

The number of candidates listing construction as their first choice has more than doubled from 195 to 460 for level 8 honours programmes, while demand for level 7 and 6 construction courses has jumped from 198 to 482. Photograph: Eric Luke

Demand for construction, engineering and architecture courses has risen sharply in a trend that is due to push up college entry points for this year’s(...)

UCD students walking by the  Veterinary Institute. Its veterinary science course has the highest points requirements at 585. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

With the number of students sitting the Leaving Cert this year increasing by 2,000 to 55,000, points requirements for CAO courses are bound to rise(...)

If you did not receive a satisfactory offer in yesterday’s second round CAO application process your options in the current academic year may be narro(...)

Leaving Cert students  celebrating their results earlier this month at St Aloysius school in Cork. Photograph: Provision.

The Central Applications Office (CAO) will release its second round of offers tomorrow morning to students still awaiting a place in higher education.(...)

Increasingly popular with Irish students are the liberal arts and sciences degrees offered by leading Dutch universities: seven Dutch universities are ranked higher than Trinity College. Photograph: University of Amsterdam

Most applicants offered places by the CAO on behalf of colleges last Monday have now submitted their acceptances online. They will shortly be contacte(...)

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 (...)

Syama Gollapalli and Conor Nolan with their Leaving Cert results at Portmarnock Community School, Portmarnock, Co Dublin.Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

The class of 2013 has adopted a decidedly practical approach when it comes to this year’s CAO, with a rise in demand for courses that are seen to enha(...)

The University College Dublin campus at Belfield. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The long wait is almost over for tens of thousands of students hoping to gain a place in higher education. The first round of offers from the Central (...)

Last year, 63 per cent of students were offered and accepted their first place choice on their CAO application. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Hands up those who knew there are 2.7 females for every male on education and teaching courses, but 6.6 males for every female on engineering and cons(...)

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