More  than 73,000 people have applied through the  CAO for a place in higher education Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The number of CAO applications this year has increased slightly with more than 73,000 people applying for a place in higher education. The modest inc(...)

The CAO had a total of 77,171 applications for third-level places in 2018, compared with 80,568 in 2017, a fall of 4.2 per cent.

Thousands of mature students are set to receive Central Applications Office offers for third-level courses on Thursday. Places on third-level courses(...)

Successful applicants will also receive a paper offer notice by post, an email and a text message (if they have selected this option) with details of their offer. Photograph: iStock

The first round of CAO college places opened today with more than 6,000 applicants being offered a place in third level. A total of 6,207 CAO applica(...)

Applicants are urged to think carefully before making changes to their order of preference. Photograph: iStock

Thousands of prospective third level students are expected to make last-minute college course choices ahead of Sunday’s 5.15pm deadline for the CAO’s (...)

There has also been a drop in applications from Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK, amid rising uncertainty about the impact of Brexit. Photograph: Getty

Points requirements for many college courses are likely to fall this year as new figures show a significant drop in the number of CAO applications. O(...)

CAO applications have fallen to their lowest level in a number of years. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The number of applicants who have applied for college courses has dropped to the lowest level in at least five years. A total of 72,751 applicants ap(...)

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: iStockphoto

Students interested in obtaining a third-level place this September have until 5.15pm today to submit their choice of courses through the CAO applicat(...)

The CAO has advised anyone considering applying for undergraduate places to register ahead of its normal application deadline of 5.15pm on February 1st.

Tens of thousands of students are set to make last-minute college course choices ahead of Wednesday evening’s deadline for Central Applications Offic(...)

CAO countdown: To help meet the demand for ICT skills, higher education institutions are offering a range of courses. Photograph: Getty Images

A surge of applications for third-level courses is expected on Friday ahead of the 5.15pm deadline for CAO change-of-mind applications. A record 76,0(...)

Experts say points increases are likely this year in range of high-demand courses, particularly in growth sectors such as science, technology and business

The numbers of people applying to study at third level is set to reach a record high this year based on the volume of individuals who have registered (...)