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With a 10%  mean average increase in grades within higher papers it was always inevitable that those who had delayed their application to college would be squeezed by the process

This year’s Leaving Cert students were aware when they reflected on their final course choices in June that their teachers were in the process of dete(...)

Trinity College Dublin: Some senior higher education figures are worried students will defer over fears of losing out on the traditional college experience. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Universities are to limit the number of students who are allowed to defer taking up their places amid concern that many may choose to take a gap year (...)

The calculated grades system left private schools focused on delivering high results feeling discriminated against, though the department insists the process was blind. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

It was never going to please everyone. The political decision to abandon the Leaving Cert exam in favour of calculated grades left the Department of E(...)

If you are accepting a place in college, you should visit the campus to get a feel for itsteps to take as you prepare for the next stage of your education

A long and difficult year has finally come to a close. Almost 80,000 applicants were able to view their college offers from 2pm on the Central Applica(...)

Minister for  Higher Education Simon Harris said the creation of additional places mean significantly more applicants have received offers  at this stage. Photograph:Gareth Chaney/Collins

CAO points for entry into many college courses climbed to record highs on foot of grade inflation in this year’s Leaving Cert. Overall, points were u(...)

The Government was desperate to find additional higher education places in recent weeks as soon as it realised the scale of grade inflation that was coming down the tracks. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

1. Grade inflation sends points soaring In normal years, CAO points don’t jump around all that much; they tend to creep up or down based on supply a(...)

This year, some of the largest points increases are for courses that are already in relatively high demand. Photograph: Getty

It’s the news that CAO applicants have been bracing for – despite a 12 per cent increase in the overall number of third-level places available this ye(...)

At universities, most courses are up with colleges such as Trinity College Dublin recording an average points increase of 27.

CAO points for entry into most college courses have increased significantly this year, new figures show Grade inflation in this year’s Leaving Cert r(...)

Round One CAO offers will be available to view online from 2pm today.

It’s been a long and difficult year but the wait for this year’s crop of prospective third-level students ends today. Tens of thousands of applicants(...)

The Institute of Education, the State’s largest grind school, is one of many which feels it has been penalised under the new process. Photograph: Brendan Duffy

With fees in excess of €7,000 per student, full-time grind schools have always justified their cost on the basis that their results speak for themselv(...)

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