CAD points for entry to most college courses have increased dramatically this year, new figures show
The rating inflation in this year’s Leaving Cert results saw CAD points climb to 70 or 80 points in the high end.
Overall, points are up for about three-quarters of honors or level eight courses this year.
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At the university level, many registered average point increases of between 20 and 30 points across a wide range of courses.
In addition, several university courses have exceeded the previous record of 600 points.
They include two at UCD – economics and finance (613, up 12 points) and actuarial and financial studies (601, up 24 points) – and four at Trinity College Dublin (management sciences and systems studies). information (613, +24 points); dental sciences (613, +23 points), law and business (602, +26 points) and law and political science (602, +35 points).
In total, about 78 percent of college applicants would have received an offer of one of their top three choices this year at the honors bachelor’s or level eight. This is a similar proportion to last year.
This figure rises to around 98 percent for applicants seeking one of the top three choices at the regular / graduate level, or the six / seven level.
Most higher education figures indicate that the point increases are larger than expected, despite frenzied efforts by the government to ease the upward pressure by creating thousands of additional postgraduate places.
However, government figures indicate that the point increases would have been even higher had it not been for a last-minute decision to create the more than 2,000 additional third-level places created in recent weeks.
In total, there are therefore 12% more places this year compared to last year.
Higher Education Minister Simon Harris said the additional places mean many more applicants have received offers of places at this stage this year and more students will be admitted to the university in the coming weeks. than in any previous year.
“I recognize the strong competition for places this year. I worked with the sector to increase as many places as possible. I welcome the fact that the proportion of applicants receiving an offer of one of their top three preferences is stable from year to year, despite this strong competition, ”he said.
All CAO candidates can check whether they have received an offer by logging into their account using the “My candidacy” function at www.cao.ie from 14h.
Successful applicants will also receive an offer notification by email and SMS if they have selected this option on their application form. Offers must be accepted by 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 16.
At Trinity, about 80 percent of courses saw a point increase, with an average increase of 27 points.
The biggest leap was Drama and Theater Studies (564, +69), a course that received the focus of media attention due to the number of actors who appeared in the television series Normal. People.
At UCD, points have increased in all fields except the arts.
The largest increases were in midwifery (480, +80), social policy and sociology (378, +58) and physiotherapy (578, +56).