The Central Applications Office (CAO) has today issued 73,652 Round One Offers to 50,746 CAO applicants.
42,301 Level 8 course offers and 31,351 Level 7/6 course offers will be sent to candidates this morning.
Applicants have until 24 August at 5:15pm to accept Round One offers; if they fail to accept by this date their offer will lapse.
Level 8 Ag; Veterinary and Veterinary Nursing Courses
UCD’s level-eight Agricultural Science degree programme dropped to 451 points from 454 points, while applicants require 432 CAO points to secure a round-one Dairy Business offer; last year the points ranged from 401-445.
Agri-Environmental Sciences at UCD fell to 397 points from 408 in 2017, while 321 points are required to receive a round-1 Forestry offer; this dipped to 292 last year.
Veterinary Medicine - undergraduate finished at 555 with random selection; students that applied for this course were required to demonstrate that they have obtained at least 60 hours of practical experience relevant to animal handling.
The college’s Veterinary Nursing degree programme remained unchanged at 467 points.
Dundalk IT’s Agriculture ( 2 award options) witnessed an increase from 319 points in 2017 to 327 points, while 301 points are needed to obtain a place on Letterkenny IT’s Agriculture - common entry with degree award options (LY828).
Agriculture and Environmental Management at Mountbellew offered in conjunction with G.M.I.T dropped by 1 CAO point ( Galway) to 301, while the college’s Business in Rural Enterprise and Agri-Business degree fell from 281 points to 274.
Students need 403 points to obtain a place on Waterford IT’s Agricultural Science degree programme - an increase of fourteen points.
Equine Science at the University of Limerick dropped to 308 points, from 359 while Science with Teacher ED (Biology with Phys or Chem or Ag Science) fell to 465 from 479.
Level 7 courses
- AIT - Veterinary Nursing - 400 points
- IT Carlow - Sustainable Farm Management and Agri-business - 222 points;
- CIT - Agriculture - 289 points;
- GMIT and Mountbellew - Rural Enterprise & Agri-Business - 274 points;
- GMIT - Agricultural Engineering - 280 points;
- LyIT - Veterinary Nursing - 357 points;
- LyIT - Agriculture - 225 points;
- Agricultural Mechanisation at Salesian Agricultural College, Pallaskenry - 201 points;
- UL - Equine Science - 301 points ( unchanged);
- ITT - Agricultural Engineering - 251 points;
- ITT - Agricultural Science - 260 points;
- ITT - Animal Bioscience - 260 points;
- WIT - Forestry - 215 points;
- WIT - Agriculture - 367 points.
Eileen Keleghan, CAO Communications Officer, asks applicants to carefully consider any offers received in this round.
She said: “If an applicant accepts an offer in Round One this will not prevent them from receiving an offer of a course higher up on their courses list in a later offer round if a place becomes available and they are deemed eligible.
“Those who received an offer in this round should consider the current offer as being the last one they may receive.
“It is also important that applicants notify CAO immediately if there are any errors or omissions in any of the correspondence received from CAO.”
She noted that the acceptance window is shorter than in previous years for both Round One and Round Two, so applicants must take care to ensure that they have accepted by the reply date.
Accepting an offer
When accepting an offer CAO advises applicants to use the online system stating that it is “easier, safer and faster than returning the paper offer notice”.
It is possible that applicants may receive two offers at the same time - one from the Level 8 list and one from the Level 7/6 list.
Applicants must choose between these lists and can only accept one offer - if they accept both offers the last recorded acceptance received by CAO by the reply date is the one that will be counted.
A short video guide explaining the CAO Offer and Acceptance process is available to view on the CAO website www.cao.ie.
Next round of offers
Round Two offers will be available to view on the CAO website from 10am on Wednesday, 29 August and the reply date by which Round Two Offers must be accepted is Friday, 31 August at 5:15pm.
Applicants who do not receive an offer may wish to check the ‘Available Places’ facility which re-opens on CAO website on Tuesday, 21 August at noon. This facility is also available to new applicants on the completion of the online application form and the payment of a €45 fee.
For more information on the CAO Offer and Acceptance Process or the Available Places facility, applicants should go to www.cao.ie or consult the CAO Handbook.