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Senior Cycle Options
Leaving Cert Subjects and Grades 
FAQ's Subject Choice  
Senior Cycle Subjects - An Overview 
Subjects and Aptitude Tests 
Senior Cycle Subject Choice - LCVP 
Senior Cycle Subject Choice - Language & Science 
Easiest Leaving Cert subjects?  
LC Subjects-The Irish Times 
Options' Night Presentations  
Careers News
Home Economics will be a five year course from 2015  
Crisis shortage of Civil Engineering graduates in Ireland 
New Leaving Cert Points Scale 
Careers Articles
10 Essential CV Writing Verbs 
CAO Summary and Checklist  
CAO - Change of Mind Tips 
Careers Articles
Information for Parents 
Alternative Study Routes 
Useful Websites and Apps 
STEM Education in Ireland 
Careers Using the Irish Language 
Job Hunting and Interviews  
Third Level Grants
How to apply for a SUSI grant? 
College Supports
Students with Disabilities  
Third Level Scolarships 
Third Level
Going to College... 
College Accomodation 
Incoming 1st Year Students
First Year Options 2017 
Detailed Information on Junior Cert Subjects 
10 tips for parents of children starting secondary school 
Transitioning from Primary to Secondary School 
Waterford Support Services
Support Services in Waterford 
Study & Exams
Stress Fact Sheet  
Study Tips 
Avoid Exam Stress 
Relax Body & Mind 
Study Abroad
Why Study Abroad? 
Study in the UK 

CAO Summary and Checklist


Your application = your responsibility



Application dates and Fees

  • 20th January = €25.00
  • 1st February = €40.00


CAO application number

  • essential in communicating with CAO – keep safely


Restricted application courses

  • must be applied for by February 1st
  • listed by colleges in handbook as restricted – art, drama, music, Church of Ireland

College of Education, Rathmines and medical courses



Supporting applicants with disability e.g. Dyslexia, ongoing medical illness – SIF application must be completed with supporting documentation -



Supporting applicants with financial difficulties (pg.8)



Order of Preference

Essential to fill in course choices (10 choices L8 and 10 choices L6/7) in order of preference as applicant will be offered the course highest on their list that they have the points for. Courses applied for lower than the offer are deleted from the application and cannot be selected


Statement of application record

Sent to all applicants by early May; your responsibility to ensure all information is correct


Not studying Irish

Applicants must check CAO statement and follow instructions regarding informing NUI exemption procedure


Change of mind

May 5th – July 1stno fee, no penalty; check application for amendments


Late sanction courses

Change of mind or direct application to college


Leaving Cert Results and offer of places

Mid - August – First round offers

Five working days after Leaving Cert results (approx) CAO offers places on a supply and demand basis – the more applicants for a course with a limited number of places, the higher the points.


August/September - Second round offers

To fill any remaining places. Offers made to all applicants who now have points for courses higher up their list of course preferences



Check now with college about conditions under which deferral might be granted. No common policy regarding deferral. IADT Dun Laoghaire will not consider deferral and UL for LM101. On receipt of offer contact the college concerned immediately; decision made within ten days. Applicants obtaining a deferral must re-apply the following year for the deferred course only and are guaranteed a place on the course. (Pg 5)  


Accepting an offer

Ten days to decide to accept a course (on-line or postal) or reject (do nothing); accepting a course does not mean you cannot be offered a course higher on your application if you become eligible in later rounds.


CAO 2015 - Important Dates







January 20th: Early online closing date at 5.15pm


February 1st: Normal closing date at 5.15pm


March/April: Most ‘restricted’ course interviews/tests


March 1st:       Closing date for completion of HEAR/DARE forms at 5.15pm


April 1st:          Closing date for completion of supporting documentation for HEAR/DARE forms at 5.15pm


Before end May: Statement of application sent to all applicants – CHECK……SAVE


May 1st:           Closing date for late applications at 5.15pm


May 5th:         Change of mind facility opens – free of charge


June:              Leaving Certificate begins


July 1st:          CAO closing date at 5.15pm


Mid - August: Leaving Cert results


August 17th:   Expected date for Round 1 offers


August 24th:    Expected closing date for acceptances of Round 1 at 5.15pm


August 26th:   Expected date acceptance of Round 1 offers


August 28th:   Expected date for Round 2 offers


Early September: Registration


September 2nd: Expected closing date for Round 2 acceptances


Early October: Results of Leaving Cert appeals released


October 14th: CAO 2015 closes

If you fail to deal with an offer properly and on time you may lose the place



Contact with CAO:

Use the email ‘contact us’ form on the website















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HSE National Ambulance Service is recruiting for Student Paramedics

Friday, August 18, 2017 

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