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Important Dates for Applications: 
CAO INFORMATION 
UCAS INTERVIEWS 
LANGUAGES AND IRISH UNIVERSITIES FAQ'S 
HEAR & DARE SCHEMES 
IRISH EXEMPTIONS 



CAO INFORMATION
 

CAO Admissions

Can students repeating Leaving Certificate submit point scores from different Leaving Certificate Years for the purpose of points calculation?
Entry requirements can be taken from any number of Leaving Certificates but only the best six subjects in any one year can be used for scoring purposes. The exception is Medicine.  Students seeking to enter Medicine must satisfy the minimum entry requirements in the same sitting. Students are advised to refer to The College of Medicine Brochure.

Can students combine the results of the Leaving Certificate Exam taken in different years for admission? 
An applicant may combine the results of Leaving Certificate examinations obtained in different years for Matriculation purposes. (This concession applies to Matriculation only; it does not apply to point’s calculation). Moreover, it should be noted that students seeking to enter Medicine must satisfy the minimum entry requirements in the same sitting. Students are advised to refer to  The College of Medicine Brochure

How do I apply for deferral?

See CAO Handbook page 5. ( Requests for deferral should be sent to the Admissions Office, NOT to CAO.)

 

I do not want the course I have been offered. Can I get a place in another course which is lower in my order of preference than the one offered, or in a course for which I have not applied at all ?

Only if vacancies are advertised in those course(s) on the CAO website, www.cao.ie, See CAO Handbook page 22.

 

 

Key dates for CAO applications

3 November  - online applications opened at 12 noon

20 January  - Closing date for online applications at discounted fee.

1 February – Closing date for applications

April – Interviews and portfolio presentations for most of restricted courses*

1 May – Closing date for late applications

1 July – Final date for changing your mind about course selections on your previously submitted CAO form

Early August – Round Zero offers are made by the CAO (for mature candidates, candidates who deferred places, reserved places etc.)

3rd Wednesday in August – Leaving Certificate results come out

Following Monday August – Round One offers are made by the CAO

Following Monday August – Closing date for acceptance of Round One offers

Early September – Round Two offers are made by the CAO

Following Monday September – Closing date for acceptance of Round Two offers

Up to October – offers will be issued as necessary to fill any vacancies

*Some courses are restricted application courses. Such courses have early assessment procedures (sometimes as early as February) and must be mentioned in your CAO application in time for the relevant higher education institution (HEI) to arrange the procedure. This means that you cannot apply for such courses in a late application. The CAO publishes a calendar of these tests and interviews (pdf).

 

 

 

What does the third language requirement mean?

A: It means that you must present a language in addition to Irish and English as one of your six Leaving Certificate subjects. If you are exempt from Irish, you must present a language other than English. All languages provided in the Leaving Certificate are acceptable. Classical Studies and Hebrew Studies are not considered as language subjects. 

If you have an Irish/Language Exemption, you must contact the NUI or Trinity or University of Limerick to ensure that you are registered with them as having the exemption. Failure to do so will mean that they will be expecting you to present Irish as a subject where required. Students are required to apply for these exemptions themselves. The school does not make the applications.

 

For students from outside the European Union who are presenting the Leaving Certificate, certification in their mother tongue or in another language may be acceptable. (See Matriculation Regulations 6.3 p.19.)

 

Does the third language requirement apply for all courses?

There are some exceptions to the third language requirement. Students applying for most Engineering and Science courses are not required to have a third language. Students applying for Nursing are not required to have a third language. Students applying to NCAD may present Art instead of the third language.

 

What is the position of students with dyslexia with regard to exemption from Irish?

A: There are special provisions for students whose dyslexia constitutes a significant learning difficulty.  A student who has been granted an exemption from Irish at school on the grounds of dyslexia, having been assessed by a professional psychologist, should complete Section A and Section D of the Exemption Application form and return it to NUI.  You should enclose a copy of the Psychologist’s Report together with a copy of the Department of Education and Skills Certificate of Exemption. In these cases NUI will grant an exemption from Irish and also from the third language requirement.

Sometimes students are diagnosed late as having dyslexia and have not come to the attention of the National Educational Psychological Service . In these cases, NUI will accept certification from a professional psychologist accompanied by a recent (no more than 3 years old) report from the psychologist.
Students should complete Section A and Section E of the Exemption Application Form and return it to NUI enclosing a copy of the Psychologist’s Report and the NUI certification form signed by the Psychologist.  Copies of these forms are available from http://www.nui.ie/college/entry-requirements.asp.

The position of students with dyslexia is complex. Exemptions are not automatic and are granted only on the basis of professional evidence.  However, NUI is sympathetic to students who can provide professional evidence of the effect of dyslexia on their language abilities.

Rationale
Where a student applies on the basis of dyslexia, only for an exemption from Irish, but intends to present a third language in the Leaving Certificate, the student must explain why he/she is applying for an exemption from Irish while continuing to study another language. (NUI finds it surprising that a student with serious dyslexia would continue to study a language.  However, we appreciate that there may be special circumstances to justify this and we are prepared to consider such applications).

What is the position of students with dyslexia with regard to exemption from the Third Language?

A: The provisions set out in Q17 in relation to exemption from Irish apply also in the case of students applying for exemption from the third language requirement.  Students applying for exemption from a third language on the basis of dyslexia need to complete Section A and D or E of the Exemption Application Form. http://www.nui.ie/college/entry-requirements.asp. The position of students with dyslexia is complex and exemptions are not automatic. However, NUI is sympathetic to students who can provide professional evidence of the effect of dyslexia on their language abilities.

Rationale
Where a student applies on the basis of dyslexia, only for an exemption from Irish, but intends to present a third language in the Leaving Certificate, the student must explain why he/she is applying for an exemption from Irish while continuing to study another language. (NUI finds it surprising that a student with serious dyslexia would continue to study a language.  However, we appreciate that there may be special circumstances to justify this and we are prepared to consider such applications).

 

How do I apply to NUI for an exemption?

A: You need to complete the Exemption Application Form available from NUI.  It can be downloaded at http://www.nui.ie/college/entry-requirements.asp.   There are five sections in the form. Applicantsmust complete Section A and then the section relevant to them.

 

Source: http://www.nui.ie/college/entry-requirements-faqs.asp

DARE Clinics

 

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Saturday 11 January 2014

 

 10a.m. > 2p.m.

All clinics will be held in Devere Hall. UCC

 

All welcome, please contact the DSS @ 021-4902985 to register and find out more information.

 

http://www.ucc.ie/en/dss/dareclinics/

 

Reduced Points - Are you eligible for HEAR?

Apply online to CAO by 17:15 on 1st February 2012 at www.cao.ie

What is the Higher Education Access Route (HEAR)?
HEAR is a third level admissions scheme for school leavers from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Eligible students compete for a quota of reduced points places in the colleges that run the scheme.

Who is HEAR for?
School leavers who have the ability to benefit from and succeed in higher education and who come from socio-economic groups in Irish society that are underrepresented in third level.

Why was HEAR set up?
To tackle educational disadvantage. Socio-economic disadvantage negatively impacts on educational attainment at school and affects progression by some second level students to third level. Research in Ireland shows that for example, the son/daughter of an unskilled manual worker (e.g. factory worker) is less likely to progress to higher education than the son/daughter of a higher professional (e.g. doctor).

What does "reduced points" mean? 
Applicants eligible for HEAR may gain entry to college courses on less than the full CAO points. For example, a course that is 450 points through CAO may be offered to a HEAR student with 410 Leaving Certificate points. All HEAR students must however meet college matriculation and specific course entry requirements where they apply.

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Which colleges run HEAR?
Dublin City University
Dublin Institute of Technology
NUI Galway
NUI Maynooth
Trinity College Dublin,
University College Dublin,
University College Cork,
University of Limerick,
Colaiste Mhuire, Marino Institute of Education,
Church of Ireland College of Education,
Mary Immaculate College, Limerick,
Mater Dei Institute of Education,
National College of Ireland
Pontifical University, Maynooth
St. Angela’s College, Sligo,
St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra.

This means students can apply through HEAR for the quota of places in any of these colleges.

How many places are there for HEAR students each year?
Each of the colleges set aside a quota of places for HEAR students each year. In 2009, 871 students accepted places in the participating colleges through HEAR. For further information on the number of places available in particular institutions or courses, please contact the access office in the college of your choice.

How can you tell if someone is from an underrepresented group or not?
Each HEAR applicant is assessed in relation to six indicators (criteria). Each applicant must meet at least three of the indicators in order to be eligible for the scheme. Only certain combinations of the indicators make an applicant eligible. Every applicant must meet Indicator 1 in order to be considered. The indicators are:

Indicator 1 Low Income - Is the household income below the HEAR Income threshold (in the relevant year)?
Indicator 2 Social Welfare – Is the applicant’s mother/father/guardian in receipt of a means-tested social welfare payment (for a minimum of 26 weeks in the relevant year)?
Indicator 3 Medical Card - Is the applicant or his/her mother/father/guardian in receipt of a medical card (in date on 31st December on the previous year)?
Indicator 4 Socio-Economic Grouping (based on occupation and employment status) – Is the applicant a member of a group underrepresented in higher education?
Indicator 5 DEIS School – Did the applicant attend a school part of the Department of Education & Science “DEIS” scheme (Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools) for the duration of their second level education?
Indicator 6 Geographical Area – Does the applicant live in an area of concentrated disadvantage?

The combinations for eligibility are:

INDICATOR 1 plus 2 plus 4 or 5 or 6
INDICATOR 1 plus 3 plus 4 or 5 or 6
INDICATOR 1 plus 4 plus 5 or 6
INDICATOR 1 plus 5 plus 6

If you think that you meet Indicator 1 plus any other two indicators then you may be part of an underrepresented group and you should apply.

 

Further Information: www.accesscollege.ie/

 

Reduced Points - Are you Eligible for DARE?

Find out if you are eligible for getting places on courses with reduced points.

To apply for DARE you must indicate that you have a disability or specific learning difficulty on your Central Applications Office (CAO) application form by 1 February. You must also complete Section A of a separate Supplementary Information Form by 1 March 

DAREcriteria

All students with a disability, irrespective of whether they come through DARE or not, are offered a variety of academic, personal and social supports while studying at third level. Individual institutions will determine the nature and delivery of such supports in accordance with their own policies and practices and subject to the availability of resources.

The following are examples of the types of supports available:

  • An orientation programme to introduce students to university/college
  • Study skills, extra tuition if required and exam support
  • Access to assistive technology and training
  • One-to-one meetings with support staff, social gatherings and mentoring

Source: http://www.accesscollege.ie/dare/benefits.php

 

 

 






 

 
 
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