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CAO Round 1 Offers 2019 Trends Guide

See how 2019's offers and points compare to last year

CAO Round 1 Offers 2019 Trends Guide

Now that the Round 1 CAO offers have been issued, the difference between 2018 and 2019 Leaving Cert points is becoming clear. These initial offers tell us a lot about which courses are most attractive to students, where students want to study, and can indicate how young people view the labour market. By examining the points for Round 1 offers by subject area and sector, we can learn a lot about where students want to work and where students are confident they will find employment.

Search courses and see the course points for Round 1 offers using our CourseFinder here.

STEM
Many courses which are perceived to offer good job prospects have seen increases in the points required for a Round 1 offer. STEM courses have experienced rises across the country as the employment prospects offered by these courses sway students in their direction.

Points for engineering courses such as Eletronic Engineering have gone up in several higher education institutions around the country. Similarly, general entry Engineering proved attractive as points in several 3rd level institutions rose for these courses.

Computer Science points rose sharply for general entry programmes in TCD, TU Dublin, UCD, UL, and UCC.

Health Sciences
Points for Pharmacy rose considerably in UCC, RCSI, and TCD. Points for Medicine went up and down across the various educational providers. The most noteworthy difference to 2018 points came from a 5 point rise for the UCD programme. Points for dentistry remained largely the same, with an increase of 1 point for both the UCC and TCD courses.

Points for General Nursing rose in some institutions and fell in others. The biggest increase for Nursing points was for the LYIT programme, which rose by 16 points. Points for Intellectual Disability Nursing largley dropped across providers, while Mental Health Nursing saw entry points rise for some colleges and drop for others.

Business Courses
Business, Economic and Social Studies in TCD rose by 9 points to 520*. Commerce in UCC also rose by 9 points, while there was no change in point for UCD's Commerce course. UCD's Economics and Finance course broke the 600 points barrier; applicants who received a Round 1 offer required 601 points to earn a place on this course, an increase of 12 points from last year.

Teaching
Points for Primary Teaching have gone down in Marino Institute of Education, Mary Immaculate College, and DCU, while in Maynooth University, where points are highest at 499, they remain the same as in 2018.

Arts Courses
Arts courses in UCD saw a 30 point drop, while points for Arts courses in UCC remained at the 2018 total of 300. The points for Maynooth University Arts courses went down by just 1 point versus last year. The most dramatic decrease came from UL where the points for Arts courses plummeted by 32 points. The drops large decreases for UCD and UL are possibly due to the worse employment prospects associated with these types of courses. 

Language Courses

Irish graduates have a reputation for lagging behind in language skills. With a high demand for these skills within our economy, one would expect these courses to prove very attractive to students. Despite this, some lanugage courses have experienced decreases in the points required for entry; the points required for a place on UCD's Modern Languages course have fallen by 12. The Global Languages course in UCD saw a 59 point decrease. Points for Applied Languages in UL also decreased, falling from 430 to 404.

Summary
Overall the points for the Round 1 Offers show that courses with strong employment prospects garnered a lot of interest among students, whereas those that are less likely to lead to direct employment have experienced reductions in entry points.

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