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Deferring a course

Posted by Francis O' Toole on January 27, 2009

It is advisable for students planning a gap year to apply to the CAO as normal.  Once you receive the offer of a course you can then decide whether or not to defer for a year.   Having a deferred course waiting for you provides a certain peace of mind.  It is a good idea to apply to the CAO in the same year as taking your Leaving Certificate, because the points for your chosen course may increase the following year.


After the Leaving Certificate results are announced and you have a concrete offer of a course, you should make direct contact with the college or university and apply for a deferral.  Different institutions have different policies regarding deferred courses and most expect you to have something constructive planned for your ear out.  Deferring is not possible for some courses – you should contact the institution directly to ascertain your options.


If you have deferred a course and are enjoying your year out, you still have to apply though the CAO the following January. You must put down the deferred course as you only preference on the application form.  If you put down other choices you forfeit you acceptance  and have to take your chances again in the points race.  For more information read your CAO handbook carefully.


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