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Some timely CAO options open new doors Going to college…

Posted by Francis O' Toole on March 23, 2016

Late Applications

Late applications for the CAO opened on March 5. This allows those who have not yet submitted an application to do so up to May 1 and while there are some restrictions, applicants will be at no other disadvantage as a result of being a late applicant. Applications are made through the CAO website and the fee is €50.

Late applicants may not apply for restricted entry courses. These are courses that may have some admission requirement beyond Leaving Cert results, for example an audition, portfolio or test.

Those who wish to apply as a mature student may find that their options are severely limited as most colleges require mature applicants to have completed their CAO form by February 1. However, there are a number of courses/institutions that will consider late applications, and anyone interested should make direct contact with colleges to check out possibilities.

Some new courses for entry in 2016 have been confirmed since the publication of the CAO handbook. The list is available on and may include courses that will mot­ivate a potential candidate to make a late application. Anyone who applied to the CAO by February 1 may include these new courses in their CAO application during the Change of Mind period, which opens on May 5.

Maths Test

Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) will hold a Maths Competency Test on April 1. Students who achieve the required standard in this test will be eligible for DIT engineering courses even if they don’t achieve the required Leaving Cert maths grade. It offers an alternative to those who may be concerned about the outcome in June, or who step down to ordinary level before the exam.

DIT is accepting applications to sit the test from those who have applied for a Level 8 engineering programme, which has a minimum requirement of a HC3 in maths. Relevant courses include Electrical/Electronic Engineering (DT021), Manufacturing & Design Engineering (DT023), Engineering (General Entry) DT066, Computer & Communications Engineering (DT081). Students should have studied the Leaving Cert higher level course to take this exam, which is set at a similar standard.

Anyone interested should register at, where they will also find past papers. Preparation courses will take place in DIT, Kevin Street on March 30 and 31. Candidates will be emailed their results after the Leaving Cert.

Another opportunity to take this type of maths exam will be available at DIT, as well as a number of other colleges, in August


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