The Central Applications Office (CAO) (Irish: An LárOifig Iontrála) is the organisation responsible for overseeing most undergraduate applications in the Republic of Ireland. The primary mission of the Central Applications Office is to centrally process applications for college courses in a fair and efficient manner.
The CAO is now open for registration.
All parents/guardians of leaving cert students are advised to go to the CAO website at www.cao.ie, click on 'Apply' and register the basic student details i.e. name, address and date of birth.
The CAO will issue a unique 8 digit number beginning with '18'to each student. Please take note of this number as it will be used to log in to complete the application in school during dedicated careers classes in January 2018.
An informational video is provided below.
The registration fee is €30 if registered before 20th January 2018. It will increase to €45 thereafter.
The closing date for registration is the 1st of February 2018.
The Guidance Department expects that all students are registered before they return to school after the Christmas break on Monday the 8th January 2018.
Once you have registered the students details and have obtained a unique CAO number the school guidance counsellor will oversee the rest of the application.
The guidance counsellors will help the student to complete information in relation to the schools attended, SUSI Grant Scheme notifications as well as notifying the CAO of relevant HEAR and DARE applications.
The Guidance Counsellors will also instruct students on how to add, delete and order course choices in order of preference.
The CAO application will be completed by the closing date of 1st of February 2018 so that the students can proceed with other school business.
You will receive a letter from the CAO in early May simply stating your details and the course choices you specified prior to the 1st of February 2018.
The CAO 'Change of Mind' facility will reopen on the 5th of May 2018 and all students will be able to change their initial course preferences from the 5th of May up to 5:15pm 1st July 2018.
This allows all students to change their mind should they need to following their Leaving Cert exams.
All students are in possession of the CAO Handbook. Feel free to refer to it at any stage should you need to.
The CAO will allocate a number of points based on grades achieved for each subject taken. It will then take the best 6 subject points to give the total leaving cert points achieved.
Maths Bonus Points
25 bonus points will be awarded for Higher Level Mathematics for H6 grades and above. For example, if an applicant receives a H6 grade, an additional 25 points will be added to the 46 points already awarded for a H6 grade i.e. Higher Level Mathematics now carries a points score of 71 for this applicant. This points score of 71 may now be included as one of the best 6 scores total if it is one of the best 6.
Medicine and Points
Applicants must score a minimum of 480 points. If a student scores above 550 points then they will receive 1 extra point for each 5 leaving cert points increment. i.e. A leaving cert with 550-555 points will be capped at 551 for Medicine application. All Medicine applicant leaving cert scores are then combined with the HPAT scores to form the final points presented for application.
The points for any given course are equal to the points attained by the lowest scoring student accessing the last place on the course. All other students on that course attained at least that same score or higher.
This means that......
Points do not reflect level of difficulty or ease!
Neither colleges or the CAO set the course 'points'. Demand and quality of applicant sets the points. Demand based on how many people have applied to the course along with what they are capable of presenting points wise.
To ensure course completion, students should be looking to access courses with points in the average course points range rather than just about meeting with the points requirement.
Students have no control over the course points and should avoid unnecessarily worrying about them. They are only in control of their own points tally.
The Round 1 CAO offers will take place on the first Monday after the Leaving Cert results are published. Students will be offered the first course on their preference list given that they meet with the entry requirements of the course and have attained the required points.
The students are advised to accept that offer as no other offer will be made to them in Round 1.
All courses lower in the preference list will be deleted.
If a student failed to access their first choice, all courses above their offered course in the preference list could still be offered to them in subsequent rounds.
Round 2 offers for courses which were not filled for one reason or another are made in mid September to students who may now meet with a reduced points requirement. Students can choose to accept or ignore the Round 2 offer.
Round 3 offers for courses can be made as late as mid October where a student receives an upgraded score as a result of a paper recheck hence satisfying course entry for which they had been previously denied.
This means that......
A student could be offered a course as late as mid October!
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