Remember to apply early for Grants and have all documentation ready on time.
The Central Applications Office (CAO) which processes applications for undergraduate courses in Irish Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) will open again for change of mind facility on 5th May 2017 at 12.00 noon and remain open until 1st July 2017 at 5.15pm.
See www.cao.ie for all details and updates.
The following websites, together with individual College and University websites, are particularly useful in assisting with career investigations for CAO:
Post Leaving Certificate (plc) colleges have been open for applications from November 2016. Each institution has its own opening/closing date so check the individual college. The application process involves an application form and reference provided by Guidance Counsellor. This is followed by Interviews which usually take place in March and April.
Places can become available after closing dates up until September 2017. www.qualifax.ie and www.college.ie are very useful websites to investigate career options and pathways to Third Level education.
Go to www.examsupport.ie for useful information about the CAO Application 2016/2017:
The following link is useful for change of mind of CAO course choices and also looking forward to college life.
Dr. John McGinnity, Admissions Officer and Assistant Registrar at NUI Maynooth presents a video guide with instructional notes The CAO Process 2017.
Round One offers available from 06:00am online – also issued by post, e-mail and SMS text. Applicants who have not received an offer will receive a Statement of Application Record
REMEMBER YOU CAN ONLY ACCEPT ONE OFFER AT ANY ONE TIME
(see PAGE 17-20: CAO HANDBOOK)
It is very difficult to contact CAO by telephone at the offer stage. Every applicant who receives an offer of a place will be provided with an Enquiry Form. If you wish to contact CAO you should use the Enquiry Form. There is no need for any anxiety about the time taken to deal with written enquiries. Those who have followed the few simple CAO instructions will not lose any place to which they are entitled.
Email enquiries may be made by using the Contact Us facility on the CAO website.
KEEP YOUR CAO HANDBOOK. YOU MAY NEED TO REFER TO IT IN AUGUST/SEPTEMBER.
CHECK INFORMATION ON THE CAO and STATE EXAMINATIONS WEBSITES:
OTHER KEY DATES:
**Remember if you get an upgrade on a paper/(s) and you are then entitled to a place in a college, you will be offered this through CAO.
If there is room on the course you will be entitled to take up the place in 2017, otherwise you may have to wait until 2018 to take up the place.
If you require any help in August or September you can contact me through the main office or if the school is open just come in to see me!
I wish all of you the very best of luck in all your Leaving Certificate examinations and in your future life and career.