Written answers

Thursday, 17 September 2020

Department of Education and Skills

Third Level Admissions

Photo of Éamon Ó CuívÉamon Ó Cuív (Galway West, Fianna Fail)
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149. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to provide further extra places on third-level first year courses in 2020 in view of the higher points achieved by students in the leaving certificate 2020 compared to previous years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24542/20]

Photo of Simon HarrisSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael)
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In order to help mitigate the impact of the changes to the grading system, I announced the creation of an additional 2,225 places on high-demand courses in Higher Education Institutions. These places have resulted in the highest ever number of applicants receiving a CAO offers, with 53,815 CAO applicants receiving round one offers on Friday.

It is not envisaged that any places further to these 2,225 will be provided. 

A summary of the additional places provided, by subject area, is available in the table below: 

Subject Area Additional Places
Architecture 23
Arts & Humanities 476
Business 430
Creative Arts 41
Dentistry 18
Education 170
Engineering 313
Law 142
Music 9
Science 220
Information Technology 31
Nursing 134
Medicine, Health & Physical 218
Total 2225


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