Thursday, 17 September 2020
Department of Education and Skills
Third Level Admissions
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]
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|
|Arts & Humanities||476|
|Medicine, Health & Physical||218|