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Here's what everyone has been choosing on their CAO this year (after they changed their minds)

The first round of offers will be out on 17 August.

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THE REPLY DATE for the very first round of CAO offers has passed and offers for those applications have been processed.

The deadline was 5.15pm and the series of ‘Round A’ offers have been made.

Don’t worry, these offers don’t apply to the majority of students, but rather to mature applicants, applicants who have completed an Access course or those who may need to make visa arrangements.

As it stands, 8,243 such offers have been made with 5,194 (63%) acceptances.

The next round of offers will now come on 30 July. This is termed the ‘Round 0′ and again is more concerned with mature, deferred and grad entry medicine applicants.

Once the reply date has passed for these applicants, that being 6 August, all that will remain is for the main, and by far largest, round of offers which will be officially made on 17 August, with a reply date of 24 August.

The CAO have now officially released figures for what kind of subjects students are hoping to study.

So, without further ado, here are the statistics for what students have been picking on their application this year. These stats incorporate final choices made now that the change-of-mind deadline of 1 July has passed.

deg1 Number of Degree Applications Source: CAO

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As might be expected arts and social sciences dominate the choices for degree courses in terms of quantity with 26% of all choices, 414,000 of which were made. Business, science and engineering subjects are next most popular. In fact those four subjects account for 71% of choices.

deg2 Number of Degree First Preferences Source: CAO

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When it comes to first preferences, the rankings are broadly the same at the top end of the scale. Of a total of 70,006 degree choices, arts and social science account for 16,622 of those first preferences or 24%.

cert1 Number of Cert / Diploma Choices Source: CAO

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For certificate / diploma courses, almost 183,000 choices were made. The trend for degree courses does not follow through here, with business, engineering and science courses easily the most popular for 2015. Arts courses finish in fourth in terms of overall choices.


cert2 Number of Cert / Diploma First Preferences Source: CAO

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As regards first preferences for cert / diploma courses, again business, science and engineering are easily the most popular subjects. Of 46,978 choices made, these three account for 76%, or nearly 36,000 of those choices.

The amount of students applying for certain courses is one of the largest factors affecting how high (or low) the final points will be for that subject.

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