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Round 2: over 3,000 applicants receive new offers for college

1,185 applicants have received their first offer from CAO.

BASED ON THE points they received in their Leaving Certificate examinations, over 3,000 students have been offered college places this morning by the Central Applications Office (CAO).

The CAO said that 1,543 offers for Level 8 courses at third-level institutions were issued to applicants today. Another 1,879 places for Level 6 and 7 courses were also offered to students.

Some of those offered places today could be receiving an offer for the first time after getting nothing in Round 1. Others may have been upgraded to a preferred choice from their CAO application form.

The CAO said 1,185 applicants were receiving their first offer this morning. Altogether, 58,787 applicants (including mature students) have received an offer in either Round 1 or Round 2 (as well as Round 0 and round A). More than three quarters have been successful in getting one of their first three choices.

There were few dramatic drops in points entry requirements for various courses this morning with some colleges only offering places in a handful of courses.

Arts with music at University College Cork (UCC) saw one of the largest falls, dropping 60 points to 335.

There were a few extra places in popular science, engineering and maths courses across the country. Engineering at Cork IT fell 35 points to 310, while the points required for the Mathematics and Theoretical Physics courses at Trinity College Dublin declined 20 and 25 points respectively to 545 and 540 in Round 2. Science at Trinity, which had seen quite a leap in points in the year, fell back slightly from 510 to 500.

Children’s and General Nursing at Trinity, which was 525 in Round 1, is now 510.

Teaching at Mary Immaculate in Limerick dropped five points to 465 but not everyone with those points will be offered a place as it is asterisked, meaning a lottery system.

The CAO will continue to make offers until 17 October.

See the points required for entry to 2012 Level 8 courses>

See the points required for entry to 2012 Level 6/7 courses>

Explainer: A beginner’s guide to the CAO Points system>

Round 1: CAO offers: the main points>

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