Applying for University
Applying through the CAO
Applying through the Central Applications Office (CAO)
All applicants (except occasional and non-EU students) must apply through the Central Applications Office. Apply online at www.cao.ie, or request an application form from: Central Applications Office, Tower House, Eglinton Street, Galway, Tel: (091) 509 800 Fax: (091) 562 344.
On the CAO form, you are invited to enter your choice of courses in 'order of preference'. It is essential that you list your selected courses in order of desire. Put your first choice in the number 1 position, followed by your second, third, and fourth choice, and so on. The deadline for submission of applications is 1st February 2012, but you may apply well in advance of this date. A standard fee will apply. Late applications will be accepted up to 1st May 2012, on payment of an additional fee. Applicants already in third-level education can submit applications up to 22nd July. A change-of-mind facility is available up to 1st July.
CAO Points System
The university offers places to applicants in order of merit, once they meet the minimum entry requirements. The order of merit is calculated based on a points system. Places are allocated to applicants with the required points according to their list of CAO preferences, with applicants who meet the points requirements being offered their highest preference first. For this reason it's essential that you list your preferences in order of desire.
The university distinguishes between applicants who have equal points by appending a randomly generated number to each score. The combined score/random number is the final determinant of position in the order of merit.
Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP) Link Modules
Points will be awarded as follows:
Applicants can use their points allocation for the Link Modules as one of their six subjects for the purposes of calculating points, but the Link Modules do not qualify as a subject for minimum entry requirement purposes.
CAO Points System
Leaving Certificate subjects
All Leaving Certificate subjects carry equal points. Points are awarded for your six best subjects in any one year. These do not have to include subjects needed to meet general minimum entry requirements. Minimum entry requirements and course requirements may be satisfied by an accumulation of subjects over more than one year. As well as achieving the required points, you must have a minimum of six subjects in your Leaving Certificate, with two Higher Level papers at grade C3 and four Ordinary or Higher Level papers at grade D3. (Note: One grade E on a Higher Level paper will be accepted if you also have three C3 grades on Higher Level papers, or at least one B3 and one C3 on Higher Level papers).
- 25 bonus points will be added to the points score for Leaving Certificate Higher Level Mathematics grade HD3 or higher. This is being implemented for 2012 for a four year pilot period which will then be reviewed.
- The bonus points are included in the overall points calculations only when Mathematics is one of the applicant's best six subjects following the addition of the bonus.
Minimum Entry Requirements
|CAO Code||Course Name||Points 2010||Irish*||English||Third Language||Maths||Science||Other Subjects|
- Teaching and Learning
|- Accounting, Finance and Economics||OC3/HD3|
|- Computer Science||OB3/HD3|
|- French||HC3 French|
|- Mathematical Studies||OB3/HD3|
|- Music||HC3 Music|
|MH103||Music||Assessment & Interview||3|
|MH108||European Studies||385||French option HC3||3|
|MH115||Law (BCL) and Arts||450||3|
|MH116||Community and Youthwork (full-time)||Assessment & Interviews||3|
|MH117||Community and Youthwork (part-time)||Assessment & Interviews||3|
|MH119||Law (LLB)||460||3||MH120||Philosophy, Politcs and Economics (PPE)||New||3|
|MH203||Computer Science & Software Engineering||355||OB3/HD3||3|
|MH204||Physics with Astrophysics||410||2|
|MH206||Theoretical Physics & Maths||520||HB1||2|
|MH208||Biological & Biomedical Sciences||435||2|
|MH209||Psychology through Science||465||2|
|MH210||Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Chemistry||400||2|
|MH211||Multimedia, Mobile & Web Development||355||OB3/HD3||2|
|MH212||Science Education||470||2||MH213||Mathematics Education||New||HC3||3||MH214||Computational Thinking||New||HB1||3|
|MH301||Electronic Engineering with Computers||350||HC3#||2|
|MH303||Electronic Engineering with Communications||350||HC3#||2|
|MH304||Engineering (Common Entry)||350||HC3#||2|
|MH401||Finance & Economics||350||OC3/HD3||2|
|MH403||Accounting & Finance||380||OC3/HD3||2|
|MH404||Business & Management||420||OC3/HD3||2|
|MH406||Business & Law (BBL)||450||OC3/HD3||2|
|MH407||Business & Accounting||380||OC3/HD3||2|
|MH408||International Finance & Economics||410||OC3/HD3||2||MH410||Marketing||New||OC3/HD3||2||MH411||Entrepreneurship||New||OC3/HD3||2|
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