CAO Round 2: Points drop for around 200 courses including medicine, nursing and science


The second CAO round resulted in the loss of points for many courses.

Egre degree programs in medicine, nursing, business, science and law were among those in which offers were made at lower credits.

The drop in points has brought joy to many who were disappointed in CAO Round 1 earlier this month.

More than 3,700 CAO applicants received an offer in today’s second round – some received two – and many celebrated their best choice.

Overall, the results were mixed, with no new offers being made for most courses. Offers were made for around 200 out of around 970 honors degree (Level 8) courses.

Among the 3,732 who received an offer were 1,291 who received an offer for the first time.

Of the 2,908 who received a course offer with honors, 1,389 received their first preference, while 1,059 applicants for Level 7/6 (ordinary degree/higher certificate) courses received their first choice.

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At University College Dublin (UCD), the country’s largest university, points fell for 21 of its 38 entry routes, but many by just one point.

UCD’s largest decline was for modern languages, down 35 to 345, while two of its nursing programs also saw significant declines – general nursing down 17 to 434 and psychiatric nursing down 24 to 419.

For veterinary medicine, one of two UCD courses where Round 1 bids were made based on random selection — meaning not everyone in the points received an offer — Round 2 points stayed at 601, but bids were made made for everyone in these points.

At Trinity College Dublin (TCD), Medicine was one of the courses for which scores fell from 745 to 742*, with the asterisk indicating not everyone with 742 scored an offer.

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Dentistry was among the other Trinity courses for which places were offered in Round 2, although the score remained at the maximum of 625*.

Physiotherapy at Trinity fell one point to 589*, but there was better news for those hoping for an offer in other health sciences, such as: B. Occupational Therapy from 565 to 555* and Human Health and Disease from 601* to 590*.

Most nursing courses at Trinity also saw a decrease in points, including Midwifery from 498 to 488, General (Meath and St James’) from 434 to 429* and General (Adelaide) from 422 to 409.

Trinity’s popular BESS (Business, Economics and Social Science) course was also one of those to see a drop in points from 576 to 567*.

At the University of Galway there was a point drop for Medicine from 736* to 735*, while among the other majors there was Biomedicine with a drop of nine to 590 and Biotechnology with a drop of 15 points to 485 Arts, by nine to 327 .

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The arts program at Maynooth University, the major in admissions in the country, saw a two-point drop to 336.

The largest drop in honors undergraduate credits was at the Dundalk Institute of Technology, where electrical engineering and electronics fell 91 to 270.

Applicants who have received a second round offer have until 3pm on Wednesday September 21 to accept it if they choose to do so.

Already 47,708 CAO 2023 applicants have accepted an offer, up from 48,510 at this time last year, reflecting a drop in demand for college places from applicants other than school-leavers.



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