CAO Applicant News
This page contains up-to-date news items for CAO Applicants. Always remember to read the CAO Handbook and any important correspondence sent to you by CAO throughout the application process.18/04/2017
The CAO Late Applications facility will close on Monday, 1 May at 5:15pm. Applicants can use the online ‘Demo’ facility on the CAO website to practice with before submitting your own application. You do not need to enter course choices at this point, if you wish, as you will have an opportunity to add course choices, free-of-charge, using the ‘Change of Mind’ facility from May 5 until July 1 at 5:15pm.
[more...] The following steps are provided by CAO as a guide for first-time applicants:
- Read the CAO handbook, then go to www.cao.ie and click on ‘Apply’.
- Enter your personal information in the spaces provided.
- Select the ‘Qualifications and Assessments’ section that is relevant to you. You may select more than one section if necessary.
- Enter your payment details.
- Create a password for your CAO account – you will need this password and your date of birth to log in to your account in future, so keep the details safe.
- Click on ‘Proceed with Application’.
- Wait for your application to be processed. If successful, your CAO application number and personal information will appear on the screen – you will also receive an email and an SMS text if you have selected this option.
HEAR/DARE Document Deadline - 1st April at 5.15pm All applicants who have applied under the HEAR and DARE schemes are required to submit the relevant documentation to CAO by 1st April 2017 at 5:15pm.
[more...] Details of the documents required to support your application can be found at www.accesscollege.ie or on pages 9-12 of the CAO Handbook.
Please ensure that you include your CAO application number on each document.
Important information for all CAO applicants If you have not already done so, please log in to your CAO account (go to www.cao.ie and click on 'My Application') and check that all of the information on your account is correct and complete.
Correction of errors or omissions in course choices (this facility will close on 1st March at 17:15)
- If you have omitted any restricted courses you now have an opportunity to introduce these courses.
- If you are a restricted category of applicant (e.g. mature) you must ensure your course choices are correct and complete before 1st March at 17:15.
- Applications for supplementary entry schemes for applicants with disabilities and from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds, e.g. HEAR and DARE
- If you wish to be considered for these schemes you must complete the appropriate sections of the CAO application form no later than 1st March at 17:15.
- Supporting documentation for these schemes must arrive in CAO no later than 1st April at 17:15.
- Mature applicant section If you are a mature applicant and you have not yet completed the mature section of the application form you can do so up to 1st March at 17:15 log in to your account via the 'My Application' facility and click on "Modify Qualification and Assessment Details".
- Mature applicant for nursing/midwifery
If you are applying for entry to nursing/midwifery on the basis of mature years you should take the following steps:
- Register with PAS (or log in if you have previously registered) at www.publicjobs.ie
- Apply to PAS before 22nd February under the job category 'Medical' sub category Nurse/Nurse Management'. If you have not received a confirmation email from the PAS within two days of submitting your application you should contact them at email@example.com or phone 01-8587730.
- If you intend to apply for a grant (www.susi.ie) you may indicate this on your CAO online application (the closing date for you to indicate this on your CAO Application is 8th August at 17:15). CAO will then provide your identification, contact and offer/acceptance details to the grant authority (SUSI). Other than providing these details to the grant authority, CAO plays no role in the processing of grant applications. Grant applications should be made on the grant authority website www.susi.ie.
- You should ensure that you will meet the minimum entry requirements of the courses you are applying for. The Higher Education Institution websites and prospectuses have details of these. There may be some concessions, such as exemption from minimum age requirements, Irish language and other language requirements, etc. You should contact the relevant Admissions Office and/or the NUI (www.nui.ie) for information on applying for exemptions.
- Statement of Application Record We will post a Statement of Application Record to all applicants in May. You must check the statement carefully and contact us if anything is incorrect or omitted.
- We will also contact you by email and/or text, so please regularly check the email account that you provided on your application. Please read the 2017 CAO Handbook carefully - the Handbook is available on the CAO website.
Advice for applicants sending supporting documents to CAO If you are required to send supporting documents to CAO as part of your application, here are some tips to help you understand what is required: [more...] Evidence of qualifications listed on your application
In respect of examinations already completed, you must supply to CAO certificates for all qualifications you mention on your application form:
- Certificates/transcripts should be supplied in their original language and should show dates, subjects and results. They should NOT be originals (except for Graduate Medicine where original transcripts of results for all years are required); they should be certified A4 photocopies – certified typically by a school stamp, a HEI stamp or a Notary’s stamp. (CAO will not return original documents.)
- A certified English translation is required in the case of qualifications not issued originally in English or Irish, in addition to the certified A4 photocopies of the documents themselves.
- If your documentation is in a different name, e.g. by marriage or deed poll, then a certified copy of your marriage certificate or deed poll must also be provided. CAO cannot check that the documents supplied meet with the requirements of the institutions.
Where transcripts/certificates are required to support your application, please do not send the original. You must send certified photocopies as these documents will not be returned to you. In order to obtain a certified photocopy of a document you can bring the original document and a photocopy to a recognised secondary school, the Admissions Office of a CAO-participating Higher Education Institution (HEI), or a Notary to have the photocopy officially stamped. What is a certified English translation?
If you are submitting documents in languages other than English or Irish, you must also submit a formal, certified translation carried out by a professional translation service – for advice on where to obtain such a service you can contact your relevant Embassy in Ireland (if you are currently living in Ireland) - if you are not living in Ireland you should contact the institution awarding the transcript for a recommendation. The translation document must accompany the certified photocopy of the original document. What level of English language proficiency is required?
Individual institutions require different levels of English language proficiency – for advice on English language requirements please e-mail the Admissions Office of the institution(s) that you wish to apply to. Contact details for Admissions Offices are available here. An entry requirements criteria document for EU/EFTA Applicants is available here. Please note: The matriculation and English language requirements contained in the EU/EFTA document are the minimum and will be higher for certain courses and in certain institutions – e-mailing the Admissions Office of the individual institutions is advisable. Supporting documents for Supplementary Admissions Routes (e.g. HEAR/DARE or Access Programmes)
For HEAR or DARE applicants please go to www.accesscollege.ie for details of supporting document requirements.
For Access programmes in institutions not participating in the HEAR or DARE schemes you must contact the Admissions Office of the institutions directly. What about posting the documents?
When sending supporting documents to CAO please write your CAO Application number on the front of each page and obtain a certificate of posting from the post office (free service). If you wish to receive confirmation from CAO that your documents have been received you must include a self-addressed and stamped postcard listing details of all of the documents enclosed in your mailing - you do not need to enclose a stamp if you are residing outside of the Republic of Ireland. All documents should be sent to: CAO, Tower House, Eglinton Street, Galway, Ireland. Are my documents too late?
Documents arriving within seven days of the 1st February closing date will be considered as having arrived on time. Do not delay starting your CAO application due to outstanding issues or missing documentation – make sure to apply by 1st February at 5:15 pm. 30/01/2017
Take note of restrictions if you are applying to CAO Applicants applying to CAO are advised to take note of the restrictions in advance of the main CAO deadline of 1st February at 5:15pm. [more...] Interested in applying for a restricted course?
Applicants applying for restricted courses must have applied to CAO by the 1st February deadline and included the course(s) on their application by this date. In general, you cannot introduce a restricted course using the ‘Late Application’ or ‘Change of Mind’ facility so you must apply to CAO and include the restricted course on your application by 1st February at 5:15pm (there are some exceptions – see the CAO Handbook). If you register on the CAO system by 1st February at 5:15pm, but you forget to list a restricted course on your application, you can introduce the course for a fee of €10 using the ‘Change of Course Choices’ facility which is accessible via the ‘My Application’ section of the CAO website from 6th February to 1st March at 5:15pm. Are you a restricted-category applicant (e.g. Mature/HEAR/DARE applicants)?
You are considered a restricted-category applicant if you are applying to CAO on the basis of mature years (Mature Applicant) or if you wish to apply for the HEAR or DARE schemes. Such applicants must have applied to CAO by 1st February at 5:15pm. In the case of mature applicants some exceptions apply; in general, institutions will be conducting mature applicant assessments and interviews during spring so applying by 1st February at 5:15pm will be a requirement for many. The majority of applicants applying on the basis of mature years are required to complete mature applicant sections 1-11 of the CAO online application form and must submit supporting documents to CAO within seven days of the 1st February closing date. Applicants applying for HEAR or DARE schemes must apply to CAO by 1st February at 5:15pm; fully complete the online HEAR or DARE application forms by 1st March at 5:15pm; and submit supporting documents to CAO by 1st April at 5:15pm – for more information on HEAR or DARE and the supporting documents required go to www.accesscollege.ie. For more information about restrictions read the CAO Handbook and visit the 'Restrictions' page of the CAO website. 11/01/2017
Applying for entry to nursing/midwifery on the basis of mature years? Don't forget to register and apply with PAS between the 2nd and 22nd of February 2017. If you are applying for entry to nursing/midwifery on the basis of mature years you should apply for these courses through CAO by 1st February 2017 at 5:15 pm [more...] *. You must also take the following steps:
- Register with PAS (or log in if you have previously registered) at www.publicjobs.ie.
- Apply to PAS between the 2nd February and 22nd February under the job category ‘Medical’ sub category ‘Nurse/Nurse Management’. If you have not received a confirmation email from the PAS within two days of submitting your application you should contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01-8587730.
Apply online by 5:15 pm on 20th January to avail of the discounted application fee Applicants who apply online to CAO by 5:15pm on 20th January will avail of a discounted application fee of €25 [more...] - the normal application fee of €40 applies if you apply between 20th January (after 5:15 pm) and 1st February at 5:15 pm. Once registered on the system, you can log in to your account (via 'My Application') to update some of your information and add, remove or change the order of your courses choices free of charge up to 31st January. You can also practice your application by using the Demo Application facility, and watch the short video guides available here. All applicants should read the CAO Handbook in its entirety before submitting a CAO application. [Show all news stories...]