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CAO Handbook
Page 14 of 23


Before the end of May, you will be sent a Statement of Application Record as a final acknowledgement and to enable you to verify that all information has been recorded completely and correctly. You should check the following:

  1. Are all of your course choices shown and in the correct order?

  2. Are all of the course codes correct?

  3. Are the examination numbers correct?

  4. Are all examinations mentioned?

  5. Are all personal details correct?

If you have not received the Statement by 1st June, you must contact CAO immediately. Failure to do so may have very serious consequences, e.g. you may not receive an offer.


The CAO online ‘Change of Mind’ facility opens in early May and closes on 1st July at 5:15pm. You can use the online facility as many times as you like to add, remove or re-order your courses for no extra charge until the 1st July at 5:15pm.

To change course choices, log in to your CAO Account via the ‘My Application’ facility and click on ‘Add Level 8 Course Choices’ or ‘Add Level 7/6 Course Choices’. You can then use the ‘New Courses’ list to enter new courses, disregard existing course choices, or re-order you existing course selection. You must list all of your courses in your order of preference on the new list. If you change courses online, an acknowledgement will be sent to your email address - please check this email carefully and inform CAO of any errors or omissions. You should also check that your courses have been updated by using the ‘My Application’ facility before 5:15pm on 1st July.

Please Note: You cannot introduce restricted courses using the ‘Change of Mind’ facility. Exception: In the case of a restricted course which shares the exact same assessment procedures with a course you had applied for by 1st February 2017 at 5:15pm, you may be permitted to introduce it on a ‘Change of Mind’. You should consult with the relevant HEI before introducing such a course.

In early February, a Change of Course Choices facility becomes available online for a fee of €10. This facility can be used by registered applicants to add any restricted courses not already listed on an application, or by registered restricted-category applicants who need to make changes to their course choices, up to 1st March 2017 at 5:15pm.

If you submit a Change of Mind it cancels and supersedes all previous course choices in any category in which changes are made.

Late Applications (Exception to Timetable):

The exceptional closing date of 22nd of July at 5:15pm applies only to applicants who are currently undergraduate students in any year in any one of the participating HEIs (subject to the exclusions listed on page 15). In order to avail of the Exceptional Late Application facility you must have entered the HEI through the CAO system.

If you did not enter your current course through the CAO system, you must first contact the Admissions Office of the HEI to which you wish to apply and they will inform you if you may submit an application direct to the institution.