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CAO Handbook
Page 17 of 23

AVAILABLE PLACES

Available Places are places that remain unfilled in particular courses after all offers have been made and waiting lists have been exhausted. When considering applying for Available Places courses applicants should ignore previously published points in earlier offer rounds. Applicants must, however, check that they meet the normal minimum entry requirements for the course(s) in question.

Available Places courses are advertised on the CAO website for part of July and after Round One offers are issued in August – go to www.cao.ie and click on the Available Places tab. This facility is open to new (€45 fee) and existing applicants. For more information on the Available Places facility visit the CAO website www.cao.ie.

POINTS CALCULATION FOR LEAVING CERTIFICATE APPLICANTS

Round One offers are issued as soon as possible after the current year Irish Leaving Certificate examination results become available, normally within a week of the issue of results to candidates in mid-August. The results are input into the CAO system and, for each course that you have applied to, the CAO system will first check that you meet the minimum entry requirements.

If you meet the eligibility criteria for the course(s) that you have applied for, the system then calculates a points score using the HEI Common Points Scale:

HEI Common Points Scale

Table 1.9 HEI Common Points Scale

Higher Level Grade

Points

Ordinary Level Grade

Points

H1 (90 - 100)

100

H2 (80 < 90)

88

H3 (70 < 80)

77

H4 (60 < 70)

66

H5 (50 < 60)

56

O1 (90 - 100)

56

H6 (40 < 50)

46

O2 (80 < 90)

46

H7 (30 < 40)

37

O3 (70 < 80)

37

H8 (0 < 30)

0

O4 (60 < 70)

28

O5 (50 < 60)

20

O6 (40 < 50)

12

O7 (30 < 40)

0

O8 (0 < 30)

0

Maths Bonus Points

25 bonus points will be awarded for Higher Level Mathematics for H6 grades and above. For example, if an applicant receives a H6 grade, an additional 25 points will be added to the 46 points already awarded for a H6 grade i.e. Higher Level Mathematics now carries a points score of 71 for this applicant.

LCVP Points

LCVP Grade

LCVP Points

Distinction

66

Merit

46

Pass

28

Foundation Level Maths Points

Foundation Level Maths Grade

Foundation Level Maths Points

F1

20

F2

12

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