THE OFFER STAGE
There are three main rounds of offers: Round A, Round Zero and Round One. After the reply date for Round One offers has passed, CAO then issues Round Two offers for remaining places; subsequent offers are issued by CAO, as necessary, until mid-October, to fill any vacancies that may arise.
Category of Applicant
Deferred applicants; mature applicants; mature nursing/midwifery applicants; some graduate entry pathways; applicants who may be required to make visa arrangements; applicants who have completed an Access course.
Graduate entry medicine applicants; additional mature, deferred and Access applicants; and applicants presenting QQI FET/FETAC for consideration for entry to courses with a quota for QQI FET/FETAC applicants.
All applicants applying on the basis of school leaving examination results, regardless of year completed.
Round Two and subsequent offers
(late-August to mid-October)
Offers are issued until the offer season closes, or until all of the places have been filled, whichever comes first.
Table 1.7 The Offer Rounds
Applicants being assessed on the basis of qualifications other than school leaving qualifications or QQI FET/FETAC Level 5/6 (2002 - 2018), may receive an offer in Round A or Round Zero. If they are unsuccessful in receiving an offer in Round A, Round Zero or Round One, they will receive another Statement of Application Record from CAO in conjunction with the distribution of Round One offers in August.
Applicants applying on the basis of school leaving examination results, regardless of the year completed, may receive an offer in Round One if they are deemed eligible. If they are not deemed eligible for an offer they will receive another Statement of Application Record which they must check carefully and inform CAO immediately if there are any errors or omissions.
If you receive an offer and you choose to accept this offer, you can do so online or by post, but do not do both. If you choose to accept your offer, you must do so by the reply date indicated on the Offer Notice. If you receive an offer from both lists, you must choose between them - you can only accept one offer, in any one round, from either the Level 8 or the Level 7/6 list.
Accepting a lower preference course in an earlier Offer Round will not prevent you from receiving an offer in a subsequent round of a course higher up on your course choices list if you are deemed eligible. Should a place become available in a later round, and if you are entitled to this place, you may receive an offer which you can choose to accept or ignore. Accepting the new offer will automatically cancel the previous acceptance.
If you accept your offer online, you will also receive an acknowledgment email and you can check that your acceptance has been recorded online at www.cao.ie via the My Application facility. If you accept your offer by post and wish to receive confirmation of your acceptance from CAO, you must include a self-addressed and stamped postcard.
- CAO Handbook
- Download CAO Handbook
- Important Changes to CAO Handbook
- Summary of Major Stages of the CAO Application Process
- Applying to CAO
- Application Dates and Fees
- Late Applications
- Reapplying to CAO
- Categories of Qualifications and Assessments
- Applying for HEAR and DARE
- Interviews and Assessments
- Sending Supporting Documents to CAO
- Applying for a Maintenance Fee Grant (SUSI)
- Introducing your Course Choices
- Statement of Application Record
- Change of Mind
- Exceptional Late Applications
- Changes to your Personal and Examination Information
- Important Correspondence
- Contacting CAO
- The Offer Stage
- The Offer Rounds
- Accepting an Offer
- The Point-Scoring System for Leaving Certificate Applicants
- Points Calculation for Other Examinations
- Deferring A Place
- Taking up a Deferral
- Available Places
- The Leaving Certificate Recheck Process
- Registration on your Accepted Course
- Applications to be made Direct to Higher Education Institutions
- General Principles
- Independent Appeals Commission
- Further Information - Online Resources