Don’t forget about the CAO ‘Available Places’ option

By Anne Sexton - Last update

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The CAO ‘Available Places’ may be the answer if you are rethinking your college course. The service is also open to anyone who has not applied for a place through the Central Applications Office.

How the CAO ‘Available Places’ works

‘Available Places’ is open to students who have not applied to the CAO as well as existing CAO applicants. As the name implies, the service lists all the available third-level courses. However, colleges and universities may add or remove these at any time, depending on what’s still on offer.

As a result, ‘Available Places’ allows potential students to apply for a course that they may not have considered previously. It also gives third-level institutions a chance to fill their courses before the new semester begins.

Leaving Cert results due soon

Thousand of Leaving Certificate students are anxiously awaiting their final exam results. These will be out on 16 August. The CAO is due to make their Round 1 offers to applicants on Monday 21 August.

There are limited numbers of courses listed on ‘Available Places’. However, there is generally a good cross-section on offer. Students awaiting exam results and first round offers may have had a chance to rethink their CAO applications.

The CAO website provides a short video guide on how to apply. If you are having second thoughts about your CAO choices, or did not apply, it is definitely worth checking out the ‘Available Places’ portal.


Anne Sexton

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