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Key Dates for CAO Students

Posted by Gerard McQuillan on 19 January 2016


Applying for college this year? We’ve put together some key dates you’ll need to remember if you’re using the CAO to apply for college this September.

January 20th, 2016 at 5.15 pm

Early-bird on-line applications for the CAO close on the 20th of January. A fee of €25 applies before this date and increase to €40 thereafter.

February 1st at 5.15pm

The 1st of February marks the closing date for 1st year undergraduate applications to the CAO.

February 5th at 12.00pm

The online facility to amend course choices will be available from the 5th of February for a late fee of €10 until the 1st of March.

Before February 15th

All CAO applicants should receive a statement of course choices on or before the 15th of February. This statement will have your CAO application number, and will set out the courses you have listed in your initial application. If you don’t receive this, it is vital you contact the CAO immediately.

March 1st at 5.15pm

The 1st of March is the final date for applicants to complete the online forms for the HEAR (Higher Education Access Route) and/or DARE (Disability Access Route to Education) Schemes. Any supporting documents for the HEAR or DARE schemes must be supplied by post to the CAO before the 1st of April.

NCI participates in the DARE and HEAR schemes, which offer college places on reduced points to people with disabilities. The first step with both schemes is to apply through the CAO, after which applicants should submit additional information – details are available on the HEAR and DARE section of the NCI website.

May 1st at 5.15 pm

This is the final date for late applications to the CAO. After the 1st of May no further applications for the 2016 academic year will be accepted.

May 5th

The CAO online change-of-mind facility opens on the 5th of May. Candidates will receive a statement of application record. If you don’t receive this by post before the end of May, or if there are any errors on the form it is vital you contact the CAO immediately.

June 8th- 24th

Leaving Cert examinations take place.

July 1st at 5.15pm

Final date for any amendments to course choices and order of preference on all CAO applications. No amendments can be made after this date.

Wednesday, August 17th

Leaving Cert results are out!

Monday, August 22nd

First round offers are released by the CAO at 6am on the 22nd of August. Candidates will receive an offer via post and the minimum points required for entry to each course will be available on the CAO website from 6am.

Tuesday, August 23rd

Leaving Cert students who are unhappy with an exam grade and wish to view their marked exam scripts in their school must return the application forms to their school by this date. There is no charge for viewing your marked exam scripts.

 Monday, August 29th by 5.15 pm

Closing date for receipt of acceptance of CAO round one offers.

Wednesday, August 31st

The CAO posts round two offers to applicants, to arrive by post on Thursday September 1st. The minimum points required for entry to each course are released on the CAO website at 6 am on that date.

Wednesday, September 7th by 5.15 pm

Wednesday the 7th of September is the closing date for receipt of acceptance of CAO round two offers.

Find out more about National College of Ireland, and get a feel for our campus and courses, by coming to our Open Event on Saturday 23rd of January from 10-11am.

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Topics: CAO