Thursday, 24 September 2020

Questions (200)

Denis Naughten

Question:

200. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science if he will make additional third-level places available in high demand courses to ensure that students that were downgraded in their leaving certificate exam through standardisation do not lose out on a college place; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26154/20]

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Written answers (Question to Further and Higher Education)

In order to help mitigate the impact of the changes to the grading system, I announced the creation of an additional 2,225 places on high-demand courses in Higher Education Institutions. These places have resulted in the highest ever number of applicants receiving a CAO offers, with 53,815 CAO applicants receiving round one offers on Friday 11th September.

It is not envisaged that any places further to these 2,225 will be provided.

A summary of the additional places provided, by subject area, is available in the table below:

Subject Area

Additional Places

Architecture

23

Arts & Humanities

476

Business

430

Creative Arts

41

Dentistry

18

Education

170

Engineering

313

Law

142

Music

9

Science

220

Information Technology

31

Nursing

134

Medicine, Health & Physical

218

Total

2225