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Third Level Admissions

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 27 May 2020

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Ceisteanna (237)

Peter Burke


237. Deputy Peter Burke asked the Minister for Education and Skills if students that sit the HPAT in 2020 can use their grade for entry into college in 2021, thus avoiding the associated stress and cost; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7868/20]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

The HPAT is independently administered by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) on behalf of the universities’ medical schools and the RCSI. The selection criteria and process for admission to medical schools is a matter for those institutions in line with their statutory autonomy in relation to academic affairs. Neither I nor my Department has a function in the administration of the HPAT, including the issuing of results.

Students who choose to sit the 2020 Leaving Certificate exams when it is safe to do so and who receive an improved CAO offer on foot of these results will receive a deferred offer to start their course in the 2021/22 academic year. However such offers are part of the 2020 application cycle, and will use the results of the 2020 HPAT sitting.

Question No. 238 answered with Question No. 101.
Question No. 239 answered with Question No. 121.