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Catherina Cunnane
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Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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CAO point requirements fall for ag and veterinary courses

CAO point requirements have fallen for some 60% of all level eight courses, including most in the agricultural field.

The Central Applications Office (CAO), on Wednesday, August 30th, issued 87,075 round one offers to 57,980 CAO applicants.

These offers comprise 52,949 Level 8 course offers and 34,126 Level 7/6 course offers.

31,251 (59%) Level 8 offers are for the applicant’s first preference course, and 45,013 (85%) Level 8 offers are for one of their top three preferences.

Meanwhile, 30,879 (90%) Level 7/6 offers are for the applicant’s first preference course, and 33,713 (99%) Level 7/6 offers are for one of their top three preferences.

CAO point requirements (round 1) for veterinary (medicine and nursing) and agricultural-related courses at level 8 (level 7 to follow in a separate post) as follows:

  • Agricultural science (options) – DN250 (UCD) – 400 points (unchanged on 2022);
  • Food Science – DN261 (UCD) – 498 (510 in 2022);
  • Agricultural science – GY322 (NUIG) – 423 points (451 in 2022);
  • Agricultural science and sustainability – Thurles – US870 – 308 points – Read about this course;
  • Agricultural science – Waterford – SE502 – 382 points (401 in 2022 under course code: WD191);
  • Agricultural science engineering – Carlow – SE732 – 293 points – new (read about this course in this news article).
  • Agricultural engineering – Kerry – MT848 – 301 points (unchanged);
  • Agricultural science – CK412 (UCC) – 496 points (487 in 2022);
  • Agriculture – Common Entry – Letterkenny – AU371 – 317 points (300 points in 2022 – LY828);
  • Agriculture and Environmental Management – Mountbellew – AU657 – 320 points (GA789 in 2022 with 360 points);
  • Rural Enterprise and Agri-Business Mountbellew – AU606 – 300 points (GA187 with 298 points in 2022);
  • Agricultural engineering – Galway – AU648 – 327 points (GA683 – 305 points in 2022);
  • Agriculture – DK882 (Dundalk IT) – 300 points (319 points in 2022);
  • Veterinary medicine – undergraduate entry at UCD – DN300 – 589 with portfolio/interview (601 points in 2022);
  • Veterinary nursing – DN310 (UCD) – 518 points (500 points in 2022).

CAO applicants can check to see if they have received an offer by logging in to their account using the ‘My Application’ facility at from 2pm yesterday.

Successful applicants will also receive an offer notification via email and a text message if they have selected this option on their application form.

Separate emails and texts will issue in respect of Level 8 and Level 7/6 offers. There will be no postal offer notice.

It is possible that applicants may receive two offers at the same time: one from the Level 8 list and one from the Level 7/6 list.

Applicants must choose between these lists and can only accept one offer per offer round.

Offers must be accepted by 3:00 pm on Tuesday, September 5th.

Eileen Keleghan, Head of Communications for CAO, asks applicants to carefully consider any offers received in this round.

“One of the common queries that we receive at the offers stage is around the order of preference. Applicants who receive a lower preference offer can accept this offer.”

“It will not prevent them from receiving an offer of a course higher up on their courses list in a later round should a place become available and they are deemed eligible.”

“Those who have received an offer in this round should also consider the current offer carefully as it may be the only one they will receive.”

No offer

If an applicant has not received an offer, they will receive a ‘Statement of Application’ email.

It is important that applicants notify CAO immediately if there are any errors or omissions in their CAO account.

They must make sure to do this as soon as possible to allow any corrections to be considered for subsequent rounds.

Applicants with queries or examination updates should first view the ‘Have a Question’ page, and if they cannot find the answer to their question, they can contact CAO by sending an email from the Correspondence Section of their CAO account.

A short video guide explaining the CAO offer and acceptance process is available to view on the CAO website.

Round 2 offers

Round two offers will be available to view on the CAO website from 2 pm on September 11th, 2023. The reply date by which round two offers must be accepted is September 13th at 3 pm. Offers are then issued on a weekly basis to fill any remaining places.

Applicants who do not receive an offer may wish to check the ‘Available Places’ facility which opens on the CAO website on Thursday, August 31st at noon.

This facility is also available to new applicants on the completion of the online application form and the payment of a €45 fee.

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