With Leaving Cert students receiving CAO offers this afternoon, the class of 2020 are being reassured that additional steps have been made to ensure fairness in the allocation of offers.
As predicted grads replace official exams, this year’s round of CAO offers are met with more anticipation than usual but the Technological and Higher Education Association (THEA) are reassuring students in Cork and around the country that additional places and more opportunities have been created for applicants.
CEO of THE, Dr Joseph Ryan said:“The system as a whole, including the relevant departments, the HEA, the institutions, and the CAO, has worked cohesively to offer additional places and increased opportunity to all applicants in recognition of the particular challenges attaching to those seeking admission to higher education this year.
“While the pandemic has forced necessary alterations, the shared determination remains to support the ambition of the many who are about to embark on a learning journey that will be as fulfilling as that experienced by entrants in any other year,” he said.
Students are also reminded that there are many and varied routes in higher education and that they consider all options, including Level 6 and 7 offers which can open up more opportunities.
Up to 50% of entrants into Institutes of Technology present with either a previous year’s Leaving Certificate result or a Further Education qualification and THEA has worked closely with the new Department of Further & Education, Research, Innovation & Science to ensure fairness is applied to all applicants.