CAO bids 2022: Nursing and elementary school classes see drops while students are missing in 47 courses despite the points

A record round of CAO offers brought a lot of good news today, but some of the top-performing students have failed to make their best choice due to the excessive pressure on grades.

In some cases even school leavers with a maximum of 625 points in a “random selection” lottery have lost their first preferential offer.

A total of 47 places were awarded after a lottery, which is a hard blow for the applicants involved, but compared to 75 last year. It signals the start of a return to normal after the disruption caused by Covid.

Scores increased or stayed at last year’s peak levels in many programs, including some arts and humanities, where scores climbed from the mid-300s to 400s or more.

But the first round of CAO also saw a widespread drop in points for popular courses like nursing — by about 20 to 30 points overall — and elementary education.

Overall, 54 per cent of honors degree applicants received their best choice – compared to the more usual 50 per cent – while 82 per cent received one of the top three places, also above the norm. Pass rates are even higher for Level 6 and 7 applicants

CAO’s first round bids were released today, with a record 57,296 applicants receiving an offer today.

At University College Dublin, the country’s largest university, scores went up for more than half – 18 out of 35 – of entry routes.

Meanwhile, at Trinity College Dublin, points fell an average of 3.5 per cent to last year’s record levels, although there were still some stunning results.

Many high-performing Leaving Cert candidates will be doubly disappointed if they miss their best pick despite having the points.

This happens when places are allocated by drawing lots – computer-generated random selection – because too many students have achieved the minimum number of points.

However, better news for the Class of 2022 is that both UCD and Trinity have seen a reduction in the number of courses they have had to resort to this practice compared to last year.

Nine courses were randomly offered at Trinity, and while the number is still high, it’s down from 17 in 2021.

In two of them, Dental Science and Management Science, places with 625* points were offered, with the asterisk indicating that the lottery procedure was also used for the applicants with the highest number of points.

Other Trinity courses offered at random and citing comparison to 2021 were:

  • Pharmacy 613* unchanged.
  • PPES (combination of studies in philosophy, political science and pharmacy 613* unchanged.
  • Physiotherapy 590* unchanged
  • Global Business 601*, less than 613 (in 2021)
  • Radiation therapy 556* , less than 577
  • Human Health and Disease 601* unchanged
  • Biological and Biomedical Science 578* unchanged.
  • Trinity’s medical score went up to 745, but applicants were spared the random selection that took place last year when the minimum score was lower at 743*, but there was a lottery for places. Medicine was offered at 743 points at the UCD.

In all, Trinity had five courses offered with a maximum of 625 points.

The top-scoring UCD course was Economics and Finance, with a maximum of 625, and was offered without random selection.

UCD reduced the number of random degrees to two: Veterinary Medicine 601* and Commerce 554*.

In all, UCD had five degrees that required more than 600 credits in the same credits as last year, including actuarial and financial studies with 613; Physiotherapy at 601, biomedical, health and life sciences at 613.

But despite some notable stability at the top, there have also been some significant hikes.

UCD’s Humanities program saw a jump from 45 points to 442, while its BA Joint Honors climbed from 19 to 400 and its Modern Languages ​​course saw a jump from 60 points to 380.

UCD Deputy President and Registrar Professor Barbara Dooley said the points are “a reflection of grade inflation at the Leaving Cert level,” adding that “there’s always a pattern connecting first preferences to points as demand drives the points.” drives”.

Trinity’s Vice-Provost Professor Orla Sheils said she was concerned about “the injustice caused by grade inflation”. She added: “A lottery system for high points courses is very unfair. We must return to fairer competition.”

She quoted the economist Fred Hirsch, who once said: “When everyone stands on tiptoe, nobody sees better.”

Maynooth University, which has offered additional places in computer science, biomedical, physics and science education, will see its first-year enrollment grow to over 3,750 students.

The University’s Bachelor of Arts program continues to be in high demand and additional places are being offered this year to meet demand. The degree has seen the highest applications and first preferences of any course in the country.

More spots have also been opened in his popular BA, which has the most applications and first preferences of any degree in the country.

Alongside the courses with more places opening up, Maynooth’s new full-time, four-year degree in Business and Languages ​​has also been popular to support business in a post-Brexit era.

The University of Galway has more programs in the 500 credit range than in any other credit range. All engineering and legal programs are above 500 points, as are all trading programs with one exception

Three courses required more than 600 points; Medicine at random, although the score is down one compared to last year; biomedical science; and Commerce in International Hotel Management, the latter at Shannon College of Hotel Management, which requires a combined score.

Overall, 28 programs had point increases and 34 programs had point decreases, with three increasing by more than 50 points: environmental sciences; project and construction management; and electrical engineering and electronics.

Seven programs saw a drop of more than 50 points: Arts with Human Rights; Art – Acting, Theater and Performance; art with journalism; BSc Applied Social Sciences; Global Media; BA sna Dána (Léann Teaga); and Electrical and Computer Engineering. Arts with Journalism was among programs that rose 80 points last year.

The Minister for Further Education and Higher Education, Simon Harris, congratulated the students and welcomed that more than half of all students who receive offers have received their first preference from the CAO.

Mr. Harris noted that bids increased by 2,000 overall compared to last year, while bids for Level 8 increased by 2,269.

But he also reminded students that there are many different paths for school leavers that allow them to develop knowledge and skills and reach their full potential.

“PLC courses and apprenticeships are just some of the options available,” said Mr. Harris. “Take a minute, breathe and look around. There’s a lot more out there for you than you think and it’s important to remember that this year more than 11,000 people received CAO offers through alternative entry routes such as continuing education.” CAO bids 2022: Nursing and elementary school classes see drops while students are missing in 47 courses despite the points

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