Points increase as local students battle to get college accommodation
AS THE excitement and the mixed emotions of the Leaving Cert results has died down, for local students their attention has now turned to the all important CAO offers.
Hundreds of Inishowen students yesterday were logging online, lifting the phone and contacting their schools and see if they received their coveted first CAO choice after five – or six – gruelling years at secondary school came to an end.
Technology, engineering and science degrees across the board were up, with degrees in nursing, business and architecture also noting a hike in points this year.
Teacher in charge of Coláiste Chinéal Eoghain Stephen Doherty said they are ‘very hopeful’ that all of their Leaving Cert students will receive their first choice offers. He said their pupils will be hoping to study courses such as engineering, sport, ARTS and childcare.
He believes Coláiste Chinéal Eoghain students have an advantage compared to other students after completing their Leaving Cert through the Irish language and they will have no problem adapting to learning in English when they go onto third level.
Meanwhile Scoil Mhuire Principal Rosaleen Grant said there were ‘very little’ courses which saw a decrease in the entry points tally.
She said there was a notable increase in all the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) courses.
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