CAO - Northern Ireland/UK

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Students from UK and Northern Ireland who are considering going to college in the Republic of Ireland, and who wish to start at first year, should make their application via the Central Applications Office, more commonly known as the CAO. 

Click on this image  to view our Guide for Northern Ireland Applicants.

List of Courses

  • To view a full list of all full-time undergraduate degree courses (Level 8) click here.
  • To view a full list of all full-time undergraduate degree courses (Level 6 & 7) click here.

For further advice for Northern Ireland/UK applicants on what qualifications are acceptable, how to interpret results etc, please click here.

Application Process

The CAO application system is different from the UCAS system. There is a video guide, an on-line tutorial and mock application form on the CAO web site. New users may find it helpful to use these to familiarize themselves with the CAO system and to practice making an application before submitting the actual application. The CAO may be contacted via their website here.

CAO can trace current year GCE results from the UK or Northern Ireland, provided the applicant has provided  a correct name and date of birth, and  details of their exam number, etc., at the application stage. For results from previous  years or for non GCE awards,  such as BTECS, you must send photocopies of the Certificates to CAO.  Each photocopy must be notarised or certified by the school as a true and unaltered copy of the original.

 

Applicants who have taken the same subject over several sittings, or at successive levels, please send the final (cashed in) or  highest level Certificate for each subject. (For example if you have taken English at GCSE, AS level and A-level you need only submit the A-level result). It is counterproductive to send multiple certificates for the same subject.

 

For more information on submitting supporting documentation please see page 12 of the CAO handbook.

CAO Application Deadlines:
Early online application (discounted fee) 20 January, 5.15 pm
Normal Deadline 01 February, 5.15 pm
Late Deadline (More costly and some restrictions apply) 02 May, 5.15 pm 
Change of Mind (some restrictions apply) 01 July, 5.15 pm
Re application by students currently registered in Higher Ed. who entered their current course via CAO. 22 July, 5.15 pm

 

You are encouraged to list you initial course choices by February 1st if possible

If necessary, you can change your mind up to July 1st at 5.15pm  

 

CAO Other/Non-Standard Applicants

Non-Standard Applicants are those who are presenting any qualifications other than
•    Irish Leaving Certificate,
•    QQI/FE results or
•    Standard Academic A-levels from the U.K and Northern Ireland
These applicants should also apply before February 1st. and should fill pages 3 & 4 of the CAO application form with care.

placeholder imageSupporting documentation, such as relevant Certificates for pre-existing awards, should normally be posted so as to arrive with CAO within 10 days of submission of an on-line application. (See page 12 of the CAO handbook).

Where it is not possible to supply the supporting documentation within this time frame, an indication should be provided as to when it will arrive.  The admissions office at the HEI should also be alerted when any late documentation is supplied.

The final date for receipt of documents that will be considered for Round 1 is August 10th. Exam Certificates should show the name of the Exam/Award, the subject(s) taken and the final grade(s) achieved.

Provisional results are not acceptable.

Important 

If you are presenting non-standard exams, e.g. any exams other than Irish Leaving Certificate, FETAC, or A-levels from UK or Northern Ireland, and if those exam results are not available at the time of application, please indicate (on page 4 of the CAO application form) the date by which you expect to send them to the CAO. 

LYIT is required to rate all applicants before round 1.  We undertake a final check for results for non-standard applicants around August 15th.  If your results are not available by that date you will be deemed ineligible. That status will remain in place unless/until you alert us that your application needs review because new information has become available.  Therefore, where results of non-standard exams become available AFTER round 1, it is important that you call Registry at LYIT as soon as you have made those results available to the CAO to ask us to review your application.