CAO Results

Updated: Jan 10, 2021

CAO Results

Leaving cert students 2019, as one long, demanding, tiring, challenging and the difficult chapter closes another one is about to open. For some, it will be pretty straight forward in achieving the points and been offered your first choice on your CAO application but for others, there will be bumps along the way.

Let's just start by saying CONGRATULATIONS on completing secondary school and getting through the leaving cert process. Has it been easy? I doubt it, will you regret some decisions or mistakes you made? I'm sure you will but at the end of the day there is a lesson is all those decisions and mistakes, you just need to keep an open mind and find the hidden lessons.

Before we get into the CAO process, offers and what to do if it didn't go your way, I want you to take some time to celebrate your success so far today, to celebrate you, your parents, guardians, your teachers and all those who supported and encouraged you throughout your education. You have finally arrived at the finish line, no matter if you came in 1st or last place in your eyes you should feel proud because you have done it!

Important Dates:

  • 13th August – Leaving Cert 2019 results are issued.

  • 15th August – Round One offers are released.

  • 23rd August – Reply date for Round One

  • Round 0ne offers refer to all applicants applying to CAO on the basis of Leaving Cert results regardless of year completed.

  • 28th August – Round Two offers are released.

  • 30th August - Reply date for Round Two

So on Tuesday 13th August every leaving cert student in the country will wake up feeling nervous, overwhelmed and or excited as they await their results. This from my experience is a day of mixed emotions and a day of celebrations regardless them outcome. Some students will be achieve above and beyond what the expected, some will have smashed their goals, some will fall below what they had expected and some will be devastated as the results might not have gone their way.

Parents and Guardians this is a day when your children need your support, they need to know that there is always hope and their leaving cert exam results does not define them. There are always options, there is hope and they can achieve success, they are unique and full of unlimited possibility. Emotions will be high and we need to support the students as they await their CAO offers.

On the 15th of August Round One CAO offers are out. .

All applicants applying on the basis of school leaving examination results, regardless of year completed.In the first round of offers, the student is offered the highest preference listed on their CAO application to which their points rating entitles them in this year’s round of offers. Once they have been offered their highest choice, the student is excluded from further consideration for any course which is lower than the place offered.The student may still be eligible for a course of higher preference if a place becomes available later on.

Round Two and subsequent offers. All applicants applying on the basis of school leaving examination results, regardless of year completed. After round one offers have been accepted, CAO then issues round two offers for remaining places. Subsequent offers are issued by CAO as necessary until October to fill any vacancies that may arise.

If Applicant receive’s an offer off both lists in the same round, you must choose between them; you can only accept one offer from either their Level 8 or their Level 7/6 list, so you have to choose between the two offers. If you find yourself with such an option, it might be worth considering the Level 7/6 course on offer to you, rather than accept a Level 8 course lower down on your list of preferences which may not be a course you have a genuine interest in studying. And remember, whichever course you accept will have no effect on your entitlement to an offer of a course higher up either of your two lists, if it becomes available to you in a later round.

Deferring a Place

If you decide to defer an offer of a place you must write or e-mail immediately to the Admissions Office of the appropriate HEI. You must give your name as it appears on their CAO application, quote your CAO application number and the course code of the offer they wish to defer, and set out the reason(s) for the request. You must mark “DEFERRED ENTRY” clearly on the envelope or in the subject line of their e-mail. The letter or e-mail must arrive in the Admissions Office at least two days before the “Reply Date” shown on the Offer Notice. The HEI will communicate their decision to you. If the deferral is not granted, you may then accept the offer for the current year providing they record the acceptance by the reply date. If your deferral is accepted then you must reapply through CAO next year, listing just that one course in your application. If you list other courses other than your deferred place, you are then back in open competition with next year's applicants.

Later Offer Rounds

In a later round, the applicant may be deemed eligible for an offer of a course higher up on their preference list. They can choose to accept this higher preference offer even if they have already accepted a lower preference offer in an earlier round.

Random Number Selection

For some courses random number selection may also be a factor. Before students are placed on the Order of Merit list for a course, they are assigned a random number. If there are five applicants with an identical point score competing for one remaining place, random number selection applies and the place will be offered to the candidate with the highest random number.

No Offer Received

If you do not receive an offer in the first round of offers you will receive a Statement of Application Record. Please check this document carefully to ensure that all of the information is correct, for example, your examination number and results. In the absence of an offer in round one, it is important to consider other options and consult with a Guidance Counsellor if possible. You may still receive an offer in round two or subsequent offer rounds. You may also choose to make an Available Places application (see below) via

EXPLORE Other options:

  • Further education, PLC courses its not too late to apply and their are plenty of opportunites.

  • Taking a year out and reapplying to CAO next year.

  • The world of work, gain some experience working in a field you are interested in.

  • Online courses: upskilling while working by completing some online courses throughout the year.

  • Repeating the Leaving Certificate

  • Apprenticeships

  • Studying abroad.

It is important to bear in mind that there are many options available to you, do seek help and support when making these decisions, My door is always open feel free to contact me to book an appointment, you will find my details below.

Available Places

If you do not receive an offer in subsequent rounds, or if you are unhappy with the offer that you receive, you may apply through the ‘Available Places’ facility’ on the CAO website. This facility opens at noon the day after round one offers are made available online. The ‘Available Places’ facility’ lists all of the courses which institutions have not yet filled. Applicants who meet the minimum eligibility criteria may apply for such courses. An application for an ‘Available Places’ course does not guarantee an offer.

Queries or Questions

Applicants with queries or questions for the CAO can use the 'Contact' facility on . A response will usually be issued by the next working day.

Students, parents and Guardians I hope this is article is of some help, I wish you all the success and happiness in the world. Remember to go with your gut, do whats right for you, keep chasing those dreams, anything is possible, you just have to have clear vision, focus and drive. You can do anything you put your mind too!

And so the adventure begins, its time to open up a new chapter in your life whether that be college, a year out, the world of work or a year to explore, the hard work starts now, becoming the best version of you, being true to who you are. Make today count. Much love Emma x

Emma Lloyd

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