Offers may be viewed and accepted online at the CAO website from 6.00am on the Monday after the Leaving Certificate results have issued. You can then specify the course of your choice from a list of courses available to be accepted.
The procedure for accepting an offer received in the post is printed on the back of the offer notice. If you wish to accept an offer, you must return the appropriate part of the notice to the
Central Applications Office (CAO)
The appropriate part of the notice is to arrive no later than the date specified on the offer notice. As only one offer may be accepted, care is required to return the correct part. You are also advised to obtain a certificate of posting.
The Standard Offer Notice has three parts. Part A lists your level 8 and level 7/6 Course Choices in order of preference with your corresponding points score, and your examination results. Parts B and C show the code(s) for the course(s) being offered, Level 8 and/or Level7/Level 6.
As only the course code is shown in each case you will need to consult the CAO Handbook or the CAO Points Table printed in the national newspapers to check the full title of the course. Ensure to keep a copy of the WIT brochure for reference purposes.
For those who have accepted an offer online, on completion of the procedure you can print out an acceptance receipt and then check your acceptance online after three working days. Formal confirmation of receipt of acceptance will also be made by post within 3 working days of the reply date.
Online: On theCAO website click View/Accept Offers then simply enter your 8 digit CAO number and your date of birth. You can then specify one course of your choice from a list of courses available to be accepted. On the CAO Standard Offer Notice: the Level 8 and Level 7/Level 6 lists operate independently, so it is quite possible to receive two offers simultaneously on Parts B and C of the Offer Notice. In this case, you can only accept one offer and must disregard the other. Should both parts be returned, the CAO at its sole discretion will record an acceptance for only one course, the other will lapse.
In making your choice, it's worth noting that while Level 8 courses are well favoured, Level 7/Level 6 courses in the desired subject are excellent qualifications in their own right, with excellent employment prospects and opportunities for further studies with a well established route from Level 6 to Level 7 to Level 8. Remember also that accepting or rejecting an offer from either list at this stage will not exclude you from being offered a higher preference from either or both lists in later rounds, assuming there are vacancies available and points fall sufficiently.
This would suggest that you don't have enough points or meet the minimum entry requirements for your Level 8 choices. You can accept your Level 7/Level 6 offer now and could receive an offer of a Level 8 course in later rounds should the points fall sufficiently and you meet the minimum entry requirements.
If you're offered your first preference in either the Level 8 or Level 7/Level 6 list it is assumed that you've been offered what you really wanted and no further offers will be made from that list. The basic rule is that only higher preference choices can be offered in later rounds. At this point, you will need to carefully consider all your options, which for some may even include re-applying through the CAO the following year.
In addition to points, each college has its own basic minimum entry requirements and some courses may also require particular subjects/grades. Just in case, you should re-calculate your points based on your six best subjects of one sitting of the Leaving Certificate. AT WIT we offer additional bonus points for higher level maths so include these in your calculation. Colleges may differ in the points they award for LCVP results. Also, check the WIT prospectus for minimum entry and specific course requirements.
If you don't meet the minimum or specific course requirements, an asterix (*) will appear immediately to the right of a Course Code in Part A of the Offer Notice, indicating the college in question considers you ineligible for admission to that course.
It is also possible, that if there is an asterix (*) beside the points required for the course on the CAO points table printed in national newspapers, that random selection applies in your case. This means that not everyone with that number of points was offered a place. You will have to wait for the second round to see if any vacancies arise.
In the unlikely event that any information on the Offer is incorrect you should contact the CAO immediately either online using the email enquiries to [email protected] with "CAO" in the subject line and no attachments or by post using CAO Enquiry Form supplied with Offer Notice. The address for the CAO is
Central Applications Office (CAO)
You could still receive and offer in later rounds should the points fall sufficiently and you meet the minimum entry requirements. In the meantime, you should consider some of the many alternatives such as PLC courses or courses in Independent Third Level Colleges. There is also the possibility of applying to view marked scripts for specific subjects prior to making an appeal, or repeating the Leaving Certificate and/or re-applying through the CAO next year.
There are no guarantees if you are hoping to secure a higher preference offer in later rounds as the CAO will try to fill as many vacancies as possible in the first round. Any remaining vacancies will be offered in subsequent rounds usually with slightly lower points requirements.
If you cannot attend your Start WIT day(s) you must complete all web registration steps as detailed in your Online Registration Details letter. You must call to the WITCard Office on Main Campus to arrange for your WITCard. Should you require any forms to be stamped you must call to the Institiute's Reception areas located at both Main Campus and College Street (see web for opening times) or post the required forms, with details of your student numer and a stamped addressed envelope to Registration Office, Main Campus, Waterford Institiute of Technology, Waterford.