WIT adds arts, business, computing and engineering courses to CAO’s Available Places list for 2019
Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has added four courses to the CAO’s ‘available places’ for a September 2019 college start. People who have not already applied to the CAO, as well as existing applicants have the opportunity to apply to start this September. Prospective students can find out more at http://www.wit.ie/availableplaces.
The courses WIT is offering are: the two-year Higher Cert in Business (level 6), the three year Bachelor of Arts (Hons) (level 8), the four-year honours degree in Engineering (Common Entry) (level 8), and the three-year BSc in Information Technology (level 7).
Ask WIT about options
Dr Derek O’Byrne, Registrar and Vice President for Academic Affairs at WIT says that the CAO’s Available Places scheme is ideal for those who have courses in the wrong order of preference on their CAO list. “This year we have made four courses available to apply for through the CAO’s Available Places Scheme. The courses selected offer a breadth of choice, and give people a chance to start studying across mainstream courses such as our flagship common entry Engineering course with four study paths and Arts which has seven majors to choose from,” explains Dr O’Byrne.
Dr O’Byrne recommends that applicants considering a course on available places should take the time to decide that one of the courses on offer is the right choice for them. Available places applicants should phone WIT directly to discuss these options before applying. The Ask WIT helpline is open weekdays 9.30-5 up to Friday, 23 August 2019. Telephone: 051 834176 / 051 834177.
Start with confidence in choice
“Quite frequently people realise at CAO offers that a course that was further down their list or not on their list at all is more suited to them. The key piece of advice to applicants is to research the course they’re interested so that they can start college confident this is the best choice for them.”
Arts Arts students choose one of seven majors and from a wide selection of minor subjects, gaining an honours degree in three years. Based on WIT’s Cork Road Campus, WIT Arts students choose one of the following as a major: English, French, Sociology, Spanish (beginners), Religious Studies, Irish, or Theatre Studies. They then have a choice of minor subjects (two for first year, and one for second and third year). These are English or Spanish (beginners); Religious Studies or Law or French or Italian (beginners); Sociology or Irish or German or German (beginners); Psychology or Economics or Theatre Studies.
Business Follow on study from the Higher Cert in Business include third year of both the level 7 and 8 business degrees as well as second year of the BA (Hons) in Accounting.
Computing BSc in Information Technology students can move into a range of level 8 programmes at WIT on successful completion of the course. The two core computing areas it is built on are databases and information systems; and secure computer networks and cloud computing.
Engineering Engineering (Common Entry) is for students interested in engineering as a career who are unsure of which discipline to specialise in. It is a gateway to the BEng (Hons) in Sustainable Energy Engineering ; BEng (Hons) in Sustainable Civil Engineering; BEng (Hons) in Electronic Engineering; BEng (Hons) in Electrical Engineering. In semester 1, students explore each of the different engineering disciplines via the ‘Introduction to Engineering’ module. Students start to specialise in one of the four specialist engineering areas in Semester 2 of Year 1 and further specialise in the next three years.
WIT has two online resources that people can take the time to review: How to research your CAO options and College choices – the parents’ manual booklets are available at www.wit.ie/cao.
Available places isn’t just for people who have recently completed the Leaving Cert and applied for the CAO, it is ideal for non-school leavers who didn’t get around to applying through the CAO this year and are keen to pursue a third level education.
Adult learners who are interested in upskilling or personal development this September are invited to WIT's Part-time and Springboard Open Evening on Wednesday, 21 August 5pm-7pm. See www.wit.ie for more details.
One of the key factors to a CAO offer is meeting minimum entry requirements. WIT’s Maths Entry Exam is a ‘second chance’ for school leavers who have not achieved the required maths grade in the Leaving Certificate for their chosen course in WIT.
The applicant must have applied to WIT through the CAO application process for 2019 entry and have achieved the required points for entry into their chosen programme of study and met all other criteria set for the programme (except maths requirement). Application details and revision course details are available at www.wit.ie/mathsentryexam.