Rather than worry about points the key is for applicants to choose the courses that match their interests and personal goals by doing their research
WIT Registrar and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr Derek O’Byrne has said that CAO applicants should not be put off by the expected volatility of points.
“The expectation is that points will be volatile given the changes in the Leaving Cert. Already this year the CAO reported a 20% increase in applications from mature students (over 23s). This should not worry applicants. The key is applicants choose the courses that match their interests and personal goals. People who make the right choices have a better college experience and career outcomes.”
He advised prospective students to come along to series of evening talks as part of their decision-making process.
The CAO change of mind facility opened on 5 May and closes on 1 July each year. WIT Talks, which will be popular with parents and guardians alike, will run midweek at 7pm on 18, 19, 20 and 25, 26, 27 May 2021.
Dr O’Byrne added that doing course research now will reduce the pressure Leaving Cert students and their families in June.
“The CAO change of mind facility opened on 5 May and many prospective students and their parents will need to start thinking about confirming their CAO choices, before the 1 July deadline. WIT has a ‘right student, right programme’ ethos and students who thoroughly research their college and course options are more likely to be happier in their studies,” Dr O’Byrne added.
In addition to these WIT has a range of resources are available to help applicants make the right decision. Web chat, bookable one-to one chats, and online resources are available at www.wit.ie/cao.
1 May late application deadline
While the CAO traditional closing date is 1 February each year, there is a subsequent late application date: anybody who would like to start a full-time undergraduate college course at WIT in September 2021 has until 5.15pm on Saturday, 1 May 2021 to apply to WIT through the CAO. WIT is one of the colleges that allows mature students to apply for most courses up until 1 May.
Most applicants will be able to add in or amend their course choices using the CAO’s Change of Mind facility - which opens on 5 May at noon - however some restrictions apply.
“1 May is an important deadline for anybody who wants a new start in September. This ranges from school leavers who have their sights set on something else but would like to keep college as an option, or those who finished school in recent years and feel college is right for them. The pandemic has given people a chance to sit back and think about their priorities and what they want from life. Higher education for many is an opportunity to realise dreams – whether that’s studying something you have always had an interest in, finding a career you will love, or the salary to pay for the life you want to live,” says Dr O'Byrne.
Mature applicants and those wishing to apply for a restricted course may experience restrictions when using the Late Application or Change of Mind facilities - details of such restrictions are available on page 3 of the CAO Handbook and on the CAO website.