WIT adds Arts, Internet of Things and Tourism to CAO Available Places list

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Prospective students – including those who haven’t already applied through the CAO – have another chance to start college this September with the CAO’s Available Places list

Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has added three courses to the CAO’s ‘available places’ for a September 2018 college start. Applications open through the CAO site at 12 noon on Tuesday, 21 August 2018.

They are: the three year Bachelor of Arts (Hons), the two-year Higher Cert in Business in Tourism, and the four-year BSc (Hons) in the Internet of Things.

Start college in September

Through the CAO’s Available Places scheme, people who have not already applied to the CAO, as well as existing applicants have the opportunity to apply to start this September.

Dr Derek O’Byrne, Registrar and Vice President for Academic Affairs at WIT says that those considering a course on available places should take the time to decide that the course is the right choice for them. “We recommend available places applicants use the worksheets in our How to research your CAO options and College choices – the parents’ manual booklets available at www.wit.ie/cao to ensure it’s something they will enjoy studying for the next two, three or four years.”

“A late change of heart on what course they want to do or where they want to study can result in people turning to the opportunities offered by Available Places,” explains Dr O’Byrne.


The range of courses on offer this year will appeal with a broad spectrum of interests. The Tourism course on WIT’s Available Places list includes a work placement and some students may decide to continue on to our BSc (Hons) in Tourism Marketing instead of going directly into the workplace on completion of the two year course.


This is the first time the Bachelor of Arts (Hons) course has been added to WIT’s Available Places offering. “Arts gives students a broad spectrum of majors to choose from as well as gaining skills valued by employers such as problem solving and critical thinking,” says Dr O’Byrne.

Internet of Things

The addition of the Internet of Things degree gives computing-focused students a chance to apply for a place on a course which offers a broad grounding in computing and gives students an opportunity to develop cutting edge products and technology in the future.

Available places is also a route for non-school leavers who didn’t get around to applying through the CAO and are keen to pursue a third level education. “The accommodation crisis in some cities could prompt families to realise that Waterford is a better financial option – either to live in or to commute a reasonable distance,” adds Dr O’Byrne.

Prospective students can find out more at http://www.wit.ie/availableplaces. Students who have accepted an offer to WIT can find out all about what to expect as first year students at the website http://start.wit.ie.

Related Courses

Bachelor of Arts in  Arts (Hons)
Higher Certificate in Business in  Tourism

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