50th anniversary marked by bumper year for WIT college places

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WIT was founded in 1970 as Waterford Regional Technical College (WRTC)

WIT was founded in 1970 as Waterford Regional Technical College (WRTC)

As well as an increase in Round 1 offers, WIT is to open up further places on it's courses via the CAO 'available places' facility, and a new BIS course

Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) is set to have a bumper year of first year students to mark the 50 years since its foundation in 1970.

Overall the Institute has increased the number of college places offered in the CAO Round 1 offers including an 8.7% increase in its Level 8 honours degree course offers.

More course to apply to

The institute is set to have a further number of CAO applicants and offers with the news today that it has added seven courses to the CAO’s ‘available places’ list to support people who have not already applied to the CAO, as well as existing applicants to start college this September.

The courses WIT is offering are: Business, Engineering, Architectural technology, Arts, Culinary arts, Computing and Software System Development.

The institute can also expect high demand an exciting new honours degree programme in business information systems – the Bachelor of Business (Hons) in Business Information Systems which is now open for applications. Students will graduate with a thorough knowledge of new technologies, business knowledge, communication skills and experience as BIS professionals to drive digital transformation across all industries, nationally and internationally. Apply online at www.wit.ie/wd232.

Insight into blended delivery

Dr Derek O’Byrne, Registrar and Vice President for Academic Affairs at WIT said: “I am delighted to announce that WIT has made more CAO offers this year than last year; it has been a difficult year for all applicants from school leavers to mature applicants. In these unusual times we are especially delighted to play a role in prepare students with skills and knowledge are the cornerstone of having fulfilled future careers.”

He explained that all students with WIT offers this afternoon will receive an email from the college which will give them more insight on the institute’s move to blended delivery and what their college year will look like. “WIT is moving to a blended learning model for 2020/21 which means that our programmes will be a mix of on-campus and online learning. The mix is dependent on a student’s programme of study but as a guideline labs and studios will be delivered on campus while activities like lectures and tutorials will be online.”

Draft timetables that are indicative of class delivery in WIT for Semester 1 2020 are also available to view online. They are subject to change. Timetables will be updated again on Friday, 18 September at 4.00pm. All students are required to check timetables on Friday 18 September to note any changes that may have occurred to their schedules.

Seven available places courses

Dr O’Byrne outlined that who the CAO’s Available Places scheme is ideal for:

“This year we have made 7 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 Business, Engineering, Architectural technology, Arts, Culinary arts, Computing and Software System Development. There will be many people revisiting their college choices and by making these courses available we are ensuring we are increasing opportunities to people to access their choice of education,” 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. Telephone: 051 834176 / 051 834177.

“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. We ask people to read the course pages thoroughly and to then get in touch with any questions.”

Applications open on Monday, 14 September at 12 noon through the CAO. See www.wit.ie/availableplaces for full details.

Related Courses

Higher Certificate in Business in  Business
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in  Engineering (Common Entry)
Higher Certificate in Arts in  Culinary Arts
Bachelor of Science in  Architectural Technology
Bachelor of Science in  Software Systems Development
Bachelor of Arts in  Arts (Hons)
Bachelor of Business (Honours) in  Business Information Systems
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in  Applied Computing (Common Entry)

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