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CAO dates that you don’t wanna miss

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Written by SpunOut | Last updated March 21st, 2018


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The Leaving Certificate is stressful enough not to mention all the things you have to remember. We've put together a few key dates that you can't forget if you are thinking of using the CAO to choose a college course for September.

6th November (12pm)

CAO online application facility and Change of Course choices facility opens.

20th January (17:15)

Apply online by this date to get the discounted application fee of €30.

1st February (12pm)

Normal closing date for applications. 

Before 15th February 

Paper Applicants will be sent a Statement of Course Choices. If you do not receive this statement you should contact the CAO.

Between 2nd - 22nd February

Registration for Mature Nursing Test (PAS). 

24th February 

HPAT - Undergraduate Entry to Medicine.

1st March (17:15)

Closing date for amending course choices and for final completion of online HEAR/DARE forms.

3rd March

MSAP Test- For mature applicants to certain courses in UCD, UCC, UL and NUI Galway.

24th March 

GAMSAT Test- Graduate Entry to Medicine. 

1st April (17:15)

Latest date for HEAR/DARE supporting documentation to arrive in CAO

TBC

Mature Nursing Test (PAS) 

1st May (17:15) 

Closing date for late applications. 

5th May (12pm) 

Online Change of Mind facility becomes available free of charge. 

Before 15th May 

Late Paper Applicants will be sent a Statement of Course Choices. You should contact  the CAO if you do not receive yours. 

Before end of May

Statement of Application Record will be sent to all applicants. You should contact the CAO if you do not receive yours. 

1st July (17:15)

Change of Mind closes.

Early July 

Round A offers for certain Non-Standard categories of applicants. Applicants will receive an offer by post, by e-mail and SMS text.

22nd July (17:15) 

Exceptional closing date for late applications for those already attending a participating HEI.

Early August 

Round 0 offers for certain Non-Standard categories of applicant. Applicants will receive an offer by post, by e-mail and SMS text.

Mid- August

Leaving results come out!! 

20th August 

Round 1 offers available from 06:00 online. Offers will also issued by post, e-mail and SMS text. 
Applicants who have not received an offer will receive a Statement of Application Record.

TBC

Round 1 Acceptances closing date (17:15). Acknowledgement of Acceptances posted within 3 working days.

TBC

Round 2 offers available from 06:00 online.

Early September 

HEIs begin registration

TBC

Round 2 Acceptances closing date (17:15). Acknowledgement of Acceptances posted within 3 working days.

Early October 

Results of Leaving Certificate appeals released

17th October (17:15) 

Offer Season Ends.

For further help and advice about your CAO application form click here


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