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CAO dates that you don’t wanna miss

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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.

Application deadlines

6th November 2017 (12pm)

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

20th January 2018 (17:15)

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

1st February 2018 (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 2018

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 2018

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

24th March 2018

GAMSAT Test- Graduate Entry to Medicine. 

1st April 2018 (17:15)

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

TBC

Mature Nursing Test (PAS) 

1st May 2018 (17:15) 

Closing date for late applications. 

Change of mind and statements of application

5th May 2018 (12pm) 

Online Change of Mind facility becomes available free of charge. 

Before 15th May 2018

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 2018 (17:15)

Change of Mind closes.

Non-Standard Category Applicants and HEI

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 2018 (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.

Leaving Cert results and offers

Mid- August

Leaving results come out

20th August 2018

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.

24th August 2018 (17:15)

Round 1 Acceptances closing date. Acknowledgement of Acceptances posted within 3 working days.

29th August 2018

Round 2 offers available from 06:00 online.

31st August 2018 (17:15)

Round 2 Acceptances closing date. Acknowledgement of Acceptances posted within 3 working days.

Early September 2018

HEIs begin registration

Early October 

Results of Leaving Certificate appeals released

17th October 2018 (17:15) 

Offer Season Ends.

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

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Published January 7th, 2016
Last updated July 13th, 2018
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