CAO points to be scrapped for certain degree courses

More than a dozen degree courses will begin next year without a CAO points requirement.

The courses will range from areas such as business and engineering to computer science and nursing.

It’s part of efforts to reduce college dropout rates and unify further education colleges and universities.

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Simon Harris, says it’ll provide more opportunities for third-level students:

“There are people who go to colleges for further education, and they work really hard. They need to get a degree to get the profession that they want their desires, their dreams, and sometimes they get stuck. They find that no matter how hard they work in Further Education, that they have to maybe go abroad or indeed start again, to get a university education.”

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