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In Ireland you apply for almost all full-time undergraduate courses in universities and institutes of technology through the Central Applications Office (CAO). There are three types of course available that you can apply for via the CAO these are:

Level 6 = Higher Certificates

Level 7 = Ordinary Bachelor degrees

Level 8 = Honours Bachelor degrees

The places are based on points given for the Leaving Certificate and meeting the matriculation and specific subject requirements. Applying to the CAO is done online at

The CAO provides an applications pack with a handbook that lists all the courses on offer and gives information on how to apply.

For closing dates and change of mind dates you need to keep an eye on the CAO website.

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