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CAO Round 4 Offers on 8th October to include applicants affected by the Leaving Certificate calculated grades error
The higher education institutions and CAO have agreed to include offers arising from corrections to Calculated Grades along with Round 4 offers this week.

Round 4 offers will be available to view online at from 10am this Thursday, 8th October. Successful applicants will also receive an email, and a text message if they have selected this option on their application form.

Round 4 will also include applicants who have applied for - and been deemed eligible for - Available Places courses, as well as other applicants who were deemed eligible because a place has become available and they are next on the waiting list for that particular course.
Applicants who receive a Round 4 offer have until 3pm on Tuesday, 13th October to accept the offer if they wish to do so.

For applicants who have already received an offer in a previous offer round, CAO provides the following advice:

1. Accept the new offer by the 'Reply Date' of Tuesday, 13th October (by 3pm) if you prefer this course to the one that you have already accepted - this action automatically cancels your previous acceptance. 

2. If you do not wish to accept the new offer you can simply do nothing and your previous acceptance will still stand.

3. If you wish to defer your current offer do not accept it now, you must contact the Admissions Office of the offering institution immediately by email with the text 'Deferred Entry' in the subject line of the email. See CAO Handbook page 19 or the CAO website for more information.

If you have questions for CAO please contact CAO via the Correspondence Section of your CAO account.

Offer Round Dates and Reply Dates:
Round A:
Offer Date: 18th July, 2020 from 10:00
Reply Date: 23rd July, 2020 by 15:00
In early July a small number of offers of places may be issued to applicants such as:
deferred applicants
mature applicants
applicants who have completed an Access course
those who need to make visa arrangements before taking a place
Round Zero:

Offer Date:  8th August, 2020 from 10:00
Reply Date: 13th August, 2020 by 15:00
In early August there will be an issue of offers of places which go to certain categories of applicant who are not competing with those awaiting 2020 examination results or who are assessed on other criteria, i.e. graudate entry medicine applicants, additional mature, deferred and Access applicants and applicants presenting QQI/FET/FETAC (2002-2020) for consideration for entry to courses with a quota for QQI/FET/FETAC applicants may also be included at this stage.  Many courses have an entry route for applicants presenting QQI/FET but do not have a specific quota.  These courses will be offering places in Round One.
Round One:
Offer Date:  11th September, 2020 from 14:00
Reply Date: 16th September, 2020 by 15:00
Issue of main body of offers take place after Irish Leaving Certificate Examination results become available.
Round Two:

Offer Date:  23rd September, 2020 from 10:00
Reply Date: 25th September, 2020 by 12:00
Round Three:
Offer Date:  1st October, 2020 from 17:00
Reply Date: 6th October, 2020 by 15:00
Round Four:
Offer Date:  8th October, 2020 from 10:00
Reply Date: 13th October, 2020 by 15:00
Round Five:
Offer Date:  TBC from 10:00
Reply Date: TBC by 15:00


Click here to access a short video resource about the CAO Offer and Acceptance Process (Source CAO website)

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