Strong Demand for DIT Programmes in CAO First Round Offers

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20 August 2013: DIT has recorded another year of strong demand for its programmes in CAO first round offers.

On average, points for DIT programmes have gone up by 10 points since last year at both Level 6/7 and Level 8.

“The demand for science programmes at DIT is still very strong and that’s reflected in the points increases,” said Frank Costello, DIT’s Head of Admissions and Enrolment Planning. “Business programmes are another key area where we’ve seen strong interest – including the relatively new Business and Law degree.”

Business and Law has increased from 400 points in 2012 to 430 points in the First Round Offers announced today while Business and Management has increased from 400 points in 2012 to 415 this year.

DIT is following the trend nationally for points increases in business and science, which is believed to be partly driven by bonus points for higher maths.

Frank Costello also said that points for DIT programmes in hospitality, tourism and culinary arts remained strong. Social sciences and early childhood programmes at DIT are also big draws for students.

Film and Broadcasting is another key area where DIT attracts students – Film and Broadcasting with a Language increased by 35 points to 450 in this year’s First Round Offers. Film and Broadcasting increased by 5 points to 465.

Other programmes that have shown a strong increase in points include Manufacturing and Design Engineering (increase by 60 points to 375 this year), Computing (increase by 25 points to 375 this year), Tourism Marketing (increase by 40 points to 290 this year), Tourism Management (increase by 50 points to 300 this year), Law (increase by 35 points to 385 this year) and Food Innovation (increased by 50 points to 330 this year).

Demand for programmes in built environment is not generally as strong as in other subjects, perhaps reflecting the fact that careers in construction are only now beginning to recover.

“There are jobs in the area right now," said Frank Costello. "If students are interested in this field, I would suggest that looking forward, they consider applying as college programmes run on a four year cycle."

This means that skills learnt now could prove very useful on the completion of programmes in three to four years’ time. Indeed, the new development at Grangegorman, where DIT’s City Campus will be located, is due to create 4,500 construction jobs over the duration of the building project.

In terms of overall statistics for First Round CAO offers for DIT programmes, 2,846 offers have been made to students for places at Level 8 and 5,890 offers have been made to students for places at Level 6/7.

Some 80 per cent of offers made at Level 8 are within the top four of those students’ preferences while 99 per cent of all Level 6/7 programme offers are within the top four of those students’ preferences.

 

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