OVER 50 courses across three Limerick colleges witnessed an increase in points this year, the first round of the CAO figures reveal today.
In the University of Limerick, over 63% of their programmes have experienced marked increases in points.
Business, arts and engineering programmes in UL have seen an increase in points, with business & German up 55 points to 430, business studies up 35 points to 410, journalism & new media up 30 points to 410, and mechanical engineering up 20 points to 420.
Professor Paul McCutcheon, vice president academic and registrar at UL, welcomed the positive results.
“The majority of University of Limerick programmes have experienced increases in demand this year with over 78% of programmes maintaining or increasing CAO points for admission,” he said.
Physiotherapy and psychology proved to be highly sought by students, with both courses commanding in excess of 500 points each.
Tom Felle said that the increase in CAO points was an indication that students believed a degree in journalism from the University of Limerick was a very valuable qualification.
“The journalism faculty at the University of Limerick are committed to producing the best journalism graduates in the country. Opportunities for journalism graduates are incredibly scarce, so it’s vitally important that any journalism degree gives young graduates the best chance of employment by offering them the best possible training,” he said.
Limerick Institute of Technology saw 35% of their courses - or 11 in all - witness an increase in points. Fifteen of their courses went down in points, but LIT also introduced five new courses this year.
Art and design, and digital animation production, based in their Clonmel campus, proved to be two of their most sought after programmes again this year, though interviews and portfolios are required for these courses.
Mary Immaculate College saw a points increase for just one course, while three of its courses saw a fall in points.