'Continued demand' as points rise at University of Limerick

'Continued demand' as points rise at University of Limerick

UL: 37 of its 69 programmes registered a CAO first round points increase

MORE than half of undergraduate courses at the University of Limerick have seen points increase, as CAO first round offers go out to prospective students across the country today.

And LIT has reported a strong increase in demand for the majority of its CAO programmes across all areas, with substantial points increases in Built Environment, Science, Engineering and Creative programmes.

UL said CAO application figures show “continued demand” for its programmes by this year’s Leaving Certificate students. 37 of its 69 programmes registered a CAO first round points increase.

UL’s BEng in Aeronautical Engineering is up 40 points from last year, while its International Business Programme has also seen an increase of 25 points, which Professor Paul McCutcheon, vice president academic and registrar, said was “reinforcing the quality of the education and student experience on offer at UL”.

“There is a continued demand for the innovative programmes on offer at UL,” he said. 

Six programmes at UL now require 500 points or more. 

UL’s Faculty of Science and Engineering saw 18 of 32 programmes registering point increases, while in construction related programmes, architecture rose by 30 points to 420.

The Bachelor of Science in Psychology has seen an increase also this year as points now stand at 525, up 15 on last year.

UL’s Bachelor of Laws (Law Plus) and BA in Economics and Sociology both rose by 10 points, while its Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology sees an increase in demand with a jump of 15 points to 505.

LIT interim president Terry Twomey said the increase in demand for programmes was "reflective of the ongoing recovery in the economy".

"The trend is particularly pronounced at our Department of the Built Environment, where points have increased for all honours degree programmes. For example, our honours degree in Quantity Surveying is up by 60 points this year, and Property Valuation and Management is up by 35 points," he said.

"Demand is also particularly strong for Science and Engineering related programmes. Applied Biology, Mechanical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, as well as Video and Sound Technology are among the most popular programmes for the class of 2016.

"Game Art and Design, and our Art and Design programme are also showing strong increases in points, reflecting a continued growth of interest in the creative technologies and the arts.

"Against this backdrop, LIT is attempting to meet demand for CAO programmes by offering access by Direct Entry, an option that is proving very popular with Leaving Cert students. I’d encourage students to get in touch with us here in LIT and to check out cao.lit.ie for information on other course options and to apply."

Some 2,573 students across Limerick city and county sat the Leaving Cert, receiving their results last Wednesday. 

Padraig Flanagan, principal of Castletroy College, told the Limerick Leader that the “CAO in a way is a bit like a SatNav – if you don’t get the points or the first course you would like, it will direct you”.

CAO Round Two offers will be issued on August 31 and the Union of Students in Ireland has  cautioned students that if they don’t get their first choice, to wait and see what they get in the second round.