CAO process for candidates who sat the Leaving Certificate examinations in November 2020.
Candidate receives improved results:
If you improve on your 2020 grades the State Examinations Commission will notify CAO of your improved grades. CAO expect to receive this information in February 20201, however a date has not yet been finalised for receipt of this information. CAO will update their website once a date has been announced.
Improved results are communicated by CAO to the Higher Education Institutions
Any improvement in your 2020 results will be applied to your 2020 application details by CAO. Carlow College St. Patrick’s will then determine if you would have received an offer if these grades had been in place when offers were issued in 2020.
If you are deemed eligible for an offer based on your improved results:
Carlow College, St. Patrick’s will contact you to offer you a deferred place to take up in 2021. You will be given instructions on how to take up this place at that stage. You will not be able to log in to your 2020 CAO account to view your offer as in other CAO offer rounds – this communication will come direct from Carlow College, St. Patrick’s, not CAO.
If you are not deemed eligible for an offer based on your improved results:
If you do not receive a deferred place as a result of improved grades in the November examinations, you can still compete for a place in the 2021 competition by making a 2021 CAO application.
Do I have to make a new CAO application for 2021 to take up a deferred offer?
Yes, you are required to make a new application to CAO for 2021. Go to www.cao.ie, click on ‘Apply’ and follow the instructions on the website and in the 2021 Handbook (available on the CAO website).
The normal application closing date is 1 February 2021 at 17:15 (fee €45). The closing date for the discounted rate (€30) is 20 January 2021 at 17:15. You will not know the results of the November Leaving Certificate examinations before these deadlines, and you will be permitted to use the late application facility should you wish to await the outcome of the results. The late application fee is €60 and the closing date is 1 May at 17:15.
Alternatively, if you wish to apply for other courses you may apply by the 1 February and you may enter course choices as normal at this stage. If you receive notification of a deferred offer (and you wish to be considered for this deferred offer) you will be required to add this course choice to your 2021 CAO application when it is possible to do so (further instructions will be provided).
This means that the place will be kept for you and you will not have to compete for the place in 2021. You will also be permitted to compete for other course choices should you wish (this is not normally the case with taking up a deferred offer, but in this case the decision to defer was out of your hands).
What happens if I receive a deferred offer of my preferred course and I am already in college?
The Department of Education has stated that: “Students who opt to sit the Leaving Certificate examinations at a later stage when it is safe to do so, and who receive an improved CAO offer on foot of these results, will also receive a deferred college offer to start their course in the 2021/22 academic year. If a candidate who has started first year of a course becomes entitled to a higher CAO offer and chooses to accept same in the following academic year, attendance for the first year on the new course would remain eligible for free fees and SUSI funding as appropriate”.