All you need to know when your son / daughter receives no offer of a college place.

Q. My son worked very hard for his exams but got no offer of a college place in the first CAO round. He did not appeal his LC results as he felt they were a fair reflection of his performance. Does he have any chance of a place this year through the CAO?

A. He may still be offered a course in Round 2. Alternatively he can check into www.cao.ie for available places.

When checking through available places on the CAO site, it’s important to note that private colleges charge full tuition fees. A small number of colleges including DIT offer direct entry courses. He can contact the individual college for details of these courses.

PLC’s should also be explored.

Q. My son received two offers from the CAO – a Level 8 and a Level 7 course. Can he accept both and make a final decision later?

A. He can only accept one offer at a time. If he is having difficulty deciding, he has until Monday 27th August at 5.15 PM to make up his mind. This gives him time to weigh up the options including which course is most suited to his interests and career plans down the line. He can discuss the issue with his Guidance Counsellor, or call the NPC / IGC helpline.