Making a change to your CAO form? Think TU Dublin

When you completed your CAO form earlier this year, you probably had lots of distractions, but now that your exams are over, you have time to review your course choices with a clear head. TU Dublin has some tips to help you reconsider your choices.

Do Your Research

The main reason that students succeed in University is that they researched their options thoroughly and picked the programme that was right for them. There is still plenty of time, so spend the next couple of days reviewing each of your choices carefully. Don’t rely just on the names of programmes  – you’ll get a better understanding of what a course is about by reading a synopsis, what modules are covered, and what the learning outcomes are. You will find everything you need to know about TU Dublin courses on our website,

Level 8 is great, but don’t forget level 6 and 7!

You may feel confident that you will get the points for your favourite course, but the demand and therefore the points could still go up. Our advice is to look at Level 6/7 programmes in similar subjects so that you have more options available once CAO offers issue in August.  If you do decide to take an offer for Level 6/7, you can use that as your pathway to an honours degree later on.

Check entry requirements again

Double-check the entry requirements for top choices. In some cases, students may have dropped from a Higher to an Ordinary level paper or decided not to sit a subject without realising this could affect their CAO choices.

Don’t be afraid to ask for advice

If you’ve been mulling over whether to change your preferences on the CAO, you might benefit from talking to someone else about it. Your school guidance counsellor or a teacher may be available to speak with you, and your parents and friends are also good people to bounce ideas off. TU Dublin will also be hand this week; you can join us during our live online CAO Chat taking place between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm daily from 26 June to 28 June – see


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