No doubt the majority of students expecting first round CAO offers were glued to their computer screen at 6am on Monday when offers became available.
The wait is finally over and students have finally found out whether or not they achieved their first CAO choice. In general, most students tend to be happy with first round offers and statistics confirm that most applicants get offered one of their top three choices.
It is important for students to note that the main driver in the points race is not how good a course actually is, it comes down to supply and demand. When a course drops in points drastically it means that the programme has become unpopular due to whatever reason (i.e. construction related careers).
Accepting a CAO offer is pretty straightforward. Offers will be issued independently in respect of Level 8 and Level 6 & 7. Therefore some applicants may receive two offers – one from Level 8 and one from Level 6 and 7. An offer will lapse unless it is accepted by the reply date, which will be clearly set out in the offer notice.
When it comes to offers, students will be offered a place on their highest preference course which they are entitled to. When students accept a course, they automatically exclude themselves from receiving any further lower preference course. They can however be offered a higher preference course should one become available. It is important to note that there is no guarantee that a higher preference course will come available. It must be noted that, if you have accepted an offer and you receive a higher preference offer at a later stage, you do not need to accept this offer. You can just ignore it.
Formal notification of receipt of acceptance will be sent to applicants within three working days after the reply date. If students do not receive such notification, the CAO office should be contacted immediately.