Dear, CAO Students...

Monday, September 6, 2021

Considering all your CAO choices? Worried about your options? Confused about what to pick? Griffith College's Schools Liaison Officer, Sarah Edmondson, is here to help! She emphasises that, “It is not too late to unlock your true potential by choosing an ‘Available Places’ course at Griffith College.” 

Below, Sarah has written a letter to CAO students, answering all your questions and concerns.


What if I am not happy with my CAO Round 1 offer or I did not get enough points in the Leaving Certificate for my first choice?

These are valid concerns, but firstly you deserve to be congratulated on completing your Leaving Certificate in 2020 or 2021 by either sitting the exams or being attributed accredited or predicted grades. You have already proven your strength and resilience by finishing school during such challenging times and you should feel very proud of yourself as you embark on your next chapter and continue your education at third-level. Your generation will be remembered and your secondary school experience valued. I, therefore, want to remind you (even though you already know from first-hand experience) that things won't always go to plan and society can throw many obstacles and hurdles your way, which we completely understand and that is why I am here to inform you about the possibility of choosing an ‘Available Places’ course at Griffith College. ‘Available Places’ are new courses, recently validated by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI), or courses that are not fully subscribed. In other words, do not worry if you are not happy with your CAO Round 1 offer, as there will be other great courses with places still available on them that you can enroll on, so long as you have met the minimum entry requirements. Many Leaving Certificate students and CAO applicants obsess about points, but please remember that the points scale exists solely to deal with limited supply and exuberant demand. As well as the ‘Available Places’ option you should also look into and consider your progression routes. Completing a Level 5 or 6 course before progressing onto a Level 8 can be a great path to take. Many Level 8 courses reserve places for students progressing as they value the knowledge and experience they have acquired. 

What can I study at Griffith and is it too late to apply through the CAO?

We offer many courses at different levels in Business, Law, Computing, Media and Design. All our courses have been validated by QQI, which means your academic qualification leaving Griffith College will be globally recognised. Our teaching staff design and implement their courses to ensure our graduates are industry-ready and over the past five decades, Griffith graduates have gone on to successful careers nationally and internationally in a wide range of disciplines. Any of our courses with remaining places will be listed on the CAO website starting 08 of September and can be added to your list of choices and offered to you in one of the subsequent CAO Rounds. When adding a new course code to your CAO application you must remember to list your chosen courses in order of preference. You may not re-order your original course choices, but you can add an ‘Available Places’ course to your existing list. ‘Available Places’ are also available to students who are not already registered with the CAO. So it is not too late to apply to go to college. 

You can create an account and make an application for an ‘Available Places’ course after 08 September for a fee of €45 to be paid to the CAO.


What are the minimum entry requirements for a course at Griffith College?

The minimum entry requirements for a Level 8 course at Griffith College are two H5s and four O6/H7s. For some courses, you need to have an O6/H7/F2 in Maths and for the Level 8 Design courses you must submit a portfolio. The minimum entry requirements for a Level 7 course at Griffith College are five O6/H7s and again some courses require an O6/H7/F2 in Maths. You can find a full list of our courses and their specific entry requirements on our CAO Hub alongside other helpful information for school leavers and college applicants.


How do I find out more about studying at Griffith College in 2021?

Please get in touch if you have any questions about our courses, the entry requirements, or the ‘Available Places’ option. Email me at [email protected]. I would be delighted to hear from you and happy to help.


Wishing you all the best with your decision-making and your continuing path to success.

You've got this!


Sarah Edmondson

Schools Liaison Officer, Griffith College