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Your Guide for Available Places

3 min

Available Places is almost a secret part of the CAO process - people know of it, but don’t know about it. I can’t even remember if it was around when I was a post-exams nervous wreck of a 17-year-old. But, I’m here to give you the 411 on the Available Places! Here we go…

What is Available Places?

Available Places are a list of courses that haven’t been filled by CAO applicants yet. The courses are still open to applications so if you’re still not sure about your choice you can change your CAO form to include these courses.

Should I use Available Places?

Don’t apply to Available Places for the sake of applying. Look at your current course choices and if you have any doubts about your choice then look at courses that are still available.

Where can I see the Available courses?

You can see all the current Level 7 and Level 8 Available courses here.

How do I add a new course?

Go to the ‘My Application’ section of the CAO website and sign in. Once you’ve signed in you can add a Level 7 or Level 8 Available Place course. This will be added to your current list of course so make sure that everything is listed in order of preference

If you put your available place course as your first preference, you will be offered that course, not anything below it. So if you want to add an available place course, but still want to be considered for your first choice, then put it below your first choice.

What are the deadlines?

The first round of Available Places closed on the 24th of July at 11am. The second round opens on August 22nd after the Round One offers have been distributed. 

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