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305 extra course places at DkIT this year, with boosts to ‘high demand’ courses

Dr Sheila Flanagan
Dr Sheila Flanagan - VP for Academic Affairs & Registrar at DkIT.

Dundalk Institute of Technolgy offered third level courses to 2,483 applicants today as part of Central Applications Office opened round one offers following Monday’s release of the Leaving Cert results.

DkIT say this is an increase of 14% on the same time last year- meaning that 305 additional places have been offered to students for the 2020/21 academic year. The third level institute have also confirmed that ‘high demand’ courses such as General Nursing, Intellectual Disability Nursing and Midwifery will have more places this year.

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Just under 1,900 of the offers went to applicants who listed DkIT as their first preference. The college says that represents a 12% hike on 2019.

“On behalf of DkIT, I would like to congratulate all CAO applicants for reaching this milestone stage in their academic careers,” Dr Sheila Flanagan, VP for Academic Affairs and Registrar said. “We are delighted to increase our Round One Offers this year, and we look forward to welcoming a cohort of talented new learners to our community later this month.”

Ms Flanagan said this year had been “like no other” and said DkIT were putting additional measures in place to support applicants in a unique process.

“This year has been like no other. The class of 2020 have completed their second level education in truly extraordinary circumstances, with the first cancellation of the Leaving Certificate and A-Levels examinations since their establishment.

“We have put additional supports in place to support applicants at this time as they consider their offers and we would encourage those applicants that may have questions or doubts about their third-level decisions to contact our admissions team via web, social or telephone. We are here to help,” she said.

DkIT has reported, as have other higher level educational institues around the country, a rise in CAO cut off entry points for undergraduate courses. Entry points for Level 8 courses have risen on average by  6% and 28% in Level 7 courses.

Ms Flanagan said the college supported the calculated grades system, regardless of whether students were applying with results from this year or last year, calling the approach “fair and equitable.”

“We are supportive of the approach adopted by the Minister of Education, in the allocation of calculated grades to the Leaving Certificate 2020 cohort in order to ensure students are treated fairly and equitably,  whether they present with Leaving Certificate results from this or previous years, or with QQI-FET awards,” she said.

“We also welcome Minister Harris’s decision to establish a significant number of additional places in higher education. As a result we have been able to increase places on high demand courses such as General Nursing, Intellectual Disability Nursing and Midwifery.”

Induction for first year students at DkIT will start on September 28 while classes will commence for all other students on the September 30.

Almost all lectures in Semester 1 will be delivered remotely while the Institute say they aim to deliver some practical classes on campus – delivered in accordance with COVID 19 public health guidelines – meaning students will likely be on campus a few days per week.

“For those applicants who did not succeed in securing their first preference today or for those who have not yet applied to CAO, it is important to note that there are still opportunities to apply for third level this year via the Available Places facility,” she added.

“DkIT has limited available places on a variety of Level 7 and 8 courses this year which will be open for applications on Monday 14th September via CAO. We would encourage anyone who has an interest in progressing to higher education this year to visit our website (www.dkit.ie/availableplaces) or contact our admissions team.”

DkIT is organising a live Q&A with its Admissions Team via its website on Tuesday from 11am-1pm for CAO Applicants. Questions can also be directed by email to [email protected] or telephone to +353 (0) 429 370 230.

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