CAO Points hike for STEM courses

As the number of students choosing to study STEM subjects at third level has risen, so have the points in CAO applications.


The number of points required for science has risen by 10 to 515, Engineering courses also saw a rise with UCD seeing a 20 point increase to 495, while Trinity College jumped by 5 points to 470.

The Irish government is pleased with the results as they strongly encouraged students to pursue subjects in science, technology, engineering amd maths (STEM) in a bid to jumpstart growth in employment again.

Information released online by the Central Applications Office (CAO) shows that in 2009, 52,479 students had applied for science courses and 33,408 had opted to go for courses in engineering, both of which ranked highly, and in 2013, these figures had jumped to 68,675 in science and 38,336 in engineering.

The rapid rise of course choices in the technology sector have also been attributed to the introduction of the 25 points bonus for opting into higher-level maths, which sees the students receive 25 points just for passing the subject.

Speaking about the rise in applicants to technology courses, Irish Computer Society CEO Jim Friars said; “It’s great to see students showing an interest in technology and pursuing courses at third level, Ireland needs as many young IT professionals as possible, technology is the future”