Minister Harris said:

Congratulations to all the students who have received their Round 1 CAO offers today. This is a major milestone for many students who are now embarking on the next stage in their educational journey.

This has been an incredibly challenging year for students, and I’m glad to say that more than 4,600 additional places have been created in higher education for them.  I hope that these places will help alleviate some of the pressure on those who wish to progress into higher education, and I want to thank the Higher Education Authority and the higher education institutions for working with me and my Department to provide them.


I also want to take this opportunity to remind students that there are so many different pathways available as you prepare to take the next steps in your life. Education is a lifelong journey and there is a huge range of options for you to develop knowledge and skills, and achieve your full potential.

PLC courses and apprenticeships are just some of the options available, and I really want to encourage students to take some time to consider the pathway that suits you.  Take a minute, breathe and look around.  There is far more out there for you than you think, and it’s important to remember that there are other ways to achieve your goals – more than 11,000 people got CAO offers this year through alternate entry routes like further education.  Look at and see what interests you.

We have something for everyone, no matter your age, part time or full time, one year or four year course, and we’re looking forward to meeting you.



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