Extra college places in Medicine and other hotly contested areas are on the agenda for discussion ahead of next month’s CAO Round 1 offers.
igher Education Minister Simon Harris confirmed today that more places are likely to open on some high demand university courses.
He did not identify the areas where flexibility on numbers is expected to be shown, but independent.ie understands that Medicine and other health-science courses are among those under consideration.
Mr Harris said his Department was still liaising with the Department of Education and the universities “to see where will it be possible, particularly in some high demand courses, to provide more university places.”
He added: “I think it will, is the short answer; not in every area but in some areas.”
Demand for Medicine is up 6pc this year, while other health science courses have seen double digit percentage increases on 2019 applications.
The increased demand
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