CAO Round 1 2020: UCD increases first year places by 7% in effort to adjust for Leaving Cert grades and increased demand for degree places

Posted 11 September, 2020

University College Dublin has increased its first year places for CAO applicants by 7% this year bringing the number of places up to 4,462.

The 292 new places are made up of 115 through the Human Capital Initiative and 177 new places specifically added to help adjust for the impact of using calculated grades arising from this year’s Leaving Certificate results.

The 292 new places are allocated as follows:

CAO CodeUniversity College Dublin degree2019 CAO Quota2020 CAO - Published Places2020 HCI places2020 Sept Additional places 2020  New Total Quota 
DN100 Architecture  57 57   5 62
DN120 Landscape Architecture   25 27   1 28
DN130 City Planning & Environ Pol 29 31   2 33
DN150 Engineering   265 265 30 24 319

DN200
Science    402 402 5 15 422
DN201 Computer Science 105 105 5 5 115
DN230 Actuarial and Financial Studies   47 47   3 50
DN240  BSc Sustainability      50    50 
DN300  Veterinary Medicine (Undergraduate Entry)   82  82    87 
DN450
General Nursing
167 167   2 169
DN453 Mental Health Nursing  26 26   6 32
DN520 Arts 400 420   35 455
DN530 Humanities 200 220   18 238
DN600 Law  125 125   2 127
DN650 Commerce  220 220   14 234
DN670 Economics and Finance 52 50   5 55
DN700 Social Sciences 500 500 20 5 525
DN710 Economics 50 50 5   55
DN720 Psychology 82 85   10 95
DN750 Social Policy and Sociology 100 100   20 120
  Total extra places 2020      115   117  
 
Total first year students CAO 
4,120  4,170
 
    4,462
 


This year UCD experienced a significant increase (7%) in first preference demand and by the change of mind deadline on 1 July, received over 9,000 first preferences – many in the high point degrees.

First preferences increased from 2019 levels in two thirds of all courses.

The largest increases in terms of numbers were DN650 Commerce, DN720 Psychology, DN300 Veterinary Medicine (undergrad entry), DN420 Physiotherapy, DN201 Computer Science, and DN600 Law. Across these six programmes the increase in first preference applications ranged from 100 to 45.

Such increases generally filter through to points when the first round offers are made.

Speaking about this year’s first years, the Deputy President and Registrar of UCD Professor Mark Rogers said: “We understand the anxiety faced by school leavers this year as they had to come to cope with the impact of COVID-19 and come to terms with the replacement of the Leaving Certificate with the calculated grades mechanism. I appreciate the difficulties faced by Minister Foley and the Department of Education and their decisions were as fair as possible in this unique circumstance.

"I was concerned about the long term detriment that may be caused should we not be in a position to admit first years this September so I thank the secondary teachers along with the Department officials for their efforts to get the students to this stage.

"We know that our own academic year will be disrupted by COVID-19 but we are planning to provide a blended and flexible academic curriculum to ensure they receive the best possible education.”

Round 1 points are up in 35 degrees, and significantly up in a number of cases. The biggest increase is in DN452 Midwifery up 80 points to 489.

In other areas of high demand there are an increased number of places and the points rise is more modest: DN650 Commerce places were increased by 14 to 234 and the points increase was 23, DN150 Engineering places increased by 54 to 319 and points were up 20, DN200 Science places increased by 20 to 422 and points were up 12 and DN201 Computer Science places increased by 10 to 115 and points were up 22.

As with the national trend, places have been increased and points are down in Arts and Humanities which should be positive for all applicants who have chosen courses in these subject areas.

Two degrees are now over 600 points: DN670 Economics & Finance now at 613 and DN230 Actuarial & Financial Studies now at 601.

The number of students to be admitted to both degrees has been increased to 55 and 50.

Students have until 15:00 on 16 September to accept their offer.

Round 2 offers will be made on 23 September and the academic trimester for first years begins on 28 September, with orientation on 22 September.

 UCD DegreeRound 1 2020Final Round 2019
DN100 Architecture 510 473
DN120 Landscape Architecture   407 353
DN130 City Planning & Environmental Policy 407 367
DN150 Engineering   531 511
DN200 Science    533 521
DN201 Computer Science   510 488
DN230 Actuarial and Financial Studies  601 577
DN240 Sustainability (new) 440  
DN250 Agricultural Science   456 420
DN252 Dairy Business   410 398
DN253 Agri Environmental Sciences 418 403
DN261 Food Science  477 434
DN262 Human Nutrition  531 493
DN271 Forestry  311 303
DN272 Horticulture, Landscape and Sportsturf 297 252
DN300 Veterinary Medicine (Undergraduate Entry)  589 567
DN301 Veterinary Medicine (Graduate Entry)     
DN310 Veterinary Nursing  478 441
DN400 Medicine (Undergraduate Entry) 737 735
DN401 Medicine (Graduate Entry) 58 59
DN410 Radiography   534 507
DN411 Radiography  (Graduate Entry)    
DN420 Physiotherapy   578 542
DN425 Health & Performance Science 510 488
DN430 Sport and Exercise Management  455 436
DN440 Biomedical, Health and Life Sciences 590 565
DN450 General Nursing   429 429
DN451 Children’s & General Nursing (Integrated)  509 462
DN452 Midwifery  489 409
DN453 Mental Health Nursing  397 379
DN520 BA Joint Honours 310 336
DN530 Humanities 340 348
DN541 Modern Languages 303 348
DN600 Law     546 520
DN610  Business and Law   545  521 
DN650  Commerce    521  498 
DN660  Commerce International  517  507 
DN670  Economics and Finance  613  601 
DN700  Social Sciences  421  388 
DN710  Economics  498  476 
DN720  Psychology  530  517 
DN750  Social Policy and Sociology  378  330 

By Eilis O'Brien, UCD University Relations