There has been an increase in points for 20 of the 49 programmes offered by Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) through the CAO. Thirteen courses have increased by 25 points or more.
While half of the programmes with increased points are in science, the trend is also apparent across the faculties of engineering, business and humanities. Eight programmes have the same points for 2013 and 2012.
The course with the highest points at AIT is the BSc in Veterinary Nursing at 435 points, up from 400 in 2012. Three other science degrees have also shown strong increases in points: BSc (Hons) in Sports Therapy with Rehabilitation – 420, an increase of 55 points, BSc (Hons) in Sports Science with Exercise Physiology – 400, an increase of 35 points, and BSc (Hons) in Health Science with Nutrition – 400, an increase of 25 points.
The points for the general and psychiatric nursing degrees are broadly in line with last year, while there were increases for a number of Level 6/7 science courses with the Higher Certificate in Science (Pharmacy Technician) up 30 points to 305, Higher Certificate in Science (Bioscience/Chemistry) also up 30 points to 160, and the BSc in Biotechnology up 20 points to 205.
The largest increase in points for a programme at AIT was for the BEng in Electronics and Wireless Communications, which increased by 95 points to 265. Other programmes in this branch of engineering held their 2012 points profile, although there was a drop in points for the software design degrees in games development (down 25 to 275) and cloud computing (a decrease of 30 points to 280).
There was also mixed results in mechanical engineering, with some programmes retaining their 2012 points profile and others, such as mechantronics, down 55 to 200 points.
The national decline in programmes relating to the built environment continued this year. Both of AIT’s courses in civil engineering, at higher certificate and degree level, saw drops of 75 and 80 points respectively.
In business, the honours degree in accounting saw a rise of 45 points to 340, while the honours business degree rose by 15 points to 285 points. The Level 7 computing degree, BBus in Smart Technology for Business, is now at 205 points, an increase of 35 on 2012, while a new Level 6 offering in the same domain launched at 220 points. The Higher Certificate in Social Media Marketing gained 20 points to 180.
In humanities, there were slight decreases for programmes in social care, with the Higher Certificate in Applied Social Studies dropping 10 points to 300, while the honours degree in social care practice decreasd 15 points to 325. Culinary arts increased again this year to 240 points, up from 200, while the degree in spa and wellness management increased 25 to 205 points. There were mixed results for the design degrees, with the Level 7 programme up by 70 points to 600, while the honours degree in visual communications dropped 285 points to 510. Applicants to both of these combine their Leaving Certificate points with marks for a design portfolio.
Applicants have up to Monday 26 August at 5.15pm to accept their Round One offer through the CAO.