Change of Mind Facility


Dear Students

Please note the final date for changing your CAO course choices is 5:15pm on Wednesday 1st July.  PLEASE read the information below, taking note of the Order of Preference section highlighted in red.  If you have any questions, please get in touch.

Kind regards

M Colfer


The closing date for the Change of Mind Facility is July 1st, so take a last look at your CAO application.

When does it close?

Wednesday July 1st, at 5.15pm is when the change of mind facility closes for 2020. This is your last chance to review and change your CAO course choices.

What does it cost?

There is no fee for using the Change of Mind facility.


Order of preference – Dream course or realistic course?

This is probably the most important thing: Give your dream course the first preference, even if you don’t expect to get the points required. We don’t know exactly what the minimum points will be this year, and you don’t yet know what points you will get – so don’t leave out the course of your dreams!

CAO communications officer, Eileen Keleghan, asks applicants to always remember to place their course choices in genuine order of preference; “What we would like to advise applicants to avoid doing is making changes to their order of preference or course choices based on assumptions about grades or speculation about what the points are going to be for a particular course. “If applicants simply follow the golden rule of placing all of their courses in their genuine order of preference, they will be offered the course highest up on their preference list that they are deemed entitled to”, she added.

Finding courses

Use the CourseFinder Tool to search all CAO courses on offer and check Leaving Cert entry requirements and points from previous years.

Changing your CAO courses – Step by step

This three minute video from CAO takes you through how to use the change of mind facility, step by step: