Had a change of mind? Changing your third-level course choices

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Between 5 May and 1 July, third-level applicants can register to change their third-level course. The change can be done free of charge online. Although there are some restrictions, as a general rule, you can change your mind as often as you like. Hey, choosing a course can be difficult!

Things to note

If you submit a Change of Mind, it cancels all your previous course choices in that category. That means if you have applied for a Level 8 and a Level 7 course, changing your mind about the Level 8 course, cancels your original Level 8 choice, but it doesn’t affect the Level 7 course.

Be careful you don’t mix up courses from different categories. That means you will need to check, and recheck, that your course choices are in the right category.

Watch the CAO Change of Mind video for a step-by-step guide to the process.

Restricted courses

You can’t put in a Change of Mind on a restricted course. However, you may be allowed to a do so if a restricted course shares the exact same assessment procedures as the course you originally applied for. However, you will need to consult with the relevant HEI before introducing such a course on your Change of Mind.

Restricted-category applicants

There are restrictions on certain and late applicants. These include:

  • Mature applicants
  • Transfer applicants
  • Anyone whose final school exams are not recent and from an EU school

If you are one of the above, you will need to speak to the individual Admissions Offices before introducing new course choices.

Statement of Course Choices

If you apply to change courses, you will receive a revised Statement of Course Choices. This will confirm your new course choices. However, this will not be issued before 1 June. You don’t receive this by 7 July, you must contact the CAO immediately. You will also need proof that you submitted a Change of Mind. Therefore, keep all records carefully.

Errors and Omissions

If there is an error or an omission on your statement of course a choice, contact the CAO as soon as possible. If you wait until August, it will be too late…



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