Students Shun Tech and Science Courses; New CAO Offers Also Reveal Lower Points for Nursing

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Students Shun Tech and Science Courses; New CAO Offers Also Reveal Lower Points for Nursing


Byline: Jennifer Cosgrove

FEWER students are opting for science, technology, engineering or maths despite a huge push to encourage more of them to study the vital subjects.

The Central Applications Office will today issue more than 50,000 course offers to students today across all disciplines and unveil the number of points needed to qualify.

CAO figures out today show the points needed for science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) courses have dropped, suggesting students are choosing other options.

Points for engineering points have declined severely across the majority of universities - with the requirement for one course falling by 45 points.

The points required for NUI Galway's engineering course has dropped from 445 to 401 this year. At UCC it has dropped from 490 to 454 and at Trinity the requirement has fallen from 500 to 470. Similar dips can be seen in many other STEM courses.

But Damien Owens of Engineers Ireland suggested the drop could be caused by 'more course choice in universities' rather than young people turning their back on STEM subjects.

He encouraged parents to speak to their children about careers in STEM industries, saying: 'Time and again we see in surveys that parents have a big impact on student's choices. …

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