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James Delaney was shocked to discover he didn’t get his offer when he logged on last week despite excellent results

James Delaney was shocked to discover he didn’t get his offer when he logged on last week despite excellent results

James Delaney was shocked to discover he didn’t get his offer when he logged on last week despite excellent results

A Dublin student who achieved six H1s in this year's Leaving Cert has been "left in limbo" after he got no CAO offer due to a system mix-up.

James Delaney was shocked when he logged on to the CAO website last Friday to see he had not been offered a place at Trinity College Dublin to study law and business - despite getting more than the points needed.

The highly-competitive degree only has 25 available places and James fears he will miss out on the course he worked tirelessly to get into.

A different student's Leaving Certificate examination number was allocated to his CAO number, resulting in him not receiving an offer for any of his 10 choices.

Worried

The CAO said James must wait until round two offers are made on September 23, meaning he will not be guaranteed a place.

"We fear that James might fall through the cracks, and even if they do process his correct application in round two, we're worried that he won't get his first choice," his father Eoin told the Herald.

"We had a very nice week after he got his results and were very calm about the CAO process as he had done so well with his results.

"We thought our worries with calculated grades were over, but then he realised he hadn't received any offer at all and couldn't understand it.

"We found an unknown student exam number included on his record and up came the results associated with that individual.

"The results were equated to roughly 400 points."

Students were sent an email on May 15 instructing them to check that all the information on their CAO application is correct and to contact them if there was an error.

"When I checked my application the error was not there, therefore I had no reason to inform the CAO," James said.

This issue has affected a number of students.

A CAO spokesperson would not confirm just how many, but said it "is in line with previous years".

Incorrect

"Some of the offers that are issued in round two every year are to applicants who need to be accommodated after adjustments have been made due to applicant omissions or errors, or administrative errors caused by the Higher Education Institutions or CAO.

"In a small number of cases, an incorrect Leaving Certificate examination number can be attributed to an applicant if there are two applicants with similar name and date of birth.

"We do appreciate that it can be quite upsetting for an applicant to realise their examination information was incorrect, and every effort is made by CAO and the higher education institutes to facilitate such applicants in round two."

However, the spokesperson added that in "rare cases" this may not be possible.