FAQ Registration 2021

Registration Frequently Asked Questions


CAO Offers and Acceptances


Courses of preference

Students will only be offered a place on a course in order of preference.   If a student is offered preference no 3 on their list in round 1, they could be offered preference no 1 in round 2, if places are available and the applicant meets the minimum entry requirements the applicant must accept their offer if they wish to go to college.  They will not be offered any other places higher on their preference list, if they do not accept the first offer.


I have not received any e-mails from the  CAO, what should I do?

You should check the email address on your CAO account is correct.  Also check the "Junk" or "Spam" folder in your e-mail account and mark CAO e-mails as "not junk" or "not spam". 

I didn’t get an offer from CAO, what can I do?

If you have not been offered a place on any course, you should check the Vacant Places on the CAO website


I have just accepted my offer from CAO. What happens next?

You will receive an email communication with details on how to pay fees and complete regsitration. Registration will be completed online.


What do I do if I want to defer my offer of a place in college?

Do NOT accept the offer. Write or email IMMEDIATELY to The Registrar, Dr Ken Carroll, TU Dublin - Tallaght Campus, Dublin 24, giving your name as it appears on your CAO application, quote your 2020 CAO Application Number and the Course Code of the offer you wish to defer, and set out the reason for the deferral request. It should be marked "DEFERRED ENTRY REQUEST" clearly on the envelope or in the Subject Line of your email.

The letter or email must be submitted at least two days before the "Reply Date" shown on the Offer Notice.

If the deferral is not granted by TU Dublin - Tallaght Campus, the student may then accept the offer of the college place for the current year.


Communications about deferrals should not be sent directly to CAO.

Applicants who request a deferral in order to take up a different third level place in the CAO system will not be granted deferred entry by TU Dublin - Tallaght Campus.


If the deferral request is granted ...

To take up your place again on the programme you must re-apply to the CAO again next year. When doing so you must:

Place the deferred course as your first and only preference on the CAO application form.


What are Available Places and how do I apply?

Available/Vacant places are places that remain unfilled in particular full-time courses after all offers have been made and waiting lists have been exhausted.  For ‘Available Places’ courses, applicants should ignore previously published points in earlier offer rounds, but must meet the minimum entry requirements.

Available Places courses are advertised on the CAO website for part of July and after Round One offers are issued in September - go to and click on the Available Places tab. This facility is open to new applicants for a fee of €45, and is free for existing applicants. For more information on the Available Places facility visit the CAO website .


When is Orientation scheduled for 1st Year full-time students?

Registration and Orientation for first year full-time programmes (Round A, 0 and 1) will take place from  20th September 2021. Students who accept an offer in later CAO rounds, will be contacted by email detailing when and where to register. 


When do full-time classes start?

Classes for all first year full-time students start on Monday 27th September 2021, unless otherwise advised by the Department. Please CLICK HERE to view link to University academic calender for 2021/22.


I have a Medical Card form/Department of Social Protection form that needs to be stamped. Where do I go?

You will need to register on your course first, then your school office will stamp your form for you.


If I am not a first year student, but I am new to the College, how do I register?

Students who are transferring from another college, will be invited to complete registration online. Students will also be contacted by email nearer to the orientation and registration scheduled date.


How do full-time students on a continuing programme register?

Students who have successfully completed the year by passing all modules and achieving a GPA of  2.0 or more, on an Ab initio programme, will receive an invitation to register online by email. Students who have successfully completed a Level 6 or 7 programme will receive an Invitation to Register for the next level of the progressing programme.


Where can I collect my Student ID card?

Student Cards for new 1st year students will be printed and posted to students following registration. Continuing Students  - The card issued to you in at the beginning of your studies, will be valid for Academic Year 2021/22 unless you have progressed to a new programme or your have transferred to a new programme.


I want to withdraw from the course, what do I do?

If you wish to withdraw you will need to complete a Withdrawal Form which is available from our website. 

Students who withdraw before 31st October are entitled to a refund of the Student Contribution. There is an administration charge of €130. Students who withdraw after 31st October and return to full time third level education in the future you may be liable for additional fees.


When are repeat examination results available?

Repeat exam results will be released online on 17th September 2021.


Repeat students will not have access to services until their results are known and they have completed their registration for 2021-22 academic year. 


Where should I go for classes?

Arrangements regarding classes and tutorials will be advised at a later stage from your School Office.





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