Demand for places at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has increased again this year and the Institute has expanded the number of places available in science, engineering and technology programmes to meet growing demand.

WIT is expecting a record number of new students in September. With almost 2,200 places on offer, the Institute has one of the largest intakes of first years among Irish higher education institutions.

CAO points at Waterford generally followed national trends with growth in science, engineering, technology and the arts. Demand for architecture continues to remain strong in Waterford – against national trends away from construction-related
degrees. There were two new programmes offered through the CAO for the first time – BA Arts and BSc Entertainment Systems.

Level Eight higher degree courses at Waterford with the highest points requirements under the CAO system this year are Architecture (440 CAO points); General Nursing (410) and Psychology (375).

Prof Kieran R Byrne, Director, Waterford Institute of Technology, acknowledged the increased demand for places partly reflected the changed economic circumstances with school-leavers and those newly out of work eager to increase their skills and employability.

“While we are very aware of and responsive to the economic situation and its impact, it is obviously very gratifying to see such strong demand across our programmes and we are committed to continuing to meet
the appetite that
exists for higher education in the southeast. The demand also reflects the earned reputation of the Institute and the record of achievement among our alumni”, he said.