Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) is set to welcome an increase in first year students to mark the 50 years since its foundation.
Overall the Institute has increased the number of college places offered in the CAO Round 1 offers including an 8.7% increase in its Level 8 honours degree course offers.
The institute is set to have a further number of CAO applicants having added seven courses to the CAO’s ‘available places’ list to support people who have not already applied to the CAO, as well as existing applicants to start college this September.
The courses WIT is offering are: Business, Engineering, Architectural technology, Arts, Culinary arts, Computing and Software System Development.
The institute is also expecting a high demand on a new honours degree programme in business information systems – the Bachelor of Business (Hons) in Business Information Systems which is now open for applications.
Dr Derek O’Byrne, Registrar and Vice President for Academic Affairs at WIT said: “I am delighted to announce that WIT has made more CAO offers this year than last year; it has been a difficult year for all applicants from school leavers to mature applicants. In these unusual times we are especially delighted to play a role in preparing students with skills and knowledge that are the cornerstone of having fulfilled future careers.
“WIT is moving to a blended learning model for 2020/21 which means that our programmes will be a mix of on-campus and online learning. The mix is dependent on a student’s programme of study but as a guideline labs and studios will be delivered on campus while activities like lectures and tutorials will be online. Indicative guideline timetables have been sent to first years; draft indicative timetables have also been made available to our students, these are subject to change and will be updated again this Friday, September 18,” he added.
Dr O’Byrne recommends that applicants considering a course on available places should take the time to decide that one of the courses on offer is the right choice for them.
Available places applicants should phone WIT directly to discuss these options before applying. The Ask WIT helpline is open weekdays 9.30-5. Telephone: 051 834176 / 051 834177.
“The key piece of advice to applicants is to research the course they’re interested so that they can start college confident this is the best choice for them. We ask people to read the course pages thoroughly and to then get in touch with any questions,” he said.
Applications open from t 12 noon today through the CAO. See www.wit.ie/availableplaces for full details.