A Fresh CAO Browse

unibrowseUnibrowse.ie is a brand new user friendly  website for CAO applicants, which provides a platform to browse through courses offered through CAO. Users can search by course, college or location or explore courses in one of the eight offered topics.  There is also a good feature that allows you to easily compare two courses.

Unibrowse has to be praised for its positive user experience.  The website is straightforward and simple to navigate. The interface is pleasant, the mortar board owl denotes academia and attractive images of the colleges are presented.  There is a really handy compare feature, unfortunately this is only available on the desktop version of the site at the moment (come on Unibrowse…next update for the mobile site please!!)

The information provided on courses is more than adequate for a browse. I love the easily accessible information about Erasmus option, Placement and Final Year Project.  You will also find the duration of the course, NFQ level and CAO code. The points history is available also. The course summary is brief but the breakdown of the topics studied does offer a good insight into courses, and there is a link to the college website for further information.

If college is what you are thinking, Unibrowse is a good place to start. It provides a platform to window shop for courses, however, there is important information missing that applicants must seek elsewhere such as course entry requirements, Portfolios application,  restricted entry, FETAC links and HEAR/DARE access routes. Although less essential, information on careers leading from courses and options for postgraduate studies are also missing from Unibrowse.  This information needs to be sourced in the college prospectus/website or on Qualifax in order to thoroughly investigate courses and make informed choices.

This new website has great value and is of welcome assistance to CAO applicants. I will definitely recommend it to my students as a starting point, but before committing to a course  students must conduct further research to fully investigate courses to make informed decisions.

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