Confusion, disappointment and shock for some students as university entry points reach their highest level ever.

According to the points published by the Central Applications Office (CAO), entry requirements for most courses have increased dramatically. 

The race for places in the country's third level institutions is now underway in earnest.

Both The Irish Times and The Independent newspapers have set up telephone helplines for students, manned by career guidance teachers. 

Christina Murphy of The Irish Times says that students are shocked by the extent to which the points have gone up. They are also confused by the points system itself with nine colleges having different points schemes. 

One of the biggest increases in points is that for Arts at Trinity College Dublin (TCD). According to Admissions Officer at TCD Joe Kirwan, competition for university places means there will be many disappointed students this year. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 26 August 1989. The reporter is Charlie Bird.