Thousands of CAO applicants found out today whether they have been offered a place on the college course of their choice.

The points for sought-after courses such as medicine and dentistry have risen yet again according to this year's figures.

Would-be doctors now have to reach 585 points to study at Trinity College in Dublin, which is the equivalent of five A1s and a B1.

Meanwhile, would-be physiotherapists now need 580 points to attend the University of Limerick.

Other careers in the healthcare sector remain popular, with nursing courses across the country showing a strong increase in points.

Across the third-level sector, demand for many science courses is either up slightly or the same as last year.

However, the points required for arts degree courses are generally down, apart from UCC which has seen a small rise.

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