CAO second-round offers, which were published today, see 1,185 college applicants, who missed out on round one, offered a third-level place.

In total 3,236 applicants will be offered places, included those receiving offers higher up the list of preferences.

Further offers will be made to small numbers of applicants as the process of filling third-level places continues until mid-October.

This year's second round data is in line with the picture that emerged earlier this month.

The points for the country's biggest Arts course, at UCD, have dropped slightly by five points.

This confirms this year's trend, which saw demand for Arts courses slacken while interest in the Sciences increased.

Second Round - Level 8

Second Round - Level 7/6