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Sep 11, 2020

From English Studies to Mathematics: How Trinity’s Points Have Changed

A compilation of Trinity's CAO points over the past six years shows just how dramatically points have shot up as a result of the new grading system.

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SinΓ©ad Baker for The University Times

For an exam period marred by unpredictability, CAO results announced today will have come as a surprise to few. The calculated grades system has led to points increasing for 80 per cent of Trinity’s courses, despite the government’s best efforts to quell point inflation. While good news for this year’s students, it will adversely effect students who are applying to college using leaving certificate results from previous years.

Points for more specialised subjects, as well as combinations including business, law, nursing, geography and computer science, increased significantly. The number of courses needing more than 600 points have increased to increased to five.

For the second year running, Trinity will be happy to see significant increases in the number of students putting Trinity down number one on their CAO applications – up 9 per cent on last year. Whether this is down to the Normal People bounce or because students guessed their grades would increase under the the calculated grades system or another reason entirely, one can only guess.

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Analysis

Single-honour degree courses

Code Course 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Change
TR002 Music β˜…β˜…390 β˜…β˜…445 β˜…β˜…395 β˜…β˜…390 β˜…β˜…345 β˜…β˜…435 435 0
TR003 History 485 485β˜… 500 488 475 486 497 +11
TR004 Law 530β˜… 540β˜… 535β˜… 542 533 533 566 +33
TR005 Philosophy 400 410 455 441 392 433 442 +9
TR006 Psychology 560 555β˜… 550 554β˜… 543β˜… 565 567 +2
TR007 Clinical Speech and Language Studies 520β˜… 525β˜… 520β˜… 520β˜… 521 509 529 +20
TR009 Music Education β˜…β˜…465 β˜…β˜…450 β˜…β˜…455 β˜…β˜…429 β˜…β˜…455 β˜…β˜…430 β˜…β˜…420 –10
TR012 History & Political Science 500 510β˜… 535β˜… 540 540 543 555 +12
TR015 Philosophy, Political Science, Economics and Sociology 540 550 555β˜… 555 563 566 589 +23
TR016 Deaf Studies 400 400 360 360 338 357 340 –17
TR017 Law & Business 570β˜… 580 585 589β˜… 577 576 602 +26
TR018 Law & French 560β˜… 585β˜… 575 567β˜… 567 543 565 +22
TR019 Law & German 515 545β˜… 545 541 509 523 543 +20
TR020 Law & Political Science 575 575 575 581 578 567 602 +35
TR021 Classics 435 410 430 388 357 409 370 –39
TR022 Early & Modern Irish 360 425 375 387 344 347 398 +51
TR023 English Studies 505 505 515 485 487 497 487 –10
TR024 European Studies 520β˜… 545 535β˜… 520 541β˜… 520 544 +24
TR025 Drama & Theatre Studies β˜…β˜…β˜…440 β˜…β˜…β˜…455 β˜…β˜…β˜…425 β˜…β˜…β˜…455 β˜…β˜…β˜…451 β˜…β˜…β˜…495 β˜…β˜…β˜…564 +69
TR028 Ancient and Medieval History and Culture 450β˜… 445 455 450 355 399 342 –57
TR029 Political Science and Geography 490 485 495 520β˜… 496β˜… 497β˜… 526 +29
TR031 Mathematics 540 570 565 566 534 566 531 –35
TR032 Engineering 470 495β˜… 500β˜… 470β˜… 488β˜… 497 520 +23
TR033 Computer Science 460β˜… 490β˜… 480β˜… 467 444β˜… 467 509 +42
TR034 Management Science and Information Systems Studies 485 555 565 578 577β˜… 589β˜… 613β˜… +24
TR035 Theoretical Physics 550 565 555 566 531 565 543 –22
TR038 Engineering with Management 460 505β˜… 515 499 510 522 532 +10
TR039 Computer Science and Language 450 465 465 443 350 456 454 –2
TR040 Middle Eastern and European Languages and Cultures 506 500 485 466 –19
TR041 Religion 347 368 +21
TR671 Film 489
TR671 History of Art & Architecture 393
TR051 Medicine #733β˜… #733β˜… #730β˜… #732β˜… #731β˜… #730 #735β˜… +5
TR052 Dental Science 585 590 585β˜… 589β˜… 590β˜… 590β˜… 613 +23
TR053 Physiotherapy 545β˜… 540β˜… 535β˜… 543β˜… 543β˜… 542β˜… 566β˜… +24
TR054 Occupational Therapy 500β˜… 515β˜… 520 517β˜… 507β˜… 521 533 +12
TR055 Radiation Therapy 535β˜… 525β˜… 515β˜… 510 509β˜… 518 543 +25
TR056 Human Health and Disease 535β˜… 540β˜… 535 532 542β˜… 543β˜… 565 +22
TR060 Biological & Biomedial Sciences 509β˜… 520β˜… 543β˜… +23
TR061 Chemical Sciences 507β˜… 499 517 +18
TR062 Geography & Geoscience 413 435β˜… 473 +38
TR063 Physical Sciences 509β˜… 510 498β˜… –12
TR072 Pharmacy 565 550β˜… 560β˜… 553β˜… 555β˜… 567 590 +23
TR080 Global Business 535 544 555 566β˜… 589β˜… +23
TR081 Business, Economic & Social Studies (BESS) 495β˜… 510β˜… 510β˜… 520β˜… 511β˜… 520β˜… 543β˜… +23
TR082 Computer Science and Business 465β˜… 500 505β˜… 520 509β˜… 510 555 +45
TR083 Sociology and Social Policy 460 455 480β˜… 487 473 462 498 +36
TR084 Social Studies (Social Work) 460 460β˜… 470 454 453 441 462β˜… +21
TR085 Business Studies and French 515 545β˜… 530 533β˜… 528 509 540 +31
TR086 Business Studies and German 490 500β˜… 495β˜… 489β˜… 506 474 509 +35
TR087 Business Studies and Russian 445 450 460 478 429 474 474 0
TR089 Business Studies and Polish 405 405 430 422 403 393 444 +51
TR090 Business Studies and Spanish 510 540 515β˜… 529 517β˜… 518 531β˜… +13
TR091 General Nursing (Meath and St James’s) 425 420 425β˜… 410 408β˜… 402 429 +27
TR093 General Nursing (Adelaide School of Nursing) #400 #400 #400 #398β˜… #408 #394 #430 +36
TR095 Mental Health Nursing 405β˜… 415 385 373 389β˜… 361 408 +47
TR097 Intellectual Disability Nursing 400β˜… 385β˜… 385β˜… 381 370β˜… 347 396 +49
TR911 Children’s and General Nursing (Integrated) 490β˜… 505 505 484 473β˜… 485 511 +26
TR913 Midwifery 460β˜… 455 455 456 455β˜… 444 478 +34
Key:β˜…Not all applicants at this level were offered places.β˜…β˜…Applicants are assessed on a music test and interview and on their leaving certificate examination results.β˜…β˜…β˜…Applicants are assessed on a questionnaire and interview and on their leaving certificate examination results.#Applicants are assessed on the HPAT Ireland test and on their leaving certificate examination results.##Applicants must also have returned a questionnaire.

Joint-honours degree courses

Code Course 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Change
TR111 Ancient History and Archaeology & Geography 331 352 +21
TR112 Ancient History and Archaeology & History 505 515β˜… 525 520β˜… 506 531 529 –2
TR113 Ancient History and Archaeology & History of Art and Architecture 435 445β˜… 440 450β˜… 387 346 337 +9
TR114 Ancient History and Archaeology & French 420 395 415 395 376 336 337 +1
TR114 Ancient History and Archaeology & Russian 450 410 410 411 376 336 337 +1
TR114 Ancient History and Archaeology & Irish 336 337 +1
TR117 Ancient History and Archaeology & Religion 368 342 –26
TR547 Ancient History and Archaeology & Middle Eastern, Jewish and Islamic Civilisations 415 395 410 379 379 339 337 –2
TR198 Geography & Economics 490β˜… 500 505β˜… 499β˜… 509β˜… 509β˜… 534 +25
TR322 Geography & History 505β˜… 515β˜… 525 520β˜… 506 531 529 –2
TR326 Geography & German 435 435 405 463 429 336 352 +16
TR326 Geography & French 336 352 +16
TR332 Geography & Sociology 450β˜… 470β˜… 450β˜… 463 456 473 498β˜… +25
TR202 Economics & History 505β˜… 515β˜… 525 520β˜… 509β˜… 531β˜… 534 +3
TR207 Economics & Mathematics 550β˜… 575β˜… 555β˜… 577 565 577 566β˜… –11
TR208 Economics & German 490β˜… 500 505β˜… 499β˜… 509β˜… 509β˜… 534 +25
TR208 Economics & Spanish 490β˜… 500 505β˜… 499β˜… 509β˜… 509β˜… 534 +25
TR209 Economics & Philosophy 490β˜… 500 505β˜… 499β˜… 509β˜… 509β˜… 534 +25
TR212 Economics & Sociology 490β˜… 500 505β˜… 499β˜… 509β˜… 509β˜… 534 +25
TR262 History & English Literature 525β˜… 530β˜… 525 520β˜… 506 531 529 –2
TR325 History & Film Studies 531 529 –2
TR443 History & History of Art and Architecture 505 515β˜… 525 520β˜… 506 531 529 –2
TR554 History & Middle Eastern, Jewish and Islamic Civilisations 505β˜… 515β˜… 525 520β˜… 506 531 529 –2
TR447 History & German 505β˜… 515β˜… 525β˜… 520β˜… 506 531 529 –2
TR447 History & Irish 505β˜… 515β˜… 525 520β˜… 506 531 529 –2
TR447 History & Russian 505β˜… 515β˜… 525 520β˜… 506 531 529 –2
TR447 History & Spanish 505β˜… 515β˜… 525 520β˜… 506 531 529 –2
TR449 History & Philosophy 505β˜… 515β˜… 525 520β˜… 506 531 529 –2
TR454 History & Religion 531 529 –2
TR452 History & Sociology 505β˜… 515β˜… 525 520β˜… 506 531 529 –2
TR166 English Literature & Classical Civilisation 525β˜… 530β˜… 515 507 499β˜… 500 498β˜… –2
TR228 English Literature & Classical Languages 500 498β˜… –2
TR276 English Literature & Drama Studies 525β˜… 530β˜… 515 507 499β˜… 500 498β˜… –2
TR312 English Literature & Film Studies 530β˜… 515 515 507 499β˜… 500 521β˜… +21
TR263 English Literature & History of Art and Architecture 525 530β˜… 515 507 499β˜… 500 498β˜… –2
TR277 English Literature & French 525β˜… 530β˜… 530 507 499β˜… 500 498β˜… –2
TR277 English Literature & German 525β˜… 530β˜… 515β˜… 507 499β˜… 500 498β˜… –2
TR264 English Literature & Irish 525β˜… 530β˜… 515 507 499β˜… 500 498β˜… –2
TR271 English Literature & Russian 525β˜… 530β˜… 515β˜… 507 499β˜… 500 498β˜… –2
TR273 English Literature & Spanish 525β˜… 530β˜… 515 507 499β˜… 500 498β˜… –2
TR269 English Literature & Philosophy 525β˜… 530β˜… 515 507 499β˜… 500 499 –1
TR664 English Literature & Religion 500 498β˜… –2
TR272 English Literature & Sociology 525β˜… 530β˜… 515 507 499β˜… 500 498β˜… –2
TR173 Classical Civilisation & History of Art and Architecture 435 440 440 450β˜… 395 346 335 –11
TR548 Classical Civilisation & Middle Eastern, Jewish and Islamic Civilisations 395 415 410 444 395 339 335 –4
TR177 Classical Civilisation & German 339 335 –4
TR177 Classical Civilisation & Italian 435 415 420β˜… 444 430 339 335 –4
TR177 Classical Civilisation & Irish 420β˜… 415 415 444 395 339 335 –4
TR177 Classical Civilisation & Spanish 450β˜… 475β˜… 470β˜… 444 445β˜… 339 335 –4
TR179 Classical Civilisation & Philosophy 455β˜… 435 475 485β˜… 409 469 499 +30
TR179 Classical Civilisation & Religion 368 342 –26
TR231 History of Art and Architecture & Classical Languages 430 349 –81
TR455 History of Art and Architecture & French 435 440 440 450β˜… 387 346 334 –12
TR455 History of Art and Architecture & Italian 435 440β˜… 440 450β˜… 430 346 334 –12
TR455 History of Art and Architecture & Spanish 450β˜… 475β˜… 475β˜… 450β˜… 445β˜… 346 334 –12
TR479 History of Art and Architecture & Philosophy 455 440 475 485β˜… 409 469 499 +30
TR665 History of Art and Architecture & Religion 368 342 –26
TR233 Classical Languages & Middle Eastern, Jewish and Islamic Civilisations 430 349 –81
TR239 Classical Languages & French 430 349 –81
TR239 Classical Languages & German 430 349 –81
TR563 Middle Eastern, Jewish and Islamic Civilisations & French 420β˜… 390 395 379 339 335 –4
TR563 Middle Eastern, Jewish and Islamic Civilisations & Italian 339 335 –4
TR563 Middle Eastern, Jewish and Islamic Civilisations & Irish 420β˜… 390 415 379 379 339 335 –4
TR563 Middle Eastern, Jewish and Islamic Civilisations & Spanish 450β˜… 475β˜… 470β˜… 409 445β˜… 339 335 –4
TR564 Middle Eastern, Jewish and Islamic Civilisations & Music 420 388 –32
TR565 Middle Eastern, Jewish and Islamic Civilisations & Religion 368 342 –26
TR635 Music & Drama Studies 415 415 435 469 431 420 473 +53
TR320 Music & Film Studies 415 455 485β˜… 500 467 478 521β˜… +43
TR598 Music & Mathematics 550β˜… 575β˜… 555β˜… 577 565 577 566β˜… –11
TR636 Music & French 420β˜… 415 435 430β˜… 431 420 388 –32
TR636 Music & German 420 388 –32
TR636 Music & Irish 420β˜… 415 435 430 431 420 388 –32
TR636 Music & Spanish 420 388 –32
TR629 Music & Philosophy 455β˜… 435β˜… 475 485β˜… 431 469 499 +30
TR638 Music & Religion 420 388 –32
TR311 Drama Studies & Film Studies 415 455 480β˜… 500 467 478 521β˜… +43
TR323 Drama Studies & Italian 435 405 420β˜… 469 430 367 473 +106
TR323 Drama Studies & Russian 450 410 410 469 400 367 473 +106
TR323 Drama Studies & Spanish 450β˜… 475β˜… 470β˜… 469 445β˜… 367 473 +106
TR755 Drama Studies & Sociology 450β˜… 470β˜… 450β˜… 469 456 473 498β˜… +25
TR324 Film Studies & French 420β˜… 455 485β˜… 500 467 478 521β˜… +43
TR324 Film Studies & Spanish 450β˜… 475β˜… 485β˜… 500 467 478 521β˜… +43
TR597 Mathematics & Irish 577 521β˜… –56
TR597 Mathematics & Russian 577 521β˜… –56
TR599 Mathematics & Philosophy 550β˜… 575β˜… 555β˜… 577β˜… 565 577 521β˜… –56
TR639 Philosophy & French 455β˜… 435 475 485β˜… 409 469 499 +30
TR639 Philosophy & German 455β˜… 435 475 485β˜… 409 469 499 +30
TR639 Philosophy & Russian 455β˜… 435 475 485β˜… 409 469 499 +30
TR662 Philosophy & Sociology 455β˜… 470β˜… 475 485β˜… 456 473 499 +26
TR666 Religion & French 368 342 –26
TR666 Religion & German 368 342 –26
TR666 Religion & Italian 368 342 –26
TR666 Religion & Russian 368 342 –26
TR756 Sociology & French 450β˜… 470β˜… 450β˜… 462β˜… 456 473 498β˜… +25
TR756 Sociology & Irish 450β˜… 470β˜… 450β˜… 462β˜… 456 473 498β˜… +25
TR756 Sociology & Spanish 450 475β˜… 470β˜… 462β˜… 456 473 498β˜… +25
TR667 French & Modern Language 398 403 +5
TR668 German & Modern Language 379 389 +10
TR669 Irish & Modern Language 487 368 –119
TR670 Italian & Modern Language 420 381 –39
TR671 Russian & Modern Language 390 332 –58
TR672 Spanish & Modern Language 357 336 –21

Key:β˜…Not all applicants at this level were offered places.Note:Following the change from TSM to joint-honours degree courses, some new course codes may not correspond with those from previous years.

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