Record Number Of Students Offered Places In Basket Weaving



With the release of this year’s CAO points, thousands of anxious students have been offered places in courses at many of the country’s leading third level institutions.

Competition for places is high and some courses have seen demand increase, while some students have been left disappointed by the increase in points in their favoured courses. This is none more true than in the case of Basket Weaving at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology.

“The previous record number of applications for the course came in 1996 with the 6 places filled, but that was of course, thanks to Mary Robinson, the president at the time, being pictured with a basket. The attention was just overwhelming and now with this year in full flow we’ve had 8 applicants; I’ve been run off my feet,” shared course co-ordinator Dr. Maura Hughes.

Dr. Hughes stated it was a proud day in the history of Irish basket weaving to see such an increase in demand for places and she was delighted to have offered 8 students a place on the course despite it meaning an increase in her workload.

“I’ll be working an 80 week, but this is what happens when demand for a course explodes on this level,” Dr. Hughes added.

Basket Weaving has capitalised on the fact many students feared the course they wanted would be oversubscribed so they chose less well known courses, which are often skill based, in the hope of ensuring their place at a third level institute.

Professor Colm Gargle, head of the BOMAD course at Griffith college, sought to explain this trend.

“Kids emerging from school these days are looking at a world void of opportunity and they must maximise the potential their background provides”.

Prof Gargle’s reassuring words continued when talking about the course he himself helms. “With the Bank of Mom and Dad course we’re giving students a great foundation in and understanding of the techniques required to make it possible to live off your parents well into your 30s”.

There are of course some students who are as the educational phrase goes ‘not made for school’ but there is even a course for these individuals.

Lorraine McHale is responsible for implementing a new course in CIT entitled ‘certificate and degree making’.

“The course does what it says on the tin I suppose, those enrolled in the course will learn how to make the certificates, diplomas and degrees which students up and down country receive at the end of their studies”.