There has been a big increase in the number of Irish students applying for college courses this year 5 years ago

There has been a big increase in the number of Irish students applying for college courses this year

76,000 students have applied, with law, engineering and architecture proving popular.

For the third year in succession, the amount of students in Ireland applying for third-level education has increased.

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RTÉ has reported the findings of the latest CAO data, which illustrates that 2016 has seen a 2% rise in the number of applications, an increase in line with the last two years of improvement.

As already mentioned, courses like engineering, architecture and law are a big hit with secondary school applicants, with the the two former courses seeing a 13% rise in applications.

Meanwhile, there has been a 6% increase in the number of people applying to law, while nursing has seen an 11% improvement in interest.

Additionally, some 1,700 students from Northern Ireland have applied to third level institutions in the Republic.