There has been a drop in the number of people applying for information and technology courses, despite the demand for graduates in the industry.
The latest figures published by the CAO (Central Applications Office), the state body which processes college and higher education admissions, showed that while information and communication technologies (ICT) courses remained popular, the number of first preference applications for level 8, or undergraduate, ICT courses had dropped by 5 per cent compared with last year.
There was also a fall in applications to level 8 arts, humanities and social science courses. The number of first preference applications for arts, typically one of the most popular types of courses, dropped by 5 per cent.
Humanities dropped by 6 per cent, languages by 5