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School Leavers (Irish Leaving Certificate)


Applications must be made through the Central Applications Office (CAO) in accordance with the rules and guidelines contained in the CAO handbook.
An applicant can apply for up to 10 programmes of study in order of preference. (Undergraduate Prospectus)

The current schedule of closing dates is as follows:

Normal Closing Date Late Application Date Change of Mind
1st February 1st May 1st July

Applications can be made by paper or online at www.cao.ie

Specific Subject Requirements for Entry to a Programme (Programme Requirements)

The specific subject requirements for entry to a programme of study are outlined in the next section. In addition to these requirements, applicants must satisfy the minimum entry requirements for admissions to the university.

 

Minimum Entry Requirements for Admission to the University (Minimum Entry Requirements)

Leaving Certificate - Minimum Entry Requirements for Entry to Degree Programmes

Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: Two H5 (Higher level) grades and  Four O6 (Ordinary level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades.

 

Leaving Certificate - Minimum Entry Requirements for Certificate/Diploma Equine Science

Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of five subjects which must include: Five O6 (Ordinary Level) grades or five H7 (Higher Level) grades.

 

Notes

For the purposes of satisfying minimum entry requirements

- Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.

- An F6 (Foundation Level) grade in Mathematics can be used as an alternate to an O6 (Ordinary Level) grade and can be used to satisfy the Mathematics subject requirement.

- Foundation Irish and the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP) are not recognised.

- Candidates who have  a hearing impairment or a specific learning difficulty may apply for an exemption from the second language requirement. A language exemption can only apply to those programmes where the second language requirement is an O6 (Ordinary Level) grade or a H7 (Higher Level) grade.

Candidates may continue to fulfil programme requirements and minimum entry requirements from more than one sitting of the Leaving Certificate.

Pre-2017 Leaving Certificate

 

Leaving Certificate - Specific Subject Requirements for Entry to Programmes of Study

To find the specific subject requirements for individual programmes please view the Undergraduate Prospectus.  It should be noted that candidates may continue to fulfil minimum and specific subject requirements for more than one sitting of the Leaving Cert.

Pre-2017 Leaving Certificate

Leaving Certificate - Points Scoring

 

 

 

 Grade

%Mark Points Higher Level Points Ordinary Level

H1/O1

90 - 100 100 56

H2/O2

80 < 90 88 46

H3/O3

70 < 80 77 37

H4/O4

60 < 70 66 28

H5/O5

50 < 60 56 20

H6/O6

40 < 50 46 12

H7/O7

30 < 40 37 0

 

Recognition of Pre-2017 Leaving Certificate

Due to the number and calibre of applicants, qualified candidates to all undergraduate degree programmes are places in order of merit based on a points system. Points are awarded for the best six subjects from one sitting of the Leaving Certificate. The Leaving Certificate Vocation programme (LCVP) can also be included in the calculation of points scores.

  Foundation Maths Foundation Irish
Fulfilling Minimum Entry Requirements Yes No
Fulfilling Specific Subject Requirements No No
Included in Calculating Points Scores No No

Revised Scoring for LCVP Link Modules

LCVP LINK MODULES GRADE  POINTS
Distinction 66
Merit 46
Pass 28

 

Subject Combination for Points Scores

There are restrictions in the use of combinations of certain Leaving Certificate subjects for the purposes of satisfying Minimum Entry Requirements.

  • Physics and physics and chemistry count as one subject
  • Chemistry and physics and chemistry count as one subject
  • Physics, chemistry and physics and chemistry count as two subjects.
  • Home economics (scientific and social), home economics (general) and home economics (single course), any combination counts as one subject.
  • English, English composition count as one subject.
  • Music, music and musicianship, music and musicianship a, music and musicianship b, any combination counts as one subject.

Pre-2017 Leaving Certificate