ADMISSION TO UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMMES

The application process and entry requirements required for admission to University College Cork vary depending on whether an applicant is an EU or a Non-EU applicant.

Under the EU/EEA/Swiss Agreement, students from EEA countries and Switzerland will be treated the same with regards to nationality as EU nationals. Students from these countries, who meet the criteria of the free fees scheme including residency in another member state may be deemed eligible for free fees.

An EU applicant is defined as one who meets the criteria outlined in category A or, alternatively, B or C below:

Criteria for determining the EU status of an applicant

(A) EU and eligibilty for FREE FEES SCHEME:

First time undergraduate i.e. cannot possess a previous degree qualification or have attended third level within the previous five years

AND

Nationality Test - Must hold one of the following:

AND

Previous Work/Studies Test

With effect from the academic year 2013/14, a ‘Change of Nationality’ clause formed part of the Free Fees Schemes.  Students who acquire EEA citizenship during their third level studies may be entitled to free tuition fees for the remainder of their course of study as follows:

In order to be eligible under this ‘Change of Nationality’ clause students must have met all other criterion of the Free Fees Schemes, apart from nationality, at date of entry to their course of study

(B) EU and liable for EU TUITION FEES (Nationality Test)

Must hold one of the following:

AND

Previous Studies Test:

Where an applicant has received ALL his/her full time post- primary education within the EU/EEA/Swiss States, but has not been resident for three of the five years immediately prior to University entry.

(C) EU and liable for EU TUITION FEES (Residency Test)

A P21 form will be required in both instances.

AND

Previous Work Test (Applicable where student was not in full time education)

For each of the above criteria, documentary evidence in relation to status will be sought where it is deemed necessary. An applicant who does not meet the above criteria is a Non-EU applicant. Please note that the initial status assigned to a student upon entry to the University will be applied for the duration of their programme i.e. students classified for fee purposes, as Non-EU will not be permitted to change the fee status following admission. The exception to this is Non-EU students awarded official refugee status whilst pursuing their course of study at UCC, in which case the status can be changed from Non-EU to EU at the start of the next academic year. Students who have been classified as non-EU for undergraduate registration will retain this status for postgraduate registration also unless they have worked full-time for a period of at least three years in an EU Member State prior to the commencement of the postgraduate course.

Following the Minister for Education’s announcement on Friday, 14 March 2014 regarding changes to how third level fees for the children of Irish emigrants will be assessed; the current position is as follows:

Once an applicant has established their EU or Non-EU status they should then follow the application process outlined in:

The following sections outline the process and criteria for admission for the 2016/2017 academic year:

EU/EEA AND SWISS STATES APPLICATION PROCESS

EU/EEA and Swiss States applications for entry to the first year of all full-time undergraduate honours degree programmes are processed through the Central Applications Office (CAO).

Applicants should apply on-line at: www.cao.ie. Forms may also be obtained by writing directly to the CAO (Tower House, Eglinton Street, Galway, Ireland).

DATE OF APPLICATION

Completed applications must be received in the Central Applications Office (Tower House, Eglinton Street, Galway, Ireland) normally on or before 1st February of the year of proposed entry.

LATE APPLICATION

With the exception of EU/EEA and Swiss States applicants making a mature student application or applying for a restricted application programme, other applicants, for an additional fee, may make a late application to the CAO. Late applications are those which are received in the CAO between 2nd February and 1st May (inclusive). The latest date for receipt of completed CAO application forms is 1st May (5.15 p.m.) each year. Such applicants are not penalised in regard to programme choice, apart from restricted application programmes, which are detailed in the CAO Handbook and below:

UCC Restricted Application Programmes

An EU/EEA/Swiss States student registered in any year of an Irish third level programme that they accessed via CAO, who is competing on the basis of school leaving results, may make a late application to the CAO up to 22nd July, 2016 for the first year of another programme (apart from Restricted Application programmes). These late applications must be stamped by the Admissions Office, UCC. Applicants must write their previous CAO application number on the top of Page 1 of the Application Form.

All late applicants are required to pay an additional CAO Application Fee.

MINIMUM AGE REQUIREMENTS

CAO applicants for full-time degrees must normally have reached 17 years of age by 15th January of the year following entry to UCC. Where a candidate below that age seeks to enter UCC, special application for exemption from the age requirement must be made in writing to the Admissions Officer, and should preferably be accompanied by a letter of support from the School Principal and a parent.

CATEGORY OF APPLICATION

Eligible EU/EEA and Swiss States applicants may make an application for consideration for full-time degree programmes in the following categories:

CAO APPLICANTS:

An eligible applicant may apply and compete for a place in more than one category. The criteria for entry and selection are outlined in the following sections.

Applications from School Leavers

To compete for a place as a School Leaver an applicant must satisfy the minimum entry and any specific programme requirements outlined in Table 1 and then compete on the basis of the results obtained in school leaving qualifications or in the case of Medicine (CK701) school leaving qualifications and the HPAT result.

TABLE 1: MINIMUM ENTRY AND SPECIFIC PROGRAMME REQUIREMENTS FOR 2016/2017

PLEASE NOTE THESE REQUIREMENTS APPLY TO SEPTEMBER 2016 IRISH LEAVING CERTIFICATE ENTRANTS (equivalent qualifications are required for EU/EEA and Swiss States students presenting with other School Leaving Qualifications). For example those presenting GCE/GCSE results may satisfy the minimum entry requirements by passing the GCE/GCSE in six subjects obtaining passes in GCE (A Levels) in two subjects at Grade C or better and the remaining four subjects at either GCSE (Grades A - C) or the GCE (A Level) (Grades A - E) or a combination of both, provided the minimum entry requirements and additional programme requirements outlined in Table 1 are satisfied. Contact the Admissions Office, UCC for details (admissions@ucc.ie) .

Details on A Level Entry Requirements are available here

Details on EU non Irish Entry Requirements are available here

LEAVING CERTIFICATE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

HONOURS BACHELORS DEGREE PROGRAMMES (Level 8) IN THE COLLEGE OF ARTS, CELTIC STUDIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

CAO CODE PROGRAMME
DESCRIPTION
MINIMUM ENTRY REQUIREMENTS ADDITIONAL PROGRAMME REQUIREMENTS
(These count towards satisfying minimum entry requirements)
CK101 Arts Minimum Grade HC3 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at H or O level in the Leaving Certificate from Irish*, English, another language* and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes. None
CK102 Social Science None
CK104 Arts with Music Applicants are required to pass
a special music test
CK105 Film and Screen Media None
CK106 Applied Psychology None
CK107 Geographical and Archaeological Sciences None
CK108 Arts (International) None
CK109 English None
CK110 World Languages HB3 in a language recognised for matriculation purposes other than English
CK111 Early Years and Childhood Studies# None
CK112 Drama & Theatre Studies Applicants are required to pass
a special drama test and attend a workshop
CK113 Criminology None
 CK116**  BEd Sports Studies and Physical Education# None
CK117 Economics (through Transformational Learning) None
CK118 Digital Humanities and Information Technology   None

* Applicants should refer to the section Requirements with Regard to Irish and Third Language.
# Garda vetting will be required for students on these programmes.

**This programme is subject to the University's Fitness to Practise Policy. See here.

HONOURS BACHELORS DEGREE PROGRAMMES (Level 8) IN THE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND LAW

CAO CODE

PROGRAMME
DESCRIPTION
MINIMUM ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
ADDITIONAL
PROGRAMME
REQUIREMENTS

(These count towards satisfying
minimum entry requirements)
CK201 Commerce Minimum Grade HC3 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at H or O level in the Leaving
Certificate from Irish*, English, another
language*, Mathematics and two other subjects recognised
for entry purposes.
None
CK202 Accounting None
CK203 Business Information
Systems
None
CK204 Finance None
CK205 Commerce (International)
with French
HC1 in French
CK206 Commerce (International)
with German
HC1 in a language recognised for
Matriculation purposes, other than
English
CK207 Commerce (International)
with Italian
HC1 in a language recognised for
Matriculation purposes, other than
English
CK208 Commerce (International)
with Hispanic Studies
HC1 in a language recognised for
Matriculation purposes, other than
English
CK209 Commerce (International)
with Irish
HC1 in Irish
CK211 Commerce (International)
with Chinese Studies
HC1 in a language recognised for
Matriculation purposes, other than
English
CK210 Government None
CAO CODE PROGRAMME
DESCRIPTION
MINIMUM ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
ADDITIONAL PROGRAMME REQUIREMENTS
(These count towards satisfying minimum entry requirements)
CK301 Law (Pathways) Minimum Grade HC3 in two
subjects and passes in four other subjects at H or O
level in the Leaving Certificate from Irish*, English,
another language* and three other subjects
recognised for entry purposes.    
None
CK302 Law and French HC1 in French
CK304 Law and Irish HC1 in Irish
CK307 Law and Business None

* Applicants should refer to the section Requirements with Regard to Irish and the Third Language.

HONOURS BACHELORS DEGREE PROGRAMMES (Level 8) IN THE COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, ENGINEERING AND FOOD

CAO CODE PROGRAMME
DESCRIPTION
MINIMUM ENTRY REQUIREMENTS ADDITIONAL PROGRAMME REQUIREMENTS
(These count towards satisfying minimum entry requirements)
CK401 Computer Science Minimum Grade HC3 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at H or O level in the Leaving Certificate from Irish*, English, Mathematics and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes. None
CK407 Mathematical Sciences HB3 in Mathematics
CK402 Biological and
Chemical Sciences
Minimum Grade HC3 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at H or O level in the Leaving Certificate from Irish*, English, Mathematics, one laboratory science subject (i.e. Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (joint) or Agricultural Science) and two other subjects recognised for entry
purposes.    
HC3 in either a Laboratory
Science Subject or Mathematics
or Applied Mathematics
CK404 Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences
CK406 Chemical Sciences
CK408 Physics and
Astrophysics
CK405 Genetics HC3 in Biology
CR320 Biomedical Science (offered jointly by UCC and CIT - see CR320 on page 27 in the CAO Handbook) Minimum Grade HC3 in one of Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (joint) and in one other subject and passes in four other subjects at H or O Level in the Leaving Certificate from Irish*, English, Mathematics and two other subjects recognised for entry purposes. None
CAO CODE PROGRAMME
DESCRIPTION


MINIMUM ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
ADDITIONAL PROGRAMME REQUIREMENTS
(These count towards satisfying minimum entry requirements)
CK504 Nutritional Sciences Minimum Grade HC3 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at H or O level in the Leaving Certificate from Irish*, English, Mathematics, one laboratory science subject (i.e. Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (joint) or Agricultural Science) and two other subjects recognised for entry purposes. HC3 in either a Laboratory
Science Subject or Mathematics
or Applied Mathematics
CK505 Food Science
CK502 Food Marketing and Entrepreneurship Minimum Grade HC3 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at H or O level in the Leaving Certificate from Irish*, English, Mathematics and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.   None
CK506 International Development and Food Policy None
CAO CODE PROGRAMME
DESCRIPTION
MINIMUM ENTRY REQUIREMENTS ADDITIONAL PROGRAMME REQUIREMENTS
(These count towards satisfying minimum entry requirements)
CK600 NPF** No Preference Engineering Minimum Grade HC3 in two subjects (one of which must be Mathematics or Applied Mathematics; (if the HC3 is in Applied Mathematics, a HD2 in Mathematics is also a pre-requisite), and passes in four other subjects at H or O level in the Leaving Certificate in Irish*, English, one laboratory science subject (i.e. Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (joint) or Agricultural Science) or Technology and two other subjects recognised for entry requirements.       None

CK600 PCE**

Process and Chemical
Engineering
None

CK600 CEE**

Civil and Environmental Engineering None
CK600 NRG** Energy Engineering None
CK600 EEE** Electrical and Electronic Engineering None
CK606 Architecture Minimum Grade HC3 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at H or O level in the Leaving Certificate from Irish*, English, Mathematics and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes. None

* Applicants should refer to the section Requirements with Regard to Irish and Third language.
**Student applies to the single code CK600 - students select one of the options NPF, PCE, CEE, NRG or EEE. NPF: Applicants for NPF decide on their stream at the end of First Year. Choice may be restricted subject to discipline capacities.

HONOURS BACHELOR DEGREE PROGRAMMES (Level 8) IN THE COLLEGE OF MEDICINE AND HEALTH

CAO CODE PROGRAMME
DESCRIPTION
MINIMUM ENTRY REQUIREMENTS ADDITIONAL PROGRAMME REQUIREMENTS
(These count towards satisfying minimum entry requirements)
CK701 Medicine #+*% (Undergraduate Entry) (as above) Minimum Grade HC3 in Chemistry and in either Physics or Biology and passes at H or O level in the Leaving Certificate in Irish*, English, another language*, and Mathematics
Minimum 480 Leaving Certificate points (or equivalent). Subject and Leaving Certificate points requirements must be achieved in the same sitting of the Leaving Certificate (or equivalent) examination. Candidates must also present a valid HPAT score**.
CK702 Dentistry #+*% None
CK703 BPharm/MPharm +#*% None
CK704 Occupational Therapy+#% Minimum Grade HC3 in two subjects, one of which must be a laboratory science subject (i.e. Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (Joint) or Agricultural Science) and passes in four subjects from Irish*, English, another language*, Mathematics and one other subject recognised for entry purposes. None
CK705 Speech and Language Therapy+#% Six subjects in the Leaving Certificate from Irish*, English, another language, Mathematics, a laboratory science subject (i.e. Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (Joint) or Agricultural Science) and one other subject recognised as meeting minimum entry requirements. Both the science subject and an additional language* (not English) must be at minimum HC3 grade. None
CK706 Public Health and Health Promotion# Minimum Grade HC3 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at H or O level in the Leaving Certificate from Irish*, English, another language*, Mathematics, one laboratory science subject (i.e. Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (joint) or Agricultural Science) and one other subject recognised for entry purposes. HC3 in either a Laboratory Science subject or Mathematics or Applied Mathematics
CK710 General Nursing#+•*% Minimum Grade HC3 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at H or O level in the Leaving Certificate from Irish*, English, Mathematics, one laboratory science subject (i.e. Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (joint) or Agricultural Science) and two other subjects recognised for entry purposes. None
CK712 Children's and General Nursing (Integrated)#+•*% None
CK720 Mental Health Nursing#+•*% None
CK730 Intellectual Disability Nursing#+• *% None
CK740 Midwifery#+•*% None

* Applicants should refer to the section Requirements with Regard to Irish and Third Language.
# Garda vetting will be required for students on these programmes
+ Health screening requirements must be satisfied for these programmes
• Applicants who have previously been unsuccessful (academic and/or placement) in Medicine or any Nursing or Midwifery programme are deemed not to be “in good standing” and will only be considered for re-entry to Medicine or Nursing or Midwifery in UCC on a case-by- case application basis.  These will be considered by the relevant Programme Board and applicants should include any details of extenuating circumstances with their application.
*These programmes are subject to the University's Fitness to Practise Policy, see here.  
%All students in the College of Medicine and Health (with the exception of CK706, Public Health) are:

**HPAT - Ireland

The admissions test selected by the Irish Medical Schools is called HPAT- Ireland (Health Professions Admission Test - Ireland). This test is independently administered by ACER (Australian Council for Educational Research). ACER has an excellent international reputation and a track record in the development, management and research of selection tests for undergraduate medical and health related programmes. The HPAT-Ireland test measures a candidate's logical reasoning and problem solving skills as well as non-verbal reasoning and the ability to understand the thoughts, behaviour and/or intentions of people. It does not test academic knowledge and candidates do not require special understanding of any academic discipline. However, some familiarity with the question types typically presented in HPAT-Ireland may be an advantage and therefore sample questions are available at www.hpat-ireland.acer.edu.au. The test will complement the Leaving Certificate Examination assessment for selecting applicants for admission to an undergraduate Medical School.

Format of Test
The HPAT-Ireland test is a 2½ hour paper-based test consisting of three modules or sections:

  Weighting
(i) Logical Reasoning and Problem Solving 2
(ii) Interpersonal Understanding 2
(iii) NonVerbal Reasoning 1

All questions are in multiple choice format with 4 or 5 possible responses, from which the candidate is asked to choose the most appropriate response. There is only one correct response. Further details regarding the test, including the approximate number of questions in each section, can be found at www.hpat-ireland.acer.edu.au. Reasonable accommodations will be made for students who might require special testing conditions.  Such students should contact ACER online as soon as possible after registration.

Scoring of Test
The sections are not weighted equally. Sections (i) and (ii) have a weighting of 2 and Section (iii) has a weighting of 1. The maximum score a candidate can receive is 300. In addition to the overall score, HPAT-Ireland candidates will also receive an overall percentile rank to give them an indication of how well they performed against other HPAT-Ireland candidates.

Application procedure and cost
In addition to their application to the CAO, www.cao.ie, students must also apply directly to ACER to complete the HPAT-Ireland test. Applicants for the test will apply on-line to ACER at www.hpat-ireland.acer.edu.au. The cost of applying to the HPAT-Ireland test in 2016 will be approximately €120.00 per candidate. This fee will cover on-line registration for the test, materials required for the paper test, provision of test results to the candidate and the transfer of results to the CAO.

Test date
The only sitting of the HPAT-Ireland test in 2016 will take place on a date to be confirmed. There will be no alternative test date for HPAT-Ireland. If, for any reason, a candidate is unable to sit the test on the date, the only option available will be to sit the test in 2017 or later. HPAT results are valid for one year only.

Test centres
Test centres will be located in Cork, Dublin, Galway, the North-west and the South-East (details to be confirmed). Every effort will be made to accommodate applicants in their preferred test centre. However, as capacity in some test centres may be limited, places in those venues will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. Early application for the test is advised.

Important Dates

CAO application - www.cao.ie From early November but no later than 1 February, 2016 at 17:15 hrs (N.B: All medical programmes will now have this restricted entry. Final closing date of 1 February).

HPAT-Ireland test registration period - www.hpat-ireland.acer.edu.au

Mid-November until 2016 (full date to be confirmed)

Late HPAT-Ireland test registration period. Supplementary fee payable.

23:59hrs on 1 February (to allow some time after CAO closing date). No registration after this deadline

Date of HPAT-Ireland test

date to be confirmed

Collation of HPAT-Ireland test score and school-leaving results

10 to 13 August 2016 (provisional)

Round 1 CAO offers

Monday, 15 August 2016 (provisional) to be confirmed

Allocation of places based on the combination of Leaving Certificate Examination results and the HPAT-Ireland score

For school-leaving applicants who meet the minimum subject entry requirements and the 480 points criterion in the same sitting of the Leaving Certificate examination, allocation of places for Medicine will be determined on the basis of a combination of the Leaving Certificate Examination (LCE) score and the HPAT-Ireland score. The sole competitive selection criterion for entry to medicine will be on the basis of the weighted combination of the Leaving Certificate Examination up to 550 points and the HPAT-Ireland. Before the scores are combined, Leaving Certificate Examination scores above 550 points will be adjusted, to a maximum score of 560 points (or 565 if Bonus Points for Honours Mathematics are included) (see table below). This is to strike an appropriate balance between the perceived pressures while at the same time recognising excellence when it has been achieved.

Table: Adjusted points from 550 points

Normal Leaving Certificate points

Adjusted Leaving Certificate points Leaving Certificate points with bonus points for Honours Maths

Adjusted Leaving Certificate points

550 550 575 555
555 551 580 556
560 552 585 557
565 553 590 558
570 554 595 559
575 555 600 560
580 556 605 561
585 557 610 562
590 558 615 563
595 559 620 564
600 560 625 565

For CAO applicants to Medicine, the maximum achievable score will be 865; 565 as the maximum score based on the Leaving Certificate Examination (after adjustment) and 300 as the maximum score based on the HPAT-Ireland
For Example:

The Leaving Certificate and the HPAT-Ireland scores will be combined and recorded as a special CAO points score in the case of medicine programmes. The combined score will then be used to offer a place to an applicant for the highest of their programme choices to which they are entitled (if any), in line with standard CAO procedures, www.cao.ie.

* Requirements With Regard To Irish and Third Language

1. The basic requirement with regard to Irish

Candidates born in the Republic of Ireland (26 counties) must pass Irish in the Leaving Certificate or GCE/GCSE Examinations. This requirement applies whether the candidate is presenting the Leaving Certificate or another examination for matriculation, unless one of the conditions for an exemption, as set out at 3 below, is satisfied.

2. Exemption from Irish for candidates born in Northern Ireland/United Kingdom

Candidates from Northern Ireland/United Kingdom presenting GCE/GCSE qualifications will automatically be granted exemption from Irish. It is not necessary for them to apply to the NUI.

3. Other exemptions from Irish

The following candidates may claim exemption from the requirement of presenting Irish for Matriculation Registration purposes:

(i) Candidates born outside the Republic of Ireland (26 counties)
Candidates (apart from those born in Northern Ireland/United Kingdom as referred to at 2 above) are required to complete sections A and B of the Exemption Application Form and send this with a copy of their birth certificate to the NUI.

(ii) Candidates born in the Republic of Ireland (26 counties) but

Note: N.B. In all of these cases, candidates must complete Section A of the Exemption Application Form, have Section C of the Form completed and signed by the Principal/Head of their school and send the completed form to the NUI. The form can be downloaded from the NUI website at www.nui.ie.

(iii) Candidates submitting a Certificate of Exemption on the basis of a Specific Learning Disability affecting basic language skills in the mother tongue (Department of Education and Skills revision of Rule 46 'Rules and Programmes for Secondary Schools' in relation to exemption from Irish (Circular letter M10/94 - 1(c)(i)).

Any candidate who is granted exemption from Irish on this ground in school and who intends applying for a place in a Constituent University or Recognised College, is required to send to the NUI:

Applications for exemption from Irish will also be considered from the following candidates:

(iv) Candidates who have not received a DES Certificate of Exemption (see (iii) above) but who are certified by a professional psychologist as having a Specific Learning Disability affecting basic language skills in the mother tongue (e.g. a dyslexic condition warranting exemption)

Candidates in this situation are required to send to the NUI:

It should be noted that psychologists' reports certifying learning disability should be no more than three years old i.e. where candidates apply during the 2015/2016 academic year, reports should be dated no later than 1 September 2014. See also note at 6.2. Candidates granted exemption from Irish in accordance with (iii) or (iv) above will also be granted exemption from the Third Language requirement.

Where the candidate intends to present another language (apart from English) as a Leaving Certificate subject, the rationale for presenting the other language, while seeking exemption from Irish on the basis of a learning disability affecting language skills, must be set out clearly and accompany the application for exemption.

4. It should be noted that

Applicants seeking an exemption in Irish should:

  1. contact the NUI (49 Merrion Square, Dublin 2, Tel: 01 4392424) regarding the Exemption Application process;
  2. forward the Certificate of Exemption, once received, to the CAO.

Third Language

Students with Dyslexic Conditions

The NUI is also prepared to consider applications seeking exemption from the Third Language requirement from students who are certified by a qualified professional psychologist as having a Specific Learning Disability affecting basic language skills in the mother tongue (e.g. a dyslexic condition warranting exemption). Such applications are considered on an individual basis and may be presented to the University at any stage following completion of the Junior Certificate. Applicants are required to send to the NUI:

Exemption Application Forms and NUI Certification Forms are available from the National University of Ireland, 49 Merrion Square, Dublin 2 (Tel: 01 4392424), or may be downloaded from www.nui.ie/college

It should be noted that psychologists' reports certifying learning difficulty should be no more than three years old i.e. where candidates apply during the 2016/2017 academic year, reports should be dated no earlier than 1 September 2013. Candidates granted exemption from Irish in accordance with provisions 5.3(iii) and (iv) in the NUI Handbook* in relation to Irish will also be granted exemption from the Third Language requirement.

*please see www.nui.ie/college/entry-requirements.asp

Hearing-impaired Candidates

Students who are certified to the National University of Ireland by an appropriate professional authority as having serious hearing impairment are permitted to matriculate in six subjects as follows:

UCC SCORING SCHEME 2016

Once school leaving applicants have satisfied the above matriculation requirements they then compete (with the exception of applicants for Medicine (CK701)), with other qualified applicants, on the basis of the following scoring scheme and conditions. (For the scoring scheme for Medicine (CK701), please see here.)

Leaving Certificate Grade Higher Paper Points Lower Paper Points
A1
A2
100
90
60
50
B1
B2
B3
85
80
75
45
40
35
C1
C2
C3
70
65
60
30
25
20
D1
D2
D3
55
50
45
15
10
5

25 bonus points are awarded to students who have passed the Honours Mathematics examination in the Irish Leaving Certificate or equivalent, where the subject 'Mathematics' is one of the best six subjects following the addition of the bonus points.

Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP) Link Modules

UCC awards the following points to the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme Link Modules:

Distinction  70 points  
 Merit  50 points
 Pass  30 points
  1. Points are calculated on the basis of the six best recognised subjects taken at one examination sitting.  An applicant can present for a school-leaving examination in two or more years (with the exception of Medicine (CK701)) and the applicant will be credited with the highest points achieved in one of these sittings.

    Students wishing to be considered for undergraduate entry to Medicine (CK701) are required to meet the points and matriculation requirements in the same sitting of the Leaving Certificate. They are also required to sit the HPAT examination in the same year of application.

    While Link Modules are counted for point scoring purposes they may not be counted as one of the six subjects to satisfy minimum entry requirements.
  2. The one examination sitting restriction is applicable for points purposes only and does not affect the separate minimum entry requirements of the National University of Ireland i.e. it is still possible to satisfy the minimum entry and additional programme requirements over more than one year (except in the case of undergraduate entry to Medicine (CK701)).
  3. Medicine (CK701) - Allocation of places based on the combination of Leaving Certificate Examination results and the HPAT-Ireland score, please see here.

UCC generally distinguishes between EU/EEA/Swiss States applicants on equal point scores by appending to each score a random, computer-generated number. Where there are more applicants than there are places at the final cut-off point for a particular programme, the random number system is applied to select students. It should be noted that entry points are not predetermined, but depend on the number and standard of applicants in a particular year.

ALLOCATION/ACCEPTANCE OF PLACES

The CAO will inform all applicants as soon as possible after the issue of the Leaving Certificate results (usually mid-August) of the outcome of their applications. Those offered places will be asked to accept their offer with the CAO by a specified date.  In the case of an applicant who fails to reply by the specified date, the offer will lapse and the place will be offered to the candidate next in order of merit, other than in exceptional circumstances.

Applications from Access Students

(a) Higher Education Access Route (HEAR)

The Higher Education Access Route (HEAR) is a college and university scheme which offers places on reduced points and extra college support to school levers from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds who are resident in the Republic of Ireland.   HEAR has been established by a number of Higher Education Institutions based on clear evidence that socio-economic disadvantage has a negative impact on educational achievement at school and progression to higher education.

Only school leavers who provide satisfactory evidence relating to their socio-economic circumstances may compete for a quota of places allocated to applicants on a reduce points basis.  As the minimum entry and subject requirements may differ between colleges and courses, applicants should check the requirements of each preference listed on your CAO form. Students who accept places in University College Cork through HEAR are offered a variety of academic, personal and social supports throughout their undergraduate studies.

Who should apply to HEAR?
School leavers from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds who are under the age of 23 as of 1 January 2016 and who are resident in the Republic of Ireland may apply to HEAR. Mature and FETAC/QQI students have different admission routes and you can get further information on these routes from the Admissions Office in University College Cork.

How to apply to HEAR?

Step 1

Apply online to CAO (www.cao.ie) by 17:15 on 1 February 2016.

Step 2
No later than 17:15 on 1 March 2016, you must indicate in your CAO application that you wish to apply for the HEAR scheme and you must fully and correctly complete all elements of the HEAR form (the HEAR form is part of your CAO application).

Step 3
Submit relevant evidence in support of your application to arrive at CAO by 17:15 on 1 April 2016.

HEAR applications can only be made online at www.cao.ie

More information on HEAR is available from your school Guidance Counsellor or UCC PLUS+ Programme. Information can also be found on www.accesscollege.ie; www.cao.ie; www.ucc.ie/uccplus

Details of post-admission supports for HEAR entrants can also be found on www.accesscollege.ie and www.ucc.ie/uccplus

(b) Disability Access Route to Education (DARE)

The Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) is a supplementary admissions scheme for school leavers with disabilities. DARE was established by a number of Higher Education Institutions as clear evidence shows that disability can have a negative impact on educational attainment at school and on progression to higher education.

School leavers who meet the eligibility criteria compete for a quota of places allocated to applicants on a reduced points basis in UCC. All applicants must meet the Irish Leaving Certificate matriculation/minimum entry and subject requirements (unless exempt by the NUI).

Who Should Apply to DARE?
DARE is for school leavers (under 23 years of age as of January 1st 2016) who have the ability to benefit from and succeed in higher education but who may not be able to meet the points for their preferred course due to the impact of a disability. Mature Students have different admissions routes and you can get further information on these routes from The Mature Student Office, UCC. (T:+353 (0)21-4903670, E: mary.osull@ucc.ie)

How to Apply to DARE?
Step 1
Apply online to CAO (www.cao.ie) by 17.15 on 1 February 2016.

Step 2
Indicate that you wish to apply for DARE and complete section A of the DARE online application by 17.15 on 1 March 2016.

Step 3
Submit relevant evidence in support of your application to arrive at CAO by 17.15 on 1 April 2016.  Please refer to the Pre-Entry Section on the Disability Support Service website:  www.ucc.ie/dss.

More information on DARE is available from your school Guidance Counsellor or UCC Access Office/Disability Office. The Disability Support Service hosts DARE clinics to inform applicants on the DARE application process. The provisional dates for these clinics can be found at www.ucc.ie/dss.

(c) Mature Students

Applications through the CAO from mature students are welcome and quotas are reserved in most programmes for competition among such applicants. In the selection of mature students, criteria other than school-leaving qualifications are taken into account and interviews/assessment tests may be used as part of the assessment procedure for some programmes.

Mature applicants applying for Medicine (CK701) will be asked to present a valid HPAT-Ireland score**. Mature applicants who have not satisfied the specific programme requirements outlined in Table 1 may, on the recommendation of the College/Faculty concerned, be admitted on the grounds of mature years. Requirements for Mature Students and details of selection criteria and test dates are outlined in the Mature Student Guide, which may be obtained from the Mature Student Office, UCC. Applicants are advised to read this guide before applying to the CAO.

Please note that mature applicants for degree programmes in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Science, on completion of their CAO application, are required to register online for the Mature Student Admissions Pathway Test (MSAP) which is the admissions test for mature applicants for all programmes in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences. The Mature Student Admissions Pathway (MSAP) will take place on 5 March 2016.

The purpose of MSAP is to assess the applicant’s ability to understand and analyse material given, to think critically about issues and to organise and express thoughts in a logical and effective way. This test is independently administered by ACER (Australian Council for Educational Research). ACER has an excellent international reputation and a track record in the development, management and research of selection tests for entry to higher education. The MSAP test is a 2 hour paper-based test consisting of two sections.

Format of test:

MODULE 1 - Written English: 1 hour (plus 5 minutes reading & thinking time)

There are two writing tasks. One invites an argumentative response, and the other invites a personal response. Written English is assessed on the following criteria:

Each piece of writing is assessed by two independent markers.

MODULE 2 - Reasoning in the Humanities and Social Sciences: 1 hour

35 multiple-choice questions. Candidates are asked to choose the most appropriate response from four possible answers. There is only one correct response.
Module 2 questions focus on interpretation and understanding of ideas in language. For example:

Scoring of Test
Candidates receive results for all modules of the MSAP test attempted.  MSAP results are reported on a range usually between 50 and 150, with a mean score of 100. The MSAP scale scores reflect the differing abilities of the candidates and different degrees of difficulty of the test items.

Percentile ranks are provided to help make sense of the scaled scores, and indicate the percentage of candidates receiving scores below a certain score. For example, if a score of 117 has a percentile of 80, it means that a candidate who achieves a score of 117 has a higher result than 80% of the candidate population (i.e. they are in the top 20% of the candidate population).

An Overall MSAP score is also reported. Results from Module 1 and the multiple choice modules are averaged.

Candidates who sit for Module 1 and Module 2 receive an MSAP Arts/Humanities Overall score.

Application procedure and cost
In addition to their application to the CAO, www.cao.ie, students must also apply directly to ACER to complete the MSAP-Ireland test. Applicants for the test will apply on-line to ACER at www.msap.acer.edu.au. The cost of applying to the MSAP-Ireland test in 2016/17 is approximately €75 per candidate. A Late application fee of €35 applies between 8 and 21 Feb 2016. This fee will cover on-line registration for the test, materials required for the paper test, provision of test results to the candidate and the transfer of results to the CAO.

Test date
The only sitting of the MSAP-Ireland test in 2016 will take place on 5 March 2016. There will be no alternative test date for MSAP-Ireland. If, for any reason, a candidate is unable to sit the test on that date, the only option available will be to sit the test in 2017 or later. MSAP-Ireland results can be used for application to the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Science for 2 years. Therefore, if a candidate takes the test in 2016, the result can be used for admission in 2016 and 2017 only.

Test centres
Test centres will be located in Cork, Dublin, Galway. Every effort will be made to accommodate applicants in their preferred test centre. However, as capacity in some test centres may be limited, places in those venues will be allocated on a first-come basis. Early application for the test is advised.

Important Dates

CAO application From early-November but no later than 1st February, 2016 at 17:15 hrs
MSAP-Ireland test registration period - Mid-November until - 7 February, 2016
Date of MSAP-Ireland test 5 March 2016
MSAP-Ireland test result to candidates Approx six weeks after the exam date
CAO offers Early July 2016

It should be noted that:

To be eligible to compete for one of these reserved places in 2016, mature student applicants must be 23 years old on or before 1st January, 2016.

Programmes Specifically for Mature Students

The following programmes are available only to students applying on the grounds of mature years:

CAO CODE PROGRAMME
DESCRIPTION

CK115

BSW (Hons) Social Work

CK711

General Nursing

CK713

Children's and
General Nursing (Integrated)

CK721

Mental Health Nursing

CK731

Intellectual Disability Nursing

CK741

Midwifery Nursing

CK114 BSocSc (Hons) Youth and Community Work is available to students applying on the grounds of mature years. It also has a progression route for applicants from the Centre for Adult and Continuing Education who meet the following criteria:

Holders of a 2.1 in the Diploma in Youth and Community Work who subsequently apply for and are offered a place on the degree programme may apply for an exemption from the 10 ECTS module SS1101 Introduction to Youth and Community Work.

A FETAC/QQI route is also available and is outlined in the section pertaining to FETAC/QQI entry.

NURSING/MIDWIFERY DEGREE PROGRAMMES

Mature applicants for any of the Nursing/Midwifery Degree programmes must apply before 1st February, 2016 to the Central Applications Office, Tower House, Eglinton Street, Galway, Tel: (091) 509800 www.cao.ie. Applicants who wish to be considered for a place on the grounds of mature years must enter the appropriate mature applicant course codes (listed above) in their list of course choices.

Please note that there are changes to the mature application process from previous years. Having applied through the CAO before 1 February 2016 at 5.15pm, Mature Applicants must also register and apply through the PAS website www.publicjobs.ie between 15 February and 5 March 2016 at 5.15pm (dates to be confirmed). This is required as PAS undertakes the written assessment on behalf of the Nursing Careers Centre (NCC).

Applicants must log-on to www.publicjobs.ie and if they have not previously registered and are a New User they must ‘Register’ before applying. Applicants must remember their User Name and Password as they will require these to access their Message Board for communications from the PAS e.g. invitation to attend for written assessment, results, etc.

Applicants are asked not to confuse Registering with Applying. Once an applicant has registered they must then access the application form, complete and submit it. The application form will only be available on www.publicjobs.ie between 15 February and 5 March 2016 (dates to be confirmed), under the job category ‘Medical’, sub category ‘Nurse/NurseManagement’

To register and apply with PAS applicants should have to hand their CAO number, a valid e-mail address and their Personal Public Service (PPS) number (if they have one). Please note that once applicants have applied, they are advised to check their Message Board (located within their personal profile) for communications from PAS. If applicants do not complete all steps, their application will not be considered valid and they will receive no further consideration.

Applicants will receive an immediate email confirming that their application has been successfully submitted. This message should be retained. If the confirmation email is not received within two days please contact General Service Recruitment in PAS at (01) 858 7480 immediately.

Entry Requirements for Students Presenting QQI (FETAC) Qualifications

Entry to the first year of a degree programmes at UCC is available on a competitive basis to students who present with one of the QQI (FETAC) qualifications listed below. However, students must meet the component requirements and have achieved distinctions (i.e. 80% or greater) in component awards as outlined on the following pages. The QQI (FETAC) award scheme is presently being updated and the course codes are changing. Please note that the QQI awards now operate the Common Awards Systems (CAS). Please check the QQI website www.qqi.ie for further details.
The following are the QQI (FETAC) Level 5/6 links to UCC programmes:
Level 5 Awards


Code
Title Old Code UCC Programmes
5M2181 Applied Social Studies EASSX CK101,CK102,CK104,CK105,CK106,CK107,CK108,CK109,CK113,CK114,CK117,
CK118,CK210
5M1985 Art AAXXX CK101,CK104,CK105,CK107,CK107,CK108,CK109,CK113,CK117,CK118
5M1984 Art, Craft and Design AACDX CK101,CK104,CK105,CK107,CK108,CK109,CK113,CK117,CK118
5M2468 Business Administration BBSAX CK101,CK104,CK105,CK107,CK108,CK109,CK110,CK113,CK117,CK118,CK201,
CK203, CK210,CK211,CK301
5M2102 Business Studies BBSXX CK101,CK104,CK105,CK107,CK108,CK109,CK110,CK113,CK117,CK118,CK201,
CK203,CK210,CK211,CK301,CK506
  Community Arts ECAXX CK101,CK102,CK104,CK105,CK107,CK108,CK109,CK113,CK114,CK117,CK118
5M2786 Community Care DCHCC CK101,CK102,CK104,CK105,CK107,CK108,CK109,CK113,CK114,CK117,CK118
5M3050 Community Development ECDXX CK101,CK102,CK104,CK105,CK107,CK108,CK109,CK113,CK114,CK117,CK118
5M4468 Community Health Services DCHSX CK101,CK102,CK104,CK105,CK106,CK107,CK108,CK109,CK113,CK114,CK117,
CK118,CK210,CK506,CK710,CK720,CK730
5M0536 Computer Systems and Networks CCNMX CK101,CK104,CK105,CK107,CK108,CK109,CK113,CK117,CK118,CK401
5M2071 Contact Centre Operations BCCOX CK101,CK104,CK105,CK107,CK108,CK109,CK113,CK117,CK118
5M2154 Cultural and Heritage Studies ECHSX CK101,CK102,CK104,CK105,CK107,CK108,CK109,CK110,CK113,CK114,CK117,
CK118
5M2208 Design ADESX CK101,CK104,CK105,CK107,CK108,CK109,CK113,CK117,CK118
5M2009 Early Childhood Care and Education DCHSC CK101,CK102,CK104,CK105,CK107,CK108,CK109,CK111,CK113,CK114,CK117,
CK118
5M0828 eBusiness BEBXX CK101,CK104,CK105,CK107,CK108,CK109,CK113,CK117,CK118,CK203
5M3635 Education and Training EETXX CK101,CK102,CK104,CK105,CK107,CK108,CK109,CK113,CK114,CK117,CK118
  Electronic Technology CELTX CK101,CK104,CK105,CK107,CK108,CK109,CK113,CK117,CK118,CK401,CK408
5M5267 Food Science CASFX CK101,CK104,CK105,CK106,CK107,CK108,CK109,CK113,CK117,CK118,CK401,
CK402, CK404,CK406,CK408,CK504,CK505,CK706
5M3114 General Studies ELAXX/
NFC001
CK101,CK102,CK104,CK105,CK106,CK107,CK108,CK109,CK113,CK114,CK117,
CK118
5M4339 Healthcare Support DHSXX CK101,CK102,CK104,CK105,CK107,CK108,CK109,CK113,CK114,CK117,CK118,
CK710, CK720,CK730
5M2067 Information Processing BIPXX CK101,CK104,CK105,CK107,CK108,CK109,CK113,CK117,CK118,CK203
  Information Technology CITXX CK101,CK104,CK105,CK107,CK108,CK109,CK113,CK117,CK118,CK203,CK401
5M1761 Intellectual Disability Practice   CK101,CK102,CK104,CK105,CK107,CK108,CK109,CK113,CK114,CK117,CK118
5M2111 International Trade BBSIT CK101,CK104,CK105,CK107,CK108,CK109,CK110,CK113,CK117,CK118,CK201,
CK211
5M2464 Journalism EPJXX CK101,CK104,CK105,CK107,CK108,CK109,CK113,CK117,CK118
5M3807 Laboratory Techniques CASLT CK101,CK104,CK105,CK106,CK107,CK108,CK109,CK113,CK117,CK118,CK401,
CK402,CK404,CK405,CK406,CK408,CK504,CK505,CK706
5M2073 Language and European Studies ELESX CK101,CK104,CK105,CK107,CK108,CK109,CK110,CK113,CK117,CK118,CK210,CK506
5M3789 Legal Studies BLSXX CK101,CK104,CK105,CK107,CK108,CK109,CK113,CK117,CK118,CK210,CK301
5M2767 Logistics and Distribution   CK101,CK104,CK105,CK107,CK108,CK109,CK113,CK117,CK118
5M2069 Marketing BMXXX CK101,CK104,CK105,CK107,CK108,CK108,CK109,CK110,CK113,CK117,CK118,
CK201,CK211,CK502
5M0528 Media Production EMPXX CK101,CK104,CK105,CK107,CK108,CK109,CK113,CK117,CK118
5M2146 Multimedia Production EMMPX CK101,CK104,CK105,CK107,CK108,CK109,CK113,CK117,CK118
5M4349 Nursing Studies DCHSN CK101,CK102,CK104,CK105,CK107,CK108,CK109,CK113,CK114,CK117,CK118,
CK706,CK710,CK720,CK730
5M5151 Performing Arts EPAXX CK101,CK104,CK105,CK107,CK108,CK109,CK112,CK113,CK117,CK118
  Performing Arts Administration EPAAX CK101,CK104,CK105,CK107,CK108,CK109,CK112,CK113,CK117,CK118
5M2094 Photography EPXXX CK101,CK104,CK105,CK107,CK108,CK109,CK113,CK117,CK118
5M4511 Radio Production ERPXX CK101,CK104,CK105,CK107,CK108,CK109,CK113,CK117,CK118
5M2110 Security Studies CSSXX CK101,CK104,CK105,CK107,CK108,CK109,CK113,CK117,CK118
5M5146 Sports, Recreation and Exercise DSRXX CK101,CK104,CK105,CK107,CK108,CK109,CK113,CK116,CK117,CK118
5M5163 Theatre Performance EPATP CK101,CK104,CK105,CK107,CK108,CK109,CK112,CK113,CK117,CK118
5M5152 Theatre Production EPATD CK101,CK104,CK105,CK107,CK108,CK109,CK112,CK113,CK117,CK118
5M5011 Tourism and Business DTXXX CK101,CK104,CK105,CK107,CK108,CK109,CK113,CK117,CK118
5M5158 TV and Film Production ETFPX CK101,CK104,CK105,CK107,CK108,CK109,CK113,CK117,CK118
5M4732 Youth Work EYXXX CK101,CK102,CK104,CK105,CK107,CK108,CK109,CK113,CK114CK117,CK118

Level 6 Awards


Code

Title

Old Code

UCC Programmes

6M5013

Administration

BAXXX

CK101,CK104,CK105,CK107,CK108,CK109,CK113,CK117,CK118

6M4985

Business

BALBX

CK101,CK104,CK105,CK107,CK108,CK109,CK113,CK117,CK118,CK201,CK203,CK210,CK211,CK301

Computer Systems and Networks

CNSSX

CK101,CK104,CK105,CK107,CK108,CK109,CK113,CK117,CK118, CK203, CK401

6M2007

Early Childhood Care and Education

DCXXX

CK101,CK102,CK104,CK105,CK107,CK108,CK109,CK111,CK113,CK114,CK117,CK118

 

Electronic Technology

CETXX

CK101,CK104,CK105,CK107,CK108,CK109,CK113,CK117,CK118,CK401,CK408

6M4978

Health Service Supervisory Management Skills

BSMSX

CK101,CK102,CK104,CK105,CK107,CK108,CK109,CK113,CK114,CK117,CK118

6M2263

Inclusive Education and Training

 

CK101,CK102,CK104,CK105,CK106,CK107,CK108,CK109,CK113,CK114,CK117,CK118

6M3115

Information, Advice and Advocacy

 

CK101,CK102,CK104,CK105,CK107,CK108,CK109,CK113,CK114,CK117,CK118

6M5014

International Contact Centre Service

BITSX

CK101,CK104,CK105,CK107,CK108,CK109,CK110,CK113,CK117,CK118

 

Multimedia

EMXXX

CK101,CK104,CK105,CK107,CK108,CK109,CK113,CK117,CK118

 

Multimedia and Web Development

EMMWD

CK101,CK104,CK105,CK107,CK108,CK109,CK113,CK117,CK118

6M4385

Retail Management

 

CK101,CK104,CK105,CK107,CK108,CK109,CK113,CK117,CK118

 

School Age Childcare

DSACX

CK101,CK102,CK104,CK105,CK107,CK108,CK109,CK111,CK113,CK114,CK117,CK118

6M4980

Security Operations

CSOAX

CK101,CK104,CK105,CK107,CK108,CK109,CK113,CK117,CK118

6M5147

Sports, Recreation and Exercise

DSDCX

CK101,CK104,CK105,CK107,CK108,CK109,CK113,CK116,CK117,CK118

6M2382

Telecommunications Access Networks Technology

 

CK101,CK104,CK105,CK107,CK108,CK109,CK113,CK117,CK118,CK401

6M5012

Tourism and Business

 

CK101,CK104,CK105,CK107,CK108,CK109,CK113,CK117,CK118

6M5159

TV and Video Production

EFTVP

CK101,CK104,CK105,CK107,CK108,CK109,CK113,CK117,CK118

 
College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Arts Programme CK101
Film and Screen Media CK105
Geography and Archaeology CK107 
Arts (International) CK108
Criminology CK113
Economics (through Transformational Learning) CK117
Digital Humanities and Information Technology CK118
Entry Routes:

Any of the QQI (FETAC) programmes listed here.
with Distinctions (i.e. greater than 80%) in any four modules.
Expected number of places for students presenting with these qualifications:
CK101 - 30
CK105 - 4
CK107 - 2
CK108 - 4 
CK113 - 6
CK117 - 2
CK118 - 5

Social Science CK102
Entry Routes:


Code

Title

Old Code

5M2181

Applied Social Studies

EASSX

Community Arts

ECAXX

5M2786 

Community Care

DCHCC

5M3050 

Community Development

ECDXX

5M4468

Community Health Services

DCHSX

5M2154

Cultural and Heritage Studies

ECHSX

5M2009

Early Childhood Care and Education

DCHSC

6M2007

Early Childhood Care and Education

DCXXX

5M3635  

Education and Training

EETXX

5M3114

General Studies

ELAXX/NFC001

6M4978

Health Service Supervisory Management Skills

BSMSX

5M4339

Healthcare Support

DHSXX

6M2263

Inclusive Education and Training

6M3115

Information, Advice and Advocacy

 

5M1761

Intellectual Disability Practice

5M4349

Nursing Studies

DCHSN

School Age Childcare

DSACX

5M4732

Youth Work

EYXXX

with Distinctions (i.e. 80% or greater) in four modules with at least a PASS in one of the following (if not included already in the four distinctions):


Module Code

Module Title

Old Module Code

5N0690
OR
6N1950
OR
6N1949

Communications
OR
Communications
OR
Personal and Professional Development

G20001
OR
G30001

It is expected that there will be up to thirty places on CK102 for students presenting with these qualifications.


Arts with Music CK104
Entry Routes:

Any of the QQI (FETAC) programmes listed here.
with Distinctions (i.e. 80% or greater) in four modules with at least a PASS in one of the following (if not included already in the four distinctions):


Module Code

Module Title

Old Module Code

5N0690
OR
6N1950

Communications
OR
Communications

G20001
OR
G30001

and pass the Music Entrance Test (information on the Music Entrance Test can be found at www.music.ucc.ie)
It is expected that there will be up to five places on CK104 for students with these qualifications.

Applied Psychology CK106
Entry Route A:


Code

Title

Old Code

5M2181

Applied Social Studies

EASSX

5M4468

Community Health Services

DCHSX

5M5267

Food Science

CASFX

5M3114

General Studies

ELAXX/NFC001

5M3807

Laboratory Techniques

CASLT

with Distinctions (i.e. 80% or greater) in four modules which must include:


Module Code

Module Title

Old Module Code

5N0690
5N1833
OR
5N2066
Plus one of:
5N0749
5N0754
5N2746

5N1279

Communications
Mathematics
OR
Statistics

Applied Psychology
Anatomy and Physiology
Biology
Biology of Human Development
Human Growth and Development

G20001
C20139
OR
B20029

L22541
D20001
C20006
L22312
D20032

Entry Route B:


Code

Title

Old Code

6M2263

Inclusive Education and Training

with Distinctions (i.e. 80% or greater) in four modules which must include:


Module Code

Module Title

Old Module Code

6N1950
6N2226
Plus one of:
6N2225
6N2209
6N1949

Communications
Inclusive Education Practice

Differentiated Learning and Instruction
Mental Health Awareness
Personal and Professional Development

 

It is expected that there will be up to four places on CK106 for students presenting with these qualifications.

English CK109
Entry Routes:
Any of the QQI (FETAC) programmes listed here.
with Distinctions (i.e. 80% or greater) in four modules which must include:


Module Code

Module Title

Old Module Code

5N0690
OR
6N1950

Communications
OR
Communications

G20001
OR
G30001

It is expected that there will be up to five places on CK106 for students presenting with these qualifications.

World Languages CK110
Entry Routes:


Code

Title

Old Code

5M2468

Business Administration

BBSAX

5M2102

Business Studies

BBSXX

5M2154

Cultural and Heritage Studies

ECHSX

6M5014

International Contact Centre Service

BITSX

5M2111

International Trade

BBSIT

5M2073

Language and European Studies

ELESX

5M2069

Marketing

BMXXX

with Distinctions (i.e. greater than 80%) in four modules to include:


Module Code

Module Title

Old Module Code

5N0690
OR
6N1950

Communications
OR
Communications

G20001
OR
G30001

and there are also specific language requirements:

It is expected that there will be up to two places on CK110 for students presenting with these qualifications.

Early Years and Childhood Studies CK111
Entry Route A:


Code

Title

Old Code

5M2009

Early Childhood Care and Education

DCHSC

with Distinctions (i.e. 80% or greater) in five modules which must include:


Module Code

Module Title

Old Module Code

5N1765
5N1764
5N1773
5N1770

Caring for Children (0-6 years)
Child Development
Early Childhood Education
Working in Childcare

D20159
D20005
D20007
D20153

Entry Route B:


Code

Title

Old Code

 

School Age Childcare

DSACX

with Distinctions (i.e. 80% or greater) in five modules which must include:


Module Code

Module Title

Old Module Code

 

 

 

Child and Adolescent Development
Health Awareness
Integrating Children with Additional Needs
School Age Children
Relationships and Collaborations

L22679
L22680
L21824
N22682
L22681

Entry Route C


Code

Title

Old Code

6M2007

Early Childhood Care and Education

DCXXX

with Distinctions (i.e. 80% or greater) in the following five modules:


Module Code

Module Title

Old Module Code

6N1945
6N1944
6N1933
OR
6N1949
6N1974

Childhood Social Legal and Health Studies
Early Childhood Curriculum
Early Learning Environment
OR
Personal and Professional Development
Equity and Diversity in Childcare

 

It is expected that there will be up to ten places on CK111 for students with these qualifications.
Garda Vetting will be required for students on this programme.

Drama and Theatre Studies CK112
Entry Routes:


Code

Title

Old Code

5M5151

Performing Arts

EPAXX

Performing Arts Administration

EPAAX

5M5163

Theatre Performance

EPATP

5M5152

Theatre Production

EPATD

with distinctions (i.e. 80% or greater) in four modules which must include:


Module Code

Module Title

Old Module Code

5N0690

Communications

G20001

and pass the Drama and Theatre Studies Entrance Test (information on the Drama and Theatre Studies Entrance Test can be found at www.ucc.ie/drama)
It is expected that there will be one place on CK112 for students with these qualifications.

Youth and Community Work CK114
Entry Routes:


Code

Title

Old Code

5M2181

Applied Social Studies

EASSX

Community Arts

ECAXX

5M2786

Community Care

DCHCC

5M3050

Community Development

ECDXX

5M4468

Community Health Services

DCHSX

5M2154

Cultural and Heritage Studies

ECHSX

5M2009

Early Childhood Care and Education

DCHSC

6M2007

Early Childhood Care and Education

DCXXX

5M3635

Education and Training

EETXX

5M3114

General Studies

ELAXX/NFC001

6M4978

Health Service Supervisory Management Skills

BSMSX

5M4339

Healthcare Support

DHSXX

6M2263

Inclusive Education and Training

 

6M3115

Information, Advice and Advocacy

 

5M1761

Intellectual Disability Practice

 

5M4349

Nursing Studies

DCHSN

School Age Childcare

DSACX

5M5146

Sport and Recreation

DSRXX

5M4732

Youth Work

EYXXX

with Distinctions (i.e. 80% or greater) in four modules with at least a PASS in one of the following (if not included already in the four distinctions):


Module Code

Module Title

Old Module Code

5N0690
OR
6N1950
OR
6N1949

Communications
OR
Communications
OR
Personal and Professional Development

G20001
OR
G30001

Applicants must also have reached 21 years of age on or before 1st January of the year of proposed entry. Applicants should have the equivalent of at least one year’s experience, either paid of voluntary, in the youth/community/voluntary sector. Interview will be used as an additional mechanism.
Fitness to Practice and Garda Vetting will be required for students on this programme.

It is expected that there will be five places on CK114 for students presenting with these qualifications.

Sports Studies and Physical Education CK116
Entry Route:


Code

Title

Old Code

5M5146

Sports, Recreation and Exercise

DSRXX

6M5147

Sports, Recreation and Exercise

DSDCX

with Distinctions (i.e. 80% or greater) in four modules which must include three from:


Module Code

Module Title

Old Module Code

5N0749

 

5N2668

5N2006
5N4648
5N2667

 

6N4651
6N4665

Anatomy and Physiology
OR
Anatomy and Physiology for Leisure
Exercise and Fitness
Health Related Fitness
Nutrition
Sports Anatomy and Physiology
Sports and Recreation Studies
Sports Coaching
Sports Community Development
Sports Nutrition
Sports Psychology

D20001
OR
L20198
D20160
D20123

 

D20021
N32980
N32981

N32979

It is expected that there will be up to three places on CK116 for students with these qualifications.
Garda Vetting will be required for students on this programme.


College of Business and Law
Commerce CK201 and Commerce (International) with Chinese Studies CK211*
Entry Route A:


Code

Title

Old Code

5M2468

Business Administration

BBSAX

5M2102

Business Studies

BBSXX

5M2111

International Trade

BBSIT

5M2069

Marketing

BMXXX

with Distinctions (i.e. 80% or greater) in five modules which must include four from:


Module Code

Module Title

Old Module Code

5N1348
5N1350
5N1610
5N2091
OR
5N1394
5N1400
5N1833
OR
5N2066

Accounting – Manual and Computerised
Applied Economics
Business Administration
Business Law
OR
Legal Practice and Procedures
Marketing Practice
Mathematics
OR
Statistics

B20001
B20151
B20005
B20131
OR
B20132
B20017
C20139
OR
B20029

Entry Route B:


Code

Title

Old Code

6M4985

Business

BALBX

with Distinctions (i.e. 80% or greater) in five modules which must include:


Module Code

Module Title

Old Module Code

6N4310
6N4045
6N4165
6N4370

Business
Business Law
Finance
Management

 

It is expected that there will be up to five places on CK201 and three places on CK211 for students presenting with these qualifications.
*Students for CK111 must also meet the HSK L1 language requirement

Business Information Systems CK203
Entry Route A:


Code

Title

Old Code

5M2468

Business Administration

BBSAX

5M2102

Business Studies

BBSXX

5M0828

eBusiness

BEBXX

5M2067

Information Processing

BIPXX

Information Technology

CITXX

with Distinctions (i.e. 80% or greater) in five modules from:


Module Code

Module Title

Old Module Code

5N1348
5N1350
5N1610
4N2279

5N0690
4N1112

 

5N0783
5N1369
5N1383
5N1952
5N1389
4N1125
5N1611
5N1400
5N1977
5N2066
5N1910

Accounting – Manual and Computerised
Applied Economics
Business Administration
Business Calculations
Business Computing
Communications
Computer Applications
Computer Architecture and Systems
Computer Programming
Database Methods
eBusiness Studies
Financial Services
Information and Communication Systems
Information and Administration
Information Technology Skills
Internet
Marketing Practice
Spreadsheet Methods
Statistics
Web Authoring
Web Authoring - CSS

B20001
B20151
B20005
B20034
L22142
G20001
B10009
C20012
C20013
B20012
B20148
L20131
B20144
B20151
B10135
C20168
B20017
B20028
B20029
C20148
N22953

Entry Route B:


Code

Title

Old Code

6M4985

Business

BALBX

with Distinctions (i.e. 80% or greater) in the following five modules:


Module Code

Module Title

Old Module Code

6N4091
6N1950
6N4165
6N4089
6N1946

Applied Economics
Communications
Finance
Spreadsheets
Work Experience

 

Entry Route C


Code

Title

Old Code

Network and Software Systems

CNSSX

with Distinctions (i.e. 80% or greater) in the following five modules:


Module Code

Module Title

Old Module Code

 

Object Orientated Programming
OR
Systems Maintenance
Relational Databases
Systems Analysis
Web Authoring
Windows Programming

C30144
OR
C30146
C30147
C30150
C30148
C30149

It is expected that there will be up to two places on CK203 for students presenting with these qualifications.

Government CK210
Entry Route A:


Code

Title

Old Code

5M2468

Business Administration

BBSAX

5M2102

Business Studies

BBSXX

5M4468

Community Health Services

DCHSX

5M2073

Language and European Studies

ELESX

5M3789

Legal Studies

BLSXX

with Distinctions (i.e. 80% or greater) in five modules which must include four from:


Module Code

Module Title

Old Module Code

5N1350
5N1610
5N2091
5N0690
5N1444
5N1394
5N1837
5N1370
5N1356

Applied Economics
Business Administration Skills
Business Law
Communications
European Studies
Legal Practice and Procedures
Political Studies
Social Studies
Work Experience

B20151
B20005
B20131
G20001
E20024
B20132
G20022
G20031
W20008

Entry Route B:


Code

Title

Old Code

5M2181

Applied Social Studies

EASSX

with Distinctions (i.e. 80% or greater) in five modules from:


Module Code

Module Title

Old Module Code

5N0690
Plus four of:
5N0754
5N1273
5N4127
5N1279
5N1280
5N0765
5N1394
5N1837

5N1370
5N2177

Communications

Applied Psychology
Equality and Disability
Global Development Issues
Human Growth and Development
Human Rights and Collective Action
Intercultural Studies
Legal Practice and Procedures
Political Studies
Restorative Justice
Social Studies
Understanding Imprisonment

G20001

L22541
L22273
N22377
D20032
N22726
E20169
B20132
G20022
N22748
G20031
N22747

Entry Route C:


Code

Title

Old Code

6M4985

Business

with Distinctions (i.e. 80% or greater) in five modules from:


Module Code

Module Title

Old Module Code

6N4091
6N4045
6N4310
6N1950
6N4322
6N4165
6N4370
6N1949
6N3613
6N4089

Applied Economics
Business Law
Business Management
Communications
Employment Law
Finance
Marketing Communications
Personal and Professional Development
Sales and Marketing Management
Spreadsheets

 

It is expected that there will be up to two places on CK210 for students presenting with these qualifications.

Law CK301
Entry Route A:


Code

Title

Old Code

5M2468

Business Administration

BBSAX

5M2102

Business Studies

BBSXX

5M3789

Legal Studies

BLSXX

with Distinctions (i.e. 80% or greater) in five modules which must include:


Module Code

Module Title

Old Module Code

5N2091
5N0690
5N1394
OR
5N3787

Business Law
Communications
Legal Practice and Procedures
OR
Criminal Law

B20131
G20001
B20132

Entry Route B:


Code

Title

Old Code

6M4985

Business

BALBX

with Distinctions (i.e. 80% or greater) in five modules which must include:


Module Code

Module Title

Old Module Code

6N4045
6N4125
6N1950
6N4322

Business Law
Civil Litigation
Communications
Employment Law

 

It is expected that there will be up to five places available in CK301 for students presenting with these qualifications.

College of Science, Engineering and Food Science
Computer Science CK401
Entry Routes:


Code

Title

Old Code

5M0536

Computer Systems and Networks

CCNMX

 

Electronic Technology

CELTX

 

Electronic Technology

CETXX

5M5267

Food Science

CASFX

 

Information Technology

CITXX

5M3807

Laboratory Techniques

CASLT

Network and Software Systems

CNSSX

6M2382

Telecommunications Access Networks Technology

 

with Distinctions (i.e. 80% or greater) in five modules which must include:


Module Code

Module Title 

Old Module Code

5N1833
Plus one of:

5N1774

 

 

 

5N1460

Mathematics

Computer Programming
Electronics – Digital
Networks
Object Orientated Programming
OR
Systems Maintenance
Operating Systems
Systems Analysis
Physics
Relational Database
Web Authoring
Windows Programming

C20139 OR C20175

C20013
C20018
C30143
C30144
OR
C30146
C30145
C30150
C20048
C30147
C30148
C30149

It is expected that there will be up to five places on CK401 for students presenting with these qualifications.

Biological and Chemical Sciences CK402
Biological, Earth and Environmental Science CK404
Entry Routes:


Code

Title

Old Code

5M5267

Food Science

CASFX

5M3807

Laboratory Techniques

CASLT

with Distinctions (i.e. 80% or greater) in five modules which must include:


Module Code

Module Title

 Old Module Code

5N2746
OR
5N0737
5N1833
Plus two of:
5N2747
5N2751
5N1460

Biology
OR
Microbiology
Mathematics

Chemistry
Laboratory Skills
Physics

C20006
OR
C20041
C20139

C20011
C20033
C20048

It is expected that there will be up to five places on CK402 and CK404 for students presenting with these qualifications.
Fitness to Practice and Garda Vetting will be required for students on these programmes who wish to undertake the Science Education degree outlet.

Genetics CK405
Entry Routes:


Code

Title

Old Code

5M3807

Laboratory Techniques

CASLT

with Distinctions (i.e. 80% or greater) in five modules which must include:


Module Code

Module Title

 Old Module Code

5N2746
OR
5N0737
5N2747
5N2751
5N1833

Biology
OR
Microbiology
Chemistry
Laboratory Skills
Mathematics

C20006
OR
C20041
C20011
C20033
C20139

It is expected that there will be up to two places on CK405 for students presenting with these qualifications.

Chemical Sciences CK406
Entry Routes:


Code

Title

Old Code

5M3807

Laboratory Techniques

CASLT

5M5267

Food Science

CASFX

with Distinctions (i.e. 80% or greater) in five modules which must include two of:


Module Code

Module Title

 Old Module Code

5N2747
5N1833
5N1460

Chemistry
Mathematics
Physics

C20011
C20139
C20048

It is expected that there will be up to two places available in CK406 for students presenting with the above.
Fitness to Practice and Garda Vetting will be required for students on this programme who wish to undertake the Science Education degree outlet.

Physics and Astrophysics CK408
Entry Routes:


Code

Title

Old Code

 

Electronic Technology

CELTX

 

Electronic Technology

CETXX

5M5267

Food Science

CASFX

5M3807

Laboratory Techniques

CASLT

with Distinctions (i.e. 80% or greater) in five modules which must include:


Module Code

Module Title

 Old Module Code

5N1833
5N1460
Plus two of:
5N2746
OR
5N0737
5N2747
5N1606
5N1774
5N2751

Mathematics
Physics

Biology
OR
Microbiology
Chemistry
Electronics
Electronics – Digital
Laboratory Skills

C20139
C20048

C20006
OR
C20041
C20011
C20016
C20018
C20033

It is expected that there will be up to two places on CK408 for students presenting with these qualifications.
Fitness to Practice and Garda Vetting will be required for students on this programme who wish to undertake the Science Education degree outlet.

Food Marketing and Entrepreneurship CK502
Entry Routes:


Code

Title

Old Code

5M2069

Marketing

BMXXX

with Distinctions (i.e. 80% or greater) in five modules which must include:


Module Code

Module Title

 Old Module Code

5N2006
5N2066

Nutrition
Statistics

 

It is expected that there will be up to two places on CK502 for students presenting with these qualifications.

Nutritional Sciences CK504
Entry Routes:


Code

Title

Old Code

5M3807

Laboratory Techniques

CASLT

5M5267

Food Science

CASFX

with Distinctions (i.e. 80% or greater) in five modules which must include:


Module Code

Module Title

 Old Module Code

5N1833
Plus three of:
5N2747
OR
5N2748
5N5245
5N2751
5N1460
5N2006

Mathematics

Chemistry
OR
Food Chemistry
Food Processing
Laboratory Skills
Physics
Nutrition

C20139

C20011
OR
C20022
C20024
C20033
C20048
C20140

It is expected that there will be up to two places on CK504 for students presenting with these qualifications.

 Food Science CK505
Entry Routes:


Code

Title

Old Code

5M3807

Laboratory Techniques

CASLT

5M5267

Food Science

CASFX

with Distinctions (i.e. 80% or greater) in five modules which must include:


Module Code

Module Title

 Old Module Code

5N1833
Plus three of:
5N2746
OR
5N0737
5N2747
OR
5N2748
5N5245
5N2751
5N1460
5N2006

Mathematics

Biology
OR
Microbiology
Chemistry
OR
Food Chemistry
Food Processing
Laboratory Skills
Physics
Nutrition

C20139

C20006
OR
C20041
C20011
OR
C20022
C20024
C20033
C20048
C20140

It is expected that there will be up to two places on CK505 for students presenting with these qualifications.

International Development and Food Policy CK506
Entry Routes:


Code

Title

Old Code

5M2102

Business Studies

BBSXX

5M4468

Community Health Services

DCHSX

5M2073

Language and European Studies

ELESX

with Distinctions (i.e. 80% or greater) in five modules which must include three of:


Module Code

Module Title

 Old Module Code

5N1350
5N1610
5N0690
5N1444
5N1394
5N1837
5N1370

Applied Economics
Business Administration Skills
Communications
European Studies
Legal Practice and Procedures
Political Studies
Social Studies

B20151
B20005
G20001
E20024
B20132
G20022
G20031

It is expected that there will be up to three places available in CK506 for students presenting with these qualifications.

College of Medicine and Health
Public Health CK706
Entry Route A


Code

Title

Old Code

5M5267

Food Science

CASFX

5M3807

Laboratory Techniques

CASLT

with Distinctions (i.e. 80% or greater) in five modules which must include:


Module Code

Module Title

Old Module Code

5N2746

5N1833

Plus two of:

5N2747

5N2748

5N2741

5N0737

5N1460

Biology

Mathematics

 

Chemistry

Food Chemistry

Laboratory Techniques

Microbiology

Physics

C20006

C20139

 

C20011

C20022

C20033

C20041

C20048

Entry Route B


Code

Title

Old Code

5M4349

Nursing Studies

DCHSN

with Distinctions (i.e. 80% or greater) in five modules which must include:


Module Code

Module Title

Old Module Code

5N1833
5N0749
OR 
5N2746 

Mathematics*
Anatomy and Physiology
OR 
Biology 

C20139
D20001
OR 
C20006  

*Leaving Certificate Mathematics (minimum OC3) will also meet the Mathematics requirement.
It is expected that there will be up to two places available in CK706 for students presenting with these qualifications.
Garda Vetting will be required for students on this programme.

General Nursing CK710
Mental Health Nursing CK720
Intellectual Disability Nursing CK730
Entry Routes:


Code

Title

Old Code

5M4468

Community Health Services

DCHSX

5M4339

Healthcare Support

DHSXX

5M4349

Nursing Studies

DCHSN

with Distinctions (i.e. 80% or greater) in five modules which must include:


Module Code

Module Title

 Old Module Code

5N0749

5N1279

OR

5N2746

5N4325

Anatomy and Physiology

Biology

OR

Human Growth and Development

Nursing Theory and Practice

D20001

C20006

OR

D20032

D”0012

It is expected that there will be approximately eight places in total available across the Nursing programmes for students presenting with the above.
Garda Vetting will also be required for students on this programme.
Due to the competitive nature of the Nursing Programmes, scores will only be calculated when the appropriate award is presented in a single sitting, together with the required modules and grades.

UCC/CAO QQI (FETAC) SCORING SCHEME
Modules that have a credit value of 1 receive the following points:


Distinction

3 - 333 points

Merit

2 - 222 points

Pass

1 - 111 points

The scores for each of the best 8 modules are added up to give a total best 8 grade points tally. UCC only counts the best 8 modules. Places reserved for QQI (FETAC) applicants are then offered in order of merit based on ranking.


APPLICATIONS FOR GRADUATE ENTRY TO MEDICINE [CK791]

Those persons intending to apply for Graduate Entry to Medicine (CK791) for entry in September 2016 should note the following:

Entry Requirements: Candidates must hold, or expect to hold by July 2016, a minimum 2H1 (Second Class Honours, Grade 1), or equivalent, result in their first honours bachelor degree (NFQ Level 8). For candidates who meet this requirement, the GAMSAT (Graduate Medical Schools Admissions Test - Ireland) will then be used as the sole basis to select students for the programme.

Application to sit the GAMSAT Test in Ireland should be made to the Australian Council for Educational Research as soon as possible - please see the website www.gamsat-ie.org for the closing date and application procedure.

AVAILABILITY OF PLACES

University College Cork reserves the right to limit the number of admissions to any programme in light of the availability of places for that programme. Where it is found necessary to limit entry to a particular programme, places will be allocated on merit to qualified applicants. Except in the case of UCC+ applicants, applicants with a disability, or applicants of mature years, FETAC/QQI applicants and applicants for Medicine (both undergraduate and graduate entry), such merit will be assessed on academic performance in school-leaving examinations only. University College Cork will score those presenting for the Irish Leaving Certificate Examination in accordance with the following scoring scheme in 2016. [This is the scheme, with minor variations, which will be used to score the vast majority of programmes in all third level institutions within the CAO scheme].

APPLICANTS WHO HAVE ALREADY ATTENDED A THIRD-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION

Students who are attending/have attended a third-level programme are eligible to apply for admission to alternative first year undergraduate degree/diploma programmes. All such applicants must apply through the CAO by the required closing date and compete in the normal way on the basis of their school-leaving results, FETAC/QQI qualifications or mature years.

While applications are made through the CAO to full-time degree programmes, applications are made directly to University College Cork for part-time degree programmes and for admission at a level beyond First Year (Non CAO). These non-CAO Applications are detailed below, under the following headings:

  Apply To
1. Evening Degree Programmes Admissions Office
2. Part-Time Degree Programmes
BSc (Hons) (Nursing Studies) (2-year part-time/1 year full-time day programme) Admissions Office
3. Diploma Programmes  
Diploma in Arts (Applied Irish) Admissions Office
Diploma in Dental Hygiene (full-time day programme) Admissions Office
Diploma in Dental Nursing Admissions Office
4. Transfers within UCC to the First Year of another UCC programme Admissions Office
5. Transfers to University College Cork  
QQI Ordinary Bachelor Degree or equivalent Admissions Office
BA (Hons) (Early Years and Childhood Studies) Transfers Admissions Office
BSc (Hons) Science Education - Direct Entry into Third Year Admissions Office
BComm (Hons)/BComm (International) with Chinese Studies (Institute of Commercial Management (ICM) Diploma in Business Studies) Admissions Office
BComm (Hons)/BComm (International with Chinese Studies) FETAC/QQI Level 6, FETAC/QQI Level 6 Business (6M4985) or Management (6M4587) Admissions Office
6. Other  
Flexi-Options (EU/EEA/Swiss States) Admissions Office
Special Entry for Medical/Dental Graduates Admissions Office
Direct entry to BSc (Hons) Architecture - Year 4 Admissions Office

1. Evening Degrees

At present an evening programme in Law is offered by the University on a cyclical basis. Details regarding this programmes and its availability in a particular year is available on request from the Admissions Office.

2. Part-time Degrees

BSc (Hons) (Nursing Studies)

This is a two-year, part-time, or one year full-time post-registration, (day) programme, leading to a BSc (Hons) (Nursing Studies) Degree. The programme comprises an Access Year, which is normally offered on a cyclical basis, and a Degree Year, which is normally offered annually. It is open to registered nurses recognised by An Bord Altranais. Students who secure a place on this programme are normally matriculated on the grounds of mature years. Suitably qualified applicants with relevant Nursing qualifications may, on application, make a request for consideration by the College of Medicine and Health, for exemption from Year One of the programme. Exemption forms are available from the School of Nursing and Midwifery, UCC. Those interested in the programme should contact the Admissions Office by 30th January regarding the closing date for application.

3. Diplomas

Diploma in Arts (Applied Irish)

This is a two-year, part-time programme open to undergraduates and postgraduates of UCC as well as others who wish to improve communicative skills in Irish. Applicants must satisfy the minimum entry requirements of the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences (see here). Those who will be 23 years old on or before 1st January of the year of proposed entry, may be recommended for entry on the grounds of mature years even if they do not meet the minimum entry requirements. In addition all applicants must have obtained a minimum of Grade D3 in Irish in the Leaving Certificate Examination (Higher Level Paper), or its equivalent. Students of the University may be allowed to take this Diploma alongside their University programmes subject to the approval of the relevant heads of departments.

Diploma in Dental Hygiene

This is a two-year, full-time day programme leading to a Diploma in Dental Hygiene. Application forms and details are available in January each year. The programme is confined to students who have already completed their school leaving examination at the time of application and who meet the entry requirements; and to mature students, i.e. those who have reached 23 by 1st January of the year of proposed entry. Application forms and further details are available from the Admissions Office, UCC. Deferrals are not granted in this programme in the College of Medicine and Health.

Diploma in Dental Nursing

This two-year, part-time, programme has been specifically designed to meet the needs of the general dental community. Successful completion of the programme will permit entry onto the Voluntary Register for Dental Nurses with the Dental Council of Ireland. Although the programme is classified as part-time, because of the Clinical Placement on the programme students must be prepared to make a full-time commitment.

4. Change of Programme within University College Cork to another First Year Programme

First year students who want to change course must make an application to the Admissions Office before 30 September 2016. An applicant has who has succeeded in gaining a place on a Level 8 Undergraduate programme and who has registered, can apply, provided that:

The application deadline is 30 September and forms are available in the Admissions Office.

Students should be aware that changing between first year programmes after the start of the first semester may impact adversely on their academic performance, depending on how much of the academic year has passed. Change of course is permitted strictly on the basis that students fully accept any such possible academic disadvantage.

An application to change into first year from students currently registered in the second or subsequent years of a UCC programme, or students registered to repeat first year, may be considered in cases where candidates have achieved the cut-off points, where they matriculate for the programme, and where a vacant place is available. Candidates contemplating such a change should note that repeat years are subject to full tuition fees. Students wishing to change into a different first year programme should contact Nóirín Deady, First Year Experience Coordinator, to discuss their options.

5. Transfers to University College Cork

(a) QQI Ordinary Bachelor Degree or equivalent

A number of places are allocated each year in most programmes at a level beyond First Year to those holding relevant QQI qualifications. Normally, only those who obtain merit/distinction in the Ordinary Bachelor Degree/Diploma are considered for entry; also the level at which they are admitted depends on the programme concerned.

Application forms and further details are available from the Admissions Office, and the closing date for application is normally 30th June.

Note: Those already in third-level institutions other than UCC wishing to change to a First Year programme must apply through CAO in the normal way.

(b) BA (Hons) (Early Years and Childhood Studies) Transfers to Second Arts

Up to 20 transfer places will be available each year. (If more than 20 students per year wish to transfer, a selection procedure will be implemented).
Applicants who hold one of the following qualifications will be considered for transfer:

  1. Three or four year full-time Ordinary Bachelor Degrees of the QQI or the DIT:
    Diploma in Pre-School Care and Education;
    Diploma in Social Care;
    Diploma in Humanities in Montessori Education;
    QQI Degree in Humanities in Montessori Education.
  2. Two-year full-time Higher Certificate in Pre-School Care from the QQI or the DIT with Merit or Distinction.
  3. The two-year, full-time or three-year, part-time Irish St. Nicholas Montessori qualification with an award of Distinction or Highly Commended.
  4. The two-year, full-time AMI Montessori Diploma with a minimum of two Grade Cs and a Grade B in the written theory examination, the written practical examination and the oral practical examination.
    Applicants eligible for entry under categories 1-4 above may, if they wish, be allowed to undertake one supervised placement in their own setting provided that they produce evidence of a minimum of full time equivalent of 3 years practice experience in a recognised Early Years and Childhood Setting.
  5. Practitioner Entry: Candidates applying under this category will be selected on the basis of their prior learning – certified and experiential

    A minimum full-time equivalent of 5 years practice experience in a recognised Early Years and Childhood setting will be required PLUS evidence of ongoing commitment to personal and professional development (CPD).

    In addition, prospective candidates will be required to submit [and will be assessed on] a 2,000/3,000 word written assignment on a topic to be assigned.

    The above assignment must be submitted with your application by the closing date normally at the end of June.

    Students wishing to transfer to the Second Year of the Arts Degree (Early Years and Childhood Studies), who satisfy the above criteria, should complete the appropriate application form available from the Admissions Office, UCC, before the end of June preceding the academic year in which they wish to commence their studies.

(c) BComm (Hons)/BComm (International) with Chinese Studies*

Application for entry to the second year of CK201 BComm (Hons) (Commerce)/BComm (International) with Chinese Studies programme will be considered for students who:

(a) have passed the two year Institute of Commercial Management (ICM) Diploma in Business Studies and have met the following requirements:

or

(b) have passed the one year QQI/FETAC Level 6 Business (6M4985) or Management (6M4587) (having previously passed a one year QQI/FETAC Level 5 or equivalent) and have met the following requirements:

CODE Module - Level 5
6N4310 Business Management
and and
6N1950 Communications
  Plus three from:
6N4370 Marketing Communications
6N4188 Marketing Management
6N3750 Human Resource Management
or or
6N3945 Managing People
6N4165 Finance
6N4045 Business Law
or or
6N4322 Employment Law
6N4091 Applied Economics
6N4089 Spreadsheets

*Students wishing to transfer into the second year of the BComm (International) with Chinese Studies must also have an HSK Level 1 or equivalent as a language requirement. The School of Asian Studies also reserves the right to interview prospective students to assess their level of language.

If the number of applicants exceeds the quota, applicants will be ranked on the basis of their overall results having met the criteria outlined above and the places will be offered to the top ranked students.

It is expected there will be up to 3 places for students presenting with these qualifications. Application forms are available from the Admissions Office and must be returned by a date towards the end of July.

Other Transfers

Students currently registered in other third-level institutions who wish to transfer to UCC at a level beyond First Year (for programmes other than Dentistry) should contact the Admissions Office for a transfer application form. Qualified applicants will be considered for transfer where places are available.

Certain restrictions may apply - details are available from the Admissions Office. The closing date for receipt of completed applications is July each year.

6. Other

(a) Flexi-Options

Students wishing to apply to study a subject(s)/module(s) as flexi-options students which does not involve the award of a degree or diploma, may apply directly to UCC. Information is available from the Admissions Office. The closing date for receipt of applications is normally mid-August.

Flexi-option students, with the permission of the relevant Head of Department, may register for modules up to a maximum of 30 credits in any given academic year. There is an overall limit of three years from the date of first registration to pass each module. A student who has not passed a particular module by the end of a third year of registration will not be allowed to register for further study in that module.

LW1104
Non-law students or those deemed by the Faculty of Law to have inadequate legal education or experience will be required to register for LW1104 Foundations of the Legal System as part of their flexi-options credits.

(c) Special Entry for Medical/Dental Graduates

Subject to place availability, Medical graduates will be considered for admission to Dentistry beyond First Year; and Dental graduates who have a demonstrated intention of following a career in Oral Medicine and Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery including full completion of MFD/MFDS will be considered for admission to Medicine beyond First Year. Applicants should apply in writing to the Admissions Office. Dental graduates may be called for interview. The closing date for application is 1st March each year. Late applications cannot be considered.

(d) Direct Entry to Year 4 of the UCC/CIT BSc (Hons) Architecture programme

Suitably qualified applicants may apply for direct entry to Year 4 of the UCC/CIT BSc (Hons) Architecture programme. Application forms and full entry requirements are available from the Admissions Office, UCC.

INFORMATION FOR NEW STUDENTS

Each student who accepts a place will be sent a registration email from the Admissions Office; this will include information on the date and time of registration, orientation programme, commencement of lectures, etc.

LIMITATION ON REGISTRATION

Students of the University may not register in any one session for more than one complete programme (i.e. the prescribed modules in a group of subjects leading to a degree, diploma or other university distinction) without the permission of the Academic Council. However, students may be allowed to take the Diploma in Arts (Applied Irish)* and University Wide modules alongside their University programme.

*Subject to the approval of the relevant Heads of the relevant Departments.

Non-EU Application Process for Admission to Undergraduate Programmes

Non-EU applications for entry to the first year of all full-time undergraduate degree programmes are processed through the International Office, University College Cork.

Applicants should apply using the non-EU undergraduate application form which is available directly from the International Office, University College Cork and on the International Office website at www.ucc.ie/en/study/international

Completed application forms must be accompanied by the following documentation:

Date of Application

For entry in September 2016 students are asked to apply to the International Office as early as possible, but in any event not later than 31st March 2016.

UCC Restricted Application Programmes

Non-EU applications to the following programmes are restricted and must be made by 1st February:

Entry Requirements

For details of minimum entry requirements for applicants from non-EU countries please contact the International Office at internationaloffice@ucc.ie

English Language Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must present an English Language Certificate (IELTS, TOEFL or ETAP). Please contact the International Office for information on IELTS, TOEFL and ETAP requirements.

Minimum Age Requirements

For 2016 entry, full-time degree students must normally have reached 17 years of age by 15th January 2017. Where a candidate below that age seeks to enter UCC, a special application must be made to the President of the University.

Availability of Places

University College Cork reserves the right to limit the number of admissions to any programme in the light of the availability of places for that programme.

Allocation/Acceptance of Places

The International Office will inform all applicants as soon as possible following receipt of completed application forms, together with required documentation, of the outcome of their application.

Information for New Students

Each non-EU student who accepts a place will be sent an information on orientation and registration by email. Welcome packs will be given to each student at registration.

Fees

See here for fees applicable to non-EU students. 

DEFERRED ENTRY

Students who have been offered a place in University College Cork through the CAO may be permitted, on application to the Admissions Officer, to defer entry to the University for one year. There is a limit on the number of deferrals that can be granted on any course. Please note also that there are a number of instances where deferrals are rarely granted. These include:

If you are granted a deferral, please note that the University cannot guarantee that the programme or the relevant student fees will not be amended for the year of entry.

The following is a summary of the procedure to be followed in applying for a deferral:

  1. Do not accept the offer in the manner shown on the CAO Offer Notice.
  2. Complete and return the Deferred Entry Application Form within 3 working days of the date the offer was issued. A non-refundable administrative fee of 25 euro must accompany each deferral request. This fee can be paid by cash, cheque, postal order or bank draft made payable to University College Cork or by bank transfer.
  3. Deferral requests will be considered at a Deferrals Board meeting comprising the Admissions Officer and the Deputy Admissions Officer. A Deferrals Board meeting will take place after each round of offers, normally before the reply date has expired. Deferral requests are considered on a case by case basis and a range of factors are taken into account, including demand for the programme, programme quota, nature of the offer, reason(s) set out by the applicant.
  4. The Admissions Office will communicate the decision of the Deferrals Board by email, normally within one week of the deferral application.
  5. In the event that a deferral is not granted, an applicant will be given an opportunity to accept their offer, within a specified limited time.

Taking up a Deferral

In the event that a deferral is granted, to hold a deferred place an applicant will have one week to pay a deposit of 100 euro towards the student capitation fee. This deposit is non-refundable except in the case where an applicant accepts a higher preference offer in another university later in the CAO season. If an applicant accepts a higher preference offer in UCC later in the CAO season, the deferred place will be cancelled and the deposit credited towards the capitation fee.

In order to take up a deferred place, an applicant must re-apply through CAO by 1st February in the following year, pay the appropriate application fee to CAO, and place the deferred course as the only preference on the CAO application. An applicant should email admissions@ucc.ie with their new CAO number as soon as it is received. On taking up the deferred place the 100 euro deposit will be deducted from the amount owing for the student capitation fee.

In the event that the conditions of the deferred place are breeched, the guaranteed place will be forfeited; the applicant will lose the deposit and will have to reapply through the CAO and compete for a place in the normal way.

GARDA CLEARANCE

All students entering programmes in the College of Medicine and Health, Early Years and Childhood Studies (CK111), Youth and Community Work (CK114), Social Work (CK115) and Sports Studies and Physical Education (CK116) and Education in Physical Sciences (available through CK402, CK404, CK406 and CK408), will be working with vulnerable people during their time in UCC. These students are obliged to obtain Garda Clearance.

FITNESS TO PRACTISE
The undergraduate degree programmes listed require students to meet the guidelines of the University’s “Fitness to Practise” policy (see www.ucc.ie/en/academicsecretariat/fitnesstopractise/ )

CK114 BSocSc Youth and Community Work
CK115 BSW Social Work
CK116 BEd Sports Studies and Physical Education

Science Education degree outlet from:

CK402 BSc Biological and Chemical Sciences
CK404 BSc Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences
CK406 BSc Chemical Sciences
CK408 BSc Physics and Astrophysics

CK701 MB, BCh, BAO  Medicine
CK791 MB, BCh, BAO  Medicine (Graduate Entry)
CK702 BDS Dentistry
Diploma in Dental Nursing (local admission)
Diploma in Dental Hygiene (local admission)
CK703 MPharm Pharmacy
CK704 BSc Occupational Therapy
CK705 BSc Speech and Language Therapy
Nursing and Midwifery – All Nursing and Midwifery degrees


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