ADMISSION TO UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMMES

Last revised on 18 December 2014

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

Under the 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 they 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.

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 2015/2016 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

For entry in September 2015 completed applications must be received in the Central Applications Office (Tower House, Eglinton Street, Galway, Ireland) on or before 1st February 2015.

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, in the CAO, of completed 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 and Swiss States student in any year of a programme who is competing on the basis of school leaving results, may make a late application to the CAO up to 22nd July, 2015 for the first year of another programme (apart from Restricted Application programmes). These late applications must be stamped by the Admissions Office. 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

For 2015 entry, CAO applicants for full-time degrees must normally have reached 17 years of age by 15th January, 2016. Where a candidate below that age seeks to enter UCC, special application must be made in writing to the Admissions Officer, and should preferably be accompanied by a letter of support from the School Principal.

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 2015/2016

PLEASE NOTE THESE REQUIREMENTS APPLY TO SEPTEMBER 2015 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 Geography and Archaeology 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 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
CK305 Law (Clinical) None
CK306 Law (International) 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) 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 Pharmacy #*% 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 a 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 any Nursing or Midwifery programme or have any issues which would affect their registration with An Bord Altranais will only be considered for re-entry to Nursing or Midwifery in UCC on a case-by-case appeal basis to the relevant Programme Board. Such applicants should make their case in writing to the Admissions Officer, UCC and include any relevant details of extenuating circumstances.
*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 would be an advantage and therefore sample questions are available at http://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 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 http://www.hpat-ireland.acer.edu.au. Reasonable accommodations will be made for students with a physical and/or

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, http://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 http://www.hpat-ireland.acer.edu.au. The cost of applying to the HPAT-Ireland test in 2015 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 2015 will take place on 28 February, 2015. 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 2016 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 basis. Early application for the test is advised.

Important Dates

CAO application - http://www.cao.ie From early November but no later than 1 February, 2015 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 - http://www.hpat-ireland.acer.edu.au

Mid-November until 20 January, 2015

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

28 February, 2015

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

10 to 13 August 2015 (provisional)

Round 1 CAO offers

Monday, 17 August 2015 (provisional)

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 LCE = 2 and HPAT-Ireland = 1 up to 550 points and moderated thereafter. 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 before 2:1 ratio is applied Leaving Certificate points with bonus points for Honours Maths

Adjusted Leaving Certificate points before 2:1 ratio is applied

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, http://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 (viz. 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 2014/2015 academic year, reports should be dated no later than 1 September 2012. 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 (viz. 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 2014/2015 academic year, reports should be dated no later than 1 September 2012. 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 2015

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

From 2012, 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. Six Leaving Certificate Examination subjects will be counted for points purposes. Points are calculated on the basis of the six best subjects at the one examination sitting. Except in the case of undergraduate entry to Medicine (CK701), this does not preclude an intending applicant from presenting for a school-leaving examination in two or more years; in such event, the choice of year for scoring purposes will be such as to ensure that each applicant is credited with the maximum possible score in his/her particular circumstances.

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

    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 scoring scheme for those presenting pre-1992 school-leaving examinations is available on request from the Admissions Office.
  3. Students presenting school-leaving examinations, other than the Irish Leaving Certificate, should contact the Admissions Office.
  4. 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)).
  5. 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 and 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 complete a form of acceptance and to return it directly to the CAO. 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 third level admissions scheme for school leavers from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds. 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.

School leavers who provide satisfactory evidence relating to their socio-economic circumstances and meet the Irish Leaving Certificate matriculation/minimum entry and subject requirements are eligible to compete for a quota of places allocated to applicants on a reduced points basis in UCC. Students who accept places in University College Cork through HEAR are offered a variety of academic, personal and social supports throughout their under undergraduate studies.

Who should apply to HEAR?
HEAR is for school leavers (under 23 years old as of 1 January 2015). Mature and FETAC 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 2015.

Step 2
Indicate that you wish to apply to HEAR and finalise all elements of your HEAR online application by 17:15 on 1 March 2015.

Step 3
Submit relevant evidence in support of your application to arrive at CAO by 17:15 on 1 April 2015.

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.

Who Should Apply to DARE?
DARE is for school leavers (under 23 years old as at January 1st 2015) 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?
School leavers who wish to be considered for DARE must apply as part of their CAO application (www.cao.ie) by 1st February 2015. Applicants must indicate that they have a Disability/Specific Learning Difficulty and are then directed to the separate online application form. This form asks applicants to provide additional information about their disability or specific learning difficulty and to provide evidence of disability. Applicants must also indicate their wish to be considered for DARE by 1st March 2015. Supporting documents must be sent to the CAO by 1 April of the year of entry. 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 are:

Information can also be found on: www.accesscollege.ie, www.cao.ie; www.ucc.ie/dss

DARE Closing Dates for the 2015 Application Process:

By 1 March 2015: Complete all elements of DARE application as part of the CAO application process

By 1 April 2015: Supporting documents submitted to the CAO

(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 in 2014/2015, mature applicants for degree programmes in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Science are required to make an online application to the CAO. On completion of the online CAO application, mature applicants will then have to register online for the Mature Student Admissions Pathway (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 March 7, 2015.

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 undergraduate medical and health related program. The MSAP test is a 2 hour paper-based test consisting of two sections.

Format of test:

Section 1 – Written English (1 hour)
There are two writing tasks and candidates will write in response to a prompt in each task. One prompt invites an argumentative response, and the other invites a personal response.

The criteria for the assessment of Written English

  1. The quality of what is said in the piece of writing ;
  2. The quality of the structure and organisation developed to say something;
  3. The quality of the language used to organise and present what is said .

Each piece of writing is assessed by two independent markers.

Section 2 – Reasoning in the Humanities and Social Sciences (1 hour)
There are 35 questions in multiple-choice format with 4 responses, from which the candidate is asked to choose the most appropriate response. There is only one correct response.

The questions focus on interpretation and understanding of ideas in language. Some questions will ask candidates to identify the main idea in a passage, or interpret specific words and phrases. Inferences or deduced meanings may be required. In some questions the emphasis is placed on analyzing and understanding the stimulus material, and in others the candidates will have to manipulate information and solve problems.

Scoring of Test
Candidates will receive results for both sections of the test. MSAP results are reported as scaled scores on a range usually between 50 and 150, with a mean score of 100. The MSAP score scale reflects 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 115 has a percentile of 78, it means that a candidate who achieves a score of 115 has a higher result than 78% of the candidate population (i.e. they are in the top 22% of the candidate population).

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 2015/16 is approx. 70 Euro per candidate. An additional charge of 35 Euro applies during the extended registration period to 13th February. 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 2015 will take place on 7 March 2015. 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 2016 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 2015, the result can be used for admission in 2015 and 2016 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 mid-November but no later than 1st February, 2015 at 17:15 hrs
MSAP-Ireland test registration period - Mid-November until 8th Feb 2015
Date of MSAP-Ireland test 7 March 2015
MSAP-Ireland test result to candidates Approx six weeks after the exam date
CAO offers Early July 2015

It should be noted that:

To be eligible to compete for one of these reserved places in 2015, mature student applicants must be 23 years old by 1st January, 2015.

Programmes Specifically for Mature Students

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

CAO CODE PROGRAMME
DESCRIPTION

CK114

BSocSc (Hons)
Youth and Community Work

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 - Centre for Adult and Continuing Education admission/progression route

Applications to CK114 are invited from candidates that 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.

NURSING/MIDWIFERY DEGREE PROGRAMMES

Mature applicants for any of the Nursing/Midwifery Degree programmes must apply before 1st February, 2015 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 and not the codes for school-leavers.

Please note that there are changes to the mature application process from previous years. Having applied through the CAO before 1 February 2015 at 5.15pm, Mature Applicants must also register and apply through the PAS website www.publicjobs.ie between 15 February and 5 March 2015 at 5.15pm. 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 2015, 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 FETAC Qualifications

Entry to degree programmes at UCC is available on a competitive basis to students who present with one of the 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 FETAC award scheme is presently being updated and the course codes are changing. Please check the FETAC website www.fetac.ie for these changes.

Following are the FETAC Level 5 links to UCC programmes:

COURSE CODE

FETAC TITLE

UCC Programme

EASSX/5M2181

Applied Social Studies

CK101, CK102, CK104, CK105, CK106, CK107, CK108, CK109, CK113, CK117, CK118, CK210

ECAXX

Community Arts

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

ECDXX/5M3050

Community Development

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

DCHSX/5M4468

Community Health Services

CK101, CK102, CK104, CK105, CK106, CK107, CK108, CK109, CK113, CK117, CK118, CK210, CK506, CK710, CK720, CK730, CK712

ECHSX/5M2154

Cultural and Heritage Studies

CK101, CK102, CK104, CK105, CK107, CK108, CK109, CK110, CK113, CK117, CK118

5M3114

General Studies

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

ELESX/5M2073

Language and European Studies

CK101, CK104,CK105, CK107, CK108, CK109, CK110,CK113, CK117, CK118, CK210, CK506

EMPXX

Media Production

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

ERPXX/5M4511

Radio Broadcasting

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

5M0828

e-Business

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

5M2067

Information Processing

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

BMXXX/5M2069

Marketing

CK101, CK104,CK105, CK107, CK108, CK109,CK110, CK113,CK117, CK118, CK201,CK210, CK502

BITSX/6M5014

International Teleservices/International Contact Centre Services

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

5M2009

Early Childhood Care and Education

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

EETXX/5M3635

Education and Training

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

5M1761

Intellectual Disability Practice

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

DSACX

School Age Children

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

DCHCC

Community Care

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

EPAAX

Arts Administration

CK101, CK104,CK105, CK107, CK108, CK109, CK113,CK117,CK112, CK118

EPAXX/5M5151

Performing Arts

CK101, CK104,CK105, CK107, CK108, CK109, CK113,CK117,CK112, CK118

ELAXX

Liberal Arts

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

EPATD/5M5152

Theatre Production

CK101,CK104,CK105,CK112, CK107, CK108,CK109, CK113,CK117, CK118

EPATP/5M5163

Theatre Performance

CK101, CK104,CK105, CK107, CK108, CK109, CK113,CK117,CK112, CK118

BBSAX/5M2468

Business Administration

CK101, CK104,CK105, CK107, CK108,CK109, CK110, CK113,CK117, CK118, CK201,CK203, CK301, CK210, CK211

BBSIT/5M2111

International Trade

CK101, CK104,CK105, CK107, CK108, CK109, CK110, CK113,CK117, CK118, CK201,CK211

BBSXX/5M2102

Business Studies

CK101,CK104,CK105, CK107, CK108,CK109, CK110, CK113,CK117, CK118, CK201,CK203, CK210, CK211, CK301,CK506

BLSXX/5M3789

Legal Studies

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

CASLT/5M3807

Applied Science -
Laboratory Techniques

CK101, CK104,CK105,CK106, CK107, CK108,CK109, CK113,CK117, CK118, CK401, CK402, CK404, CK405, CK406,CK408, CK504, CK505, CK706

CASFX/5M5267

Applied Science - Food

CK101, ,CK104,CK105,CK106, CK107,CK108,CK109, CK113,CK117, CK118, CK401, CK402,CK404, CK406, CK408, CK504, CK505, CK706

CCNMX/5M2564

Computer Network and Maintenance/ Computer Systems and Networks

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

CELTX

Electronic Technology

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

CETXX/6M5129

Telecommunications Systems

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

CITXX

Information Technology

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

DCHSN/5M4349

Nursing Studies

CK101,CK102, CK104,CK105, CK107,CK108,CK109, CK113, CK117, CK118, CK706, CK710,CK720,CK730

DHSXX

Healthcare Support

CK101,CK102, CK104,CK105, CK107, CK108,CK109, CK113, CK117, CK118, CK710, CK720, CK730

DSRXX/5M5146

Sport and Recreation/ Sports, Recreation and Exercise

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

5M4732/EYXXX

Youth Work

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

5M2094

Photography

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

5M2464

Journalism

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

EMMWD

Multimedia and Web Development

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

5M2146

Multimedia Production

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

6M4985

Business Studies

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

5M2110

Security Studies

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

6M2007

Early Childhood Care and Education

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

6M4978

Health Service Supervisory Management Skills

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

5M1985

Art

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

5M1984

Art, Craft and Design

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

ETFPX

TV and Film Production

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

EFTVP

Film and TV Production

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

6M5013

Administration

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

ADESX/5M2208

Design

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

6M2263

Inclusive Education and Training

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

5M2767

Supply Chain Management

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

5M2071

International Customer Support Services

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 to the first year of these programmes is available on a competitive basis to students who achieve a minimum of 4 Distinctions (i.e. greater than 80%) from any of the FETAC programmes listed here.

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 to the first year of this programme is available on a competitive basis to students who achieve a minimum of 4 Distinctions (i.e. greater than 80%) from any of the FETAC programmes listed below which must include:

A minimum of a Pass must be achieved in the module Communications (G20001/5N0690) or 6N1950 Communications or 6N1949 Personal and Professional Development , if it is not included already among the 4 Distinctions.

COURSE CODE

FETAC TITLE

EASXX/5M2181

Applied Social Studies

ECAXX

Community Arts

ECDXX/5M3050

Community Development

DCHXX/5M4468

Community and Health Services /Community Health Services

ECHSX/5M2154

Cultural and Heritage Studies

5M3114/NFC001

General Studies

DCHSC/5M2009

Early Childhood Care and Education

EETXX/5M3635

Education and Training

5M1761/NFC001

Intellectual Disability Practice

ELAXX

Liberal Arts

DSACX

School Age Childcare

DCHCC/5M2786

Community Care

DCHSN/5M4349

Nursing Studies

DHSXX/5M4339

Healthcare Support

EYXXX/5M4732

Youth Work

6M2007

Early Childhood and Education

6M4978

Health Service Supervisory Management Skills

6M2263

Inclusive Education and Training

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

Arts with Music CK104

Entry to the first year of either of this programme is available on a competitive basis to students who satisfy the following:

It is expected that there will be up to three places on CK104 for students with these qualifications.

Applied Psychology CK106

Entry Route

COURSE CODE

FETAC TITLE

5M4468

Community Health Services

DCHSX

Community and Health Services

EASSX/5M2181

Applied Social Studies

ELAXX/5M3114

General Studies

CASLT/5M3807

Laboratory Techniques

CASFX/5M5267

Food Science

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

and one from

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

English CK109

Entry to the first year of this programme is available on a competitive basis to students who achieve a minimum of 4 Distinctions (i.e. greater than 80%) to include:

from any of the FETAC programmes listed on here.

It is expected that there will be up to 5 places for FETAC students on this programme

World Languages CK110

Entry Route

Entry to the first year of this programme is available on a competitive basis to students who achieve a minimum of 4 Distinctions (i.e. greater than 80%) to include a language other than English from any of the FETAC programmes listed below:

COURSE CODE

FETAC TITLE

ECHSX/5M2154

Cultural and Heritage Studies

ELESX/5M2073

Language and European Studies

5M2069

Marketing

BITSX/6M5014

International Teleservices/ International Contact Centre Services

5M2468

Business Administration

5M2111

International Trade

5M2102

Business Studies

A pass in Communications G20001/5N0690 is also required
There are also specific language requirements:

It is expected that there will be up to 2 places on CK110 for students presenting with these qualifications

Early Years and Childhood Studies CK111
Entry Route A:

DCHSC/ 5M20009 Early Childhood Care and Education

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

CODE

Module Level 5

D20005/5N1764

Child Development

D20007/5N1773

Early Childhood Education

D20153/5N1770

Working in Childcare

D20159/5N1765

Caring for Children (0-6 years)

Entry Route B

DSACX School Age Childcare

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

CODE

Module Level 5

N22682/5N1781

School Age Children

L22679/5N1279

Child and Adolescent Development

L22680

Health Awareness

L22681

Relationships and Collaborations

L21824/5N2396

Integrating Children with Additional Needs

Entry Route C
6M2007   Early Childhood Care and Education
with Distinctions (i.e. 80% or greater) in the following five modules:

CODE

Module Level 5

6N1933

Early Learning Development

6N1949 Personal and Professional Development

6N1944

Early Childhood Curriculum

6N1945

Childhood Social Legal & Health Studies

6N1974

Equality & 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 to the first year of either of these programmes is available on a competitive basis to students who satisfy the following:

  1. 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)
  2. Pass in any of the following FETAC Level 5 qualifications:

COURSE CODE

FETAC TITLE

EPAAX

Performing Arts Administration

EPAXX/5M5151

Performing Arts

EPATD/5M5152

Theatre Production

EPATP/5M5163

Theatre Performance

with distinctions (i.e. 80% or greater) in 4 modules which must include:

It is expected that there will be one place on CK112 for students with these qualifications

Youth and Community Work CK114:

At least a Pass must be achieved in one of the following modules G20001/5N0690 Communications or 6N1950 Communications or 6N1949 Personal and Professional Development if it is not included already among the 4 Distinctions


COURSE CODE

FETAC TITLE

EASXX/5M2181

Applied Social Studies

ECAXX

Community Arts

ECDXX/5M3050

Community Development

DCHXX/5M4468

Community and Health Services /Community Health Services

ECHSX/5M2154

Cultural and Heritage Studies

5M3114

General Studies

DCHSC/5M2009

Early Childhood Care and Education

EETXX/5M3635

Education and Training

5M1761/NFC001

Intellectual Disability Practice

ELAXX

Liberal Arts

DSACX

School Age Childcare

DCHCC/5M2786

Community Care

DCHSN/5M4349

Nursing Studies

DHSXX/5M4339

Healthcare Support

EYXXX/5M4732

Youth Work

6M2007

Early Childhood and Education

6M4978

Health Service Supervisory Management Skills

6M2263

Inclusive Education and Training

Sports Studies and Physical Education CK116
Entry Route:
DSRXX  Sport and Recreation
5M5146 Sports, Recreation and Exercise
DSDCX Sports Development

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

CODE

Module Level 5

D20021

Sport and Recreation Studies

D20123

Health Related Fitness

D20001/5N0749

Anatomy and Physiologyor

L20198/5N0749

Anatomy and Physiology for Leisure and Recreation

D20160/5N2668

Exercise and Fitness

5N4648

Sports Anatomy and Physiology

5N2667

Sport and Recreation

5N2006

Nutrition

6N4665

Sport Psychology

N32980

Sports Coaching

N32981

Sports Community Development

6N4651

Sports Nutrition

N32979

Sports Psychology

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 CK111*
Entry Route A:

COURSE CODE

FETAC TITLE

BBSAX/5M2468

Administration

BBSIT/5M2111

International Trade

BBSXX/5M2102

Business Studies

BMXXX/5M2069

Marketing

6M4985 Business Studies

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

CODE

Module Level 5

B20001/5N1348

Accounting - Manual and Computerised

B20005/5N1610

Business Administration

B20017/5N1400

Marketing Practice

B20029/5N2066 or
C20139/5N1833

Statistics or
Mathematics

B20131/5N2091 or
B20132/5N1394

Business Law or
Legal Studies

B20151/5N1350

Applied Economics

It is expected that there will be up to five places on CK201 and 3 places on CK111 for students presenting with these qualifications.
*Students for CK111 must also meet the HSK L1 language requirement

Business Information Systems CK203
Entry Routes:

COURSE CODE

FETAC TITLE

BIPXX/5M2067

Information Processing

CITXX

Information Technology

BEBXX/5M0828

eBusiness

BBSXX/5M2102

Business Studies

BBSAX/5M2468

Business Administration

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

CODE

Module Level 5

G20001/5N0690

Communications

B20012/5N0783

Database Methods

B20145/5N1952

Information & Communications Systems

B20001/5N1348

Accounting - Manual & Computerised

B20017/5N1400

Marketing Practice

B20029/5N2066

Statistics

B20148/5N1369

eBusiness Studies

C20013

Computer Programming

C20148/5N1910

Web Authoring

N22953/5N1910

Web Authoring - CSS

C20168/5N1611

Internet

C20012

Computer Architecture and Systems

B20028/5N1977

Spreadsheet Methods

B20034/4N2279

Business Calculations

B20005/5N1610

Business Administration

B20144/5N1389

Information and Administration

B20151/5N1350

Applied Economics

L22142

Business Computing

B10009/4N1112

Computer Applications

B10135/4N1125

Information Technology Skills

L20131/5N1383

Financial Services

Entry Route B:

COURSE CODE

FETAC TITLE

6M4985

Business Studies

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

CODE

Module Level 6

6N4089

Spreadsheets

6N1946

Work Experience

6N4091

Applied Economics

6N1950

Communications

6N4165

Finance

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

Government CK210
Entry Route A:

COURSE CODE

FETAC TITLE

BLSXX/5M3789

Legal Studies

BBSAX/5M2468

Business Administration

BBSXX/5M2102

Business Studies

DCHSX/5M4468

Community and Health Services

ELESX/5M2073

Language and European Studies

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

CODE

Module Level 5

B20005/5N1610

Business Administration/Business Administration Skills

B20131/5N2091

Business Law

B20132/5N1394

Legal Studies

B20151/5N1350

Applied Economics

E20024/5N1444

European Studies

G20001/5N0690

Communications

G20022/5N1837

Political Studies

G20031/5N1379

Social Studies

W20008/5N1356

Work Experience

 

Entry Route B:
EASXX/5M2181 Applied Social Studies

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

G20001/5N0690

Communications

Plus four from the following:

COURSE CODE TITLE

G20031/5N1370

Social Studies

L22541/5N0754

Applied Psychology

B20132/5N1394

Legal Studies

D20032/5N1279

Human Growth and Development

E20169/5N0765

Intercultural Studies

G20022/5N1837

Political Studies

L22273/5N1273

Equality and Disability

N22377/5N4127

Latin American/Global Development Issues

N22726/5N1280

Human Rights and Collective Action

N22747/5N2177

Understanding Imprisonment

N22748

Restorative Justice

Entry Route C:

6M4985  Business Studies


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

COURSE CODE TITLE
6N4310

Business Management

6N1949

Personal & Professional Development

6N4370

Marketing Communications

6N4322

Employment Law

6N4089

Spreadsheets

6N3613

Sales & Marketing Management

6N1950

Communications

6N4165

Finance

6N4045

Business Law

6N4091

Applied Economics

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

Law CK301
Entry Route A:

COURSE CODE

FETAC TITLE

BBSAX/5M2468

Business Administration

BBSXX/5M2102

Business Studies

BLSXX/5M3789

Legal Studies

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

CODE

Module - Level 5

B20131/5N2091

Business Law

B20132/5N1394 or
5N3787

Legal Studies/Legal Practice and Procedures or
Criminal Law

G20001/5N0690

Communications

Entry Route B:

COURSE CODE

FETAC TITLE

6M4985

Business Studies

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

CODE

Module Level 6

6N4045

Business Law

6N1950

Communications

6N4322

Employment Law

6N4125

Civil Litigation

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

College of Science, Engineering and Food Science

Computer Science CK401
Entry Routes:

COURSE CODE

TITLE

CASLT/5N3807

Laboratory Techniques

CASFX/5M5267

Food Science

CELTX

Electronic Technology

CETXX/6M5129

Electronic Technology

CITXX

Information Technology

CCNMX/5M2564

Computer Network and Maintenance / Computer Systems and Networks

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

CODE

Module - Level 5

C20139/5N1836
C20175

Mathematics or
Mathematics for Computing

Plus one of:

C20013

Computer Programming

C20018/5N1774

Electronics - Digital

C20048/5N1460

Physics

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:

COURSE CODE

TITLE

CASFX/5M5267

Food Science

CASLT/5M3807

Laboratory Techniques

Distinctions (i.e. 80% or greater) in five modules which must include four of the following:

CODE

Module - Level 5

C20006 /5N2746 or
C20041/5N0737

Biology or
Microbiology

C20139/5N1833

Mathematics

Plus two of:

C20011/5N2747

Chemistry

C20033/5N2751

Laboratory Techniques

C20048/5N1460

Physics

It is expected that there will be up to five places on CK402 and in CK404 for students presenting with these qualifications.

Genetics CK405
Entry Route:

CASLT/5M3807 Laboratory Techniques
Distinctions (i.e. 80% or greater) in five modules which must include the following four modules:

CODE

Module - Level 5

C20006/5N2746 or
C20041/5N0737

Biology or
Microbiology

C20011/5N2747

Chemistry

C20033/5N2751

Laboratory Techniques

C20139/5N1833

Mathematics

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

Chemical Sciences CK406
Entry Routes:

COURSE CODE

TITLE

CASFX/5M5267

Food Science

CASLT/5M3807

Laboratory Techniques

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

CODE

Module - Level 5

C20011/5N2747

Chemistry

C20048/5N1460

Physics

C20139/5N1833

Mathematics

It is expected that there will be up to 2 places on CK406 for students presenting with these qualifications.

Physics and Astrophysics CK408
Entry Routes:

COURSE CODE

TITLE

CASFX/5M5267

Food Science

CASLT/5M3807

Laboratory Techniques

CELTX

Electronic Technology

CETXX/6M5129

Electronic Technology

Distinctions (i.e. 80% or greater) in 5 modules which must include:

CODE

Module - Level 5

C20048/5N1460

Physics

C20139/5N1833

Mathematics

Plus two of the following:

C20006/5N2746 or
C20041/5N0737

Biology or
Microbiology

C20011/5N2747

Chemistry

C20016/5N1606

Electronics

C20018/5N1774

Electronics-Digital

C20033/5N2751

Laboratory Techniques

It is expected that there will be up to two places on CK408 for students presenting with these qualifications.

Food Marketing and Entrepreneurship CK502
Entry Route:

COURSE CODE

TITLE

5M2069

Certificate in Marketing

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

CODE

Module - Level 5

5N2066

Statistics

C20140/5N2006

Nutrition

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

Nutritional Sciences CK504
Entry Routes:

COURSE CODE

TITLE

CASFX/5M5267

Food Science

CASLT/5M3807

Laboratory Techniques

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

CODE

Module - Level 5

C20139/5N1833

Mathematics

Plus three of the following

C20011/5N2747 or
C20022/5N2748

Chemistry or
Food Chemistry

C20024/5N5245

Food Processing

C20033/5N2751

Laboratory Techniques

C20048/5N1460

Physics

C20140/5N2006

Nutrition

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

Food Science CK505
Entry Route:

COURSE CODE

TITLE

CASFX/5M5267

Food Science

CASLT/5M3807

Laboratory Techniques

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

CODE

Module - Level 5

C20139/5N1833

Mathematics

Plus three of the following

C20006/5N2746 or
C20041/5N0737

Biology or
Microbiology

C20011/5N2747 or
C20022/5N2748

Chemistry or
Food Chemistry

C20024/5N5245

Food Processing

C20033/5N2751

Laboratory Techniques

C20048/5N1460

Physics

C20140/5N2006

Nutrition

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 Route:

COURSE CODE

TITLE

BBSXX/5M2102

Business Studies

DCHSX/5M4468

Community and Health Services

ELESX/5M2073

Language and European Studies

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

CODE

Module - Level 5

B20005/5N1610

Business Administration

B20132/5N1394

Legal Studies

B20151/5N1350

Applied Economics

E20024/5N1444

European Studies

G20001/5N0690

Communications

G20022/5N1837

Political Studies

G20031/5N1370

Social Studies

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

College of Medicine and Health

Public Health CK706
Entry Route A

COURSE CODE

TITLE

CASFX/5M5267

Food Science

CASLT/5M3807

Laboratory Techniques

with Distinctions (i.e. 80% or greater) in 5 modules which must include the following modules:

CODE

Module - Level 5

C20139/5N1833

Mathematics

C20006/5N2746

Biology

Plus two of the following

C20041/5N0737

Microbiology

C20011/5N2747

Chemistry

C20022/5N2748

Food Chemistry

C20033/5N2751

Laboratory Techniques

C20048/5N1460

Physics

Entry Route B

COURSE CODE

TITLE

DCHSN/5M4349

Nursing Studies

with Distinctions (i.e. 80% or greater) in 5 modules which must include the following modules:

CODE

Module - Level 5

C20139/5N1833

Mathematics*

C20006/5N2746 or
D20001/5N0749

Biology or
Anatomy and Physiology

*OC3 Mathematics in the Leaving Certificate (or equivalent) will also satisfy this requirement
It is expected that there will be up to two places 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

COURSE CODE

TITLE

DCHSN/5M4349

Nursing Studies

DCHSX/5M4468

Community and Health Services

DHSXX/5M4339

Healthcare Support

with Distinctions (i.e. 80% or greater) in 5 modules which must include the following modules:

CODE

Module - Level 5

D20001/5N0749

Anatomy and Physiology

D20012/5N4325

Introduction to Nursing

C20006/5N2746 or
D20032/5N1279

Biology or
Human Growth and Development

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
All students entering programmes in the College of Medicine and Health will be working with vulnerable people in clinical areas during their time in UCC.  Most of these clinical areas will be under the ownership and authority of the Health Services Executive (HSE). The HSE requires all students working within its organisation to obtain Garda Clearance.

UCC/CAO 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 FETAC applicants are then offered in order of merit based on ranking.

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.

APPLICATIONS FOR GRADUATE ENTRY TO MEDICINE [CK791]

Those persons intending to apply for Graduate Entry to Medicine (CK791) for entry in September 2015 should note the following:

Entry Requirements: Candidates must hold, or expect to hold by July 2015, 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 http://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 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 2015. [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 qualification 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 to 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 Degrees
BSc (Hons) (Mutual and Credit Union Business) Admissions Office
BSc (Hons) (Rural Development) Admissions Office
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
Diploma in Family Business Management Admissions Office
Diploma in the Computer Assisted Learning and Teaching of Irish Admissions Office
4. Transfers within UCC to the First Year of another UCC programme Admissions Office
5. Transfers to University College Cork  
Ordinary Bachelor Degree/HETAC/DIT National Diploma Transfers 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 (post Institute of Commercial Management (ICM) Diploma in Business Studies) Admissions Office
BComm (Hons)/BComm (International with Chinese Studies) FETAC Level 6, Advanced Certificate in Business (6M4985, 6M4587) Admissions Office
6. Other  
Non-Degree Students (EU/EEA/Swiss States) - Flexi-Options Admissions Office
Special Admission to the BSc (Hons) (Business Information Systems) Degree from the Diploma in Applied Business Computing 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 evening programmes in Law and Environmental Management are offered by the University on a cyclical basis. Details regarding these programmes and their availability in a particular year are available on request from the Admissions Office.

2. Part-time Degrees

BSc (Hons) (Mutual and Credit Union Business)

Applicants will normally be required to:
(a) be 21 or over, and satisfy the minimum entry requirements as follows: a 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 or
(b) be at least 23 years at the time of enrolment and have at least two years' experience in operations/management, either as an employee or volunteer, in a co-operative or development organisation.

Applicants who have already been awarded one of the UCC Diplomas in either Credit Union Studies or Social Integration and Enterprise for Community Development Workers, (enrolling between 1993 and 1999 inclusive), will be eligible for admission to Year One of the programme and may proceed to Year Two of the degree programme on successful completion of a 15 credit Bridging Programme. Interested students should see here. Application forms and further details are available from the Admissions Office, UCC.

BSc (Hons) (Rural Development)

The BSc (Hons) Degree in Rural Development is a part-time distance learning programme. The programme runs on a two-year cyclical basis. The programme is designed to develop in students the full range of knowledge and skills which constitute rural development. Applicants will meet University requirements for mature students, i.e. be over 23 years of age by 1st January of the year of proposed entry. Applicants under 23 must satisfy the following minimum entry requirements: a 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. Applicants must have at least two years' experience in rural development in either a voluntary or professional capacity. Students will be selected following an assessment process, including an interview. Application forms and further details are available from the Admissions Office, UCC.

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 Family Business Management

The Diploma in Family Business Management is a two-year, part-time programme offered by the Department of Management and Marketing, in association with the Department of Accounting, Finance and Information Systems and the Department of Law. The programme is designed for those in management roles in Family Business organisations, both family and non-family managers. Applicants will normally be required to: (a) satisfy the minimum entry requirements as follows: a 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 or (b) be at least 23 years by 1st January of the year of proposed entry. Normally a minimum of three years' relevant supervisory/managerial experience in a family-owned business is also required. Candidates may be asked to attend for interview. Application forms and further details are available from the Admissions Office, UCC.

Diploma in Dental Hygiene

This is a two-year, full-time day programme leading to a Diploma in Dental Hygiene. The programme is confined to those students who have already completed their school leaving examination by the closing date for application which is normally in early Spring and who meet the entry requirements; or mature students, i.e. those who have reached 23 by 1st January of the year of proposed entry. The latter may be recommended for entry by the Academic Council. 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. Because of the Clinical Placement on the programme students must be prepared to make a full-time commitment.

Diploma in the Computer Assisted Learning and Teaching of Irish

The Diploma in the Computer Assisted Learning and Teaching of Irish is a two year, part-time programme and is open to those who wish to apply a larger degree of Information and Communication Technologies to their teaching of Irish, or of other subjects through the medium of Irish, and who have reached the required entrance standard. It will also be of interest to those engaged in the conceptualisation and development of educational software. It is stipulated that participants attend the Diploma programme for two consecutive years. Applicants must satisfy the minimum entry requirements of the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences as set out here. Those who will be 23 years of age 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 entry requirements specified above. In addition, all applicants must have obtained a minimum of Grade D3 in Irish in the Leaving Certificate (Higher Level) or its equivalent.

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 2014. If you have succeeded in gaining a place on a Level 8 Undergraduate programme and you have registered, you can apply, provided that:

Students may apply to change course having first met the First Year Experience Coordinator in the Admissions Office. 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 they miss. 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) HETAC Ordinary Degrees/DIT/National Diploma Transfers

A number of places are allocated each year in most programmes at a level beyond First Year to those holding relevant HETAC qualifications. Normally, only those who obtain merit/distinction in the Ordinary 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 wishing to change to another 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 Diplomas/Ordinary Degrees of the HETAC/NCEA or the DIT:
    Diploma in Pre-School Care and Education;
    Diploma in Social Care;
    Diploma in Humanities in Montessori Education;
    HETAC/NCEA Degree in Humanities in Montessori Education.
  2. Two year full-time Higher Certificate in Pre-School Care from the HETAC/NCEA 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 of 30th June, 2015.

    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 FETAC Level 6 Business (6M4985) or Management (6M4587) (having previously passed a one year 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 before 22nd July, 2015.

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 16 July each year. Application forms and further details are available from the Admissions Office, UCC.

6. Other

(a) Flexi-Options (Non-Degree Students)

Students wishing to apply to study a subject(s)/module(s) as non-degree 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 14 August 2015 for 2015/16 academic year.

Non-degree 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.

(b) Special Admission to the BSc (Hons) (Business Information Systems) Degree from the Diploma in Applied Business Computing

Students who have successfully completed the Diploma in Applied Business Computing, with minimum aggregate grade of Second Class Honours Grade I (62%) are eligible to apply for admission to First Year of the BSc (Hons) (Business Information Systems) degree. A quota of four places has been reserved for such applicants. Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the quota, places will be allocated on the basis of the results in the Diploma in Applied Business Computing.

Successful applicants will be exempted from the following First Year modules on the basis of prior study:
IS1108 Introduction to Information Systems in Business (5 credits)
IS1109 Business Systems Analysis and Visualisation (5 credits)
IS1110 Introduction to Principles of Programming (5 credits)
IS1111 Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming (5 credits)
IS1112 Introduction to Technology and the Internet (5 credits)
IS1113 Introduction to Internet Development (5 credits)

Full details are available from the Admissions Office, UCC.

(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 handbook 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 2015 students are asked to apply to the International Office as early as possible, but in any event not later than 31st March 2015.

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 InternationalUnderGrad@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 2015 entry, full-time degree students must normally have reached 17 years of age by 15th January 2016. 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 2014 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 to you by email, normally within one week of the acceptance date of the CAO offer.
  5. In the event that a deferral is not granted, you will be given an opportunity to accept your offer, within a specified limited time.

Taking up a Deferral

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

In order to take up a deferred place, you 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 your CAO application. You should email admissions@ucc.ie with your new CAO number as soon as you receive it. 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 http://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