First Year FAQ

Once I’ve accepted my place via CAO how do I register as a UCC Arts Student?


Register as a Student. Registration Part 1 (online) will open up following the issue of Round 1 offers. You will receive an email to guide you through the steps of online registration. If you require help with online registration, you can contact the Registration HelpDesk on +353 (0)21 490 1807 / 1808 / 1809.

Orientation and Registration Part 2 dates are available at  General information for incoming First Years is available at

How do I find out which day I am to attend for Orientation and Registration?

Answer:  Details can be found at:

(Leaving Certificate Students Only) - I am not happy with one of my subject choices. Is it possible to transfer to another subject?


Changes to First Year subjects will be allowed, provided subject prerequisites are met, up to four weeks after the start of Semester 1, i.e. until Friday, 23rd October 2020. The online facility (through your Student Admin account) for making changes to subjects will only be open for the first two weeks of Semester 1, i.e. until Friday, 9th October 2020. Subsequent changes up until Friday, 23rd October 2020 must be processed through the Student Records and Examinations Office, West Wing, UCC. You can email the Exams and Records office directly at or call to them directly.


QQI & Mature Students Only - I am not happy with one of my subject choices. Is it possible to transfer to another subject?

Changes to First Year subjects will be allowed, provided subject prerequisites are met, up to four weeks after the start of Semester 1, i.e. until Friday, 23rd October 2020. 

Changes for FETAC and Mature students and any other student not presenting with a Leaving Certificate must be processed through the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences website. Change of Subject Forms are available here

Where is my School/Departmental Office Located?

Answer:  School and Departmental office locations may be found via the following link: Department Office Locations

I would like to speak to a member of staff in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences regarding my degree. Who can I contact?

You can also call to the Main College Office at College Office, Room G35A ,Ground Floor, Block B, O'Rahilly Building

Alternatively, please email Loretta Brady at

What are the requirements that I must fulfil in order to pass First Arts?

To fulfill the requirements of your First Arts Examination you must achieve 60 credits by passing prescribed modules in each of your subjects.

 You should consult the College Calendar, the Book of Modules  for specific details and Marks and Standards all of which are available in the Boole Library and on the University website.


The College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences has introduced compensation for pass and progression for first year students in CK101, the BA degree.

The pass and progression compensation rule is as follows:

To pass First Year and progress to Second Year candidates must

(i) Achieve an overall mark of 480/1200 across all modules

(ii) Pass at least three subjects (45 credits) with a mark of not less than 40% in each module and in each subject

(iii) achieve a mark of not less than 30% in the remaining subject (15 credits)

Note: only subjects which are passed with at least 40% in each module in that subject may be continued in second and third year.

If I am offered a place in UCC, is it possible to defer?

EU students who have been offered a place in UCC, may (in exceptional circumstances only) be permitted, on application to the Admissions Officer, to defer entry to the university for one year.


Danielle Byrne

Admissions Officer


T: +353 (0)21 490 2909.

Please click on link below for UCC’s Deferred Entry Policy including closing dates and charges :

What Can I Do If I Discover I Don’t Like my Course?


Advice should be first sought through your tutor/mentor and/or Department/Faculty or School office. 

You should also speak to the First Year Experience Coordinator, Nóirín Deady. Nóirín will give you support and guidance and will discuss the option to change course with you. 


It is also useful to be aware of the financial implications if you decide to withdraw from your degree programme. If you wish to return to third level education at a later date, eligibility for State funding will be affected by the date of withdrawal.

Please note Withdrawal Dates and Fees:

  • The 2020 withdrawal dates are 31st October, 2020 and the 31stJanuary 2021
  • The university will claim 50% of tuition fees if students withdraw after 31st October 2020 and on or before 31st January
  • The university will refund 100% of the student contribution fee up to 31st October 2020. The Student Contribution Fee for the 2020/21 academic year is €3,000
  • After 31st October and up to 31 January a refund of 50% of any amount paid will be made
  • The capitation fee of €170 is non-refundable.

Please note that these dates may change as the Covid-19 pandemic develops. If you have any queries regarding the impact of Covid-19 on your application or studies, please click here

For further information on fees.

Is it possible to take a leave of absence during the course of my degree?

Students wishing to take leave of absence of a year or more from a programme of study in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences are advised that they must obtain advance approval from the College.  Applications for leave of absence usually have to be submitted by the first day of September of the relevant academic year

Leave of Absence Form


Can I transfer from one course to another?

Transfers within University College Cork to another First Year Programme

Registered first year students, who accepted a place through CAO may apply for a transfer. Students should make an appointment to meet the First Year Experience Coordinator in the Admissions Office before making an application.

The application deadline is Wednesday, 16th October 2020 Application Forms are available in the Admissions Office.

Students may be allowed to transfer if:

  • the student has the points required for entry and satisfies the minimum entry (matriculation) requirements for the programme into which s/he wishes to transfer;
  • there is a place available.

Students should be aware that transferring between first year programmes after the start of term may impact adversely on their academic performance, depending on how much of the academic year they miss. Transfers are permitted strictly on the basis that students fully accept any such possible academic disadvantage.

Further information on transfers


Am I entitled to any exemptions for prior study?

In certain instances students may apply for exemptions, in first year only, to a maximum of 15 credits. This will enable students reduce their workload in the First Year of their programme.

Students must apply for an exemption to the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences by 5pm on Friday, 23rd October, 2020- by completing the ‘Student request Form

For the complete list of approved courses recognized for exemption please go to

Are there any scholarships available in UCC or the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences?

There are a range of scholarships available including the Quercus UCC Entrance Scholarships; the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Science’s Mary Ryan Language Scholarship; the Quercus Undergraduate Scholarships; International Scholarships and many more.

 Please use the link below to access details on all scholarships.


College of Arts, Celtic Studies & Social Sciences

Coláiste na nEalaíon, an Léinn Cheiltigh agus na nEolaíochtaí Sóisialta

College Office, Room G31 ,Ground Floor, Block B, O'Rahilly Building, UCC