What does it take...

How do I get to be in UCC studying Nursing or Midwifery?

There are three entry routes available. These are the Standard route using Leaving Cert qualifications or equivalent, the Mature Student route (for those aged 23 by the January of the year of application) or the Fetac/QQI route (for those with relevant Fetac qualifications). All applications are made via the CAO (www.cao.ie)

School- leavers should take note of the subject requirements for our programmes with Leaving Cert requirements listed on each of our programme information pages - see individual links here:

General Nursing: https://www.ucc.ie/en/ck710/

Mental Health Nursing: https://www.ucc.ie/en/ck720/

Intellectual Disability Nursing: https://www.ucc.ie/en/ck730/

BSc Midwifery: https://www.ucc.ie/en/ck740/

Children’s and General Integrated Nursing: https://www.ucc.ie/en/ck712/

At Least six subjects must be presented. Minimum grade H5 in two subjects and minimum grade O6/H7 in four other subjects. English and Irish are requirements for all programmes unless the applicant is exempt from Irish.

The following are considered Lab Science subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physics with Chemistry and Agricultural Science

Applicants will need to meet the following minimum entry requirements:




Lab Science






For further information on the standard or Fetac routes, please see the Admissions information pages for each of our courses or contact the UCC Admissions office at via their query submission page here: https://www.ucc.ie/en/ask/prospective/ 

Specific Fetac requirements for each of our Undergraduate programmes can be found at https://www.ucc.ie/en/study/undergrad/fetac/medicinehealth/

For further information on Mature Student application process, the UCC Mature Student Office is a useful point of contact: https://www.ucc.ie/en/mature/matureprospective/  

To apply as a mature student, you must apply to the CAO, after which you will need to apply directly to the NMBI (Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland) to take the assessment tests. The CAO will remind all mature applicants about the NMBI assessment test in an email after the February 1st deadline. There is also a window for late applications by mature students; please note that if you include courses other than Nursing programmes, your application will not be considered for these programmes through the mature entry route. Late applications are only available to those who have completed the assessment test in the current year.

For further clarification and information, check out the NMBI information page for mature applicants here: https://www.nmbi.ie/Careers-in-Nursing-Midwifery/How-to-apply/Mature-Applicants 

School of Nursing and Midwifery

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Brookfield Health Sciences Complex College Road Cork, Ireland , T12 AK54