Incoming Students Information

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. Please note that it is not always possible to defer entry. For example, in order to ensure adequate places for next year’s applicants, there is a limit on the number of deferrals which can be granted in any course.

Please note that the University cannot guarantee that the programme will run for the year of entry, or that it will not be amended, or that the student fees will not change.

Please note also that there are a number of instances where deferrals are rarely granted. These include:

  • requests for a second deferral
  • high demand programmes with very limited quotas
  • later round offers‌

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

  1. Do not accept the offer in the manner advised on the CAO Offer.
  2. Complete and submit the Deferred Entry Request Form below immediately.
  3. A non-refundable administrative fee of €25 is required to process your deferral application. 
  4. 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 and reasons set out by the applicant. 
  5. The Admissions Office will communicate the decision to the applicant by email within ten days of the application.  Should your deferred entry application be unsuccessful, you will be given the opportunity to take up your UCC place.


Exclusions to deferrals

It is not always possible to defer entry. Deferred Entry for certain high demand courses and for certain entry routes are extremely limited in order ensure adequate places for next year’s applicants. 
Deferrals will be determined on a case by case basis and will only be considered and granted in exceptional circumstances for the following:

  • Late rounds offers
  • Mature Entry to Medicine
  • Mature applicants in high demand courses
  • QQI FE Nursing offers
  • QQI FE Sports Studies & Physical Education offers
  • Graduate Entry Medicine

Deferrals are not granted for later round offers where the cut-off points have dropped.

Taking up a Deferral

In order to take up a deferred place, the applicant must re-apply through CAO by 1 February the following year, pay the appropriate application fee to CAO, and place the deferred course as the only preference on the CAO application. The applicant should email with the new CAO number as soon as it is received

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

To reduce the inherent disadvantage caused by the late release of Leaving Certificate examination upgrades, it is agreed that all HEIs in the CAO system allow candidates from whom offers are withheld, to hold their deferred place, while also having the option to compete for other places in CAO.
The deferral offer will only come into effect if a candidate does not accept a higher offer from the CAO.


Student Garda Vetting

Student Garda Vetting

The National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 to 2016 (the Acts) provide a statutory basis for mandatory vetting of persons who wish to undertake a work placement and/or activities that bring them into contact with children and/or vulnerable adults.

In accordance with the Acts, UCC requires students (or prospective students) for relevant programmes to be vetted. Registration on these programmes is provisional, pending the outcome of the Vetting process. Apart from the listed programmes, any students who engage in university activities that may involve unsupervised access to children and/or vulnerable adults will also be subject to UCC’s Vetting processes.

ALL students who have resided outside Ireland for a period of 6 months or more (from the age of 16 years) must furnish a Police Clearance Certificate from their country or countries of residence. This Certificate should state that the student has no convictions recorded against him or her while residing there. In addition to obtaining a Police Clearance Certificate, all students may be invited to sign a legal declaration (Affidavit) in the presence of a Commissioner for Oaths confirming that they have no criminal convictions current or pending. 

F‌urther information is available in ourUCC Student Vetting Policy and Procedures


Infectious Disease Policy

Students enrolled on certain courses in the College of Medicine and Health are at increased risk of contracting and transmitting certain infectious diseases, as a result of being in the clinical environment as part of their course. It is important therefore in order to protect patients and students that healthcare students are screened for certain infectious illnesses and immunized against these illnesses.  Students enrolling in the School of Nursing and Midwifery are screened and immunized by the Health Service Executive Occupational Health Service and are subject to the HSE policies in this regard. All other undergraduate students in the College of Medicine and Health are subject to the UCC Infectious Disease Screening and Blood Borne Virus Policy. This policy requires applicants to forward details of their immunisation and medical history to the Student Health Department once they have received an offer of a place on their course.

Further information is available on the Student Health Department website including a series of Frequently Asked Questions. You can read the latest version of the Infectious Disease Screening and Blood Borne Virus Policy at UCC Infectious Disease Policy.


First Year Change of Course

The University offers a scheme whereby first year students, who find themselves in the wrong degree programme, may apply, through the Admissions Office, to change to another first year programme. Students must have the required number of Leaving Certificate points and meet the necessary subject requirements of the course they wish to change into and there must be a place on the course. A change of course cannot take place until the close of the CAO season and is in no way guaranteed. Students who are permitted to change must also realise that they will have missed the first weeks of their new programme and must take responsibility to make up “lost ground”.  Details are available from the Admissions Office.

There are also possibilities to change into another related programme at the end of first year. Details of these transfer mechanisms are available from College Offices.

Medical Applicants not "In Good Standing"

Applicants not "in good standing"

Applicants who have previously been unsuccessful in any Medicine programme are deemed not to be “in good standing” and will only be considered for admission to UCC’s Medicine programmes on a case-by- case application basis, to be considered by the relevant Programme Board. Applicants should include any details of extenuating circumstances along with their application.

Terms and Conditions Governing Offers of Admission UCC

Terms and Conditions of Offers

Fitness to Practise

Please visit the following section of the website for full details on the Fitness to Practise policy in UCC:

Fitness to Practise Policy

Admissions Office


1st floor, West Wing, Main Quadrangle, T12 K8AF