Entry Requirements

 

Programme2017
CK101 Arts 346
CK102 Social Science 403
CK104 Arts-Music # 367
CK105 Film and Screen Media 422
CK106 Applied Psychology 499
CK107 Geography & Archaeology 337
CK108 Arts International 484
CK109 English 420
CK110 World Languages 476
CK111 Early Years and Childhood Studies 381
CK112 Drama and Theatre Studies # 408
CK113 Criminology 412
CK114 Youth & Community Work NA
CK115 Social Work NA
CK116 Sports Studies & Physical Education 477
CK117 Economics (through Transformational Learning) 423
CK118 Digital Humanities & Information Technology 379
CK201 Commerce 455
CK202 Accounting 444
CK203 Business Information Systems 445
CK204 Finance 532
CK205 Commerce International with French 465
CK206 Commerce International with German 465
CK207 Commerce International with Italian 430
CK208 Commerce International with Hispanic Studies 451
CK209 Commerce International with Irish 478
CK210 Government 377
CK211 Commerce International with Chinese Studies 424
CK301 Law (Pathways) 480
CK302 Law and French 510
CK304 Law and Irish 496
CK307 Law and Business 543
CK401 Computer Science 419
CK402 Biological & Chemical Science 489
CK404 Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences 441
CK405 Genetics 473
CK406 Chemical Sciences 477
CK407 Mathematical Sciences 565
CK408 Physics and Astrophysics 531
CK409 Industrial Physics 445
CK502 Food Marketing and Entreprenuership 441
CK504 Nutritional Sciences 484
CK505 Food Science 453
CK506 International Development and Food Policy 378
CK600 Engineering 454
CK606 Architecture 444
CR320 Biomedical Science 531*
CK701 Medicine # 730
CK702 Dentistry 578
CK703 Pharmacy 565
CK704 Occupational Therapy 520*
CK705 Speech and Language Therapy 523
CK706 Public Health SciencesCK706 Public Health Sciences 429
CK710 General Nursing (School Leavers -SL) 433
CK712 Children’s and General Nursing Integrated (SL) 508
CK720 Mental Health Nursing (SL) 419
CK730 Intellectual Disability Nursing (SL) 378
CK740 Midwifery (SL) 446
CK791 Graduate Entry Medicine 59*

#plus selection test/interview

*random selection

College of Arts, Celtic Studies & Social Sciences

*English and Irish are requirements for all programmes unless the applicant is exempt from Irish.

*For all programmes: Minimum of 2 H5 and 4 O6/H7

CAO Code Programme  Maths Other Language Lab Science Restricted Entry
CK101   Arts   O6/H7    
CK102 Social Science   O6/H7    
CK104 Arts-Music   O6/H7   Entrance Exam
CK105 Film & Screen Media   O6/H7    
CK107 Geographical and Archaeological Sciences    O6/H7    
CK108 Arts International    O6/H7    
CK109 English   O6/H7    
CK110 World Languages   H3    
CK111 Early Years and Childhood Studies   O6/H7    
CK112 Drama and Theatre Studies   O6/H7   Entrance Exam
CK113 Criminology   O6/H7    
CK114 Social Science (Youth and Community Work)       Mature Entry/QQI FET
CK115 Social Work       Mature Entry
CK116 Sports Studies and Physical Education   O6/H7    
CK117 Economics (through Transformational Learning)   O6/H7    
CK118 Digital Humanities and Information Technology   O6/H7    
CK120 Applied Psychology   O6/H7    
CK121 Psychology and Computing O2/H6 O6/H7    
CK210 Government O6/H7 O6/H7    

 

College of Business & Law

*English and Irish are requirements for all programmes unless the applicant is exempt from Irish.

*For all programmes: Minimum of 2 H5 and 4 O6/H7

CAO Code

Programme                                                             

Maths         

Other Language   

Lab Science

 

Restricted Entry 
CK201 Commerce O6/H7 O6/H7    
CK202 Accounting O6/H7 O6/H7    
CK203 Business Information Systems O6/H7 O6/H7    
CK204 Finance O6/H7 O6/H7    
CK205 Commerce (International) with French O6/H7 H3 in French    
CK206 Commerce (International) with German O6/H7 H3 in a language other than English     
CK207   Commerce (International) with Italian O6/H7 H3 in a language other than English     
CK208 Commerce (International) with Hispanic Studies O6/H7 H3 in a language other than English     
CK209 Commerce (International) with Irish  O6/H7 H3 in Irish    
CK211 Commerce (International) with Chinese Studies O6/H7 H3 in a language other than English     
CK301 Law (Pathways)   O6/H7    
CK302 Law and French   H3 in French    
CK304 Law and Irish   H3 in Irish    
CK307 Law and Businessc O6/H7 O6/H7    

    

College of Science, Engineering & Food Science

*English and Irish are requirements for all programmes unless the applicant is exempt from Irish.

*For all programmes: Minimum of 2 H5 and 4 O6/H7

 

CAO Code Programme                                                                                                                             Maths Other Language Lab Science Restricted Entry
CK401  Computer Science O6/H7      
CK402 Biological and Chemical Sciences O6/H7   H4*  
CK404 Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences O6/H7   H4*  
CK405 Genetics O6/H7   H4 Biology  
CK406 Chemical Sciences O6/H7   H4*  
CK407  Mathematical Sciences H3      
CK408  Physics and Astrophysics O6/H7   H4*  
CK409 Industrial Physics - joint UCC & CIT programme H4**   H4  
CK411 Data Science and Analytics H3      
CR320 Biomedical Science - joint UCC & CIT programme O6/H7   H4  
CK502 Food Marketing and Entrepreneurship O6/H7      
CK504 Nutritional Sciences O6/H7   H4*  
CK505 Food Science O6/H7   H4*  
CK506 International Development and Food Policy O6/H7      
CK600 Engineering H4**   O6/H7  
CK606 Architecture - joint UCC & CIT programme O6/H7      

* - H4 in a Laboratory Science subject or Mathematics or Applied Mathematics 

** - H4 in Mathematics or Applied Mathematics; if the H4 is in Applied Mathematics, a H6 in Mathematics is also required

 

College of Medicine & Health

*English and Irish are requirements for all programmes unless the applicant is exempt from Irish.

*For all programmes: Minimum of 2 H5 and 4 O6/H7

CAO Code Programme Maths Other Language Lab Science Restricted Entry   
CK701 Medicine O6/H7 O6/H7 H4 in Chemistry & Physics or Biology H-PAT Entrance Exam
CK702 Dentistry O6/H7 O6/H7 H4 in Chemistry & Physics or Biology  
CK703 Pharmacy O6/H7 O6/H7 H5 in Chemistry & H4 Physics or Biology  
CK704 Occupational Therapy O6/H7 O6/H7 H4  
CK705 Speech and Language Therapy O6/H7 H4 in a language other than English  H4  
CK706 Public Health Sciences O6/H7 O6/H7 H4*  
CK707 Medical and Health Sciences O6/H7   H4 in Chemistry & O6/H7 in one of Physics, Biology or Agricultural Science  
CK710 General Nursing O6/H7   O6/H7  
CK712 Children's and General Nursing (Integrated) O6/H7   O6/H7  
CK720 Mental Health Nursing O6/H7   O6/H7  
CK730 Intellectual Disability Nursing O6/H7   O6/H7  
CK740 Midwifery O6/H7   O6/H7  

* - H4 in a Laboratory Science subject or Mathematics or Applied Mathematics 

** - H4 in Mathematics or Applied Mathematics; if the H4 is in Applied Mathematics, a H6 in Mathematics is also required

 

All students in the College of Medicine & Health are subject to Garda Vetting and Health Screening.   The nature of the Health Screening tests is reviewed in line with medical best practice and may include tests for Hepatitis and TB. 

A LEVEL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

There are two stages in the evaluation process:

1.  The first stage requires an applicant's results to meet the Minimum Entry/Matriculation Requirements and specific subject requirements of a programme. If you are presenting subjects through a GCE/GCSE examination programme ensure that you refer to the National University of Ireland listing of which A-level/GCSE subjects are mutually exclusive for basic eligibility.

2.  The second stage requires an applicant's results to meet the Minimum Points Requirements of a programme.  The Points Requirements for each individual programme are determined by the demand for that programme as well as the standard of school leaving examination results of all applicants for that programme.  All EU applicants will compete on Points Equivalences as outlined in the tables which follow.

1. Minimum Entry/Matriculation Requirements:

Level 8

2 Subjects at GCE A-Level Grade C and 4 other subjects at GCSE Level Grade C
OC = GCSE Grade C
AC = A2 Level, Grade C
AB = A2 Level, Grade B

Applied A-Level/Vocational subjects are not accepted for matriculation or entry purposes. 

Single Sitting: A-level Grades taken over a single sitting may be combined with AS Grades from the same year or 1 year previous for scoring purposes. 

English Language Competence:  Grade C at GCSE level or equivalent English Language competence

Points Equivalences:

 First 3 A-LevelsFourth A-Level (A2)Or AS-Level
A* 180 60  
A 150 50 30
B 130 45 25
C 100 35 20
D 65 20 15
E 45 15 10

 

Bonus Points

25 additional points will be awarded for a Grade E or better in A2 Mathematics.  This will apply to only ONE Mathematics subject of the following:  Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Pure Mathematics, and only where that subject is used as one of the subjects for scoring purposes.   NB:  Mathematics and Pure Mathematics cannot be counted separately for points purposes.

Table Key for A Level Requirements below: 

*Finished on Random

** Students must present AC in either a Laboratory Science subject, Mathematics or Applied Mathematics

***AC in Mathematics or Applied Mathematics;  if the AC is in Applied Mathematics, a D at A2 Level in Mathematics is also required

#Plus Selection Test/Interview

FR - French; GE - German; IT - Italian; IR - Irish; SP - Spanish; LA - Latin; GR - Greek                                                                                                                         

 

 A-Level Specific Subject Requirements/2017 Entry Points Requirements

 

College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Programme English Other Language Maths Lab Science

2017 Points

CK101 Arts OC* OC                 346
CK102 Social Science OC OC     403
CK104 Arts-Music #
OC OC     367
CK105 Film and Screen Media OC OC     422
CK106 Applied Psychology OC OC     499
CK107 Geographical and Archaeological Sciences OC OC     337
CK108 Arts (International)  OC OC     484
CK109 English         OC OC     420
CK110 World Languages OC AB     476
CK111 Early Years & Childhood Studies OC OC     381
CK112 Drama & Theatre Studies #
OC OC     408

CK113 Criminology

OC OC     412
CK114 Social Science (Youth & Community Work) OC OC     Restricted Entry
CK115 Social Work - Mature Applicants Only OC OC     Mature Entry
CK116 Sports Studies & Physical Education OC OC     477
CK117 Economics (through Transformational Learning)               OC OC                                                 423
CK118 Digital Humanities and Information Technology OC OC                                       379

 

College of Business and Law

Programme English Other Language Maths Lab Science 2017 Entry Points
CK201 Commerce OC OC OC   455
CK202 Accounting                                                                     OC OC OC   444
CK203 Business Information Systems                                        OC OC OC  

445
CK204 Finance OC OC OC   532
CK205 Commerce International with French OC AB French OC   465
CK206 Commerce International with German OC AB FR, GE, IT, IR, SP, LA or GR OC   465
CK207 Commerce International with Italian OC AB FR, GE, IT, IR, SP, LA or GR OC   430
CK208 Commerce International with Hispanic Studies OC AB FR, GE, IT, IR, SP, LA or GR OC   451
CK209 Commerce International with Irish OC AB Irish OC   478
CK210 Government OC OC OC   377
CK211 Commerce International with Chinese Studies OC AB FR, GE, IT, IR, SP, LA or GR OC   424
CK301 Law (Pathways) OC OC     480
CK302 Law with French OC AB French     510
CK304 Law with Irish OC AB Irish     496
CK307 Law and Business OC OC  OC   543

 

College of Science, Engineering and Food Science

Programme English Other Language Maths Lab Science 2017 Entry Points
CK401 Computer Science OC                                              OC   419
CK402 Biological and Chemical Sciences                                        OC   OC AC**
489
CK404 Environment & Earth Systems Sciences                        OC   OC AC**
441
CK405 Genetics OC   OC AC Biology 473
CK406 Chemical Sciences OC   OC AC**
477
CK407 Mathematical Sciences OC   AB   565
CK408 Physics and Astrophysics OC   OC AC** 531
CK409 Industrial Physics OC   AC*** AC 445
CK502 Food Marketing & Entrepreneurship OC   OC   441
CK504 Nutritional Sciences OC   OC AC**
484
CK505 Food Science OC   OC AC**
453
CK506 International Development & Food Policy OC   OC   378
CK600 Engineering OC   AC***
OC 454
CK606 Architecture (Joint Programme with CIT) OC   OC   444
CR320 Biomedical Sciences (Joint Programme with CIT) OC   OC AC 531*

 


College of Medicine and Health

Programme English Other Language Maths Lab Science 2017 Entry Points
CK701 Medicine # OC OC OC AC Chem and either Physics or Biology 730
CK702 Dentistry                                                              OC OC OC AC Chem and either Physics or Biology 578
CK703 Pharmacy                                               OC OC OC AC Chem and either Physics or Biology

565
CK704 Occupational Therapy OC OC OC AC 520*
CK705 Speech & Language Therapy OC AC in Language other than English OC AC 523
CK706 Public Health Sciences OC OC OC AC**
429
CK710 General Nursing OC   OC OC 433
CK712 Children's & General Nursing (Integrated) OC   OC OC 508
CK720 Mental Health Nursing OC   OC OC 419
CK730 Intellectual Disability Nursing OC   OC OC 378
CK740 Midwifery OC   OC OC 446
CK791 Graduate Entry Medicine #         59*

Application Process:

Applications must be submitted by 14 July 2017 and must be accompanied by:

• Original or certified true copy of Birth Certificate
• Original or certified true copy of third-level academic transcripts to date
• Appropriate application fee 

To be considered for transfer: 

  • There must be a vacancy in the course for which the student has applied
  • Applicants must have previously registered in an appropriate Honours Degree programme in their own institution
  • The courses must be compatible in regards to the modules covered between what the applicant has studied/is studying and what is taught in UCC. 
  • Applicants must have passed all previous years in their previous University.
  • It is highly unlikely that any applicant would be granted transfer entry into the final year of an undergraduate degree (other than the special entry route into BSc (Hons) Architecture (note 6 below)). Please contact the Admissions Office for any specific queries.

 

The following transfer application paths are available:

1.     Entry into the second year of the Early Childhood Studies programme is available to holders of the following:

a)     Three or four-year, full-time Diplomas/Degrees of QQI HET (HETAC) Ordinary Bachelor Degree in:

  • Diploma in Pre-School Care and Education 
  • Diploma in Social Care 
  • Diploma in Humanities in Montessori Education
  • HETAC Degree in Humanities in Montessori Education

b)     Two year, full-time Higher Certificate in Pre-School Care from QQI HET (HETAC) with Merit or Distinction.

c)     The two year, full-time or three year, part-time Irish St. Nicholas Montessori qualification with an award of Distinction or Highly Commended.

d)     The two year, full-time AMI Montessori Diploma with a minimum of two Grade Cs and one Grade B in the written theory examination, the written practical examination and the oral practical examination.

e)     Qualifications deemed to be the equivalent of any of 1 to 4 (above).

f)      Recognition of Prior Learning

Candidates applying under this category will be selected on the basis of their prior learning - certified and experimental.

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 at the application stage [and will be assessed on] a 2,000/3,000 word written assignment on an assigned topic.

Students deemed eligible will be allowed to undertake the supervised placements in second and third year in their own settings if desired.

There are up to 20 places available on the programme.  Application forms are available from the Admissions Office.

 

 2.     Entry to the second year of the BComm (Hons) Degree (CK201) and the BComm (International) with Chinese Studies (Hons) (CK211) Degree is available to holders of:

a)     The one year QQI FET(FETAC) Level 6 Business (6M4985) or QQI (FET)FETAC Level 6 Management (6M4587) (having previously successfully passed a one year QQI FET(FETAC) Level 5 qualification in Business Studies or equivalent) and who have met the following requirements:

Distinctions (i.e. 80% or greater) in 5 modules in the QQI FET(FETAC) Level 6 which must include the following: 

Code

Module

6N4310 and

Business Management and

6N1950

Communications

Plus three from:

6N4370

Marketing Communications

6N4188

Marketing Management

6N3750 or 6N3945

Human Resource Management or Managing People

6N4165

Finance

6N4045 or 6N4322

Business Law or Employment Law

6N4091

Applied Economics

6N4089

Spreadsheets

 

b)     The two-year Institute of Commercial Management Diploma in Business Studies and who have met the following requirements:

• Obtained at least grade B in all 6 subjects taken in the Summer Examination
andobtained at least 3 A grades across all 6 subjects

It is expected there will be up to 5 places available for students presenting with the above qualifications. 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. In the event there are students with the same ranking, then these students will be ranked on a random number basis within the relevant ranking.

For applicants applying for entry to CK211 Commerce (International) with Chinese Studies, The School of Asian Studies reserves the right to interview prospective students to assess their level of language.

 

 3.     Entry at a level beyond first year from holders of QQI HET(HETAC) Ordinary Bachelor Degree qualifications

A number of places are allocated each year at a level beyond first year to those holding relevant QQI HET (HETAC)/NCEA/DIT qualifications. Interested students should contact the Admissions Office in May of the year of proposed entry. The level at which students are admitted depends on the course concerned. If interested, you should apply directly to the Admissions Office for an application form. 

 

 4.     Direct Entry into Year 3 of the BSc (Hons) in Science Education for degree holders in Physics, Chemistry or Biology.

Applicants who hold a degree in Physics, Chemistry or Biology may apply for entry to Year 3 of the BSc (Hons) in Science Education.  If interested, you should apply directly to the Admissions Office for an application form. 

 

5.     Advanced Entry into Medicine for Dental Graduates beyond First Year

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 and should apply in writing to the Admissions Office, University College Cork. The closing date for application is 1st March each year. Late applications cannot be considered. Dental graduates may be called for interview. This is subject to the availability of places.

Full details on the application procedure may be obtained from the Admissions Office.

 

6.     Direct Entry to Year 4 of the Joint 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.

 

7.     Entry at a level beyond first year for Medicine & Dentistry

The School of Medicine and the School of Dentistry do not accept students transferring from other programmes.

The Mature Student Guide for entry in 2017 is available for download here.

To request a copy of the Mature Student Guide 2017 please contact the Mature Student Office at 021 490 1873 or email: mso@ucc.ie

Information on Undergraduate Degree Programmes is available here.

 

College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Science

 

CAO Code Programme Duration Entry Requirements Application and Selection Method
CK101 Arts 3 There are certain requirements for some first-year subjects. Please see  The College Calendar and check 'General' and 'Points to Note' in the UCC calendar for a list of subject requirements. CAO Application + MSAP Assessment 
CK102 Social Science 3 Candidates are assessed based on education, life and/or relevant work experience as demonstrated in the CAO Application and Statement of Interest. CAO Application + MSAP Assessment + Statement of Interest 
CK104 Arts-Music 3 or 4 Places will be allocated on the basis of a combination of the following: MSAP results and the UCC Music Entrance Test, which includes an essay on a music topic, usually held in late April/early May. CAO Application + MSAP Assessment + Statement of Interest + Music Entrance Test
CK105 Film and Screen Media 3 or 4 Candidates are assessed based on education, life and/or relevant work experience as demonstrated in the CAO Application and Statement of Interest. CAO Application + MSAP Assessment + Possible Interview + Statement of Interest
CK107 Geographical and Archaeological Sciences 3 Candidates are assessed based on education, life and/or relevant work experience as demonstrated in the CAO Application and Statement of Interest. CAO Application + MSAP Assessment + Statement of Interest
CK108 Arts International 4 Candidates are assessed based on education, life and/or relevant work experience as demonstrated in the CAO Application and Statement of Interest. CAO Application + MSAP Assessment + Statement of Interest
CK109 English 3 or 4 Candidates are assessed based on education, life and/or relevant work experience as demonstrated in the CAO Application and Statement of Interest. CAO Application + MSAP Assessment + Statement of Interest
CK110 World Languages 4 Candidates are assessed based on education, life and/or relevant work experience as demonstrated in the CAO Application and Statement of Interest. There are certain requirements for some first-year subjects. Please see www.ucc.ie/calendar/arts/art002.htm and check 'General' and 'Points to Note' in the UCC calendar for a list of subject requirements. CAO Application + MSAP Assessment + Statement of Interest + evidence of language learning ability
CK111 Early Years and Childhood Studies 3 Candidates are assessed based on education, life and/or relevant work experience as demonstrated in the CAO Application and Statement of Interest. CAO Application + MSAP Assessment + Possible Interview + Statement of Interest + Garda Vetting
CK112 Drama and Theatre Studies 3 or 4 Candidates are assessed based on education, life and/or relevant work experience as demonstrated in the CAO Application and Statement of Interest. CAO Application + MSAP Assessment + Interview/Workshop + Statement of Interest
CK113 Criminology 3 or 4 Candidates are assessed based on education, life and/or relevant work experience as demonstrated in the CAO Application and Statement of Interest. CAO Application + MSAP Assessment + Interview/Workshop + Statement of Interest
CK114 Social Science (Youth and Community Work) 3 MSAP results; Evidence of at least one year or an equivalent of experience, either paid or voluntary, in the Youth, Community or Voluntary Sector;  Evidence of Academic potential. CAO Application + Personal Statement + MSAP Assessment + Interview + Knowledge of Social Issues and Youth and Community Work + Readiness to undertake professional training in Youth and Community Work + Garda Vetting
CK115 Social Work 4 MSAP results; Relevant life and work experience; Evidence of academic potential. CAO Application + Personal Statement + MSAP Assessment + Interview + Knowledge of Social Issues and Social Work + Readiness to undertake professional training in Social Work + Garda Vetting
CK116 Sports Studies and Physical Education 4 Candidates are assessed based on education, life and/or relevant work experience as demonstrated in the CAO Application and Statement of Interest. CAO Application + MSAP Assessment + Statement of Interest + Interview + Garda Vetting
CK117 Economics (through Transformational Learning) 3 or 4 Candidates are assessed based on education, life and/or relevant work experience as demonstrated in the CAO Application and Statement of Interest. Leaving Certificate Maths is recommended. CAO Application + MSAP Assessment + Statement of Interest + Interview 
CK118 Digital Humanities and Information Technology 3 or 4 Candidates are assessed based on education, life and/or relevant work experience as demonstrated in the CAO Application and Statement of Interest. CAO Application + MSAP Assessment + Statement of Interest
CK120 Applied Psychology 3 or 4 Candidates are expected to show concrete evidence of commitment to psychology as a discipline and ability to cope with the scientific content of the programme. CAO Application + MSAP Assessment + Statement of Interest + Interview. Candidates are strongly encouraged to undertake an access course with a significant psychology component. The School of Applied Psychology does not endorse any particular course.
CK121 Psychology and Computing 3 or 4 Candidates are expected to show concrete evidence of commitment to psychology as a discipline and ability to cope with the scientific content of the programme. Leaving Certificate Maths and/or a background in Information Technology is recommended.  CAO Application + MSAP Assessment + Statement of Interest + Interview.        Candidates are strongly encouraged to undertake an access course with a significant psychology component. The School of Applied Psychology does not endorse any particular course.
CK210 Government 4 Candidates must have an interest in current affairs/politics. CAO Application + MSAP Assessment + Statement of Interest + Interview 

 

College of Business and Law

 

CAO Code Programme Duration Entry Requirements Application and Selection Method
CK201 Commerce 4 Leaving Certificate Maths or equivalent is recommended. CAO Application + Statement of Interest + may require Interview
CK202 Accounting 4 Leaving Certificate Maths is recommended. CAO Application + Statement of Interest + may require Interview
CK203 Business Information Systems 4 Leaving Certificate Maths is required. CAO Application + Statement of Interest + may require Interview
CK204 Finanace 4 Leaving Certificate Maths is recommended. CAO Application + Statement of Interest + may require Interview
CK205 Commmerce (International) with French 4 Leaving Certificate Maths is recommended. H3 in Leaving Certificate French is required (HB3 if presenting pre-2017 Leaving Certificate). CAO Application + Statement of Interest + may require Interview
CK206 Commmerce (International) with German 4 Leaving Certificate Maths is recommended. H3 in a language other than English is required (HB3 if presenting a pre-2017 Leaving Certificate). CAO Application + Statement of Interest + may require Interview
CK207 Commmerce (International) with Italian 4 Leaving Certificate Maths is recommended. H3 in a language other than English is required (HB3 if presenting a pre-2017 Leaving Certificate). CAO Application + Statement of Interest + may require Interview
CK208 Commmerce (International) with Hispanic Studies 4 Leaving Certificate Maths is recommended. H3 in a language other than English (HB3 if presenting a pre-2017 Leaving Certificate). CAO Application + Statement of Interest + may require Interview
CK209 Commmerce (International) with Irish 4 Leaving Certificate Maths is recommended. H3 in Irish is required (HB3 if presenting a pre-2017 Leaving Certificate). CAO Application + Statement of Interest + may require Interview
CK211 Commmerce (International) with Chinese Studies 4 Leaving Certificate Maths is recommended. A H3 in a Leaving Certificate language other than English is required (HB3 if presenting a pre-2017 Leaving Certificate). CAO Application + Statement of Interest + Interview
CK301 Law (Pathways) 3 or 4 Candidates are assessed based on education, life and/or relevant experience as demonstrated in the CAO application and Statement of Interest. CAO Application + Statement of Interest + Assessment Test  + Interview
CK302 Law and French 4 Candidates are assessed based on education, life and/or relevant experience as demonstrated in the CAO application and Statement of Interest. H3 in Leaving Certificate French is required (HB3 if presenting a pre-2017 Leaving Certificate). CAO Application + Statement of Interest + Assessment Test  + Interview
CK307 Law and Business 4 Candidates are assessed based on education, life and/or relevant experience as demonstrated in the CAO application and Statement of Interest. Leaving Certificate Maths or equivalent is recommended. CAO Application + Statement of Interest + Assessment Test  + Interview

 

 College of Science, Engineering and Food Science

 

CAO Code Programme Duration Entry Requirements Application and Selection Method
CK401 Computer Science 4 Leaving Certificate Maths and/or a background in Information Technology is required (e.g. a NFQ Level 5 or 6 qualification (or equivalent) or comparable professional experience though well qualified applicants with a track record of achievement in other areas will be considered. CAO Application + Statement of Interest + Possible Interview
CK402 Biological/Chemical Sciences 4 Must have studied a Lab Science subject at second level or QQI/FETAC or demonstrate involvement in Science related areas. CAO Application + Statement of Interest + Possible Interview
CK404 Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences 4 Candidates are assessed based on education, life and/or relevant experience as demonstrated in the CAO Application and Statement of Interest. CAO Application + Statement of Interest + Possible Interview
CK405 Genetics 4 Must have studied Biology at second level or QQI/FETAC or demonstrate involvement with Science related areas. CAO Application + Statement of Interest + Possible Interview
CK406 Chemical Sciences 4 Must have studied a Lab Science at second level or QQI/FETAC or demonstrate involvement with Science related areas. CAO Application + Statement of Interest + Possible Interview
CK407 Mathematical Sciences 4 Must have studied Maths at second level or QQI/FETAC or demonstrate involvement with Maths related areas. CAO Application + Statement of Interest + Possible Interview
CK408 Physics and Astrophysics 4 Honours Maths or a high level of Ordinary Maths in the Leaving Certificate is strongly advised as this is a mathematically challenging course. Applied Maths and Physics in the Leaving Certificate is highly beneficial. CAO Application + Statement of Interest + Possible Interview
CK409 Industrial Physics
(joint UCC & CIT programme)
4 Honours Maths or a high level of Ordinary Maths in the Leaving Certificate is strongly advised as this is a mathematically challenging course. Applied Maths and Physics in the Leaving Certificate is highly beneficial. CAO Application + Statement of Interest + Possible Interview
CK411 Data Science and Analytics 4 Must have studied Maths at second level or QQI/FETAC or demonstrate involvement with Maths related areas. CAO Application + Statement of Interest + Possible Interview
CR320 Biomedical Science
(joint UCC & CIT programme)
4 Honours Maths or a high level of Ordinary Maths in the Leaving Certificate is strongly advised as this is a mathematically challenging course. Applied Maths and Physics in the Leaving Certificate is highly beneficial. CAO Application + Statement of Interest + Possible Interview
CK502 Food Marketing and Entrepreneurship 4 Candidates are assessed based on education, life and/or relevant experience as demonstrated in the CAO application and Statement of Interest. CAO Application + Statement of Interest + Possible Interview
CK504 Nutritional Sciences 4 Candidates are assessed based on education, life and/or relevant experience as demonstrated in the CAO application and Statement of Interest. CAO Application + Statement of Interest + Possible Interview
CK505 Food Science   Must have studied a Lab Science subject at second level or QQI/FETAC or demonstrate involvement in Science related areas. CAO Application + Statement of Interest + Possible Interview
CK506 International Development and Food Policy 4 Candidates are assessed based on education, life and/or relevant experience as demonstrated in the CAO application and Statement of Interest. CAO Application + Statement of Interest + Possible Interview
CK600 Engineering 4 H4 in Leaving Certificate Maths or Applied Maths (HC2 if presenting a pre-2017 Leaving Certificate). CAO Application + Statement of Interest + may require Interview.  Applicants are also assessed on the basis of academic and/or professional background in a science-related discipline, evidenced by exam results and their Statement of Interest
CK606 Architecture 4 Portfolio (in two parts) to be submitted in April. Part 1 - CV; Part 2 - not more than 8 A3 or A4 pages, which might include sketches, paintings, illustrations, photography and photographs of original 3D works. CAO Application + Statement of Interest + Possible Interview

 

 College of Medicine and Health 

 

CAO Code Programme Duration Entry Requirements Application and Selection Method
CK701 Medicine 5 A H4 in Leaving Certificate Chemistry and either Physics or Biology, or equivalent. (A HC2 if presenting a pre-2017 leaving certificate). Applicants with an equivalency, please note that the equivalency must be clear on the CAO application. Important: Applicants with a primary degree at 2H1 grade or higher are only eligible for Medicine through Graduate Entry to Medicine (GEM) and not through the Mature Entry Route. CAO Application + Statement of Interest + HPAT + Interview
CK702 Dentistry 5 A H4 in Leaving Certificate Chemistry and either Physics or Biology or equivalent. (A HC2 if presenting a pre-2017 leaving certificate)). CAO Application + Statement of Interest + Interview
CK703 Pharmacy 5 A H5 in Leaving Certificate Chemistry and a H4 in either Physics or Biology in the Leaving Certificate or equivalent. (A HD1 in Chemistry and a HC2 in either Physics or Biology if presenting a pre-2017 Leaving Certificate) CAO Application + Statement of Interest + Interview
CK704 Occupational Therapy 4 A minimum H4 in a Laboratory Science subject in the Leaving Certificate, or equivalent. (A HC2 if presenting a pre-2017 Leaving Certificate). For the purposes of entry requirements, one example of an equivalent qualification would be 'Anatomy and Physiology QQI/FETAC Level 5'. Clear evidence of how this entry requirement has been met should be included in the application form. Most students will find that having Biology at Leaving Certificate level or equivalent will be advantageous in their subsequent Occupational Therapy studies. CAO Application + Statement of Interest + Interview
CK705 Speech and Language Therapy 4 A H4 in a Lab Science subject and a language (other than English) in the Leaving Certificate or equivalent. (A HC2 if presenting a pre-2017 Leaving Certificate). CAO Application + Statement of Interest + Interview
CK706 Public Health Sciences 4 Students are required to have studied Maths and a Laboratory Science subject. CAO Application + Statement of Interest + Interview
CK707 Medical and Health Sciences 4 A H4 in a Lab Science subject in the Leaving Certificate or equivalent. (A HC2 if presenting a pre-2017 Leaving Certificate). CAO Application + Statement of Interest + Interview
CK710 General Nursing 4 Admission to the Mature Nursing programme is based on an assessment test with An Bord Altranais. CAO Application + Nursing Assessment (Please register and apply through the Public Appointments Service (PAS) website)
CK712 Children’s and General Nursing (Integrated) 4.5 Admission to the Mature Nursing programme is based on an assessment test with An Bord Altranais. CAO Application + Nursing Assessment (Please register and apply through the Public Appointments Service (PAS) website)
CK720 Mental Health Nursing 4 Admission to the Mature Nursing programme is based on an assessment test with An Bord Altranais. CAO Application + Nursing Assessment (Please register and apply through the Public Appointments Service (PAS) website)
CK730 Intellectual Disability Nursing 4 Admission to the Mature Nursing programme is based on an assessment test with An Bord Altranais. CAO Application + Nursing Assessment (Please register and apply through the Public Appointments Service (PAS) website)
CK740 Midwifery 4 Admission to the Mature Nursing programme is based on an assessment test with An Bord Altranais. CAO Application + Nursing Assessment (Please register and apply through the Public Appointments Service (PAS) website)

See the Entry to Medicine Brochure for more more information: 2018 Medicine Entry Requirements

For undergraduate entry to medicine, school leavers, in addition to the application through the CAO, must also apply directly to ACER to complete the HPAT-Ireland test. The only sitting of the HPAT-Ireland test for 2017 will take place on the 25 February 2017. HPAT-Ireland results can be used for application to Medicine for one year meaning that if an applicant sits the test in 2017, the resulting score is valid for 2017 entry only.

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 the weighted combination of the Leaving Certificate Examination points and the HPAT-Ireland score.

The HPAT test measures a candidate’s logical reasoning, problem-solving skills, non-verbal reasoning and the ability to understand human thoughts, behaviour and intentions. It does not test academic knowledge and candidates do not require specific understanding of any academic discipline. However, some familiarity with the question types typically presented would be an advantage. Sample questions are available on the HPAT-Ireland website along with information about how to purchase further HPAT-Ireland Practice Materials. The test results will complement the Leaving Certificate Examination assessment for selecting applicants for admission to an undergraduate Medical School course.

2017 results:

 

Course Lowest LC Points Lowest HPAT Highest HPAT Min. Combined Score Largest Combined Score
           
CK701 542 166 227 730 792

 

For entry to Medicine from 2017, points scores above 550 will continue to be moderated. Scores above 550 will be rounded up to the nearest 5 points and moderated as per the table below. For instance, a score of 562 will be rounded up to 565 and so will result in a moderated score of 553. 

2017 Points

2017 Moderated Score

551-555

551

556-560

552

561-565

553

566-570

554

571-575

555

576-580

556

581-585

557

586-590

558

591-595

559

596-600

560

601-605

561

606-610

562

611-615

563

619-620

564

621-625

565

The maximum achievable score is 865. 565 is the maximum score in the Leaving Certificate after adjustment and the maximum HPAT score is 300.

 

UCC ProgrammeBTEC National Diploma AwardStandard Required
CK101 Arts Any generic programme might be appropriate for entry DMM
CK102 Social Sciences BTEC Health & Social Care DMM
CK104 Arts Music BTEC Music* DDD
CK105 Film & Screen Media

BTEC Interactive Media

BTEC Media Production (iMedia)

DDD

DDD

CK111 Early Years & Childhood Studies BTEC Children's Care, Learning & Development DDM
CK112 Drama & Theatre Studies

BTEC Performing Arts

BTEC Production Arts

DDM

DDM

CK116 Sports Studies & Physical Education

BTEC Sports & Exercise Science

BTEC Sport

DDD

DDD

CK201 Commerce BTEC Business DDD
CK210 Government BTEC Business DMM

*Please note that BTEC Music Technology is not acceptable for entry to CK104. 

 

UCC ProgrammeBTEC National Diploma Award
CK401 Computer Science

BTEC National Diploma

  • IT & Business
  • Networking
  • Software Development
  • Systems Support
CK402 Biological & Chemical Sciences BTEC National Diploma Applied Science**
CK404 Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences BTEC National Diploma Applied Science**
CK405 Genetics BTEC National Diploma Applied Science**
CK406 Chemical Sciences BTEC National Diploma Applied Science**
CK408 Physics & Astrophysics BTEC National Diploma Applied Science**
CK502 Food Marketing & Entrepreneurship BTEC National Diploma Business
CK504 Nutritional Sciences BTEC National Diploma Applied Science**
CK505 Food Science BTEC National Diploma Applied Science**
CK506 International Development & Food Policy BTEC National Diploma Business
CK605 Electrical & Electronic Engineering

BTEC National Diploma Electrical / Electronic Engineering

(Distinctions in both Mathematics for Technicians and Further Mathematics for Technicians are a prerequisite.) 

**Only relevant programmes will be considered.

Decisions on the suitability of applications for entry to degree programmes in the College of Science, Engineering & Food Science will be taken by the College.

Matriculation Requirements

The general NUI matriculation requirements and booklet are available at the following link:

http://www.nui.ie/college/entry-requirements.asp

Exemptions

Applicants who wish to gain exemptions from Irish and/or the Third Language requirement should consult the above NUI website for further details. The NUI exemption application form required for these exemptions is available on the NUI website.

NB: A Department of Education and Science exemption will not suffice; it must be an NUI exemption.

‌The new Leaving Certificate grading system was implemented in 2017. The grade system, and how it corresponds with the scheme up to 2016 is outlined below. The minimum entry requirements are two H5 and four O6/H7 grades. The revised common points scale now applies for those presenting the Leaving Certificate:

HIGHER ORDINARY
GRADE POINTS GRADE POINTS
H1 100    
H2  88    
H3   77    
H4   66    
H5   56  O1  56
H6   46  O2  46
H7   37  O3  37
H8   0  O4  28
     O5  20
     O6  12
     O7  0
     O8  0

  

Bonus points for Maths

25 additional points will be awarded for higher level Mathematics at grades H6 and above.

 

Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP) Link Modules

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

Distinction 66 points
Merit 46 points
Pass 28 points

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.

Scoring for pre-2017 Leaving Certificate applicants

All students applying through the CAO from 2017 will be awarded points under the new scale, no matter when they sat the Leaving Certificate. 

The pre-2017 E grade band covers from 25-39% and does not map directly to the H7 grade, which covers the range 30-39%. Therefore, the points awarded from a pre-2017 higher level E grade will be less than for a H7 and have been calculated mathematically on the non-linear scale at 33 points.

 

Teaching in UCC is normally through the medium of English; therefore all applicants are required to demonstrate a high level of Competence in English Language. Applicants who have not passed English as a subject in the Irish Leaving Certificate Examination must provide evidence of equivalent Competence in English Language through their school leaving examination or matriculation examination or by achieving the minimum standard (there may be higher levels for particular programmes) in a recognised English language test, as outlined below:

The appropriate minimum score in the following English Language Examinations

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL):  90 Internet based (no less than 20 in each section); A minimum score of 600 administered by Princeton University, with Test of Written English at 465+. 
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS):  Test Patterns A and B, with an average score of 6.5 over all components and a minimum of 6.00 in each band.
  • University of Cambridge: 180+ on Cambridge English scale with no less than 175 in each skill and use of English, i.e.: 
    • Advanced Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2)
    • Proficiency Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2)
    • First Certificate, Grade A (CEFR LEvel C1)
  • English Test for Academic and Professional Purposes (ETAPP): With grade C1 or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2)

UK Examining Boards/Bodies

  • GCE O Level English Language at Grade C or above
  • GCSE English Language at Grade C or above
  • GCSE English Literature at Grade C or above
  • CSE Grade 1 Pass in English

University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES)

With English at grade C or above (incorporating the Oxford Examining Body’s English as a Foreign Language (Higher Paper)

EU Countries’ Matriculation Examination

Matriculation Examinations from European Countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved. Where the examination has been taken more than 2 years previuosly, candidates may be required to take a proficiency test. Where an English proficiency test which is scored on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) is presented as part of a school-leaving qualification, grade must be C1/C2. 

Pearson English language test) (PTE Academic) 

minimum of 63 (with at least 59 for each item).

Trinity ISE

Trinity ISE 3 with at least merit in each skill category

QQI FETAC ESL

Distinction in the module 'English as a Second Language'

Or an equivalent level of English in a recognised examination. 

 

Proficiency tests are used to meet entry requirements but do not count towards points scores. For all proficiency tests, the results must normally have issued within two years prior to the start of your course. Where an applicant shows evidence of hearing impairment which meets the requirements for access, the English language requirements can be met without the hearing and speaking components.

Application process

Applicants must apply through the Central Applications System (CAO). Complete information on the CAO system is available in the CAO Handbook and is also available on the CAO Website at www.cao.ie. Each application must be accompanied by appropriate documentation as outlined below.

Documentation to be submitted with CAO Application Form

When submitting an application to the CAO it must be accompanied by the following documentation (or followed by the documentation if applying on-line):

  • Certified true copy of official transcripts of academic results
  • In some cases, the final school report is also required (to show the full range of subjects taken)
  • A certified English translation is required in the case of qualifications not issued originally in English or Irish, in addition to the certified A4 photocopies of the documents themselves.

In the absence of these documents and translations the application may not be processed. Applicants who are awaiting current year examination results must forward their results as soon as they become available to the CAO For applicants who are successful in their application, the HEI will require will require that the original documentation be presented at registration for verification. Offers of places are provisional until such time as all Registration formalities have been completed within the University.

 

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