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

CAO Code and Programme Minimum Entry Requirements Additional Requirements   

CK101  Arts

CK102  Social Science

CK105  Film and Screen Media

CK106  Applied Psychology

CK107  Geography and Archaeology

CK108  Arts International

CK109  English

CK111  Early Years and Childhood Studies

CK113  Criminology

CK116  Sports Studies and Physical Education

CK117  Economics (through Transformational Learning)

CK118  Digital Humanities and Information Technology

 


H5 in two subjects and O6/H7 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, another language, and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.



 

 

 

None

 

CAO Code and Programme           Minimum Entry Requirements                                                                                                                   Additional Requirements     
CK104 Arts with Music

 

 H5 in two subjects and O6/H7 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, another language, and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes

Applicants are required to pass a special music test

 

CAO Code and Programme           Minimum Entry Requirements                                                                                                                   Additional Requirements     
CK110 World Languages

 

H5 in two subjects and O6/H7 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, another language, and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes



H3 in a Language other than English

 

CAO Code and Programme           Minimum Entry Requirements                                                                                                                   Additional Requirements     
CK112 Drama and Theatre Studies

H5 in two subjects and O6/H7 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, another language, and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes

Applicants are required to pass a special drama workshop and interview

 

College of Business & Law

 

CAO Programme and Code                 Minimum Entry Requirements                                                                                                             Additional Requirements            

CK201 Commerce

CK202 Accounting

CK203 Business Information Systems

CK204 Finance

CK210 Government

 

H5 in two subjects and O6/H7 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, another language, Mathematics and two other subjects recognised for entry purposes

 

 

None

 

CAO Programme and Code        

Minimum Entry Requirements                                                                                                                 Additional Requirements         
CK205  Commerce (International) with French

 

H5 in two subjects and O6/H7 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, another language, Mathematics and two other subjects recognised for entry purposes



H3 in French

 

CAO Programme and Code     Minimum Entry Requirements                                                                                                                               Additional Requirements

CK206 Commerce (International) with German

CK207  Commerce (International) with Italian

CK208  Commerce (International) with Hispanic Studies

CK211  Commerce (International) with Chinese Studies

 

 

 H5 in two subjects and O6/H7 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, another language, Mathematics and two other subjects recognised for entry purposes

 

 

H3 in a language other than English

 

CAO Programme and Code         Minimum Entry Requirements                                                                                                                                Additional Requirements
CK209  Commerce (International) with Irish

H5 in two subjects and O6/H7 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, another language, Mathematics and two other subjects recognised for entry purposes

H3 in Irish

 

CAO Programme and Code   Minimum Entry Requirements                                                                                                                                             Additional Requirements

CK301  Law (Pathways)

 

 

H5 in two subjects and O6/H7 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, another language and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes

None

 

CAO Programme and Code    Minimum Entry Requirements                                                                                                                           Additional Requirements    
CK302  Law and French

 H5 in two subjects and O6/H7 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, another language and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes

 H3 in French

 

CAO Programme and Code Minimum Entry Requirements                                                                                                                                          Additional Requirements
CK304  Law and Irish

H5 in two subjects and O6/H7 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, another language and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes

H3 in Irish

 

CAO Programme and Code Minimum Entry Requirements Additional Requirements
CK307 Law and Business

H5 in two subjects and O6/H7 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, Mathematics, another language and two other subjects recognised for entry purposes

 

College of Science, Engineering & Food Science

CAO Programme and Code Minimum Entry Requirements                                                                                                                                             Additional Requirements

CK401  Computer Science

CK502  Food Marketing and Entrepreneurship

CK506  International Development and Food Policy

CK606 Architecture

H5 in two subjects and O6/H7 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, Mathematics and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes

None

 

CAO Programme and Code Minimum Entry Requirements                                                                                                                                          Additional Requirements

CK402 Biological and Chemical Sciences

CK404 Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences

CK406 Chemical Sciences

CK408 Physics and Astrophysics

CK504 Nutritional Sciences

CK505 Food Science    

 

H5 in two subjects and O6/H7 in four other subjects 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

 

H4 in a Laboratory Science subject or Mathematics or Applied Mathematics

 

CAO Code and Programme     Minimum Entry Requirements                                                                                                                   Additional Requirements           
CK407 Mathematical Sciences

 

H5 in two subjects and O6/H7 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, Mathematics and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes


 H3 in Mathematics

 

CAO Code and Programme Minimum Entry Requirements Additional Requirements
CK409 Industrial Physics  Minimum Grade H5 in two subjects and O6/H7 in four other subjects 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 H4 in Mathematics or Applied Mathematics; if the H4 is in Applied Mathematics, a H6 in Mathematics is also required plus a H4 in a Laboratory Science subject

 

CAO Code and Programme   Minimum Entry Requirements                                                                                                                                  Additional Requirements
CK405 Genetics

 H5 in two subjects and O6/H7 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, Mathematics, one Laboratory Science subjecte (i.e. Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (joint) or Agricultural Science) and two other subjects recognised for entry purposes)

 H4 in Biology (meets the Laboratory Science requirement)

 

CAO Code and Programme    Minimum Entry Requirements                                                                                                                                  Additional Requirements                                              
CR320 Biomedical Science (Joint Programme with CIT)

H4 in one of Chemistry, Physics, Biology or Physics with Chemistry (joint) and in one other subject and passes in four subjects at H or O level in the Leaving Certificate from Irish or English, Mathematics and two other subjects recognised for entry purposes

None

 

 

 

CAO Code and Programme    Minimum Entry Requirements                                                                                                                            Additional Requirements    

CK600NPF Engineering

CK600PCE Process and Chemical Engineering

CK600CSE Civil and Environmental Engineering    

CK600NRG Energy Engineering        

CK600EEE Electrical and Electronic Engineering             

 

 H5 in two subjects and O6/H7 in four subjects in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, Mathematics, 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 purposes

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

College of Medicine & Health

CAO Code and Programme   Minimum Entry Requirements                                                                                                         Additional Requirements                       
CK701 Medicine (Undergraduate Entry)

 H4 in Chemistry and either Physics or Biology, and O6/H7 in the Leaving Certificate in Irish, English, another language and Mathematics

2017 changes to the HPAT scoring system: Scores above 550 will be rounded to the nearest 5 points and moderated e.g. a score of 562 will be rounded to 560 and will result in a moderated score of 552.

 

CAO Code and Programme    Minimum Entry Requirements                                                                                                       Additional Requirements                                                                         
CK791 Medicine (Graduate Entry)  Applicants must hold or expect to hold by July of the year of proposed entry, a minimum second class honours, grade one (2H1 or equivalent) result in their first honours bachelor degree (NFQ Level 8)

Applicants must also have taken the Graduate Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT) after 1st September 2013.  Eligible candidates will be selected solely on the basis of their GAMSAT score (i.e. the candidate with the highest GAMSAT score will receive the first offer;  the candidate with the next highest score will receive the next offer until all available places are filled)

Applicants who already hold a 2H1 Level 8 Honours degree in their first Bachelor's degree and who are eligible to apply for Graduate Entry to Medicine Programmes, will not be considered for the Mature Entry Route to CK701

 

CAO Code and Programme Minimum Entry Requirements Additional Requirements
CK702 Dentistry

H4 in Chemistry and either Physics or Biology and O6/H7 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate in Irish, English, another language and Mathematics

 

 

CAO Code and Programme   Minimum Entry Requirements                                                               Additional Requirements                                                                  

CK703 Pharmacy

H5 in Chemistry and either Physics or Biology and O6/H7 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate in Irish, English, another language and Mathematics

None

 

CAO Code and Programme  

Minimum Entry Requirements          

                                                                                  

Additional Requirements                                   

CK704 Occupational Therapy

H5 in two subjects and O6/H7 in four other subjects 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

H4 in a Laboratory Science subjects

 

CAO Code and Programme   Minimum Entry Requirements                                                                                                                                                                       Additional Requirements          
CK705 Speech and Language Therapy    

 H5 in two subjects and O6/H7 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, another language, Mathematics, one Laboratory Science subject (i.e. Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (joint) or Argricultural Science) and one other subject recognised for entry purposes

 H4 in a Laboratory Science subject and a H4 in a language other than English

 

CAO Code and Programme   Minimum Entry Requirements                                                                                                                                                                   Additional Requirements               
CK706 Public Health                              

H5 in two subjects and O6/H7 in four other subjects 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

H4 in a Laboratory Science subject or Mathematics or Applied Mathematics

 

CAO Code and Programme   Minimum Entry Requirements                                                                                                                                                                              Additional Requirements    

CK710 General Nursing

CK712 Children's and General Nursing (Integrated)

CK720 Mental Health Nursing

CK730 Intellectual Disability Nursing

CK740 Midwifery

H5 in two subjects and O6/H7 in four other subjects 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

 

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/2016 Entry Points Requirements

 

College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Programme English Other Language Maths Lab Science

2016 Points

CK101 Arts OC* OC                 355
CK102 Social Science OC OC     425
CK104 Arts-Music #
OC OC     390
CK105 Film and Screen Media OC OC     430
CK106 Applied Psychology OC OC     495
CK107 Geographical and Archaeological Sciences OC OC     340
CK108 Arts (International)  OC OC     465
CK109 English         OC OC     400
CK110 World Languages OC AB     470
CK111 Early Years & Childhood Studies OC OC     395
CK112 Drama & Theatre Studies #
OC OC     365

CK113 Criminology

OC OC     435
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     490
CK117 Economics (through Transformational Learning)               OC OC                                                 430
CK118 Digital Humanities and Information Technology OC OC                                       375

 

College of Business and Law

Programme English Other Language Maths Lab Science 2015 Entry Points
CK201 Commerce OC OC OC   460
CK202 Accounting                                                                     OC OC OC   455
CK203 Business Information Systems                                        OC OC OC  

465
CK204 Finance OC OC OC   515
CK205 Commerce International with French OC AB French OC   480
CK206 Commerce International with German OC AB FR, GE, IT, IR, SP, LA or GR OC   495
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   460
CK209 Commerce International with Irish OC AB Irish OC   500
CK210 Government OC OC OC   340
CK211 Commerce International with Chinese Studies OC AB FR, GE, IT, IR, SP, LA or GR OC   400
CK301 Law (Pathways) OC OC     490
CK302 Law with French OC AB French     505
CK304 Law with Irish OC AB Irish     515
CK307 Law and Business OC OC  OC   530

 

College of Science, Engineering and Food Science

Programme English Other Language Maths Lab Science 2015 Entry Points
CK401 Computer Science OC                                              OC   435
CK402 Biological and Chemical Sciences                                        OC   OC AC**
480
CK404 Environment & Earth Systems Sciences                        OC   OC AC**
430
CK405 Genetics OC   OC AC Biology 480
CK406 Chemical Sciences OC   OC AC**
460
CK407 Mathematical Sciences OC   AB   560
CK408 Physics and Astrophysics OC   OC AC** 525
CK409 Industrial Physics OC   AC*** AC New 2017
CK502 Food Marketing & Entrepreneurship OC   OC   440
CK504 Nutritional Sciences OC   OC AC**
510
CK505 Food Science OC   OC AC**
465
CK506 International Development & Food Policy OC   OC   375
CK600 Engineering OC   AC***
OC 490
CK606 Architecture (Joint Programme with CIT) OC   OC   450
CR320 Biomedical Sciences (Joint Programme with CIT) OC   OC AC 545

 


College of Medicine and Health

Programme English Other Language Maths Lab Science 2015 Entry Points
CK701 Medicine # OC OC OC AC Chem and either Physics or Biology 726
CK702 Dentistry                                                              OC OC OC AC Chem and either Physics or Biology 585
CK703 Pharmacy                                               OC OC OC AC Chem and either Physics or Biology

565
CK704 Occupational Therapy OC OC OC AC 525
CK705 Speech & Language Therapy OC AC in Language other than English OC AC 515
CK706 Public Health Sciences OC OC OC AC**
415
CK710 General Nursing OC   OC OC 445*
CK712 Children's & General Nursing (Integrated) OC   OC OC 515
CK720 Mental Health Nursing OC   OC OC 420
CK730 Intellectual Disability Nursing OC   OC OC 425
CK740 Midwifery OC   OC OC 445*
CK791 Graduate Entry Medicine #         57*

Applicants from non-Irish EU/EEA/Swiss States should see the information contained in this document relevant to their country's exams. For further information, contact Danielle Byrne, Deputy Admissions Officer, Admissions Office, West Wing, UCC; email d.byrne@ucc.ie; telephone +353 (0)21 490 2909.

EU Non-Irish Entry Requirements Document: EU/EEA Non-Irish Entry Requirements 2017 (1,124kB)

Please note that the information contained in the country sections and international qualifications sections is currently being updated (Nov 2016). For up-to-date information, please see the linked EU Non-Irish Entry Requirements document above. 

Requirements by country

Austria Belgium Bulgaria Croatia Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Estonia
Finland France

Germany

Greece Hungary Iceland Italy Latvia 
Liechtenstein  Lithuania Luxembourg Malta Netherlands Norway Poland  Portugal 
Romania Scotland  Slovakia Slovenia

Spain

Sweden Switzerland  UK (except Scotland)

 

International Qualifications

European Baccalaureate (EB)
International Baccalaureate (IB)
International Certificate in Christian Education (ICCE) 

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.

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.

See the Entry to Medicine Brochure for more more information: 2017 Medicine UG Entry (1,127kB)

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.

2016 results:

Min Leaving Cert points of those admitted to First Year 545
Min HPAT score of those admitted to First Year 165
Highest HPAT score of those admitted to First Year 207
Highest combined score of those admitted to First Year 766
Minimum combined score of anyone admitted 726

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.

‌New Leaving Certificate Grading and Points Scales from 2017

The new Leaving Certificate grading system will be implemented from 2017 onwards. The new grades will range from a H1-H8 and an O1-O8.  The new grade system and how it corresponds with the scheme up to 2016 is outlined below:

From 2017, the minimum entry requirements will be two H5 and four O6/H7 grades.

The revised common points scale will apply 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.

 

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.

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