Recognised School Leaving Qualifications

  • Gümnaasiumi lõputunnistus (from 2007 only)
  • Gümnaasiumi lõputunnistus with the Riigieksamitunnistus (Secondary School Leaving Certificate with the State Examination Certificate)

Both of these are acceptable for programmes up to 500 points. To attain over 500 points, applicants must also present            satisfactory results in a cognate subject at end 1st year in a recognised 3rd level institution at the equivalent of level 8


Eligibility Requirements

Subject pass mark for University purposes:

50% or 3 (scale either percentage or 1-5 were 5 is best)

Minimum Entry Requirements/Matriculation:

The minimum eligibility criteria follow. Proof of English proficiency is required in all cases. There may also be specific subject requirements for courses.

Level 8 2 H5 required Pass in 6 distinct recognised subjects including minimum 3 at State level and all with minimum 6 courses.

Note:  In addition to Gümnaasiumi lõputunnistus, applicants must submit a school report showing all subjects

taken in final year.

Competence in English Language:

The minimum level of English is 70% at State level or equivalent English Language competence. Note applicants whose school-leaving examinations are more than two years old should present additional proof of English.

Specific Subject Requirements:

To compare the subject requirements in terms of Irish Leaving Certificate as specified on the UCC website, use the following table:

                                                                 Subject Grade Comparison:

                                       NB NOT for points conversion - for this see separate table below

LC Higher   Estonian Exam LC Ordinary Estonian Exam
H1   O1 5 school exam
H2 90% State exam O2 5 school exam
H3 80% State exam O3 4 school exam
H4 70% State exam O4 4 school exam
H5 60% State exam O5 3 school exam
H6 50% State exam O6 3 school exam
H7 45% State exam    


Agreed Entry Requirements for EU/EFTA

Points Comparison


Guideline Indicative Points Score (IPS) equivalence with Irish Leaving Certificate points:

                             Points Equivalence Table
Average Indicative Points Score
100 500
90 491
80 483
70 437
60 395
50 305

The average is calculated on the best 6 distinct subjects normally recognised by Irish Universities for admissions purposes with a weighting of state level 3:  school level: 2. For programmes over 500 points, applicants must also present satisfactory results in a cognate subject at the end of 1st year in a recognised 3rd level institution at a level equivalent to that of the programme applied for.


Single sitting: Only State and final year of school results from the same academic year can be used for the purposes of points calculation.

Bonus points for maths: not applicable

Admissions Office


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