Recognised School Leaving Qualifications

  • Ylioppilastutkintotodistus / studentexamen (Matriculation Examination)
  • Lukionpäästötodistus /Studentexamsbetyg

       (NB: Ammatillinenperustutkinto / yrkesinriktadgrundexamen is not recognised)


Eligibility Requirements

Subject pass mark for University purposes: 

A in Ylioppilastutkintotodistus or 5 in Lukion (scale 4-10 where 10 is best)

Note:  applicants must submit results of both examinations to enable eligibity to be assessed               

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

Total of 6 distinct recognised subjects passed, of which at least 4 must be from matric with 2 at Grade C and 2 at Grade A.  The remaining subjects can be taken from Leaving Cert or matric.                                 

Competence in English Language: 

A in advanced or M in basic in the Ylioppilastutkintotodistus/ Studentexamsbetyg or Grade 8 in English A1, B1 in Lukionpäästötodistus or Grade 10 in B2 – B3 English in Lukionpäästötodistus or equivalent English Language competence.

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

Irish Leaving Certificate Ylioppilastutkintotodistus     Lukion  
Advanced Basic 
 H1 L (Excellent)             N/A
H2 E (Exceptionally Good)   10
H3 M (Very good)   9
H4 C (Good)   8
H5 B (Satisfactory)   8
H6 A (Pass)   7
H7 A (Pass)   5

B (Satisfactory)

C (Good) 8
O2 A (Pass) B (Satisfactory) 7
O3 A (Pass) B (Satisfactory) 7
O4 A (Pass) A (Pass) 5
O5 A (Pass) A (Pass) 5
O6 A (Pass) A (Pass) 5


Agreed Entry Requirements for EU/EFTA

Points Comparison

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

Points Equivalence Table

Subject Grade

Indicative Points Score per subject













The scores of the best 4 or 5 distinct recognised subjects passed in a single sitting the Ylioppilastutkintotodistus are totalled. Sample: 480 is LLLL, LEECC

Note the maximum score attainable with 4 subjects is 480 (or 505 with bonus). Therefore for high points courses applicants will be required to present with a minimum 5 matriculation subjects

Bonus points for Maths in 2020:

25 additional points will be awarded a pass in Advanced Level Mathematics in the matriculation.


Single Sitting: All subjects are examined at the same time and points are calculated based on a single sitting.  


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