Recognised School Leaving Qualification(s)

  • Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO) (Gymnasium A/B and Atheneum A/B Diploma)


Guideline University Requirements

Subject pass mark for University purposes:

6 (on a scale of 5-10 where 10 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       6 distinct recognised subjects which must include 2 subjects grade 8 and 4 subjects grade 6 in the VWO      

English Language Competence:

The minimum acceptable level of English is 8 in the VWO 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    

Irish Leaving Certificate       VWO                 Irish Leaving Certificate  


H1 10 O1 8
H2 9 O2 7
H3 9 O3 7
H4 8 O4 6
H5 8 O5 6
H6 7 O6 6 or Pass IN HAVO  
H7 6    


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

Bonus points for maths: Bonus points of 25 will be awarded for grade 6 or better in Advanced level Mathematics where mathematics is one of the subjects counted for points.

Agreed Entry Requirements for EU/EFTA

Points Comparison

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

Points Equivalence Table

Average Mark

Indicative Points Score











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