Recognised School Leaving Qualification(s)

  • Vitnemål for Videregående Opplæring with oppnådd generell studiekompetanse
  • Vitnemål fra den Videregående Skole with “og bestått” 

Eligibility Requirements

Subject pass mark for University purposes: 

2 (on a scale of 1-6 max)

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 at least 4 examined subjects and 2 non-examined at grade 2 including 2 at grade 4 or better       

English Language Competence: 

The minimum acceptable level of English is 4 in the Vitnemål (examined or final year of school i.e. the same year as the most recent examined subjects) 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 Cert

Vitnemål (examined or final year) 

    Irish Leaving Cert 

  Vitnemål (examined or final year*)   

H1 6 O1 4
H2 5 O2 3
H3 5 O3 3
H4 4 O4 2
H5 4 O5 2
H6 3 O6 2
H7 2    

 *i.e. the same year as the most recent examined subjects


Agreed Entry Requirements for EU/EFTA

Points Comparison

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

As a guideline, it is anticipated that the indicative equivalence will be calculated based on the average of the best 7 distinct recognised subjects taken in the final year of school.

The average converts to points as follows

Points Equivalence Table
    Score       IPS examined subjects     
6 600
5 566
4 387
3 275
2 188

Note: Bokmål NOR1211 and Nynorsk NOR1212 are often both translated as Norwegian but they are, in fact, 2 separate languages both of which are official languages of Norway and as such are treated as distinct subjects.

The percentages of students attaining each average point in the Vitnemål are compared with the percentages of students attaining the various points levels in the Irish leaving certificate and the comparison is determined on that basis. The uneven relationship reflects the distribution of results.

Bonus Points for Maths in 2021

Bonus points of 25 will be awarded for grade 3 in Mathematics VG3 where mathematics is one of the subjects counted for points   

Single Sitting: For the purposes of points calculation, examined subjects are taken across the normal three years of the examination. Non-examined are taken from the final (i.e. most recent) year only.

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