Recognised School Leaving Qualifications

  • Scottish Highers
  • Plus Scottish Advanced Highers

Eligibility Requirements

Subject pass mark for University purposes:

D (on a scale of D-A where A is best) or 3 at Standard/Intermediate

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

5 distinct recognised subjects at Higher level grade C, plus 1 other subjects at Standard/intermediate Level (national level 5) grade 3

NB:  Applicants should include certified copies of all examinations taken from Standard level up

Single Sitting:

For the purposes of points calculation, Advanced Highers and Highers are considered over 2 consecutive years only. Highers may not be combined over 2 years but may be taken in the same year as advanced highers.

English Language competence:

The minimum acceptable level of English is 3 at standard/Intermediate level (national level 5).

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     Scottish exams      LC Ordinary      Scottish exams     
H1 A Higher/Advanced O1 C Higher/Advanced
H2 B Higher/Advanced O2 C Higher/Advanced
H3 B Higher/Advanced O3 D Higher/Advanced
H4 C Higher/Advanced O4 1 National 4/5
H5 C Higher/Advanced O5 2 National 4/5
H6 C Higher/Advanced O6    3 National 4/5   
H7 D Higher/Advanced    


Agreed Entry Requirements for EU/EFTA

Points Comparison

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

      Points Equivalence Table          
Higher Level Grade    Subject Score    Advanced Higher    Subject Score   
A 99 A 35
B 80 B 28
C 60 C 21
D 33 D 12
  • Maximum best 5 distinct subjects normally recognised by Irish Universities for admissions purposes are counted.
  • Additional points may be awarded for up to three subjects at Advanced Higher level, these may be the same subjects already counted at Higher level.

NB not all subjects are recognised. Programmes over 495 points will require Advanced Higher Level subjects.

Bonus Points for Maths in 2021

Bonus points of 25 will be awarded mathematics Advanced Highers grade C where mathematics is one of the subjects counted for points          



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