United Kingdom (except Scotland)

A-Level Entry Requirements

Recognised School Leaving Qualifications

1.  A Level/GCSE

Subject pass mark for university purposes:  

E at A-level, D at AS or C at GCSE (on a scale of E-A* where A* is best)

Eligibility Requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements/Matriculation:

The minimum eligibility criteria applies. 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 at GCE A Level grade C and 4 other subjects at GCSE Level Grade C


Single Sitting:

A-level Grades taken over a single sitting may be combined with AS Grades from the same year or 1 year previous.

English Language Competence:

Grade C at GCSE Level 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   

Leaving Cert  A-level (A2) AS          Leaving Cert A-level (A2) AS       GCSE  
H1 A   O1 C B 9/A* 
H2

B

 

O2

C C 8/A 
H3  B   O3 D C 7/A
H4  C   O4 E D 6/B
H5  C   O5 E D 5/C
H6  D  C O6 E D 4/C
H7 E  D        

 

 

Agreed Entry Requirements for EU/EFTA

Points Comparison

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


       Universities and associated colleges


Grade

Best 3 A-Levels

       4th Subject
A-Level   AS Level  
    A* 185 45       31* 
A 156 38 26
 B 131 32 22
C 106 26 18
D 84 20 14
E 63 15 11

*Extended project (EPQ) is scored as an AS level and A* is available in this.

Notes Universities and associated colleges

1. A maximum of four different recognised subjects, which are not mutually exclusive, will be counted.

2. If 4 A-levels are presented, the lowest grade is scored at a lower rate.

3. Only A-level grades awarded at the same date can be considered for computation.

4. Applicants are scored on the basis of their best four A-levels, or three A-levels and an AS level in a different subject from the same or preceding year. (note one A-level grade from the previous year may be substituted for an AS grade but will only be scored as an AS).

5. Grades in the same subject in A2 and AS level cannot be combined.

6. Please note that these points equivalences are indicative only. In the case of high demand programmes such as Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, a numerus clausus may operate.

7. Please note that A-level scoring will be reviewed before year entry.

Bonus Points for Maths in 2019

25 additional points will be awarded for a grade E or better in A2 Mathematics. This will apply to only ONE mathematics subject of the following: Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Pure Mathematics, and only where that subject is used as one of the subjects for scoring purposes.

NB Mathematics and Pure Mathematics cannot be counted separately for points purposes. 

 Important information for all GCE Applicants 

  • Evidence of GCSE examinations must be supplied in order to meet minimum entry requirements.
  • AS Levels must be in different subjects to those taken at A-Level.
  • Please see   http://www.cao.ie/index.php?page=scoring&s=gce for details of documents which must be provided to CAO.

Note re change in GCSE grades 2019

It is proposed that from GCSE equivalence from 2019 for ordinary level subject requirements will be as follows:

Leaving Certificate              GCSE      
O1   9/A*
O2 8/A
O3 7/A
O4 6/B
O5 5/C
06 4/C

Other Recognised School Leaving Qualifications

The following qualifications may be recognised for admission, particularly in the Institute of Technology sector, in related areas only. Where accepted, vocational awards will be scored to a maximum of 390 points:

  • AVCE
  • BTEC Certificate at level 3 or higher

             1. Pre 2010 awards, National Certificates & National Diplomas may be considered for , Levels 6 and 7 only  

             2. Post 2010 awards, Subsidiary Diploma or 90 Credit Diploma may be considered for level 6/7 only Diploma, or Extended Diploma, may be considered for levels 6, 7 or 8

  • Foundation Degree

 

Welsh Baccalaureate

Individual A-level subjects presented as part of the Welsh Baccalaureate will be accepted. The vocational parts of the Welsh Baccalaureate do not fulfil matriculation or entry requirements or count for the award of points.

Cambridge Pre-U

Subject pass mark:

P3

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. There may also be specific subject requirements for courses.

 

Level 8

 

2 H5 required

6 distinct recognised subjects which must include 2 subjects Merit and 4 other subjects passed in Cambridge Pre-U or GCSE Level Grade C

Single Sitting:

Principal Subjects and GPR for the overall Cambridge Pre-U should be taken in a single sitting.

English Language Competence:

Pass at principal subject or Grade C at GCSE Level

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

Cambridge Pre-U

 LC Ordinary

   Cambridge Pre-U

H1

D1 in principal subject

O1

 M3 in principal subject

H2

D2 in principal subject

O2

 P2 in principal subject

H3

D3 in principal subject

O3

 D3 in short course or Grade B GCSE    

H4

M1 in principal subject

O4

 M2 in short course or Grade C GCSE

H5

M3 in principal subject

O5

 P1 in short course or Grade C GCSE

H6

P2 in principal subject

O6

 P3 in short course or Grade C GCSE

H7

P3 in principal subject

   

 

Agreed Entry Requirements for EU/EFTA

Guideline Indicative equivalence with Irish Leaving Certificate points:

Points Equivalence Table

Cambridge

Pre-U Grade



         Subject IPS          

                4th Subject

Main Subjects Main Subject Short Courses
D1 185 45 31
D2 181 44 30
D3 164 40 27
M1 147 36 24
M2 130 32 21
M3 113 28 18
       
P1 96 24 15
P2 79 20 12
P3 62 16 9

 

 

A-Level

(A2 or AS

Grade)

            



         Subject IPS        

           A2          
4th Subject
          A2                    AS         
 A* 185 45 31
A 156 38 26
B 131 32 22
C 106 26 18
D 84 20 14
E 63 15 11

Note:  Global perspectives is scored at 5 points less than all other subjects in each case.

Scores are calculated over best 4 distinct subjects, between Cambridge Pre U and A-level.   For high demand courses such as Medicine and Dentistry, a numerus clausus may operate. 

Bonus points for Maths in 2018:

25 additional points will be awarded for a grade E or better in A2 Mathematics. This will apply to only ONE mathematics subject of the following: Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Pure Mathematics, and only where that subject is used as one of the subjects for scoring purposes. NB Mathematics and Pure Mathematics cannot be counted separately for points purposes

 

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