Irish Leaving Certificate

Entry Requirements

Applicants presenting the Irish Leaving Certificate must have six recognised subjects, selected according to course requirements, and must obtain a minimum Grade H5 in two subjects and minimum Grade O6/H7 in the remaining four subjects. For all courses in UCC, this must include Irish (unless exempt) and English.

UCC is a constituent university of the National University of Ireland and full regulations are published on their website.

Specific subjects and grades required for courses are shown below.

Leaving Certificate Subject/Matriculation Entry Requirements

College of Arts, Celtic Studies & Social Sciences

At least six subjects must be presented. Minimum grade H5 in two subjects and minimum grade O6/H7 in four other subjects. English and Irish are requirements for all programmes unless the applicant is exempt from Irish.

CAO Code Programme Maths Other Language Lab Science Other
CK101   Arts   O6/H7    
CK102 Social Science   O6/H7    
CK104 Arts-Music   O6/H7   Entrance Exam
CK105 Film & Screen Media   O6/H7    
CK107 Geographical and Archaeological Sciences    O6/H7    
CK108 Arts International    O6/H7    
CK109 English   O6/H7    
CK110 World Languages   H3    
CK111 Early Years and Childhood Studies   O6/H7    
CK112 Theatre and Performative Practices   O6/H7   Entrance Exam
CK113 Criminology   O6/H7    
CK114 Social Science (Youth and Community Work)       Mature Entry/QQI FET
CK115 Social Work       Mature Entry
CK118 Digital Humanities and Information Technology   O6/H7    
CK120 Applied Psychology   O6/H7    
CK121 Psychology and Computing O2/H6 O6/H7    
CK122 Government and Political Science   O6/H7    
CK123 Anthropology   O6/H7    
CK124 BEd Gaeilge   O6/H7   H3 in Irish
CK125CK125 Sports Studies and Physical Education   O6/H7    

 

College of Business & Law

At least six subjects must be presented. Minimum grade H5 in two subjects and minimum grade O6/H7 in four other subjects. English and Irish are requirements for all programmes unless the applicant is exempt from Irish.

CAO Code

Programme

Maths         

Other Language

Lab Science 

Other
CK201 Commerce O6/H7 O6/H7    
CK202 Accounting O6/H7 O6/H7    
CK203 Business Information Systems O6/H7 O6/H7    
CK204 Finance O6/H7 O6/H7    
CK205 Commerce (International) with French O6/H7 H3 in French    
CK206 Commerce (International) with German O6/H7 H3 in a language other than English     
CK207   Commerce (International) with Italian O6/H7 H3 in a language other than English     
CK208 Commerce (International) with Hispanic Studies O6/H7 H3 in a language other than English     
CK209 Commerce (International) with Irish  O6/H7 O6/H7   H3 in Irish 
CK211 Commerce (International) with Chinese Studies O6/H7 H3 in a language other than English     
CK212 Economics (through Transformational Learning) O6/H7 O6/H7    
CK213 Food Marketing and Entrepreneurship O6/H7 O6/H7 (from 2021)    
CK214 International Development O6/H7 O6/H7 (from 2021)    
CK301 Law (Pathways)   O6/H7    
CK302 Law and French   H3 in French    
CK304 Law and Irish   O6/H7   H3 in Irish 
CK307 Law and Business O6/H7 O6/H7    

    

College of Science, Engineering & Food Science

At least six subjects must be presented. Minimum grade H5 in two subjects and minimum grade O6/H7 in four other subjects. English and Irish are requirements for all programmes unless the applicant is exempt from Irish.

 

CAO Code Programme Maths Other Language Lab Science Other
CK401  Computer Science O6/H7      
CK402 Biological and Chemical Sciences O6/H7 or H4*   O6/H7 or H4*  
CK404 Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences O6/H7 or H4*   O6/H7 or H4*  
CK405 Genetics O6/H7   H4 Biology  
CK406 Chemical Sciences O6/H7 or H4*   O6/H7 or H4*  
CK407  Mathematical Sciences H3      
CK408  Physics and Astrophysics O6/H7 or H4*   O6/H7 or H4*  
CK409 Industrial Physics - joint UCC & CIT programme H4**   H4  
CK411 Data Science and Analytics H3      
CK412 Agricultural science O6/H7 or H4*   O6/H7 or H4*  
CR320 Biomedical Science - joint UCC & CIT programme O6/H7   H4  
CK504 Nutritional Sciences O6/H7 or H4*   O6/H7 or H4*  
CK505 Food Science O6/H7 or H4*   O6/H7 or H4*  
CK600 Engineering H4**   O6/H7⁺  
CK606 Architecture - joint UCC & CIT programme O6/H7      

* - H4 in either a Laboratory Science subject, Mathematics, Applied Mathematics or Computer Science is required. If the H4 is in Mathematics, Applied Maths or Computer Science an O6/H7 in a Lab Science subject is required

** - H4 in Mathematics or Applied Mathematics; if the H4 is in Applied Mathematics, a H6 in Mathematics is also required

⁺  - Technology can be subsituted for a Lab Science subject for CK600 Engineering

 

College of Medicine & Health

At least six subjects must be presented. Minimum grade H5 in two subjects and minimum grade O6/H7 in four other subjects. English and Irish are requirements for all programmes unless the applicant is exempt from Irish.

CAO Code Programme Maths Other Language Lab Science Other
CK701 Medicine O6/H7 O6/H7 H4 in Chemistry & Physics or Biology H-PAT Entrance Exam
CK702 Dentistry O6/H7 O6/H7 H4 in Chemistry & Physics or Biology  
CK703 Pharmacy O6/H7 O6/H7 H4 in Chemistry & Physics or Biology  
CK704 Occupational Therapy O6/H7 O6/H7 H4  
CK705 Speech and Language Therapy O6/H7 H4 H4  
CK706 Public Health Sciences O6/H7 O6/H7 H4‡  
CK707 Medical and Health Sciences O6/H7   H4 in Chemistry & O6/H7 in one of Physics, Biology or Agricultural Science H4 in another subject 
CK710 General Nursing O6/H7   O6/H7  
CK712 Children's and General Nursing (Integrated) O6/H7   O6/H7  
CK720 Mental Health Nursing O6/H7   O6/H7  
CK730 Intellectual Disability Nursing O6/H7   O6/H7  
CK740 Midwifery O6/H7   O6/H7  


‡ - H4 in either a Lab Science subject, Mathematics or Applied Mathematics

 

All students in the College of Medicine & Health are subject to Garda Vetting and Health Screening.   The nature of the Health Screening tests is reviewed in line with medical best practice and may include tests for Hepatitis and TB. 

Medicine Additional Requirements

See the Entry to Medicine Brochure for more more information: Entry to Medicine Brochure 2019

For undergraduate entry to medicine, school leavers, in addition to the application through the CAO, must also apply directly to ACER to complete the HPAT-Ireland test. The only sitting of the HPAT-Ireland test for 2019 entry will take place on Saturday 23 February 2019. HPAT-Ireland results can be used for application to Medicine for one year, meaning that if an applicant sits the test in 2019, the resulting score is valid for 2019 entry only.

For school-leaving applicants who meet the minimum subject entry requirements and the 480 points criterion in the same sitting of the Leaving Certificate examination, allocation of places for Medicine will be determined on the basis of the weighted combination of the Leaving Certificate Examination points and the HPAT-Ireland score. Applicants cannot combine results achieved in different sittings for the purpose of meeting the minimum entry requirements for Medicine. 

The HPAT test measures a candidate’s logical reasoning, problem-solving skills, non-verbal reasoning and the ability to understand human thoughts, behaviour and intentions. It does not test academic knowledge and candidates do not require specific understanding of any academic discipline. However, some familiarity with the question types typically presented would be an advantage. Sample questions are available on the HPAT-Ireland website along with information about how to purchase further HPAT-Ireland Practice Materials. The test results will complement the Leaving Certificate Examination assessment for selecting applicants for admission to an undergraduate Medical School course.

2018 results:

 

Course Lowest LC Points Lowest HPAT Highest HPAT Min. Combined Score Largest Combined Score
           
CK701 531 166 161 724 794

 

For entry to Medicine from 2017, points scores above 550 will continue to be moderated. Scores above 550 will be rounded up to the nearest 5 points and moderated as per the table below. For instance, a score of 562 will be rounded up to 565 and so will result in a moderated score of 553. 

2017 Points

2017 Moderated Score

551-555

551

556-560

552

561-565

553

566-570

554

571-575

555

576-580

556

581-585

557

586-590

558

591-595

559

596-600

560

601-605

561

606-610

562

611-615

563

619-620

564

621-625

565

The maximum achievable score is 865. 565 is the maximum score in the Leaving Certificate after adjustment and the maximum HPAT score is 300.

Leaving Certificate Grading and Points Scales

‌The new Leaving Certificate grading system was implemented in 2017. The grade system, and how it corresponds with the scheme up to 2016 is outlined below. The minimum entry requirements are two H5 and four O6/H7 grades. The revised common points scale now applies for those presenting the Leaving Certificate:

HIGHER ORDINARY
GRADE POINTS GRADE POINTS
H1 100    
H2  88    
H3   77    
H4   66    
H5   56  O1  56
H6   46  O2  46
H7   37  O3  37
H8   0  O4  28
     O5  20
     O6  12
     O7  0
     O8  0

  

Bonus points for Maths

25 additional points will be awarded for higher level Mathematics at grades H6 and above.

 

Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP) Link Modules

UCC awards the following points to the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme Link Modules:

Distinction 66 points
Merit 46 points
Pass 28 points

While Link Modules are counted for point scoring purposes they may not be counted as one of the six subjects to satisfy minimum entry requirements.

Scoring for pre-2017 Leaving Certificate applicants

All students applying through the CAO from 2017 will be awarded points under the new scale, no matter when they sat the Leaving Certificate. 

The pre-2017 E grade band covers from 25-39% and does not map directly to the H7 grade, which covers the range 30-39%. Therefore, the points awarded from a pre-2017 higher level E grade will be less than for a H7 and have been calculated mathematically on the non-linear scale at 33 points.

 

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