Transfer/Advanced Entry

Transfer Entry to UCC

Application Process for Advanced Entry Transfer: 

This information applies to transfers to a year beyond first year from another 3rd level institute.

The application process will open on April 3rd 2023. Applications for Advanced Entry Transfer into Medicine for Dental Graduates will open on March 1st 2023.

Applications will be made through a new UCC online application and recruitment system called UCC Apply. Applications are made through the UCC APPLY portal only.

The UCC APPLY portal will be made available on this webpage on the opening date.


To be considered for Advanced Entry Transfer all of the following criteria must be met:

1) The applicant must be transferring from a Level 8 Honours programme or have completed a Level 7 Ordinary Degree in full.*

2) There must be a vacancy in the course for which the student has applied.

3) There must be compatibility between the two courses.

4) Academic Performance - Applicants must pass all modules in their current programme. Order of merit can be applied in circumstances of limited availability.

5) Applicants who are resitting examinations in Autumn of the year of application are not eligible to apply for Advanced Entry.


*Please note: There are exceptions to this rule for some programmes such as CK111- Early years and Childhood Studies and CK201 - Commerce.

Applicants are required to submit the following supporting documentation as part of their application:

  • Official stamped third-level academic transcripts to date
  • Original or certified copy of either Driving Licence Card, Passport or Birth Certificate
  • Module descriptions of all modules completed to date as part of current programme. This information is usually available on an institute's website.

Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions office for further information 

Please note:

  • It is the responsibility of individual applicants to assess the compatibility of the programme they are currently registered for with the programme they wish to transfer into by comparing the curriculum of both programmes.
  • Due to limited availability of Advanced Entry Transfer places, some programmes may not open for applications in a given year.
  • There are no deferrals granted for Advanced Entry Transfer.

There are additional rules and/or extra routes for the following programmes:

Transfer/Advanced Entry to UCC

The following transfer application paths are available:

1.     Entry into the second year of the Early Childhood Studies programme is available to holders of the following:

a)     Three or four-year, full-time Diplomas/Degrees of QQI HET (HETAC) Ordinary Bachelor Degree in:

  • Diploma in Pre-School Care and Education 
  • Diploma in Social Care 
  • Diploma in Humanities in Montessori Education
  • HETAC Degree in Humanities in Montessori Education

b)     Two year, full-time Higher Certificate in Pre-School Care from QQI HET (HETAC) with Merit or Distinction.

c)     The two year, full-time or three year, part-time Irish St. Nicholas Montessori qualification with an award of Distinction or Highly Commended.

d)     The two year, full-time AMI Montessori Diploma with a minimum of two Grade Cs and one Grade B in the written theory examination, the written practical examination and the oral practical examination.

e)     Qualifications deemed to be the equivalent of any of 1 to 4 (above).

f)      Recognition of Prior Learning

Candidates applying under this category will be selected on the basis of their prior learning - certified and experimental.

A minimum full-time equivalent of 5 years practice experience in a recognised Early Years and Childhood setting will be required 


Evidence of ongoing commitment to personal and professional development (CPD)

In addition, prospective candidates will be required to submit at the application stage [and will be assessed on] a 2,000/3,000 word written assignment on an assigned topic.

Students deemed eligible will be allowed to undertake the supervised placements in second and third year in their own settings if desired.

There are up to 20 places available on the programme.  


 2.     Entry to the second year of the BComm (Hons) Degree (CK201) is available to holders of:

a)     The one year QQI FET(FETAC) Level 6 Business (6M4985) or QQI (FET)FETAC Level 6 Management (6M4587) (having previously successfully passed a one year QQI FET(FETAC) Level 5 qualification in Business Studies or equivalent) and who have met the following requirements:

Distinctions (i.e. 80% or greater) in 5 modules in the QQI FET(FETAC) Level 6 which must include the following: 

Code Module
6N4310 and Business Management and
6N1950 Communications

Plus three from:
6N4370 Marketing Communications
6N4188 Marketing Management
6N3750 or 6N3945 Human Resource Management or Managing People
6N4165 Finance
6N4045 or 6N4322 Business Law or Employment Law
6N4091 Applied Economics
6N4089 Spreadsheets

b)     The two-year Institute of Commercial Management Diploma in Business Studies and who have met the following requirements:

• Obtained at least grade B in all 6 subjects taken in the Summer Examination 
• and obtained at least 3 A grades across all 6 subjects

It is expected there will be up to 5 places available for students presenting with the above qualifications. If the number of applicants exceeds the quota, applicants will be ranked on the basis of their overall results having met the criteria outlined above and the places will be offered to the top ranked students. In the event there are students with the same ranking, then these students will be ranked on a random number basis within the relevant ranking.


3.     Direct Entry into Year 3 of the BSc (Hons) in Science Education for degree holders in Physics, Chemistry or Biology:

Applicants who hold a degree in Physics, Chemistry or Biology may apply for entry to Year 3 of the BSc (Hons) in Science Education.  If interested, you should apply directly to the Admissions Office for an application form. 


4.     Advanced Entry into Medicine for Dental Graduates beyond First Year:

Dental graduates who have a demonstrated intention of following a career in Oral Medicine and Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery including full completion of MFD/MFDS will be considered for admission to Medicine beyond First Year and should apply via UCC Apply. The closing date for application is 14th April 2023. Late applications cannot be considered. Dental graduates may be called for interview. This is subject to the availability of places.



5.     Direct Entry to Year 4 of the Joint UCC/CIT BSc (Hons) Architecture programme:

Suitably qualified applicants may apply for direct entry to Year 4 of the UCC/CIT BSc (Hons) Architecture programme. 


6.     Entry at a level beyond first year for Dentistry:

The School of Dentistry do not accept students transferring from other programmes.


Please contact the Admissions Office at with any queries.

Admissions Office


1st floor, West Wing, Main Quadrangle, T12 K8AF