How Do I Apply?

How do I Apply - General Information

Applications for entry to the first year of all full-time undergraduate honours degree programmes are processed through the Central Applications Office (CAO), for Irish and EU applicants. Applicants should apply on-line at:

Date of Application

Completed applications must be received in the CAO normally on or before 1 February of the proposed year of entry.

Late Application

A late application may be made to the CAO between 6 March and 1 May (5.15pm) inclusive. Late applications from mature students applying through the mature student entry route are not accepted. Late applications are not accepted for restricted programmes, which are: 

  • CK104 Arts-Music:
  • CK112 Theatre and Performative Practices
  • CK114 Social Science - Youth and Community Work
  • CK115 Social Work; (Mature applicants only)

Minimum Age Requirement

CAO applicants for full-time degrees must normally have reached 17 years of age by the 15 January of the year following entry to UCC. If you are younger than this, you can make a special application for exemption from the age requirement. Applications must be made in writing to the Admissions Officer, and should be accompanied by a letter of support from the School Principal and a parent/guardian.

Points Calculation

Points are calculated on the basis of the six best-recognised subjects taken at one examination sitting.

The one examination sitting restriction is applicable for points purposes only and does not affect the separate minimum entry requirements of the National University of Ireland i.e. it is still possible to satisfy the minimum entry and additional programme requirements over more than one year (except in the case of undergraduate entry to Medicine (CK701).

Allocation/Acceptance of Places

The CAO will inform all applicants applying on the basis of school Leaving results as soon as possible after the issue of the Leaving Certificate results (usually mid-August) of the outcome of their applications. Those offered places will be asked to accept their offer with the CAO by a specified date. In the case of an applicant who fails to reply by the specified date, the offer will lapse and the place will be offered to the candidate next in order of merit, other than in exceptional circumstances.

Availability of Places

University College Cork reserves the right to limit the number of admissions to any programme in light of the availability of places for that programme. Where it is found necessary to limit entry to a particular programme, places will be allocated on merit to qualified applicants. Except in the case of HEAR applicants, DARE applicants, applicants of mature years, QQI FET (FETAC) applicants and applicants for Medicine (both undergraduate and graduate entry), such merit will be assessed on academic performance in school-leaving examinations only. University College Cork will score those presenting for the Irish Leaving Certificate Examination in accordance with the CAO scoring scheme.

Random Score

UCC generally distinguishes between EU/EEA/Swiss States applicants on equal point scores by appending to each score a random, computer-generated number. Where there are more applicants than there are places at the final cut-off point for a particular programme, the random number system is applied to select students. It should be noted that entry points are not predetermined, but depend on the number and standard of applicants in a particular year.

Exceptional Late Application Process

An EU/EEA/Swiss States student registered in any year of an Irish third level programme that they accessed via CAO, who is competing on the basis of school leaving results, may make a late application to the CAO from 1 June up to 22 July for the first year of another programme (apart from Restricted Application programmes). These late applications must be stamped by the Admissions Office of the currently registered Institution. Applicants must write their previous CAO application number on the top of Page 1 of the Application Form. All late applicants are required to pay an additional CAO application fee. 

Direct Entry

Direct Entry

You can apply for the following courses by obtaining an application form directly from the Admissions Office in UCC:

You can find more information on the entry requirements for each programme here.


Whether you want to study simply for interest and personal enjoyment, to sample a subject area before committing to full-time study, to get ahead at work or to meet specific professional requirements, then modules from one of our undergraduate courses may be suitable for you. We offer a wide choice of modules in a broad range of subjects across the disciplines within the university. You can study up to thirty credits of a degree, but not the full degree.

For further information please follow this link:


International Students

International (Non-EU) students apply directly to the International Education Office.

Transfer/Advanced Entry

If you are applying to transfer into a year beyond first year, you can find out more about the application process here.

Admissions Office


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