Points up across business and economy degrees at UCD
Update on CAO offers for UCD: Round 2
Updated August 31, 2017
Movement in points from first round offers for 2017 shows 8 entry routes dropping by 1 point:
These include DN150 Engineering and DN200 Science, which all increased the number of places available.
Other entry routes increasing the number of places included DN500 Arts, DN610 Business & Law and DN650 Commerce with points consequently falling by 4, 8 and 6.
Overall, 24 courses dropped in points from round 1, with 4 of these now going to random selection: DN200 Science at 509*, DN425 Health & Performance Science at 498*, DN450 General Nursing at 450*, and DN660 Commerce International at 509*.
The highest points entry to DN670 Economics & Finance remains at 589 but without random selection as all applicants on these points have now been offered a place.
Compared with round 2 in 2016, and allowing for the fact that the new points system impedes direct comparison, 12 entry routes have increased in points with strong rises in DN514 Planning, Geography & Environment, up 55 to 355, and DN120 Landscape Architecture, up 63 to 348.
The largest single entry route to UCD, DN500 the Joint Honours BA increased points to 322. DN515 History at 423, and DN541 International Languages at 464 also increased points over round 2 in 2016.
In the major comparable degrees across the university sector, UCD commands the highest points in DN450 General Nursing at 409*, DN200 Science 509*, DN150 Engineering 498, DN401 Computer Science 476, DN400 Medicine #734, DN420 Physiotherapy 552,
The full list of 39 undergraduate entry routes and 2 graduate entry routes are as follows:
UCD Points Round 2
|CAO Code||Title||Rd 2 2017||Rd 1 2017|
|DN230||Actuarial and Financial Studies||577||577|
|DN253||Agri Environmental Sciences||412||419|
|DN272||Horticulture, Landscape and Sportsturf||262||300|
|DN300||Veterinary Medicine (Undergraduate Entry)||559||564|
|DN301||Veterinary Medicine (Graduate Entry)||0|
|DN400||Medicine (Undergraduate Entry)||734||734|
|DN401||Medicine (Graduate Entry)||59*||59*|
|DN425||Health & Performance Science||498*||499|
|DN430||Sport and Exercise Management||432||444|
|DN440||Biomedical, Health and Life Sciences||543*||543*|
|DN451||Children’s & General Nursing (Integrated)||467||467|
|DN453||Mental Health Nursing||381||381|
|DN500||BA Degree Joint Honours – full time||322||326|
|DN513||English with Film||422||425|
|DN514||Planning, Geography & Environment||355||355|
|DN610||Business and Law||521||529|
|DN670||Economics and Finance||589||589*|
Posted August 21, 2017
First round offers for UCD under new Leaving Cert points system
- The number of entry routes to degree courses at UCD requiring over 500 points now stands at 13 out of 39. (Graduate entry to medicine and veterinary medicine are not included). Economics & Finance (DN670) commands the highest points at 589.
- UCD has the highest points in the country for entry to Medicine, Physiotherapy, General Nursing, Engineering, Science, Computer Science, and Agricultural Science.
- In its first year of the new Leaving Cert points system, the movement in points for courses at UCD is quite even with circa half increasing and half decreasing. The major entry routes to Science (DN200), taking over 400 students, and Commerce International (DN660) taking over 100 students, have remained static at last year’s final round points.
- The largest increases in points are in Planning, Geography & Environment (DN514), which has increased by 65 to 355 and History (DN515), which has increased by 61 from 380 to 441. The biggest falls are in Human Nutrition (DN262) down 21 to 509 and Food Science (DN261) down 19 to 466.
 Based on comparable courses offered across Irish HE institutions
Business and the Economy
The trend shows that business and the economy-related degrees have the strongest upward movement with Commerce (DN650) at 505, Business and Law (DN610) at 529, Economics & Finance (DN670) at 589, and Actuarial & Finance Studies (DN230) at 577, all up while Commerce International (DN660) remains at 510 points.
Law (DN600) with 125 places now provides the pathways to combination degrees with languages, arts, humanities and social sciences. Under the new system, points are 522 for 2017. In 2016, points were 525.
Given the year-on-year surge in points for STEM degrees over the past six years, it is not unexpected that points in these areas have dipped. Engineering (DN150) at 499 and Computer Science (DN201) at 477 are both slightly down while Science (DN200) stayed at 510 points. All three remain the highest point entry for their degrees across the Irish universities. It is worth noting that Engineering, which takes in circa 250 students, required a minimum HC3 in the old LC system (55-59%) and under the new points, requires a minimum H4 (60-70%).
As expected, points for Medicine (which includes the HPAT), are up. Other healthcare courses such as Physiotherapy (DN420) and related degrees, such as Health & Performance Science (DN425), are also up. Radiography (DN420) increased the number of places on the degree by 40 to 97, in response to the demand from the health sector, and consequently, points have fallen from 525 (in 2016) to 509 this year. There has also been a small increase in the number of nursing places and points across these degrees have fallen under the new system.
Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
Although first preferences for the BA (DN500), which has over 1,200 students accessing 24 subjects, was in line with applications in 2016, the points in round 1 have increased from 310 (final round 2016) to 326. Single major Economics (DN510) has fallen from 495 to 488 with the number of places increasing by 75% from 20 to 35.
This year, applicants for Veterinary Medicine (DN300) were required to demonstrate 60 hours experience in animal handling, and by the 1 July deadline, first preferences were down. Last year, points were at 565 and under the new system points are at 564. Veterinary Nursing (DN310) is at 467 (2016: 465).
Agriculture and Food
UCD offers three broad agri degrees, which lead into specialisations in more senior years. Under the new points system, two of these degrees, Agricultural Science (DN250) and Agri Environmental Sciences (DN253), have dipped in points this year, while Dairy Business (DN252) has risen. These three degrees take circa 320 first years each year. Points for both Food Science (DN261) and Human Nutrition (DN262) have fallen.
Architecture (DN100), which climbed 20 points to 510 last year, is at 492 under the new system. Responding to demand, the number of places has been increasing and is now at 64.
Registrar and Deputy President of University College Dublin, Professor Mark Rogers said: "We continue to attract the best and brightest students into UCD, with many of our courses commanding the highest points in the country.
"The introduction of the new CAO points scheme has progressed as expected. We sought to encourage students to stretch themselves in taking higher papers, and the provision of points for the H7 grade has increased the uptake of students taking subjects at higher level without apparent impact on the entry to courses.
UCD has led in the expansion of broader entry routes over the past decade and now has 39 (down from over 90) undergraduate entry routes. It is clear that students are attracted to the flexibility and choice such routes provide. They are free to specialise at a later stage in their degrees when they have more experience and more knowledge of subjects."
UCD Points Round 1
|CAO Code||Title||Rd 1 2017||Final 2016||Change +/-|
|DN230||Actuarial and Financial Studies||577||560||17|
|DN253||Agri Environmental Sciences||419||430||-11|
|DN272||Horticulture, Landscape and Sportsturf||300||AQA|
|DN300||Veterinary Medicine (Undergraduate Entry)||564||565||-1|
|DN301||Veterinary Medicine (Graduate Entry)||0||0|
|DN400||Medicine (Undergraduate Entry)||734||730||4|
|DN401||Medicine (Graduate Entry)||59*||59*||0|
|DN425||Health & Performance Science||499||495||4|
|DN430||Sport and Exercise Management||444||435||9|
|DN440||Biomedical, Health and Life Sciences||543*||540*||3|
|DN451||Children’s & General Nursing (Integrated)||467||485||-18|
|DN453||Mental Health Nursing||381||385||-4|
|DN500||BA Degree Joint Honours – full time||326||310||16|
|DN513||English with Film||425||415||10|
|DN514||Planning, Geography & Environment||355||290||65|
|DN610||Business and Law||529||520||9|
|DN670||Economics and Finance||589*||580*||9|