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 CodeTitleRd 2 2017Rd 1 2017
DN100 Architecture 492 492
DN120 Landscape Architecture 348 348
DN150 Engineering 498 499
DN200 Science 509* 510
DN201 Computer Science 476 477
DN230 Actuarial and Financial Studies 577 577
DN250 Agricultural Science 454 455
DN252 Dairy Business 440 451
DN253 Agri Environmental Sciences 412 419
DN261 Food Science 463 466
DN262 Human Nutrition 499 509
DN271 Forestry 292 314
DN272 Horticulture, Landscape and Sportsturf 262 300
DN300 Veterinary Medicine (Undergraduate Entry) 559 564
DN301 Veterinary Medicine (Graduate Entry) 0  
DN310 Veterinary Nursing 467 467
DN400 Medicine (Undergraduate Entry) 734 734
DN401 Medicine (Graduate Entry) 59* 59*
DN410 Radiography 500 509
DN420 Physiotherapy 552 553
DN425 Health & Performance Science 498* 499
DN430 Sport and Exercise Management 432 444
DN440 Biomedical, Health and Life Sciences 543* 543*
DN450 General Nursing 409* 411
DN451 Children’s & General Nursing (Integrated) 467 467
DN452 Midwifery 462 462
DN453 Mental Health Nursing 381 381
DN500 BA Degree Joint Honours – full time 322 326
DN510 Economics 488 488
DN511 English 410 416
DN513 English with Film 422 425
DN514 Planning, Geography & Environment 355 355
DN515 History 423 441
DN519 Psychology 498 498
DN541 International Languages 464 464
DN550 Social Science 400 401
DN600 Law 522 522
DN610 Business and Law 521 529
DN650 Commerce 499 505
DN660 Commerce International 509* 510
DN670 Economics and Finance 589 589*

 

 

Posted August 21, 2017

First round offers for UCD under new Leaving Cert points system


[1] 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

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.

STEM

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%). 

Healthcare

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.

Veterinary

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.

Built environment

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 CodeTitleRd 1 2017Final 2016Change +/-
DN100 Architecture 492 510 -18
DN120 Landscape Architecture 348 AQA  
DN150 Engineering 499 510 -11
DN200 Science 510 510 0
DN201 Computer Science 477 485 -8
DN230 Actuarial and Financial Studies 577 560 17
DN250 Agricultural Science 455 460 -5
DN252 Dairy Business 451 440 11
DN253 Agri Environmental Sciences 419 430 -11
DN261 Food Science 466 485 -19
DN262 Human Nutrition 509 530 -21
DN271 Forestry 314 AQA  
DN272 Horticulture, Landscape and Sportsturf 300 AQA  
DN300 Veterinary Medicine (Undergraduate Entry) 564 565 -1
DN301 Veterinary Medicine (Graduate Entry)   0 0
DN310 Veterinary Nursing 467 465 2
DN400 Medicine (Undergraduate Entry) 734 730 4
DN401 Medicine (Graduate Entry) 59* 59* 0
DN410 Radiography 509 525 -16
DN420 Physiotherapy 553 550 3
DN425 Health & Performance Science 499 495 4
DN430 Sport and Exercise Management 444 435 9
DN440 Biomedical, Health and Life Sciences 543* 540* 3
DN450 General Nursing 411 420 -9
DN451 Children’s & General Nursing (Integrated) 467 485 -18
DN452 Midwifery 462 480 -18
DN453 Mental Health Nursing 381 385 -4
DN500 BA Degree Joint Honours – full time 326 310 16
DN510 Economics 488 495 -7
DN511 English 416 445 -29
DN513 English with Film 425 415 10
DN514 Planning, Geography & Environment 355 290 65
DN515 History 441 380 61
DN519 Psychology 498 500 -2
DN541 International Languages 464 455 9
DN550 Social Science 401 415 -14
DN600 Law 522 525 -3
DN610 Business and Law 529 520 9
DN650 Commerce 505 500 5
DN660 Commerce International 510 510 0
DN670 Economics and Finance 589* 580* 9