UCD Course Entry Requirements - A level/GCSE

In order to be eligible to compete, you must present at least six recognised subjects (including all those necessary for the programme, see below) and you must obtain a minimum of Grade C in two subjects at A-level (A2) and a minimum of Grade C at GCSE in the remaining four subjects. However, as the number of applicants meeting minimum requirements usually exceeds the number of places available, admission to all courses is competitive and candidates will generally need at least 3 A-levels to have a competitive points score.

The table below shows the specific subject requirements for each course and the points required in the last two years.

  • For all courses Irish and English are required. (Irish is not included in the table as A-level candidates are usually eligible for exemption).
  • Click on the CAO code to get more information on the programme and the degree pathways available and details of particular subjects which, while not required, are recommended as a prior knowledge of them will help you in the course.

Please also view details of the general regulations.

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Key to table

A indicates minimum grade at A-level (A2)
O indicates minimum grade at GCSE
* All applicants with a score greater than this were offered, but it was not possible to offer to all applicants with this score and random selection was applied.
AQA indicates that all qualified applicants were offered a place This course may be advertised with available places on the CAO website.


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CAO Code Title 2019 Course Entry Requirements and notes Points 2018 Points 2017 Approx No. of Places 2019 Other Entry Routes
Architecture and Engineering
DN100

Architecture

OC/O4/AE  in English, another language, Maths and 3 other recognised subjects

Fees apply for the Master’s portion of this course

487 486

54

Mature

HETAC Progression

DN120

Landscape Architecture

OC/O4/AE  in English, Maths and 4 other recognised subjects


354 348

25

Mature

DN130 City Planning and Environmental Policy

OC/O4/AE  in English and Maths and 4 other recognised subjects

362 N/A 25

Mature

DARE/HEAR

DN150

Engineering 

AC           in Maths and

AD           in a Laboratory Science subject and

OC/O4/AE  in English and 3 other recognised subjects

509 489

260

Mature

HETAC Progression

Science
DN200

Science  

OA/O8/AD in Maths and a Laboratory Science subject (OR Geography OR Applied Maths) and

OC/O4/AE  in English and 3 other recognised subjects

For details of options available please see https://www.myucd.ie/courses/science/

510 505

400

Mature

QQI-FET

HETAC Progression

DN201

Computer Science

OA/O8/AD in Maths and

OC/O4/AE  in English and 4 other recognised subjects

477 466

105

Mature

QQI-FET

HETAC Progression

DN230

Actuarial and
Financial Studies

AB           in Maths and

OC/O4/AE  in English and 4 other recognised subjects

565 577

47

Mature

Agriculture and Food Science
DN250

Agricultural Science

OC/O4/AE  in English, Maths, a Laboratory Science subject and 3 other recognised subjects

For details of options available please see https://www.myucd.ie/courses/agriculture-food-nutrition/

444 454

175

Mature

QQI-FET

HETAC Progression

DN252

Dairy Business

OC/O4/AE  in English, Maths, a Laboratory Science subject and 3 other recognised subjects

429 401

22

Mature

QQI-FET

HETAC Progression

DN253

Agri-Environmental Sciences

OC/O4/AE  in English, Maths, a Laboratory Science subject and 3 other recognised subjects

396 408

26

Mature

QQI-FET

HETAC Progression

DN261

Food Science

OC/O4/AE  in English, Maths, a Laboratory Science subject and 3 other recognised subjects

477* 462

45

Mature

QQI-FET

HETAC Progression

DN262

Human Nutrition

OC/O4/AE  in English, Maths, a Laboratory Science subject and 3 other recognised subjects

517 498

33

Mature

HETAC Progression

DN271

Forestry

OC/O4/AE  in English, Maths, a Laboratory Science subject and 3 other recognised subjects

321 292

15

Mature

QQI-FET

HETAC Progression

DN272

Horticulture, Landscape and Sportsturf Management

OC/O4/AE  in English, Maths, a Laboratory Science subject and 3 other recognised subjects

AQA 228

15

Mature

QQI-FET

HETAC Progression

Veterinary Medicine
DN300

Veterinary Medicine
(Undergraduate Entry)

Restricted application

AC in Chemistry and

OC/O4/AE  in English, another language, Maths and 2 other recognised subjects and

at least 60 hours practical experience relevant to animal handling between
1 February 2016 and 22 March 2019.

Restrictions apply to applicants who have previously studied Veterinary Medicine.

555* 555*

82

Graduate entry pathway

DN301

Veterinary Medicine
(Graduate Entry)

Restricted application

Based on CV, degree and GAMSAT exam – see website for details

Restrictions apply to applicants who have previously studied Veterinary Medicine.

Programme is not part of the Government “Free Tuition” scheme.

#N/A N/A 5
DN310

Veterinary Nursing

OC/O4/AE in a Laboratory Science subject and

OC/O4/AE  in English, Maths and 3 other recognised subjects

445 467

44

Mature

QQI-FET

Medicine and Radiography

DN400

Medicine
(Undergraduate Entry)

 

OC/O4/AE  in English, another language, Maths, a Laboratory Science subject and 2 other recognised subjects

Admission to Medicine is based on Leaving Cert points and HPAT.

Restrictions apply to applicants who have previously studied Medicine.

731*

734

90

Mature

DN401

Medicine
(Graduate Entry)

 

Based on degree and GAMSAT exam.

Restrictions apply to applicants who have previously studied Medicine.

DN401 is not part of the Government "free Tuition" scheme.

58*

59*

77
DN410

Radiography

OC/O4/AE  in English, another language, Maths, a Laboratory Science subject and 2 other recognised subjects

500

498*

97

Mature

DN440

Biomedical, Health and
Life Sciences

OC/O4/AE  in English, another language, Maths, a Laboratory Science subject and 2 other recognised subjects

566 533

40

Mature

Physiotherapy and Sports Science
DN420

Physiotherapy 

OC/O4/AE  in English, another language, Maths, a Laboratory Science subject and 2 other recognised subjects

545 552

56

Mature

Graduate entry pathway

DN425

Health and
Performance Science 

OC/O4/AE  in English, Maths, a Laboratory Science subject and
3 other recognised subjects

487* 496

40

Mature

DN430

Sport and
Exercise Management

OC/O4/AE  in English, Maths, a Laboratory Science subject and
3 other recognised subjects

 

423 432

40

Mature

Nursing
DN450

General Nursing 

OC/O4/AE  in English, Maths, a Laboratory Science subject and 3 other recognised subjects

Restrictions apply to applicants who have previously studied Nursing.

402 403

167

Mature

DARE/HEAR

QQI-FET

DN451

Children’s and
General Nursing
(Integrated)

OC/O4/AE  in English, Maths, a Laboratory Science subject 3 other recognised subjects

Restrictions apply to applicants who have previously studied Nursing.

475 467

42

Mature

DARE/HEAR

QQI-FET

DN452

Midwifery  

OC/O4/AE  in English, Maths, a Laboratory Science subject and 3 other recognised subjects

Restrictions apply to applicants who have previously studied Nursing.

454 462

21

Mature

DARE/HEAR

QQI-FET

DN453

Mental Health Nursing 

OC/O4/AE  in English, Maths, a Laboratory Science subject and 3 other recognised subjects

Restrictions apply to applicants who have previously studied Nursing.

387 359

26

Mature

DARE/HEAR

QQI-FET

Arts and Humanities
DN520 Arts

OC/O4/AE  in English and another language and 4 other recognised subjects

For details of subjects available please see https://www.myucd.ie/courses/arts-humanities/

366 N/A 350

Mature

QQI-FET

DARE/HEAR

DN530 Humanities

OC/O4/AE  in English and another language and 4 other recognised subjects

For details of subjects available please see https://www.myucd.ie/courses/arts-humanities/

AQA N/A 200 Mature

DN541

Modern Languages

OC/O4/AE  in English, another language and 4 other recognised subjects

For details of subjects available please see https://www.myucd.ie/courses/arts-humanities/

380

450

50

Mature

QQI-FET - from 2018

Law

DN600

Law 

OC/O4/AE  in English, another language and 4 other recognised subjects

For details of options available please see https://www.myucd.ie/courses/law/

If you enter without a minimum of AB in French you will not be able to take Law with French Law

521* 521 125

Mature

QQI-FET

DN610

Business and Law

OA/O8/AD in Maths and

OC/O4/AE  in English, another language and 3 other recognised subjects

531* 521

120

Mature

QQI-FET

Business

DN650

Commerce 

OA/O8/AD in Maths and

OC/O4/AE  in English, another language and 3 other recognised subjects

498* 499

210

Mature

HETAC Progression

QQI-FET

DN660

Commerce International

OA/O8/AD in Maths and

OC/O4/AE  in English, another language and 3 other recognised subjects

For details of subjects available see
https://www.myucd.ie/courses/business/commerce-international/

If you enter without a minimum of AC in French you will not be able to take any French language combination.

509 509* 95

Mature

 

DN670

Economics and Finance

AC       in Maths and

OC/O4/AE  in English, another language and 3 other recognised subjects

From 2020: The Maths requirement will be AB subject to final approval.
589* 589 50

Mature

Social Sciences
DN700 Social Sciences

OC/O4/AE  in English and Mathematics and 4 other recognised subjects

For details of subjects available see
https://www.myucd.ie/courses/social-sciences/

386 N/A 500

Mature

QQI-FET

DARE/HEAR

DN710 Economics

AC       in Maths and

OC/O4/AE  in English and 4 other recognised subjects

467 N/A 35

Mature

QQI-FET (from 2019)

DARE/HEAR

DN720 Psychology

OC/O4/AE  in English and another language and 4 other recognised subjects

From 2020: Maths will be required at OC/O4/AE and a third language will no longer be required.

500

N/A 78

Mature

QQI-FET (from 2019)

DARE/HEAR

DN750

Social Policy and Sociology

OC/O4/AE  in English and Mathematics and 4 other recognised subjects

AQA N/A

100

Mature

QQI-FET

HETAC Progression

DARE/HEAR

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