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.

For all courses Irish and English are required. (Candidates born outside Ireland or educated outside Ireland for significant periods and candidates with certain disabilities may be entitled to claim an NUI Irish exemption. See www.nui.ie for details).

Click on the CAO code to get more information on the programme and the degree pathways available – many programmes lead to degree specialisations in several different areas. These pages also give 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 and minimum entry requirements. As the number of applicants meeting minimum entry requirements generally exceeds the number of places available, admission is competitive based on a points system. 

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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.


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CAO Code Title Course Entry Requirements and notes Cut-off points 2016 Approx No. of Places Other Entry Routes
Architecture and Engineering
DN100

Architecture

OC/AE in English, Another Language and Maths
3 other recognised subjects
Fees apply for the Master’s portion of this course

510*

56

Mature

HETAC Progression

DN120

Landscape Architecture

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

AQA

24

Mature

DN150

Engineering 

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

510

250

Mature

HETAC Progression

DN514

Planning, Geography and
Environment

OC/AE in English, Another Language
4 other recognised subjects

290

25

Mature

Science
DN200

Science  

OC/AE in English,
OB/AD in Maths and
OB/AD in a Laboratory Science subject (OR Geography OR Applied Maths)
3 other recognised subjects

You can apply for DN200 only ONCE, selecting one of the following options:
BBB Biological, Biomedical and Biomolecular Sciences
CCS Chemistry and Chemical Sciences
MPG Mathematical, Physical and Geological Sciences

NPF No Preference (students can decide on their area of study during their first year)

If you are offered a place in DN200, you are guaranteed a place in a degree programme from within the area chosen.

510

402

Mature

FETAC

HETAC Progression

DN201

Computer Science

OC/AE in English,
OB/AD in Maths
4 other recognised subjects

485

105

Mature

FETAC

HETAC Progression

DN230

Actuarial and
Financial Studies

OC/AE in English,
AB in Maths
4 other recognised subjects

560

47

Mature

Agriculture and Food Science
DN250

Agricultural Science

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

You can apply for DN250 only ONCE, selecting one of the following options:
ACP Animal & Crop Production
ASC Animal Science
AST Agricultural Systems Technology
EQS Animal Science Equine
FAM Food and Agribusiness Management
NPF No Preference (students can decide on their area of study during their first year) .

If you are offered a place in DN250, you are guaranteed a place in the degree option chosen.

460

160

Mature

FETAC

HETAC Progression

DN252

Dairy Business

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

440

20

Mature

FETAC

HETAC Progression

DN253

Agri-Environmental Sciences

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

430

20

Mature

FETAC

HETAC Progression

DN261

Food Science

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

485

40

Mature

FETAC

HETAC Progression

DN262

Human Nutrition

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

530

26

Mature

HETAC Progression

DN271

Forestry

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

AQA

20

Mature

FETAC

HETAC Progression

DN272

Horticulture, Landscape and Sportsturf Management

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

AQA

20

Mature

FETAC

HETAC Progression

Veterinary Medicine
DN300

Veterinary Medicine
(Undergraduate Entry)

Restricted application

OC/AE in English, Another Language, Maths,
AC in Chemistry
2 other recognised subjects
At least two weeks practical experience.

Restrictions apply to applicants who have previously studied Veterinary Medicine.

565

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

5
DN310

Veterinary Nursing

OC/AE in English, Maths
OB/AC in a Laboratory Science subject OR Home Economics (Social & Scientific)
3 other recognised subjects

465

44

Mature

FETAC

Medicine and Radiography

DN400

Medicine
(Undergraduate Entry)

Restricted application

OC/AE in English, Another Language, Maths, a Laboratory Science subject
2 other recognised subjects

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

Restrictions apply to applicants who have previously studied Medicine.

730*

90

Mature

DN401

Medicine
(Graduate Entry)

Restricted application

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.

59*

77
DN410

Radiography

OC/AE in English, Another Language, Maths, a Laboratory Science subject
2 other recognised subjects

525

57

Mature

DN440

Biomedical, Health and
Life Sciences

OC/AE in English, Another Language, Maths, a Laboratory Science subject
2 other recognised subjects

540

40

Mature

Physiotherapy and Sports Science
DN420

Physiotherapy 

OC/AE in English, Another Language, Maths, a Laboratory Science subject
2 other recognised subjects

550

56

Mature

Graduate entry pathway

DN425

Health and
Performance Science 

OC/AE in English, Another Language, Maths, a Laboratory Science subject
2 other recognised subjects

495

40

Mature

DN430

Sport and
Exercise Management

OC/AE in English, Another Language,
OB/AD Maths
3 other recognised subjects

435*

40

Mature

Nursing
DN450

General Nursing 

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

Restrictions apply to applicants who have previously studied Nursing.

420

164

Mature

DN451

Children’s and
General Nursing
(Integrated)

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

Restrictions apply to applicants who have previously studied Nursing.

485

30

Mature

DN452

Midwifery  

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

Restrictions apply to applicants who have previously studied Nursing.

480

22

Mature

DN453

Mental Health Nursing 

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

Restrictions apply to applicants who have previously studied Nursing.

365

17

Mature

Arts

DN500

BA Joint Honours
Full-time

OC/AE in English, Another Language
4 other recognised subjects

If applying for DN500, you select a single two-subject combination.

You can apply for DN500 only once.

It is possible to register for part-time study within this programme.

310

1252

Mature

FETAC

DN510

Economics

OC/AE in English, Another Language
4 other recognised subjects

495

20

Mature

DN511

English

OC/AE in English, Another Language
4 other recognised subjects

445

15

Mature

DN513

English with Film

OC/AE in English, Another Language
4 other recognised subjects

415

40

Mature

DN515

History

OC/AE in English, Another Language
4 other recognised subjects

380

15

Mature

DN519

Psychology

OC/AE in English, Another Language
4 other recognised subjects

500

75

Mature

DN541

International Languages

OC/AE in English, Another Language
4 other recognised subjects

If applying for DN541, you select a single two-subject combination.

You can apply for DN541 only once.

455

40

Mature

Social Science

DN550

Social Science  

OC/AE in English, Maths
4 other recognised subjects

415

145

Mature

FETAC

HETAC Progression

Law

DN600

Law 

OC/AE in English, Another Language
4 other recognised subjects

You can apply for DN600 only ONCE, selecting one of the following options:
BCL Law
LCS Law and Chinese Studies
LES Law with Economics      
LFL Law with French Law
LHY Law with History
LIH Law with Irish
LPS Law with Politics
LPY Law with Philosophy
LSJ Law with Social Justice.
If you are offered a place in DN600, you are guaranteed a place in the degree option chosen.

If you enter without a minimum of H3 in French you will not be able to take LFL.

525

125

Mature

DN610

Business and Law

OC/AE in English, Another Language
OB/AD in Maths
3 other recognised subjects

520

120

Mature

Business

DN650

Commerce 

OC/AE in English, Another Language
OB/AD in Maths
3 other recognised subjects

500

215

Mature

FETAC

DN660

Commerce International

OC/AE in English, Another Language
OB/AD in Maths
3 other recognised subjects

You can apply for DN660 only ONCE, selecting a two language combination. Following semester 1, you will decide which language to continue with to degree level (Minor) and which language to drop.

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

510 97

Mature

HETAC Progression

DN670

Quantitative Business - Economics and Finance

OC/AE in English, Another Language
AC in Maths
3 other recognised subjects

580*

60

Mature

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