Minimum Entry Requirements (matriculation)

Applicants presenting A-level and GCSE must have six recognised subjects, selected according to course requirements, and must obtain Grade C, or better, in two subjects at A-level (A2) and Grade C, or better, in the remaining four subjects at GCSE. For all courses in UCD, this must include English. Applicants from the UK and Northern Ireland are generally exempt from the requirement of presenting Irish. UCD is a constituent university of the National University of Ireland and full regulations are published on their website.


Do I have to take Irish?

If either of the following applies to you, you are automatically exempt Irish and it is not necessary for you to apply for exmeption.

  • your permanent residence is in Northern Ireland and you are presenting GCE/GCSE qualifications .
  • you were born outside Ireland (32 Counties) and
  • your permanent residence is outside Ireland and
  • you are presenting qualifications other than the Leaving Certificate for matriculation.

If these aren't appropriate you can, apply for an NUI exemption from Irish. To apply for an exemption, it is necessary to send a completed Exemption Application Form and other relevant material.

Language Exemptions

Applicants with specific learning difficulties affecting language acquisition (dyslexia) may apply for exemption from the requirement of presenting another language. To apply for an NUI exemption, it is necessary to send a completed Exemption Application Form and other relevant material.


Are all subjects recognised?

If you are presenting subjects through a GCE/GCSE examination programme ensure that you refer to the National University of Ireland listing (pdf) for details of which subjects and combinations are acceptable.


What are Laboratory Science Subjects?

The following subjects in the Irish Leaving Certificate/A-level are recognised laboratory science subjects:

Agricultural Science
Biology
Chemistry
Physics and Chemistry (Joint)

Physics

In addition Science at GCSE (grade C or better) is recognised.

For Science (DN200) the subejcts Geography and Applied Maths may also be used as a Laboratory Science subject.

Home Economics (Social & Scientific) may be used to meet the Laboratory Science subject requirement for the BSc in Veterinary Nursing (DN310).


How do my A-level grades compare to points?

  Best 3
A-levels
4th Subject
  A-level AS
A* 180 60  
A 150 50 30
B 130 45 25
C 100 35 20
D 65 20 15
E 45 15 10

 

Notes


How do I apply?

Application is made through the Central Applications Office.