Progression from Higher Certificate or Ordinary Degree
to Social Policy and Sociology

Am I eligible?

If you have obtained, or expect to obtain, the qualifications listed in an area related to Social Policy and Sociology you are eligible to apply for the year (stage) shown:

Qualifications eligible to apply for
Higher Certificate (level 6) with Distinction or Merit :
BTEC HND in Health and Social Care (Applied Social Studies)
1st year Social Policy and Sociology
Ordinary Degree (level 7) with Distinction or Merit : 2nd year Social Policy and Sociology

How many places are there?

First Year 3 places
Second Year 5 places

How will I be assessed?

If there are more applicants than places, it will be competitive based on your academic performance in your Higher Certificate and/or ordinary degree. 

How do I apply?

First year

Closing date
1 May

Note: registered students may apply up to 22 July

Application is made to CAO and the normal closing date is 1 February for restricted courses and access routes or 1 May otherwiseYou must declare your previous third level attendance on your application.

However, except for restricted application courses and access routes, there is a special late closing date of 22 July for students who are currently registered in a participating higher education institution. To avail of this date, the form must be stamped by your institution to show you are a registered student.

Apply for Stage 1

Applications open mid November

Apply to ucd


Second Year

Closing date

25 June

The closing date is 25 June. Incomplete applications will not be considered - your application, including application fee, must be submitted by the closing date.

If your result won't be out by the closing date, you should enclose any results already available with a note saying when the final result is expected. Your result must be forwarded ASAP. As applications are assessed soon after the closing date, if you are awaiting results you will only be considered if places remain following initial offers.

Applications open in Early March

Apply to ucd

If places remain in a course after assessment of applications received by the closing date, late applications may be accepted in a late window in August/September. If you are considering transfer before the normal closing date, don't postpone applying until this date as there may be no places available.


If you are considering a transfer please check the fees implications at

Some programmes will not normally consider applicants who have been unsuccessful in a similar programme - full details are on the restrictions page.

The above is summary information only. Full regulations are included in the transfer protocol.

All offers of a place are subject to UCD's Terms and Conditions of Offer.
All students must comply with the general regulations of the university