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. (please see below for conversion of Irish leaving certificate requirements to A-level/GCSE grades)
For all courses in UCD, this must include English. However, admission to all courses is competitive and candidates will generally need at least 3 A-levels to have a competitive points score.
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 exemption.
- 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.
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.
Are there specific subject requirements for each course?
Yes. The details of the requirements for each course are on the main entry requirements page. To compare the grades mentioned with A-levels, please use the table below:
|Higher Level Requirements||Ordinary Level Requirements|
|Irish Leaving Certificate Grade||A-level (A2)||AS||Irish Leaving Certificate Grade||A-level (A2)||AS||GCSE|
The following subjects in the Irish Leaving Certificate/A-level are recognised laboratory science subjects:
- Agricultural Science
- Physics and Chemistry (Joint)
In addition Science at GCSE (grade C or better) is recognised.
For Science (DN200) the subejcts Geography, Computer Science and Applied Maths may also be used as a Laboratory Science subject.
How do my A-level grades compare to points?
|Scoring is as follows||Notes - both years|
* Extended project (EPQ)is scored as an AS level and an A* is available in this.
|Please see also subject entry requirements and previous years' points.|
How do I apply?
Application is made through the Central Applications Office.