Alternative Entry and Progression

“Non Standard Entry” and "Progression" pathways are considered as all external applications to stage one, or an advanced stage of our programmes other than those applying on the basis of Irish school-leaving examinations. A fixed number of places are available via non standard entry and progression pathways, on a competitive basis, to stage one, and advanced stages of School of Agriculture and Food Science programmes in September 2020. A number of specific entry routes, with specific criteria are outlined in our Non Standard Entry and Progression booklet available to download below.

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Progression Pathways: Entry to Advanced Stage

Are you in the process of completing a Level 6 or Level 7 HETAC qualification and would like to progress to UCD to complete a Level 8 degree?

Advanced Stage (HETAC Progression Routes) are designed to facilitate students who have received a qualification which is recognised and considered comparable to stages one (and in some instances, stage two) of the BAgrSc programme by the Agricultural Sciences Programme Board at UCD. Having achieved a distinction/merit, a limited number of places will be made available on the BAgrSc programme each year, on a competitive basis, to suitably qualified applicants.

General and specific progression routes are outlined in the Alternative Entry and Progression Information Booklet (2020 Entry)

Prospective students should note that although UCD is committed to the provision of a limited number of places on Non Standard Entry Routes each year, restrictions may prevent the provision of places on some programme options annually. Students are advised that the attainment of any of the qualifications outlined in the Non Standard Entry and Progression booklet does not oblige UCD to accept applications for entry, as the number of places is limited in all cases. 

Students from other Higher Education Institutions who are considering transfer to start year 2 or later should refer to the UCD Admissions website.

“I didn’t gain entry in to UCD through the conventional route, so I decided to study at Cavan Institute for a year taking the QQI (Level 5) Applied Science and Laboratory Techniques course. There I took modules in science (biology, chemistry and physics) maths, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, communications, word processing and work experience, all of which would help me settle in to the modules which were to come in UCD.

I gained the relevant entry requirements and was offered a place at UCD to study agricultural science (DN250). First year ag science is very broad, taking in subjects in maths, science, business, animal and crop sciences. At the end of first year I chose to major in Animal and Crop Production as I believe it gives me the best of both worlds and an all-round understanding of the agri-sector.

Of course there were some teething problems transitioning from a small college to a large university. Finding suitable accommodation was the most difficult task I faced as a first year. But I soon met new people and became a member of the ag science family in UCD.

I'm looking forward to getting back to UCD and entering my final year (Stage 4) having completed PWE (a fantastic opportunity to travel around Ireland and the world gaining agricultural experience).”