Social Policy and Sociology

Progression from Higher Certificate or Ordinary Degree

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?

All EU/EFTA applicants to start stage 1, Autumn Trimester of a course apply via CAO.

Note: registered students may apply
up to 22 July


Application is made to CAO and the normal closing date is 1 February  or 1 May otherwise. You must declare your previous third level attendance on your application. (Note applicants applying via access routes must apply by 1 February).

However, except for access routes, there is a special late closing date of 22 July for students who are currently registered in a participating higher education institution in Ireland. To avail of this date, you will need proof from your university that you are a registered student. Please see CAO handbook for details of this exceptional late closing date.This date does not apply to graduate entry programmes or for categories of applicant who require early assessment (e.g. mature students)


Applications open in mid-November

Second Year

Apply using the link beside DN750 on the indicative places page

Closing Date
 21 June calendar date

Applications open on Thursday 3 March 2022. The closing date is Tuesday, 21 June 2022. 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.

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 early August (10 to 17 August 2022). The list of available places (linked above) will be updated on 10 August. 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 applying for 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.

All offers of a place are subject to UCD's Terms and Conditions of Offer. In line with the Admissions Policy, offers for taught programmes will not be made after the third week of a trimester. Deferral or Leave of Absence is not permissible for the trimester following acceptance of a transfer/re-admission offer.

An applicant who accepts a transfer place ceases to be a student of the previous programme (this includes acceptance via CAO). Internal transfers who change their mind about the new acceptance within the first three weeks of the trimester may be permitted to change back to the original programme, subject to availability of places and with the agreement of Admissions and all relevant Governing Boards.

In some cases, students may wish to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning in addition to that granted by the transfer process (see Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy).

All students must comply with the regulations of the University.

The above is summary information only. Full regulations are included in the Transfer Policy.