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Entry Requirements to Undergraduate Programmes

Applicants are assessed based on their performance in their school leaving examinations. Applicants must meet minimum entry requirements, which are made up as follows:

  • General Entry Requirements
  • Specific Course Requirements

General entry requirements and specific programme requirements may be satisfied by results obtained from more than one sitting.

Applicants who satisfy the minimum entry requirements are ranked for admission in order of merit on the basis of their results in their school leaving examinations.

This ranking/scoring will be based on one sitting of school leaving examinations e.g. Irish school-leavers will have their points score calculated on the basis of one sitting of the Leaving Certificate examinations.

Important Changes to Entry Requirements for 2017: Higher Education Institutes have worked in partnership with the Department of Education and Skills to agree changes to admissions criteria for entry 2017. The process of mapping these changes to DCU is now complete. Updated entry requirement information for all programmes will be available shortly on the DCU website. For further general information on this process, please click here.

 

Leaving Certificate (Ireland)

General Entry Requirements

A minimum of six Leaving Certificate subjects at Grade 06/H7, to include the subjects English OR Irish AND the subject Mathematics. In addition, applicants must present at least two subjects at grade H5.

Exception:

Bachelor of Education (Primary Teaching) (DC002, DC003 and DC004)

A minimum of six Leaving Certificate subjects at Grade 06/H7, to include a H5 in Irish, 05/H6 in English and 06/H6 in Mathematics. Applicanst must present at least three subjects at grade H5.

Course Entry Requirements

Additional course requirements are indicated in the prospectus.

The University does not award points for the subject of Mathematics (Leaving Certificate - Alternative or Foundation Level). This subject will be accepted for admission purposes into the University for the following courses:

  • BA in Applied Language and Translation Studies
  • Bachelor of Civil Law (Law and Society)
  • BA in Communication Studies
  • BA in Contemporary Culture and Society
  • B.Sc. in Education and Training
  • BA Gaeilge agus Iriseoireacht (Irish and Journalism)
  • BA in International Relations
  • BA in Journalism
  • BSc in Multimedia
  • Bachelor of Arts (Joint Honours)
  • Bachelor of Early Childhood Education
  • BA Jazz and Contemporary Music Performance

Leaving Certificate subject combinations

Certain subjects will not be scored separately if they occur in combination with subjects which are similar in content. In each case the highest individual grade will be scored.  The following six groups of subjects are affected by this restriction.

1) Music and Musicianship, Music A, Music B
2) Economics, Agricultural Economics
3) Physics with Chemistry
    - if combined with Physics and Chemistry only the two best scored
    - if combined with Physics or Chemistry only the best scored
4) History, Economics and Economic History
    - if all three are taken only the best two will be scored
5) Latin, Classical Studies
6) Greek, Classical Studies

Common Points Scale

Having satisfied the General Entry Requirements and Course Entry Requirements, candidates are ranked for admission on the basis of a score representing best six subjects in one sitting of the Leaving Certificate examination*. The points that apply to each grade in the Leaving Certificate are indicated in the following table:

Higher GradePointsOrdinary GradePoints
H1 100O1 56
H2 88O2 46
H377O3 37
H4 66O428
H5 56O5 20
H646O6 12
H7 37O7 0
H8 0O80

* Candidates who meet the points requirement but not the specific course requirements, e.g. H4 in English for BA in Journalism, are allowed to repeat that subject only to meet course requirements.

** For information on the new common points scale or for information on the pre-2017 Leaving Certificate points calculation, please see the click on this link

Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP) Linked Modules

Grades for Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP) Link Modules are aligned with the current Leaving Certificate grading scheme and equivalent points. With the introduction in 2017 of the new Leaving Certificate grades, points will be awarded for LCVP Link Modules as follows:

Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP)
– Linked Modules
DistinctionMeritPass
664628

* For further information on the revised points calculation, please see the click on this link 

Bonus Points for Honours Mathematics

25 bonus points will continue be awarded in 2017 for higher level mathematics, at grades H6 and above.

 

FETAC Level 5 Awards (Ireland)

General Entry Requirements

From 2017 the points awarded for QQI-FET (formerly FETAC) awards will be revised. Currently the maximum possible total score of 360 (120 credits x 3 for a distinction) is multiplied by 10 and divided by 9 to give a maximum overall points score of 400. From 2017, this maximum possible total score of 360 will be multiplied by 13 and divided by 12, to give a revised maximum overall points score of 390 for applicants from further education and training.

FETAC Level 5 Applicants

  • Applicants presenting a FETAC Level 5 award in the appropriate qualification and modules, with a minimum of five distinctions, can be admitted on a competitive basis to certain DCU courses. Applicants are ranked based on their performance as outlined here. There are a limited number of places available. To review the FETAC requirements for DCU programmes, please click here.  Applications should be made through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by the 1st February. To apply through the CAO click here.

 

General Certificate in Education (United Kingdom and Overseas)

General Entry Requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements students must meet one of the following:

  • 2 x Grade C at GCE A-Level plus 4 x Grade C at GCSE Level which must include the subjects Mathematics and English (or Irish)
  • 2 x Grade C at GCE A-Level plus 2 x Grade C at GCE AS-Level plus 2 x Grade C at GCSE-Level which must include the subjects Mathematics and English (or Irish)
  • 2 x Grade C at GCE A-Level plus 1 x Grade C at GCE AS-Level plus 3 x Grade C at GCSE Level which must include the subjects Mathematics and English (or Irish)

Exception:

Bachelor of Education (Primary Teaching) (DC002, DC003 and DC004)

Six subjects must be presented, at least 3 at GCE A Level with the remaining subjects at GCE AS or GCSE Level.  The six subjects must include Irish, English and Mathematics. A subject may be counted from only one of the examinations GCSE, GCE AS Level or GCE A Level.

The minimum general entry requirement grades are as follows: GCE A Level C in Irish: GCSE C in both English and English Literature or GCSE B in either English or English Literature; GCSE D in Additional Mathematics or GCSE C in Mathematics; GCE A Level C in two further subjects; GCSE C in one other subject.

Note: A-Level GCSE Applicant, for list of recognised subjects click here. Please note that Applied A Levels are not accepted by DCU.

Course Entry Requirements

Additional course requirements are indicated within the detail for each course in the prospectus. Alternatively, please see the following website link to review undergraduate programme website pages, http://www.dcu.ie/studentrecruitment/undergraduate-listing.shtml, 

General Certificate in Education

Having satisfied the General Entry requirements and Programme entry requirements candidates are ranked for admission on the basis of a score calculated on the basis of either:

  • the best 4 GCE A level grades from one academic year, or 
  • the best 3 GCE A level grades from one year plus one AS level grade in a different subject from the same or preceding year only

The points that apply to each grade (from 2016) are indicated in the following table:

GradeGCE A Level4th A LevelGCE AdvancedSubsidiary Level
 A*18060-
A1505030
B1304525
C1003520
D652015
E4515

10

* 25 Bonus Points will be awarded to students who have passed A level mathematics

** Please note: Applied A Levels are not accepted by DCU.

 

EU School Leaving Examinations from outside Ireland or the UK

Applicants presenting EU qualifications from outside Ireland should apply through CAO by 1st February. All applicants must present general entry and programme entry requirements as outlined in the DCU prospectus. All applicants to DCU must present a pass in Mathematics and a pass in English. EU qualifications are manually calculated in to a Leaving Certificate points equivalent. Eligible applicants compete using the points calculated and all offers are made through CAO in mid August.

Applicants may obtain guidance on the approved qualifications acceptable for an application to DCU using the following link, http://www2.cao.ie/downloads/documents/Guidelines-EU-EFTA.pdf. This guide outlines the general entry requirement for each examination and a subject guide to help with the translation of individual subject grades. Applicants should use this information in conjunction with the entry requirement information available on individual DCU programme pages (http://www.dcu.ie/studentrecruitment/undergraduate-listing.shtml), to assess if they are presenting the appropriate requirements for an application to DCU. The above guide advises how DCU will calculate points based on a specific qualification. Applicants then compete for a place on a DCU programme using these points. Guidance with regard to submission of examination information to CAO can be found in the CAO handbook or through their website, www.cao.ie. Further information on DCU English Language Competency requirements can be found using this link, https://www.dcu.ie/registry/english.shtml.