Irish Leaving Certificate

We welcome applications from students studying for the Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC).

We will normally require a minimum of four to six subjects at Higher Level, depending on the degree programme you apply for.

The final decision to offer you a place will be taken with reference to the whole UCAS application, including academic grades, personal statement and academic reference.

For many degree programmes, relevant work experience will be required.

Please note that we do not use the Central Applications Office examination point score.

Subject-specific requirements

For many degree programmes we will expect you to have studied specific subjects at Higher Level within the ILC.

Where we ask applicants taking Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) Highers for a specific subject(s) we will normally ask you for the same subject(s) at Higher Level in the ILC.

Specific subject requirements at SQA Higher for each degree programme can be found at the beginning of each subject entry through the degree finder.

Admissions statistics

You can find information on the ratio of applications, offers and accepted applicants for each of our degree programmes in our admissions statistics.

College of Humanities and Social Science

For nearly all degree programmes demand for places is much higher than places available so applicants who meet the minimum academic requirements are not guaranteed an offer of studies. The majority of offers will be made to students who achieve grades well above the minimum entry requirement.

Minimum academic requirements

Award of ILC with Grade B3 at Higher Level in at least five subjects.

In addition all applicants are required to demonstrate proficiency in English language by obtaining grade B1 at Ordinary Level.

Typical offer

Award of ILC with Grade A2 at Higher Level in at least six subjects.

College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

Medicine

We will ask you for six Higher Level subjects at grade A2 or better at the first sitting, including Chemistry, Biology, English and either Mathematics or Physics. Grade B or better is required in English, Mathematics and Science in the Irish Junior Certificate (Higher Level).

In addition to the minimum academic criteria, you are also required to meet non-academic entry requirements in terms of skills, experience and motivation.

You are also required to sit the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) in the summer before you submit your UCAS application. Details of the test and how your result is used in the selection process are available on the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine website.

If English is not your first language, you will also need to meet the University's required standard of English.

Medical Sciences

Five Higher Level subjects at Grade B3 or better to include two of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics.

Oral Health Sciences

Four Higher Level subjects at Grade B3 or better at the first sitting, including Biology. Grade A is required in English and grade B in Mathematics in the Junior Certificate (Higher Level).

Veterinary Medicine

Your application will be considered if you have passed or are predicted to pass the ILC with five Higher Level subjects including Chemistry, Biology and either Mathematics or Physics at A2 and two further subjects at B3.

If Physics has not been studied as part of the above qualifications, candidates must also provide evidence of a qualification at a minimum SQA Standard Grade 2 or GCSE Grade B or equivalent in this subject.

Qualifications must be gained in one sitting and at the first attempt.

If English is not your first language, you will also need to meet the University's required standard of English.

Work experience with animals is a key part of the entry requirements for Veterinary Medicine. You will be required to submit a Work Experience Summary form prior to 1st November to support your UCAS application.

College of Science and Engineering

For nearly all degree programmes demand for places is much higher than places available so applicants who meet the minimum academic requirements are not guaranteed an offer of studies. The majority of offers will be made to students who achieve grades well above the minimum entry requirement.

Minimum academic requirements

Award of ILC with Grade A2 in at least three subjects including required subjects and Grade B3 in three further subjects.

We require English at grade B in the Junior Certificate (Higher Level) or grade C3 at ILC Ordinary Level.

Offers and subject requirements vary according to the subject applied for.

Typical offer

Award of ILC with Grade A2 in at least six subjects including required subjects.


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