Entry Requirements for Irish Leaving Certificate Applicants (From August 2017)
Applicants must have obtained a minimum of 5 O6 (pass) grades in their Leaving Certificate examination results. These subjects must include Grade O6/H7 or better in Mathematics and English or Irish.
The Leaving Certificate Applied does not meet the minimum entry requirements to Institute programmes. Holders of the LCA may gain entry following completion of a FETAC Level 5/6 Award.
Entry Requirements for Irish Leaving Certificate Applicants (Prior to August 2017)
The grades of applicants who completed the Leaving Certificate pre-2017 can be mapped directly to a grade on the new grading scale. This mapping exercise for such applicants should be completed so that the entry requirements outlined above can be applied. The grades to be awarded from 2017 for pre-2017 Leaving Certificate grades are set out in the table below1.
1 Tables taken from New Leaving Certificate Grading Scale and Revised Common Points Scale to be found at http://www.transition.ie/
A pass in any cognate QQI-FET (formerly FETAC)/QQI Award at Level 5/6 meets the entry requirements for the Higher Certificate or Bachelor Degree (Level 6 or Level 7) programmes.
Applicants to the programme are also required to have required D3 (O6/H7) ordinary level grade in Leaving Certificate Mathematics.
From 2017 the points awarded for QQI-FET awards will also be revised. This is required to maintain the existing equivalence with the current points scale, and reflects the overall marginal reductions in student’s points scores under the new points scale.
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.
Applicants who are over 23 years of age on January 1st of the year of entry may gain entry to the programme via the mature applicant route. Acceptance will be based on an interview process to determine previous experiential learning, the student’s suitability to the subject area and their commitment to achieving the minimum intended programme learning outcomes.
Note to Employers: Mature students should be assessed for entry to the programme using the attached Manufacturing Apprenticeship Entry Requirements and Mature Student Assessment. This must be submitted to the providing college.
Minimum English requirements
Non-EU Applicants: Non-EU applicants, who are not English speakers, must have a minimum score of 5.5 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with a minimum of 5 IELTS in each component, or equivalent
EU Applicants: EU applicants, who are not English speakers, are recommended to have a minimum score of 5.5 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with a minimum of 5 IELTS in each component, or equivalent.