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QQI FET Awards

The University of Limerick offers entry routes to certain first year undergraduate degree programmes for students who have achieved the relevant QQI Level 5 or Level 6 Award. 

Detailed information about QQI students can be found in the QQI Information Booklet.

In all circumstances candidates must present the full award with a minimum credit value of 120 including distinction in at least 5 component awards.

In addition to satisfying the minimum entry requirements, candidates must also satisfy the specific component award requirements for their desired course.These requirements can be found on pages 3-6 of the  QQI Information Booklet.

Each component/module is given a score based on the product of its credit value and the "weighting" of the grade achieved. Grades from the best 120 credits are scored and applicants are ranked accordingly. 

Note: This scoring process only applies where all the minimum entry requirements are met. Some undergraduate degree programmes require distinction in specific modules. See the "Minimum Entry Requirements" section above for more detail.

CALCULATING YOUR POINTS TOTAL

1) Identify your best 120 credits. 
Although most component awards have a credit value of 15, credit values of 5, 10, 20 and 30 also apply. Add up the credit values of your modules/components with the best grades to reach a cumulative credit value of 120. 

2) Identify your module/component scores.
Multiply the credit value of each component/module by the weighting for the grade achieved. 

Grade  Grade Weight
Distinction 3
Merit 2
Pass 1

3) Calculate your cumulative score.
To find your cumulative score, add up the module/component scores of your best 120 credits as identified in step 1.

4) Calculate your points total. 
Multiply your cumulative score by 13.
Divide that number by 12 and you have your points total. 

PROGRAMME POINTS REQUIREMENTS

The points total cut-offs for each programme vary each year, depending on the calibre of applicants. Below are the points cut-offs from 2019, to give you an idea of the level of competition. 

CAO Code Description Cut-Off
LM002 Bachelor of Arts 325
LM026 Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts None
LM038 Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology 390
LM039 Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Digital Communication 374
LM040  Bachelor of Arts in European Studies  None
LM044 Bachelor of Arts in Applied Languages 390
LM050 Bachelor of Business Studies  341
LM102 Bachelor of Science in Psychology 390
LM150 Bachelor od Science Nursing (General) 390
LM152 Bachelor of Science Nursing (Mental Health) 390
LM154 Bachelor of Science Nursing (Intellectual Disability) 390
LM156 Bachelor of Science in Midwifery 390

Each undergraduate degree programme offers a specific number of places to QQI candidates each year. Candidates are ranked for these spaces based on their performance. In cases where there are more applicants with the maximum points score than places available, random selection is applied. 

CAO Code Description Available Places
LM002 Bachelor of Arts 20
LM026 Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts 3
LM038 Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology 1
LM039 Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Digital Communication 2
LM040  Bachelor of Arts in European Studies  1
LM044 Bachelor of Arts in Applied Languages 3
LM050 Bachelor of Business Studies  20
LM102 Bachelor of Science in Psychology 2
LM150 Bachelor od Science Nursing (General) 2
LM152 Bachelor of Science Nursing (Mental Health) 1
LM154 Bachelor of Science Nursing (Intellectual Disability) 1
LM156 Bachelor of Science in Midwifery 1

HOW TO APPLY 

Students with the relevant QQI FET Awards can apply to the
University of Limerick via the Central Applications Office (CAO)

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