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Leaving Certificate Students

Leaving Certificate Students can apply to the University of Limerick through the Central Applications Office (CAO).

Details about the University of Limerick, including a full list of courses and course requirements, can be found in the Undergraduate Prospectus.

Due to the number and calibre of applicants to the University of Limerick, qualified candidates to all undergraduate degree courses are placed in order of merit based on a points system.

**Candidates may fulfil course requirements and minimum entry requirements from more than one sitting of the Leaving Certificate.**

Minimum Entry Requirements for Degrees (Level 8)

Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include:

  • Two H5 (Higher Level) grade, AND
  • Four O6 (Ordinary Level) grades OR four H7 (Higher Level) grades. 

Minimum Entry Requirements for Certificate/Diploma (Level 6/7)

Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of five subjects which must include:

  • Five O6 (Ordinary Level) grades, OR 
  • Five H7 (Higher Level) grades. 

Calculate Your Points

Entry Requirement Details

  • Subjects must include:
    - Irish or another language
    - Mathematics
    - English
  • An F6 (Foundation Level) grade in Mathematics can be used as an alternate to an O6 (Ordinary Level) grade and can be used to satisfy the Mathematics subject requirement.
  • Candidates who have a hearing impairment or a specific learning difficulty may apply for an exemption from the second language requirement. A language exemption can only apply to those programmes where the second language requirement is an O6 (Ordinary Level) grade or a H7 (Higher Level) grade.
  Foundation Maths Foundation Irish LCVP 
Fulfilling Minimum Entry Requirements Yes No No
Fulfilling Specific Subject Requirements No No No
Included in Calculating Points Scores No No Yes

Subject Combination for Points Scores

There are restrictions in the use of combinations of certain Leaving Certificate subjects for the purposes of satisfying Minimum Entry Requirements.

  • Any combination of Home Economics (scientific and social), Home Economics (general), and Home Economics (single course) counts as one subject.
  • English and English Composition count as one subject.
  • Any combination of Music, Music & Musicianship, Music & Musicianship A, and Music & Musicianship B, counts as one subject.
  • Physics, and Physics & Chemistry count as one subject.
  • Chemistry and Physics & Chemistry count as one subject.
  • Physics, Chemistry, and Physics & Chemistry count as two subjects.

Applicants to the University of Limerick may apply for an exemption from the "second language requirement" under two conditions:

  1. The applicant has a hearing or learning difficulty and is DARE (Disability Access Route to Education) eligible
    OR
  2. The applicant was born outside the Republic of Ireland and attended at least 1 year of second-level education outside the Republic of Ireland. 

The deadline for Language Exemption applications is the 1st of July. 

Applicants with a Hearing/Learning Disability

To request a language exemption, applicants must complete the University of Limerick Application for Second Language Exemption.

Students applying for a language exemption must provide sufficient evidence of their eligibility by submitting either:

  • A copy of the DES Certificate of Exemption under Circular M10/94, signed and stamped by your school principal.
  • Proof of DARE eligibility.
  • Copy of the UL Language Exemption Declaration Form, signed and stamped by your principal AND a copy of a psychologist report. (Where the applicant does not have a DES exemption certificate due to attendance at a non-State/Private Second Level School.)

Take care to read all information and notes on the first page of the University of Limerick Application for Second Language Exemption before you begin. 

Applicants Born and Educated Outside the Republic of Ireland

To request a language exemption, applicants must complete the University of Limerick Application for Second Language Exemption.

Applicants may be eligible for exemption under these circumstances if they:

- Were born outside the Republic of Ireland, attended part of second level education outside of the Republic of Ireland for at least 1 year but are now attending second level in Ireland and were unable to be provided with the opportunity to take up a second language; 
OR
- Were born in the Republic of Ireland but now reside and attend second-level outside of the Republic of Ireland and were unable to be provided with the opportunity to take up a second language. 

Students applying for a language exemption under these circumstances must be able to provide sufficient evidence of their eligibility by submitting the UL Language Exemption Declaration Form, signed and stamped by the applicant's school.

Take care to read all information and notes on the first page of the University of Limerick Application for Second Language Exemption before you begin. 

Applications must be made through the Central Applications Office (CAO) in accordance with the rules and guidelines contained in the CAO handbook.
The current schedule of closing dates is as follows:

Normal Closing Date Late Application Date Change of Mind
1st February 1st May 1st July
 

The CAO, in conjunction with a number of Higher Education institutions, offers third level admissions schemes for school leavers requiring additional support.

Higher Education Access Route (HEAR)

HEAR is a third level admissions scheme for school leavers from socioeconomic disadvantaged backgrounds. 

Students who secure a place through HEAR may be allocated places on a reduced points basis, and are offered a variety of academic, personal and social supports while studying at third level. 

Visit the Access Office website for more information.

Disability Access Route to Education (DARE)

DARE is a third level admissions scheme for students from non-traditional learning backgrounds, including students with diabilities. 

Students eligible for the DARE scheme may be allocated places on a reduced points basis, may apply for a language exemption, and are offered additional supports while studying at third level. 

Visit the Disabilty Services Office website for more information

The Special Mathematics Examination is for applicants who have not achieved the required grade in Higher Level Mathematics in the Leaving Certificate for entry to the Faculty of Science and Engineering undergraduate courses. It is is only open to applicants who have chosen Faculty of Science and Engineering undergraduate course(s).  It is not available for entry to any other UL course.

In order to apply for the Special Mathematics Examination you must have the following:

  1. Sufficient CAO entry points for your chosen Faculty of Science and Engineering undergraduate course(s) and
  2. Satisfy all other entrance requirements for Faculty of Science and Engineering undergraduate course(s).

Candidates who pass this Special Mathematics Examination are deemed to have satisfied the Mathematics entry requirement. The Special Mathematics Examination will be corrected on a pass/fail basis and no additional bonus points will be awarded.

For more information please visit the Science and Engineering website.

Course-Specific Entry Requirements

Full course details can be found in the Undergraduate Prospectus.

Code Course Title Points (2019) English  Maths Second Language Science Other
LM002 B.A. Arts 329 O6/H7 F6/O6/H7 O6/H7 or H4 for language options  N/A QQI Pathway
LM020 B.A. Law & Accounting 436 O6/H7 O4/H7 O6/H7 N/A  
LM028 B.A. Criminal Justice 387 O6/H7 F6/O6/H7 O6/H7 N/A QQI Pathway
LM029 LLB Law Plus 473 O6/H7 F6/O6/H7 O6/H7 or H4 for language options  N/A QQI Pathway
LM038 B.A. Psychology & Sociology 478 O6/H7 F6/O6/H7 O6/H7 N/A QQI Pathway
LM039 B.A. Journalism & Digital Communication 388 H4 F6/O6/H7 O6/H7 or H3 (French, German, Gaelige, Spanish for language options){ N/A QQI Pathway
LM040 B.A. European Studies 348 O6/H7 F6/O6/H7 H3 (exc. English) N/A QQI Pathway
LM044 B.A. Applied Languages 404 O6/H7 F6/O6/H7 H3 (French/Gaelige/ German/Spanish/ Japanese) N/A QQI Pathway
LM091 B.Ed. Languages New O6/H7 F6/O6/H7 H3 (French/Gaelige/ German/Spanish/ Japanese) N/A Garda Vetting

 

Full course details can be found in the Undergraduate Prospectus.

Code Course Title Points (2019)  English  Maths Second Language Science Other
LM038 B.A. Psychology & Sociology 478 O6/H7 F6/O6/H7 O6/H7  N/A QQI Pathway
LM089 B.Sc. Sport & Exercise Sciences 444 O6/H7 F6/O6/H7 O6/H7 O3/H7 Garda Vetting
LM090 B.Sc. Physical Education 498 O6/H7 F6/O6/H7 O6/H7 N/A Garda Vetting
LM091 B.Ed. Languages New  O6/H7 F6/O6/H7 H3 (French/Gaelige/ German/Spanish/ Japanese) N/A Garda Vetting
LM092 B.Sc. Science with Concurrent Teacher Education
(Biology with Physics or Chemistry or Agricultural Science)
478 O6/H7 O3/H7 O6/H7 O4/H7 Garda Vetting
LM094 B.Tech (Education) - Materials & Architectural Technology 409 O6/H7 O3/H7 O6/H7 O4/H7 Garda Vetting
LM095 B.Tech (Education) - Materials & Engineering Technology 358 O6/H7 O3/H7 O6/H7 O4/H7 Garda Vetting
LM096 B.Sc. Science with Concurrent Teacher Education
(Physical Sciences with Chemistry and Physics)
382 O6/H7 O3/H7 O6/H7 O4/H7 Garda Vetting
LM097 B.Sc. (Education) in Mathematics and Computer Science  New O6/H7 H4 O6/H7 N/A Garda Vetting
LM100 B.Sc. Physiotherapy 656 O6/H7 F6/O6/H7 O6/H7 O3/H7 Garda Vetting
LM101 BM BS Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (Graduate Entry) Minimum 2.1 (Second Class Honours Grade One) in First Honours Bachelor Degree (NFQ Level 8) or equivalent + GAMSAT (Graduate Medical Schools Admissions Test) Garda Vetting
LM102 B.Sc. Psychology 498 O6/H7 F6/06/H7 O6/H7 N/A QQI Pathway
LM103 B.Sc. Paramedic Studies  313 O6/H7 O6/H7 O6/H7 O6/H7 Garda Vetting and B plus C1 Driving License
LM150 B.Sc. Nursing (General) 440 O6/H7 O6/H7 O6/H7 O6/H7 Garda Vetting / QQI Pathway
LM152 B.Sc Nursing (Mental Health) 398 O6/H7 O6/H7 O6/H7 O6/H7 Garda Vetting / QQI Pathway
LM154 B.Sc Nursing (Intellectual Disability) 381 O6/H7 O6/H7 O6/H7 O6/H7 Garda Vetting / QQI Pathway
LM156 B.Sc. Midwifery 429 O6/H7 O6/H7 O6/H7 O6/H7 Garda Vetting / QQI Pathway

 

Full course details can be found in the Undergraduate Prospectus.

Code Course Title Points (2019)  English  Maths Second Language Science Other
LM058 B.Sc. Financial Mathematics 434 O6/H7 H3 O6/H7 N/A  
LM063 B.Sc. Technology Management 372 O6/H7 O3/H7 O6/H7 O4/H7  
LM068 B.Sc. Food Science & Health  400 O6/H7 O3/H7 O6/H7 H4  
LM076 B.Sc. Product Design & Technology  402 O6/H7 O3/H7 O6/H7 O4/H7 Portfolio Required
LM077 B.E. in Aeronautical Engineering  469 O6/H7 H4 O6/H7 O6/H7  
LM082 B.Sc. Construction Management & Engineering 368 O6/H7 O3/H7 O6/H7 O4/H7  
LM093 B.Sc. Equine Science  338 O6/H7 F6/O6/H7 O6/H7 H4  
LM097 B.Sc. (Education) in Mathematics and Computer Science New O6/H7 H4 O6/H7 N/A Garda Vetting
LM099 B.Arch. Architecture  418 O6/H7 F6/O6/H7 O6/H7 N/A Portfolio Required
LM115 B.E. Chemical and Biochemical Engineering 456 O6/H7 H4 O6/H7 O6/H7  
LM116 B.E. Engineering (Biomedical or Civil or Design & Manufacture or Mechanical) 434 O6/H7 H4 O6/H7 O6/H7  
LM118 B.E. Electronic & Computer Engineering 401 O6/H7 H4 O6/H7 O6/H7  
LM121 B.Sc. Computer Science (Computer Systems or Computer
Games Development or Mobile Communications & Security) 
352 O6/H7 O2/H6 O6/H7 N/A  
LM122 B.Sc. Creative Media and Interaction Design (Digital Media Design or
Music, Media & Performance Technology)
330 O6/H7 O3/H7 O6/H7 N/A  
LM123 B.Sc. Biological and Chemical Sciences (Bioscience or Environmental Science or
Industrial Biochemistry or Pharmaceutical & Industrial Chemistry)
412 O6/H7 O3/H7 O6/H7 H4  
LM124 B.Sc. Mathematics (Mathematics Science or
Mathematics & Physics or Economic & Mathematics)
427 O6/H7 H3 O6/H7 N/A  
LM125 B.Sc. Physics (Applied Physics or Mathematics & Physics) 405 O6/H7 H4 O6/H7 H4  
LM180 Certificate/Diploma Equine Science 337 O6/H7 F6/O6/H7 O6/H7 N/A  

 

 

Full course details can be found in the Undergraduate Prospectus.

Code Course Title Points (2019) English  Maths Second Language Science Other
LM020 B.A. Law & Accounting 436 O6/H7 O4/H7 O6/H7 N/A  
LM050 B.B.S.Business Studies (including Business Studies with French/
German/Japanese/Spanish (Beginners)/Spanish (Advanced))
419 O6/H7 O4/H7 O6/H7 or
H4 for language option
N/A QQI Pathway
LM056 B.A. International Business 511 O6/H7  O4/H7 O6/H7 or
H4 for language option
N/A  
LM063 B.Sc. Technology Management  372 O6/H7 O3/H7 O6/H7 O4/H7  

 

Full course details can be found in the Undergraduate Prospectus.

Code Course Title Points (2019) English  Maths Second Language Science Other
LM026 B.A. Performing Arts 307 O6/H7 F6/O6/H7 O6/H7  N/A Audition and Garda Vetting / QQI Pathway

 

HOW TO APPLY

Leaving Certificate students must apply to the
University of Limerick via the Central Applications Office (CAO)

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