Where a CAO applicant needs to complete Part A of the CAO application only, they are defined as a ‘standard applicant’.
An example of a standard applicant would be a school leaver who has successfully completed the Leaving Certificate examinations in Ireland and wishes to apply for admission to a first year programme in higher education via the CAO using the Leaving Certificate points awarded.
Certificate and Bachelor Degree Programmes – Level 6 and 7
To be eligible for entry to any of the Higher Certificate and Ab-Initio Bachelor Degree programmes you must obtain at least grade D3 in five subjects in the Leaving Certificate at ordinary level including English or Irish and Mathematics. For the purpose of meeting minimum entry requirements only, results from any number of sittings of the Irish Leaving Certificate may be combined, see special Maths requirement for Bachelor Degrees in Engineering.
Results from comparable examinations in other EU Countries are also accepted. Instruction is through English and applicants who do not have Leaving Certificate English will have to provide evidence of equivalent competence. Read more about our Access English test by clicking here.
Bonus Points for Mathematics awarded:
A bonus of 25 points will be allocated to students who achieve a grade D3 or above in higher level mathematics. This means that the maximum cumulative Leaving Certificate points total will increase from 600 to 625 (existing maximum points plus bonus points).
Foundation Level Mathematics
A pass in Foundation Level Mathematics at A2 level or higher will be considered as meeting the minimum entry requirements for courses which currently require a minimum entry level D3 in Ordinary Leaving Certificate Mathematics. Students with Foundation Level Mathematics at A2 level or higher must have passed five other subjects with a minimum grade of OD3. A pass in Foundation Level Mathematics at B3 will be considered as meeting the entry requirements for TA 022 (Hons) Bachelor in Arts – Creative Digital Media.
A Higher Level E may be used to satisfy the entry requirement in Mathematics but will not receive points. Students with a HE in Mathematics must have passed five other subjects with a minimum grade of OD 3. A grade B3 in Foundation Level Irish is acceptable for meeting the minimum entrance requirements for all Higher Certificate Programmes. Students with a B3 in foundation Level Irish must have passed five other subjects with a minimum grade of OD3 including Maths.
Standard Applicants for Honours Degree Programmes – Level 8
These programmes allow for direct Leaving Certificate entry. The minimum entry requirement for an Ab-Initio Level 8 Honours Degree programme is normally Grade C3 in two Higher Level papers, together with Grade D3 in four other subjects of the Leaving Certificate Examinations. Other programme specific admission criteria may also apply. For further details please refer to the programme information.
Foundation Level Mathematics may be used for the purpose of determining Leaving Certificate points and where it is so used the following scale will apply:
A1 A2 B1 B2
20 15 10 5