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Leaving Certificate Applicants

Leaving Certificate applicants applying for a first-year, full-time undergraduate course at DkIT must apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO).

The standard closing date for applications is 1st February in the year of entry and 1st May is the closing date for late applications. For further details please our CAO information page.

See CAO Process Information

Minimum Entry Requirements

Details of the standard minimum entry requirement for first-year admission to Level 7 and Level 8 courses at DkIT.

Entry requirements will vary depending on your chosen course, please refer to the individual course page for detailed entry requirements. Search Undergraduate Courses

Level 7 Degree Programmes

Level 8 (Honours) Degree Programmes

Six Grades at O6 or H7 in Leaving Certificate

  • INCLUDING At least one H5 Grade, OR Minimum Points Score of 200
  • AND Mathematics Grade F2, O6 or H7
  • AND English Grade O6 or H7 OR Irish Grade O6 or H7

Six Grades at O6 or H7 in Leaving Certificate 

  • INCLUDING At least two H5 Grades
  • AND Mathematics Grade O6 or H7
  • AND English Grade O6 or H7 OR Irish Grade O6 or H7


Understanding the CAO Points System

Bonus Points for Honours Mathematics

A bonus of 25 points will be allocated to students who achieve a grade H6 or above in higher level mathematics in the Irish Leaving Certificate examination. This means that the maximum cumulative Leaving Certificate points total is 625. Bonus points will be awarded irrespective of the year in which the examinations were taken. The bonus points will only be relevant in cases where the higher level mathematics subject (including bonus points) is scored as one of the candidate’s six best subjects for point’s purposes. Consequently, if higher level mathematics (cumulative points score) is not among these six subjects, the bonus points will not be included in the total points score.

Results % Range

Leaving Certificate Grade

Higher Maths Points

Other Higher Level Subject Points

New Ordinary Leaving Certificate Grade

Level Subject Points

90 - 100  H1   125   100  01  56
80 < 90  H2  113  88  02  46
70 < 80  H3  102  77  03  37
60 < 70  H4  91  66  04   28
50 < 60  H5  81  56  05  20
40 < 50  H6  71  46  06  12
30 < 40  H7  37  37  07  0
0 < 30  H8  0   0  08  0


Foundation Level Mathematics

Foundation level mathematics will be accepted as a passing subject for Level 7 courses where Leaving Certificate Mathematics is not a specific subject requirement.

Foundation Level Mathematics does not meet the entry requirements for Level 8 courses.

The minimum Level 7 entry requirement in Mathematics is as follows:

  • F2 at Foundation Level
  • Or a O6 at Ordinary Level
  • Or a H7 at Higher Level

Where a grade of F2 or higher is achieved and Foundation Level Mathematics is acceptable for entry to a specific course, the following points scoring system will be used:

Grade   Points 
F1                                                                          20                                                                             
F2                                                                          12                                                                             


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