Entry Requirement Information

Please find entry requirement information by category:


 

Standard Entrance Requirement 

 LEVEL

 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

Level 6               

Higher Certificate Programmes (Level 6)

The standard minimum entry requirement for first year admission to a higher certificate programmes in Dundalk Institute of Technology is:

Five Grades at O6 or H7 in Leaving Certificate

AND Mathematics Grade F2, O6 or H7

AND English Grade O6 or H7

OR Irish Grade O6 or H7

Note: No mathematical requirement for first year admission to Level 6 Culinary Arts (DK650) and Hospitality Studies (DK651). The standard minimum entry requirement is five passes in the Leaving Certificate including Irish or English. 

Level 7                                                         

Ordinary Degree Programmes (Level 7)

The standard minimum entry requirement for first year admission to three-year bachelor ordinary degree, Level 7 programmes in Dundalk Institute of Technology is:

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 

 

Level 8 

Honours Degree Programmes (Level 8)

The standard minimum entry requirement for first year admission to honours degree programmes in Dundalk Institute of Technology is:

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

AND Minimum Points Score of 300.

Note: The 300 points requirement does not apply to the BA (Hons) in Applied Music (DK860).


 

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 

                                                               

Higher  Leaving Certificate Grade

Points for Higher
Level Subjects                               

Points for Higher Level Mathematic

(including 25 bonus points)

Ordinary Leaving     Certificate Grade

 

Points for Ordinary
Level Subjects                                 

90 - 100 H1  100 125  01 56
80 < 90 H2 88 113 02 46
70 < 80 H3 77 102 03 37
60 < 70 H4 66 91 04  28
50 < 60 H5 56 81 05 20
40 < 50 H6 46 71 06 12
30 < 40 H7 33 33 07 0
0 < 30 H8  0 0 08 0

 

Foundation Level Mathematics

Foundation level mathematics will be accepted as a passing subject for Level 6 and Level 7 programmes where Leaving Certificate Mathematics is not a specific subject requirement (See list of programmes on page 49 for exceptions) 

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

The minimum Level 6 and Level 7 entry requirement in Mathematics is as follows: a 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 programme, the following points scoring system will be used:

Grade  Points 
F1                                                                         20                                                                                                                                                     
F2                                                                         12                                                                             

 

Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme Students

Holders of the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP) apply in the normal way through the CAO system. Points are awarded on the same basis as per the leaving certificate. The LCVP subject will be considered as a passing subject provided the student achieves at least a pass grade. This will apply to entry for honours degree (NFQ Level 8), Ordinary Degree (NFQ Level 7) and higher certificate (NFQ Level 6) academic courses.

The following points scoring system will be used:

Grade Points
Pass                                                                    28                                                                                                                                                                      
Merit46
Distinction66

 

Leaving Certificate Applied Programme Students

The Leaving Certificate Applied Programme (LCAP) subjects do not meet the minimum entry requirements for admission to academic courses and are not considered as passing subjects. Holders of the LCAP may wish to undertake a QQIFET course in order to gain eligibility for entry to third-level courses in DkIT.


 

Specific Course Entry Requirements

Programmes with specific Mathematics entry requirements:

 COURSE 
BSc (Hons) in Computing in Games Development (DK820)

Ordinary Level Grade O3

OR

Higher Level Grade H6                                                                                         

NOTE: There is no Mathematics entry requirement for the following programmes

 

NOTE: Applicants are advised that despite the fact that Foundation Level Mathematics may meet the minimum Mathematics requirement for entry into some academic courses, some employers require Ordinary Level Mathematics or higher to meet minimum educational attainment for some positions.

 Programmes with specific English entry requirement:

 COURSE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
BA (Hons) in Film and Television Productio (DK864)Ordinary Level Grade O3 Or Higher Level Grade H6                                      
BA (Hons) in Communications in Creative Media (DK863)                     Ordinary Level Grade O3 Or Higher Level Grade H6
BA (Hons) in Digital Humanities (DK861) Ordinary Level Grade O2 Or Higher Level Grade H6
BA in Theatre and Film Practic (DK770)Ordinary Level Grade O5 Or Higher Level Grade H6 

Programmes have a specific Science entry requirement:

 COURSEENTRY REQUIREMENTS 
BSc (Hons) in Health and Physical Activity (DK880)                                                                                                                                                         Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H6 within a Laboratory Science Subject (Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Physics & Chemistry or Agricultural Science) 
BSc (Hons) in Midwifery (DK877)Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H6 within a Laboratory Science Subject (Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Physics & Chemistry or Agricultural Science) 
BSc (Hons) in Mental Health Nursing (DK874)Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H6 within a Laboratory Science Subject (Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Physics & Chemistry or Agricultural Science)
BSc (Hons) in Intellectual Disability Nursing (DK872)Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H6 within a Laboratory Science Subject (Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Physics & Chemistry or Agricultural Science)
BSc (Hons) in General Nursing (DK870)Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H6 within a Laboratory Science Subject (Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Physics & Chemistry or Agricultural Science)
BSc in Veterinary Nursing (DK784)Grade H5 in Higher Level Biology or Agricultural Science

Programmes that require an audition, test or interview:


QQI-FET Qualifications

QQI-FET level 5 and 6 awards are now made by Quality and Qualications Ireland (QQI) Applicants must have obtained a full QQI-FET Level 5/6 major award with a minimum credit value of 120. A Component Award will not sufice.

  • A full QQI-FET major award normally contains 8 components.
  • A full award may be accumulated over a number of years. In such cases, it is the responsibility of the applicant to apply to QQI-FET for a major award prior to release of QQI-FET results.

The minimum entry requirement for graduates of QQI-FET (Level 5 and 6) awards to:

  • Higher Certifcate (NQAI Level 6) programmes is a full QQI-FET (Level 5 or 6) award;
  • Ab-initio Ordinary Degree (NQAI Level 7) programmes (with the exception of Veterinary Nursing) is a full QQI-FET (Level 5 or 6) award, plus one Distinction or two Merits;
  • Ab-initio Honours Degree (NQAI Level 8) programmes (with the exception of nursing & midwifery programmes) is a full QQI-FET (Level 5 or 6) award including a Distinction grade in at least three modules.

In these three cases, a general speci c requirement for Mathematics or a language will not apply. Notwithstanding the minimum entry requirements listed above, relevant cognate courses and / or specifc pre-requisite QQI-FET modules may be required for some programmes. Furth details can be acquired by contacting the Admissions Office or the ‘QQI- FET Information’ section of the CAO website.

In some programmes, a specific module such as a Mathematics or language module is a mandatory component of the QQI-FET award being presented. This requirement may be waived if the applicant has evidence of equivalent achievement from other examinations (such as previous Leaving Certi cate award). It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide such evidence directly to the Admissions Office. 

QQI-FET has introduced a new awards system known as the Common Awards System, or CAS. All QQI-FET awards are part of CAS since 2014.

Common Awards System (CAS) Scoring

This scoring scheme only applies where all the requirements for the major award are met, i.e. when the named component awards speci ed have been achieved to a minimum of 120 credits.

Each component is given a score based on the credit value of the component and the weighting of the grade achieved.

Most component awards have a credit value of 15 (the possible component credit values are 5, 10, 15, 20 and 30).

The following weightings will apply to the grades achieved: 

  • Pass = 1
  • Merit = 2
  • Distinction = 3

To calculate a component score, multiply the credit value of the component by the weighting for the grade achieved. Add all of the component scores up to a cumulative credit value of 120. When adding up these scores begin with distinctions, then merits, then passes.

Finally, multiply the total by 13 and divide by 12 to give the overall score (maximum 390).*

Further information and examples of the scoring scheme are available on the ‘QQI-FET Information’ section of the CAO website. 

Examples of scoring:

8* Distinctions with a Credit Value of 15 (Distinction Weighting = 3) 

Credit Value  

Weighting 

Component Score 

No. of Modules 

Score

Adjusted Score 

 15  x3 = 45 

x 8 

= 360 x 1.0833* 

390

8* Merits with a Credit Value of 15 (Merit Weighting = 2) 

Credit Value  

Weighting 

Component Score 

No. of Modules 

Score

Adjusted Score 

 15  x2 = 30

x 8 

= 240 x 13 over 12

260 

8* Pass with a Credit Value of 15 (Pass Weighting = 1) 

Credit Value  

Weighting 

Component Score 

No. of Modules 

Score

Adjusted Score 

 15  x1 = 15 

x 8 

= 120 x 13 over 12 

130

QQI-FET Links to Nursing Honours Degree Programmes

The following qualifications meet the general requirements for honours bachelor degree programmes in General Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, Intellectual Disability Nursing, and Midwifery:

Module Code  Title
DCHSN or 5M4349 QQI-FET Level 5 award in Nursing Studies                                                                                                                              
DCHSN or 5M4349Community and Health Services
 DHSXX or 5M4468Healthcare Support

With a minimum of 5 distinctions, including Distinctions in the following modules

 Module Code Title
D20001 or 5N0749Anatomy and Physiology                                                                                                                                       
D20002 or 5N4325Introduction to Nursing Theory & Practice
D20032Human Growth and Development
5N1279 or C20006 or 5N2746Biology

QQI-FET Links to Veterinary Nursing

The following qualifications meet the general requirements for the bachelor degree programme in Veterinary Nursing:

QQI-FET Level 5 award in: Animal Care (CASAC or 5M2768)

With distinctions in Biology (C20006 or 5N2746) and Animal Anatomy & Physiology (C20153 or 5N0750).

Applications must be made through the CAO by the 1st February.

 


For general enquiries relating to DkIT entry requirements, please contact:

Admissions Office

T. +353 (0)429370230

E.  admissions@dkit.ie