Entry Requirements for NI/UK Applicants

DkIT recognises Standard A Levels, Applied A Levels, BTECs and OCR Cambridge Technical qualifications, or a combination of all four. See below for full breakdown of entry requirements for Northern Ireland/UK applicants.

Some courses have additional specific entry requirements.

Level 6/7 Matriculation

To be eligible for Level 6 and 7 courses, applicants must meet the matriculation requirement of 5 different subjects which must include:
  • Mathematics at GCSE (Grade A* - C or better) 
  • English (or Irish) at GCSE (Grade A* - C or better)  
  • One subject at:
      • ‘A Level’ (Grade A* - C or better)  
      • OR Applied A-Level (Grade A* - E)
      • OR BTEC National Level 3 (National Award, Subsidiary Diploma, Extended Certificate, 90-Credit Diploma, Foundation Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma) (Pass, Merit or Distinction).
      • OR OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 (Introductory Diploma, Extended Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma, Foundation Diploma, 90-Credit Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma) (Pass, Merit or Distinction).
  • The remaining subjects must be different from those listed above and may be drawn from recognised subjects at:
      • GCSE (Grade A* - C)
      • AND/OR 'AS Level’ (Grades A - E)
      • AND/OR ‘A-level’ (Grades A* - E)
      • AND/OR Applied ‘A-level’ (Grade A* - E)
      • AND/OR BTEC National Level 3 (National Award, Subsidiary Diploma, Extended Certificate, 90-Credit Diploma, Foundation Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma*) (Pass, Merit or Distinction).
      • AND/OR OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 (Introductory Diploma, Extended Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma, Foundation Diploma, 90-Credit Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma*) (Pass, Merit or Distinction).

*Some courses may require the BTEC Extended Diploma or Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma to be in a cognate area to meet the entry requirements – details are available from the Admissions Office.


Level 8 Matriculation

To be eligible for Level 8 courses, applicants must meet the matriculation requirement of 6 different subjects which must include: 
  • Mathematics at GCSE (Grade A* - C) or better
  • English (or Irish) at GCSE (Grade A* - C) or better
  • Two subjects at either:
    • ‘A Level’ (Grade A* - C)
    • AND/OR Applied A-Level (Grade A* - C)
    • AND/OR BTEC National Level 3 (National Award, Subsidiary Diploma, Extended Certificate, 90-Credit Diploma, Foundation Diploma) (Grade Merit or Distinction).
    • AND/OR OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 (Introductory Diploma, Extended Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma, Foundation Diploma, 90-Credit Diploma) (Grade Merit or Distinction)
    • OR BTEC National Level 3 Diploma (Grade min: MM)
    • OR OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Diploma (Grade min: MM)
    • OR BTEC National Level 3 Extended Diploma (Grade min: MMP)
  • The remaining subjects must be different from that presented above and may be drawn from recognised subjects at:
    • GCSE (Grade A* - C)
    • AND/OR AS Level’ (Grades A - E)
    • AND/OR A-level’ (Grades A* - E)
    • AND/OR Applied ‘A-level’ (Grade A* - E)
    • AND/OR BTEC National Level 3 (National Award, Subsidiary Diploma, Extended Certificate, 90-Credit Diploma, Foundation Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma*) (Pass, Merit or Distinction).
    • AND/OR OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 (Introductory Diploma, Extended Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma, Foundation Diploma, 90-Credit Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma*) (Pass, Merit or Distinction).

*Some courses may require the BTEC Extended Diploma or Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma to be in a cognate area to meet the entry requirements – details are available from the Admissions Office.


Scoring

Note: The following criteria and scoring is applicable to Dundalk Institute of Technology. Other colleges may use a different scoring scheme.

Summary of Recent Changes

  1. DKIT now regard Applied A Levels in the same manner as Standard A Levels.
  2. BTEC Nationals at Level 3 are now considered for entry requirements to our Level 8 programmes (previously for Level 6 and 7 programmes only).
  3. Students taking A Levels, Applied A Levels and BTEC Nationals at Level 3 may combine all 3 for scoring purposes (subject to limits below).

A-Levels & AS Levels

  • Generally, all subjects carry equal points, and points for A-Level (or equivalent Level 3) grades must be obtained at one sitting.
  • AS-Levels must be in different subjects to those taken at A-Level and may be carried over from a previous sitting.
  • A Maximum of 4 subjects will be graded (maximum of three A-Levels plus one AS-Level).
  • Where four A-Levels are presented from the same sitting, the best three A-Levels will be scored and the fourth A-Level will be scored as an AS-Level.
A-Level 

CAO Points Equivalent 

AS-Level  CAO Points Equivalent 
A*  175    
 165 A  75
 140  65
 120  50
 100  35
 50  20

*NOTE: A-Level Mathematics - a bonus of 25 points will be awarded to students who achieve a Grade E or better. This will apply to only ONE Mathematics subject from Mathematics, Further Mathematics or Pure Mathematics, where that subject is one of the three A-Levels being counted for point’s purpose.

BTEC:

  • Extended Diploma (18 modules) is equivalent 3 A-Levels Max Score: 495
  • Diploma (12 modules) is equivalent 2 A-Levels Max Score: 330
  • 90-Credit Diploma/Foundation Diploma (9 modules) is equivalent 1 ½ A-Levels Max Score: 247.5
  • Subsidiary Diploma/Nat. Award/Extended Certificate (6modules) is equivalent 1 A-Level Max Score: 165

Score per module:

  • Distinction: 27.5 points
  • Merit: 18.33 points
  • Pass: 9.17 points

Specific Course Entry Requirements:

Find out more information on the Specific Course Entry Requirements for Leaving Certificate Students and Northern Ireland/UK Students for applying to study at DkIT.

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Questions about Entry Requirements?

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