Alternative Maths Exams

Two alternative independent mathematics examinations (one set at honours level and one at ordinary level)  will take place in ATU Sligo for applicants who did not get the required results in the Leaving Certificate to satisfy entry requirements on our programmes. 

These exams will take place on Monday 4th September at 10am in room B1201 on the ATU Sligo campusBoth examinations take place on campus in ATU Sligo and are usually 2.5 hours long. 

The purpose of these examinations is to provide applicants with a “second chance” opportunity to achieve the minimum mathematics entry requirements for their chosen ATU Sligo programmes. 

To register your place for either the ordinary level or the honours level exam, contact for more information. We’re also providing resources to help prepare for the exams below – Skip to Resources.


Ordinary Level
To help prepare you for the exam it might be useful to look through past papers of the exam, example of the exam papers are here:
Alternative Maths Exam 2020
Alternative Maths Exam 2019
Alternative Maths Exam 2018

Higher Level
ATU Sligo offers a free online Mathematics Open Course MOOC which provides resources including revision notes and sample papers to help students taking the exam. The course is designed for Honours Level but Ordinary Level are very welcome to join.
To Access the Open Course:
1. Register Here:
2. Once Registered, Enrol Here: (the enrolment key is civil2017)

Free Grinds & Support

Two of our IT Sligo Electronics lecturers, Eva Murphy and Seán Mullery have produced a Free Maths Grinds YouTube channel. This is for Leaving Cert Higher and Ordinary and Junior Cert Higher and saved by topic to help you find the area you struggle with.

Maths is a subject that many students can struggle with. That is why, at ATU Sligo, we have established the Maths Support Centre. This innovative and friendly centre offers the supports many students need. Services include consultations, tutorials, computer-based tutorials and access to relevant text materials. Our students can even submit maths problems for correction. Students can access these facilities on a one-to-one basis, as a small group or online. This service is FREE to our students in ATU Sligo.