Entry Requirements

Entry requirements are a guideline of the recommended academic ability we expect you to have. There are a number of different ways to satisfy the entry requirements for IT Sligo. The most common method is through the Irish Leaving Certificate examination. However, a candidate can also satisfy the entry requirements by having other school leaving qualifications, such as GCE A-Levels, BTEC, FETAC qualifications, or, on the grounds of being a mature student.

Generally, applicants must satisfy one of the following general entry requirements.

Leaving Certificate
GCE A Levels and BTEC qualifications
Fetac Qualifications
Mature Applicants

Please also note the exceptions to the general entry requirements below.

Leaving Certificate

From 2017, the new common points scale (see also Transition FAQ’s for 2016) for entry into higher education will apply.   All students applying through the CAO for entry on the basis of a Leaving Certificate will be awarded points under the new scale no matter when they sat the Leaving Certificate.

Download Leaving Certificate and QQI FET Entry requirements 2017

Requirements for Higher Certificate (Level 6)

  • You must achieve a pass in the Leaving Certificate— 5 grade O6/H7 including English or Irish and Mathematics.
  • We also accept a H6 or above in Higher Level Mathematics, and a B2 or higher in Foundation Mathematics, as meeting the mathematics entry requirements.

Requirements for Ordinary Degree (Level 7)

  • As above, and in addition we require a minimum of 140 points for entry to all level 7 programmes.

Requirements for Honours Degree (Level 8)

  • The requirement for entry to one of our Level 8 programmes is a minimum of 4 grade O6 and 2 Grade H5. This must include English or Irish and Mathematics.
  • We accept a H6 and above in (Higher Level) Mathematics, and also a B2 or higher in Foundation mathematics, as meeting the mathematics entry requirements.
  • We require a minimum of 140 points for all Level 8 programmes.

The Assessment Process

The assessment process is a two-step process.  To be eligible for an offer, you must first meet the minimum entry requirements set out above. Secondly, you must meet the CAO points requirements for the programme.  Points are largely determined by the volume of applications received and the number of places available. For the purpose of calculating points, all subjects must be obtained at one sitting. However, for the purpose of meeting the entry requirements, more than one sitting may be considered.  Download the CAO points calculator.

GCE A Levels and BTEC qualifications

The entry process is a two-step process.  Firstly, a candidate must meet the minimum entry requirements and secondly, a points system applies.

Applied A Levels (AVCE) are treated in the same was as A Levels.

Minimum entry requirements Level 6 and Level 7 programmes

An applicant must meet the minimum entry  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* – E)
    or
    Applied A-Level (Grade A* – E)
    or
    BTEC National Level 3 (Subsidiary Diploma, 90-Credit Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma – Pass, Merit or Distinction).
    or
    OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 (Subsidiary Diploma, 90-Credit Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma – Pass, Merit or Distinction).

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 (Subsidiary Diploma, 90-Credit Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma – Pass, Merit or Distinction).
and/or
OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 (Subsidiary Diploma, 90-Credit Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma – Pass, Merit or Distinction).

Minimum entry requirements Level 8

An applicant must meet the minimum entry 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

Either:

Two subjects at either:
A Level (Grade A* – C)
and/or
Applied A-Level (Grade A* – C)
and/or
BTEC National Level 3 (Subsidiary Diploma, 90-Credit Diploma – Pass, Merit or Distinction).
and/or
OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 (Subsidiary Diploma, 90-Credit Diploma – Pass,  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 (Subsidiary Diploma, 90-Credit Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma – Pass, Merit or Distinction).
and/or
OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 (Subsidiary Diploma, 90-Credit Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma – Pass, Merit or Distinction).

Points scoring system for A Levels:

The scoring system for A Levels is as follows:

Grade A-Level All AS Levels

(& 4th A-level where presented )

A* 180 60†
A 150 60
B 130 55
C 100 40
D 65 25
E 45 20

†Applies to A-level only

FETAC Qualifications

The minimum entry requirements for graduates of FETAC (Level 5 or 6) awards to :

  • Higher Certificate Course (NFQ level 6) is a full FETAC (Level 5 or 6) award.
    Ordinary Degree Course (NFQ level 7) is a full FETAC (Level 5 or 6) award.
    Honours Degree Course (NFQ level 8) is a full FETAC (Level 5 or 6) award , including Distinction grades in at least three components.

For entry to the majority of courses a full award may be accumulated over more than one academic year. In such cases it is the responsibility of the applicant to apply to FETAC for a full award. However, for entry to certain courses an award achieved in a single sitting may be required.

Also, for some courses, specific component awards in mathematics must be included in the FETAC award presented for entry.

Download the scoring system for eligible FETAC applicants

Mature Applicants

IT Sligo recognises that mature students can bring a lot of valuable life and work experience to a course. From your perspective, adding a qualification to your experience can help you in your current career. Even a complete career change is an option – the days of people following one career path and staying with one employer are long gone, and it’s not unusual for people to pursue a new qualification or career change later in life. For example, you might now be at a stage when you have a clearer idea of what you want to do than when you first left school. Whatever your current situation and future aims, it’s never too late to benefit from a third level education. For qualification as a mature applicant you are required to be over 23 on 01 January of the calendar year of application.   Mature students apply through the CAO by completing the relevant sections on the CAO form.  Interviews normally take place in the Spring to assess a candidates suitability and preparedness to undertake a higher education programme.

English Proficiency

All lectures, tutorials and practical work are delivered through English. It is vitally important that students who are not native English speakers have the required standard on entry to ensure they gain maximum value from their time at IT Sligo. The required minimum proficiency score in English required for entry to IT Sligo is:

ENGLISH                                     UNDERGRADUATE                                                        POSTGRADUATE

IELTS                                            5.5                                                                                  6.0

TOEFL Paper                              513                                                                                 550

TOEFL IBT                                   65                                                                                    80

TOEFL CBT                                  183                                                                                  210

TOEIC                                           605                                                                                780

Cambridge Exam                       FCE                                                                                FCE

ETAPP                                         B+                                                                                   C1

Exceptions to the Mathematics Requirements

Please note the exceptions below to the general mathematics entry requirements. Foundation Mathematics is not accepted for entry to any of the Engineering courses, except Advanced Wood and Sustainable Building Technology SG332, Computing SG246, Web Development & Creative Media SG538, Computing – Systems & Networking SG137, Computing – Software Development SG136, Computing Games Development SG131, Interior Architecture & Design SG331, Civil Engineering (HC) SG301.

The Level 8 Honours Degree in Civil Engineering requires a H5 in Mathematics.

COURSES WHICH DO NOT REQUIRE MATHEMATICS FOR ENTRY:

  • Fine Art SG231
  • Creative Design SG232 and SG245
  • Social Care Practice SG243
  • Performing Arts SG241
  • Early Childhood Care and Education SG242
  • Office Administration SG105.

NOTE
Some programmes may also have specific entry requirements and these will be detailed under each programme entry.

2017/18 Prospectus

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