Requirements

Applicants must satisfy one of the following general admission requirements.

Leaving Certificate

Requirements for Higher Certificate / L6

  • You must achieve a pass in the Leaving Certificate— 5 grade Ds at Ordinary level including English or Irish and Mathematics.
  • We also accept an E in Higher Level Mathematics, and a B2 or higher in Foundation mathematics, as meeting the mathematics entry requirements.

Requirements for Ordinary Degree / L7

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

Requirements for Honours Degree / L8

  • You must achieve a pass in the Leaving Certificate – a minimum of 4 grade Ds at Ordinary level and 2 Grade C3 at Higher Level. This must include English or Irish and Mathematics.
  • We accept an E 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.

Please note our School of Engineering does not accept Foundation Mathematics for any of its programmes.

  • The Honours Degree in Civil Engineering requires a C3 in Higher Level Mathematics.

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. The above information relates to minimum entry requirements, required to secure an offer of a place on a programme of study.

Any queries to:

Admissions Office
T:
 071 915 5379
F:
 071 916 0475
E:
 admissions@nullitsligo.ie

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

Britain and Northern Ireland Entry Requirements

UK Applicants:

For entry to IT Sligo degree programmes minimum entry requirements and a points system apply.   Applicants must hold GCSE Maths and English at grade C or higher.  The points required for entry to a course are determined by the level of demand on course places.   As a guide, entry to Level 7 will require at least 200 points and entry to Level 8 will require at least 300 points.   Please note that AS subjects are only considered if the subject is not continued to A2.  Applied A Levels (AVCE) are treated in the same was as A Levels.

Points scoring system:

The scoring system for A Levels is as follows:

A Level

CAO Points

 

AS Level

CAO Points  

A*

150

A

65

A

135

B

60

B

120

C

50

C

100

D

35

D

75

E

20

E

40

         

Alternative qualifications for entry to Bachelor Degree Programmes:

IT Sligo accepts BTEC National Award Level 3 and Access Diplomas as alternative qualifications for admission to first year Bachelor Degree (Level 7) programmes.

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.

NEW Award System for Eligible FETAC Applicants

All FETAC awards are part of the Common Awards System, or CAS from 2014.

Scoring System for Eligible FETAC Applicants

A full FETAC Level 5 or 6 major award will have a minimum credit value of 120. Component awards, or achievement of less than 120 credits, do not constitute a full award.

Scoring Process

Each FETAC Level 5 and Level 6 component is scored as follows:

Pass 1.111
Merit 2.222
Distinction 3.333

 

This component score is then multiplied by the individual component credit value to a maximum 120 credits, a total maximum of 400 points.

Components leading to the best 120 credits are scored. See table below.

Grade Score Credits Acheived Credits Counted Points
Distinction 3.333 15 15 50
Distinction 3.333 15 15 50
Distinction 3.333 15 15 50
Distinction 3.333 15 15 50
Distinction 3.333 15 15 50
Distinction 3.333 15 15 50
Merit 2.222 15 15 33.33
Merit 2.222 15 15 33.33
Distinction 3.333 5 n/a n/a
125 120 366.67

 

Some applicants will combine components achieved prior to the introduction of CAS with others which are part of CAS. Level 5 and 6 (NCVA) Certificates, i.e. major awards, achieved before the introduction of CAS are also scored according to the system outlined above.

All FETAC Level 5 and Level 6 awards will be scored using the best 120 credits to deliver a maximum of 400 points regardless of whether they were achieved before or after the introduction of CAS.

National Framework of Qualifications

The National Framework of Qualifications is standardisation of the qualifications system in Ireland. The Framework introduces a system of awards and helps to provide clarity to employers, learners and the public on the system of education and training in Ireland.

The National Framework of Qualifications is a system of 10 levels. Its transparent nature allows learners to compare and contrast qualifications, here in Ireland and Internationally. It assists employers in recognising and understanding the level and standard of qualifications.

The Institute of Technology Sligo offers courses that include each of the levels on the ladder below.The ‘ladder system’ enables students to progress from one qualification to the next level right up to PhD levels depending on academic achievements.

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