A second chance at maths could open the door to the degree of your dreams
Published 18/08/2014 | 06:00
The Leaving Cert maths grade a student achieves can determine eligibility for entry to a course and some may be concerned they are now ruled out of their preferred choice, or choices.
Some colleges offer a "second chance" exam, providing an alternative opportunity for students to achieve the minimum requirements for a particular course. Every year, these exams lead to students gaining entry to degree programmes.
Maths requirements vary, but, for instance, a minimum higher level B or C grade is necessary for engineering, while students who fail to achieve an ordinary level D will be excluded from many courses.
Away from the pressure of the exam season in June, students can find it easier to deliver a better performance. Each college sets its own exams and, while based on the Leaving Certificate syllabus, the papers and marking will be different. Exam fees may be payable.
Students should check with individual colleges, but this is a guide to what is on offer:
Cork IT: exam takes place Tuesday, August 19, and includes Paper One (Ordinary Level/compulsory for all) and Paper Two (Higher Level).
Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT): is holding an exam for applicants to its Level 8 (honours) engineering programmes, at a similar standard as the Leaving Cert Higher Level. DIT will run tutorials on Monday, August 18 and Tuesday, August 19, ahead of the exam on Wednesday, August 20.
IT Carlow: Department of the Built Environment & Extended Campus will hold an exam on Thursday August 21. A pass of which will fulfill the mathematics entry requirement for the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering.
NUI Galway: College of Engineering and Informatics exam on Wednesday August 20, a pass in which fulfils the maths requirement for its Engineering and IT programmes. A free preparatory course will run for five days from tomorrow to Tuesday, August 19 (including Saturday). Admission to the course is limited to CAO applicants to the NUIG programmes.
NUI Maynooth: exam, on Friday August 22, is for students who wish to undertake a degree in engineering, but don't have the required higher level C3. It is based on the content covered for Leaving Cert Paper One.
University of Limerick: exam on Thursday, August 21, for students who did not achieve the requisite grade in maths for Faculty of Science and Engineering degrees.
Waterford IT: exam on Friday, August 29, based on the Ordinary Level syllabus, for students who applied to the college through the CAO, but did not achieve the required grade in maths, including those who failed. Subject to demand, Waterford College of Further Education will run a revision course from Monday August 25 to Thursday, August 28.