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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Another chance to tackle maths

Students may get offers after passing exams

Students may get offers after passing exams
Students may get offers after passing exams

Aoife Walsh

Leaving Certificate maths results can be crucial in determining whether students are offered a place on certain college courses.

A higher level C3 in maths is a common minimum requirement for honours degree engineering programmes, and some other courses as well, while many colleges require new entrants to have at least an ordinary level D3.

Some students will not have achieved what they need in the subject and a number of colleges offer second-chance maths exams, which, every year, lead to offers in a later CAO round for students who are not eligible for a place based on their Leaving Cert maths grade. Away from the pressure of the June exams, students can find that they can do well in these tests.

Changes coming next year to the Leaving Cert grading system and CAO points scale will also see a general increase in the standard required for maths for honours engineering courses from the current HC3 (55pc-59pc) to a new H4 (60-69pc), the equivalent of an existing HC2 (60-64pc)/HC1 (65pc-69pc). Prospective engineering students, who fell short with their maths results, may consider it better to do a "second-chance" exam, than seek to meet the higher requirement next year.

A number of universities and institutes of technology are running such exams over the next week or so. Anyone interested should contact individual colleges about a possible exam and their requirements, including fees, but here is a guide:

Q CORK IT: Exam on Tuesday August 23 for CAO applicants who applied for any courses in the college for which they have not met the minimum requirement in maths. Applications (online only) may be made up until 12 noon on Monday. Paper One is set at ordinary level and is compulsory for all applicants while those who require the equivalent of a minimum higher level C3 must also sit Paper Two.

Q DIT: Competency test for CAO applicants who applied for a DIT Level 8 programme that requires higher level maths will take place on Wednesday August 24 in DIT Aungier Street. Tutorials will take place next Monday and Tuesday to help applicants to prepare for the test. Applications for the test can be submitted online at

Q IT Carlow: Exam on Thursday August 25 exclusively for CAO applicants, for its Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering, who have not met the minimum requirement for a higher level C3. The college will run a preparatory course on Wednesday and on Thursday morning.

Q Maynooth University:

Exam on Tuesday August 23 for prospective electronic engineering students, who have not achieved a higher level C3. It is based on Paper One of the Leaving Cert higher level syllabus. Maynooth is also running a free preparatory course the day before for which separate registration is required.

Q NUI Galway: Exam on Wednesday August 24 for entry to its BE programmes in the College of Engineering and Informatics, for students who have not achieved at least a higher level C3. The college will run a free, five-day preparatory course from tomorrow to Tuesday (Saturday included). Online applications and registration for preparatory course.

Q University of Limerick: Exam on Thursday August 25 for applicants to its Faculty of Science and Engineering who have not achieved the required minimum grade for the course in question, whether at ordinary or higher level.

Q Waterford IT: Exam on Friday August 26 based on the Leaving Certificate ordinary level syllabus, for CAO applicants who have not achieved the required grade for entry to a chosen course at WIT.

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