Sunday 22 July 2018

Having another go at maths

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Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

This year's changes to the grading and points scales will offer relief to some students who, previously, would have been excluded from a course because of their maths results.

A student achieving 30-39pc (H7) in higher level maths is now deemed to have the equivalent of an ordinary level O3 and, where an O3 is acceptable, will have met the maths entry requirements for a particular course.

But, there will still be students who have fallen short of the necessary maths grade for their CAO choice and, as usual, a number of colleges are offering another opportunity, through second-chance maths exams taking place over the next week.

In some cases, the exams are geared for entry to a particular course, or courses, but in others it may be for any course in the college.

No extra points are awarded and while achieving the qualifying standard does not necessarily guarantee a candidate a place, it could make the difference - and it does for many students every year.

Anyone interested should contact individual colleges about a possible special exam, and individual requirements, including any fees, but here is a guide:

Cork IT: Tuesday, August 22, with applications opening at 1pm today, for CAO applicants for courses in CIT. There will be two papers, one set at ordinary level, which must be taken by all candidates, and a second one for those requiring a higher level standard.

DIT: Wednesday, August 23 for applicants to DT302 Business Analytics and DT066 Engineering (General Entry). There will also be tutorials next Monday and Tuesday at DIT Kevin Street.

IT Carlow: Thursday, August 24, with tutorials on Wednesday and Thursday. A pass (55pc) will fulfil the maths entry requirement for the CW478 B Eng (honours) in civil engineering.

Maynooth University: Wednesday, August 23 for applicants to electronic engineering, who did not achieve the required H4. It is based only on the content covered by Paper One of the Leaving Cert. There will be a preparatory course next Monday.

NUI Galway: Wednesday, August 23 for applicants to BEng programmes in the College of Engineering and Informatics, who have not achieved a minimum H4. A five-day preparatory course starts tomorrow and continues, including Saturday, to next Tuesday.

UL: Thursday, August 24 for applicants to science and engineering courses. It is based on the Leaving Cert curriculum, at higher and ordinary level.

Waterford IT: Friday, August 25 for entry to any course in the college. This is open to any CAO applicant to WIT, and the paper is based on the Leaving Cert ordinary level syllabus.

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