Sunday 21 January 2018

Second-chance maths: Tackling maths the second time

Students offered second chance to achieve grade

A number of colleges run 'second-chance' maths exams. Stock Image: GETTY
A number of colleges run 'second-chance' maths exams. Stock Image: GETTY
Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

A number of colleges run 'second-chance' maths exams to give students who did not achieve the necessary grade in the subject another opportunity to meet the entry requirement for their chosen course.

Changes coming next year to Leaving Cert grading/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 are disappointed with their maths results, may consider it better to do a "second-chance" exam this year, than seek to meet the higher requirement next year.

Anyone interested should contact individual colleges about arrangements and any fees, but here is a guide:

Cork IT: Exam tomorrow 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 today. 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.


DIT: Competency test this Wednesday in DIT Augnier Street for CAO applicants who applied for a DIT Level 8 programme that requires higher level maths . Tutorials taking place today and tomorrow to help applicants to prepare for the test. Applications for the test can be submitted online at


IT Carlow: Exam this Thursday 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.


Maynooth University: Exam tomorrow for prospective electronic engineering students, who have not achieved a higher level C3 , with a free preparatory course today. It is based on Paper One of the Leaving Cert higher level syllabus.


NUI Galway: Exam this Wednesday 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.


University of Limerick: Exam this Thursday 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.


Waterford IT: Exam this Friday 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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