GC(S)E and other School Leaving Examinations
A combination of Northern Ireland or British GCSE and GCE A-Level and AS Level at certain grades will be considered. See details on CAO Applicant Scoring
Other European Union (EU) School Leaving Examinations
Other European Union (EU) School Leaving examinations will also be considered. These applications are assessed and scored by the Institute.
QQI FET Foundation Certificate and Joint ATU/NUI Galway Foundation Certificates
Students who successfully complete programmes are eligible for admission either through the guaranteed places process or through the mature student process.
Contact the Access Office for more information.
Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP)
The LCVP 'subject' will be considered as a passing subject provided the student achieves a pass grade.
This will apply to entry for Higher Certificate (Level 6), Ordinary Degree (Level 7), and Honours Degree (Level 8) programmes with the exception of nursing degrees.
The 'Link Modules' result is considered and may be used as one of the best six subjects.
Points are awarded on the basis of the classification below:
- Pass - 28 points
- Merit - 46 points
- Distinction - 66 points
Foundation Level Maths
A pass in foundation level mathematics at F2 level or higher will be accepted as meeting the minimum entry requirements for programmes which currently require a minimum entry level of O6 in ordinary Leaving Certificate mathematics, with the exception of engineering (including all programmes at Letterfrack) and nursing. Where foundation level mathematics is accepted as a passing subject, at a minimum F2 grade, the following points scoring system will apply:
- F1 - 20 points
- F2 - 12 points
Note: Applicants are advised that while foundation level mathematics may meet the minimum mathematics requirement for entry to certain academic programmes, some employers require mathematics at ordinary level or higher to meet minimum educational attainment for some positions.
Maths Entry Exam
ATU is running an exam for students who have not achieved the required grade in maths for admission to their chosen course in ATU (excluding courses in Engineering, Nursing and the BEd (Hons) in Design, Graphics and Construction). Further information on this course can be found in the Maths Entry Exam page
Foundation Level Irish
Foundation Level Irish, at minimum F2 level, meets the minimum language requirement for entry to all programmes with the exception of nursing. No CAO points are awarded for Foundation Level Irish.
Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA)
The Leaving Certificate Applied does not meet the minimum entry requirements to Institute programmes. Holders of the LCA may gain entry following completion of a FETAC Level 5/6 Award.
Advanced Craft Certificate (QQI FET Award Level 6)
The Advanced Craft Certificate qualifies applicants for entry to Year 1 of Level 6, Level 7 or Level 8 programmes (HETAC) or for entry to year 2 of linked/cognate programmes (e.g. electrical to electronic or energy engineering) either direct or after completion of a short bridging programme especially in Mathematics.
Apprentices who have successfully completed phase 6 of the craft apprenticeship (Advanced Craft Certificate), will be deemed eligible to meet the minimum entry requirements to all programmes in ATU