How To Apply And General Admissions Requirements Academic Year 2019/20

Applicants must be 16 years of age or over on 1st January of the year of entry to the course. Applicants for first year admission to IT Tralee must satisfy the relevant minimum entry requirements for their category of application:

CAO APPLICANTS (1st Year)CAO LOGO

The Institute evaluates applications through the CAO system in accordance with the following categories:

Standard Applicants

  • Leaving Certificate
  • Higher Education Links Scheme
  • Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP)
  • Leaving Certificate Applied Programme (LCAP)
  • International students
  • Craft or other qualifications

Apply Directly To CAO: www.cao.ie

Applicants are evaluated on the basis of the national points scheme as detailed in the CAO Website/Handbook.  Points are counted for the six best subjects. Points  are counted from only one sitting of the Leaving Certificate.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Higher Certificate (NFQ Level 6) And Degree (NFQ Level 7)
Applicants must achieve a pass in the Leaving Certificate or equivalent examinations, obtaining a minimum grade O6/H7 in English or Gaeilge, O6/H7 in mathematics or a minimum grade of F2 in foundation level mathematics (in specified courses) and O6/H7 in three other subjects.

Honours Degree (NFQ Level 8)
Applicants must achieve a pass in the Leaving Certificate or equivalent examinations, obtaining two H5 and four O6/H7 grades. Candidates are required to obtain a minimum of O6/H7 in English or Gaeilge and mathematics.

Foundation Level Maths
A minimum grade of F2 in foundation level mathematics fulfils the minimum entry requirements in mathematics for the following programmes:

  • TL605 Higher Certificate in Business Information Management;
  • TL731 Bachelor of Business;
  • TL781 Bachelor of Arts in Social Care;
  • TL780 Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Care and Education;
  • TL782 Bachelor of Arts in Youth and Community Studies with New Media;
  • TL831 Bachelor of Business (Honours);
  • TL881 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Care;
  • TL880 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Early Childhood Care and Education;
  • TL882 Bachelor of Arts (Honours in Youth and Community Studies with New Media.

Note: Maths is not a requirement for the following programmes where the minimum leaving certificate requirement is five leaving certificate O6/H7s or an equivalent qualification (English is a mandatory requirement):

  • TL620 Higher Certificate in Arts in Culinary Arts;
  • TL621 Higher Certificate in Arts in Hotel Operations.

SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS

Course Code

Course Title

General

Maths

English or Irish

TL620

Higher Certificate in Arts in Culinary Arts

 

Not required

O6/H7 English only

TL621

Higher Certificate in Arts in Hospitality Studies

 

Not required

O6/H7 English only

TL890

BSc (Honours) in General Nursing

2H5 and 4O6/H7
+ Lab Science

   

TL891

BSc (Honours) in Mental Health Nursing

2H5 and 4O6/H7
+ Lab Science

   

 TL810

BSc (Honours) in Computing in Computing with Software Development

2H5 and 4O6/H7

O4/H7

 

TL811

BSc (Honours) in Computing with Games Development

2H5 and 4O6/H7

O4/H7

 

TL812

BSc (Honours) in Computing with Media Development

2H5 and 4O6/H7

O4/H7

 

TL815

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computing(degree award options: Software Development or Digital Media or Games Development.

2H5 and 406/H7

O4/H7

 

CAO POINTS SYSTEMS

Leaving Certificate Common Points Scale

The Department of Education and Skills has introduced a new Leaving Certificate grading scale in 2017. The new scale has 8 grades, the highest grade is a Grade 1, the lowest grade a Grade 8. The highest seven grades 1-7 divide the marks range 100% to 30% into seven equal grade bands 10% wide, with a grade 8 being awarded for percentage marks of less than 30%.  The grades at higher level and ordinary level are distinguished by prefixing the grade with H or O respectively, giving H1-H8 at higher level, and O1-O8 at ordinary level:

Grade (%)

Points

Grade (%)

Points

H1 (90-100)

100

 

 

H2 (80<90)

88

 

 

H3 (70<80)

77

   

H4 (60<70)

66

   

 H5 (50<60)

56

O1 (90-100)

56

H6 (40<50)

46

O2 (80<90)

46

H7 (30<40)

37

O3 (70<80)

37

H8 (0<30)

0

O4 (60<70)

28

 

 

O5 (50<60)

20

 

 

O6 (40<50)

12

 

 

O7 (30<40)

0

Common Bonus Points Scale For Higher Level Mathematics

A bonus of 25 points will continue to be awarded to applicants who achieve a grade H6 or above in higher level (HL) mathematics. This means that the maximum cumulative LC points total will increase from 600 to 625 (existing maximum points plus bonus points).

Formula:

  • All students presenting H6 or above in HL mathematics will have 25 points added to their score for mathematics;
  • The six highest subject points scores will then be counted to achieve a cumulative points score, as is normal practice. The bonus points will only be relevant in cases where the subject HL mathematics (including bonus points) is scored as one of the candidate’s six best subjects for points purposes. Consequently, if HL mathematics (cumulative points score) is not among these six subjects, the bonus points will not be included in the total points score. Bonus points will be awarded irrespective of the year in which the examinations were taken.

The new Common Points Scale that has been developed is Non Linear. Under the old system, the points allocated were in increments of 5 points per band. The new Common Points Scale does not have equal divisions between each value on the scale as can be seen from above. This should be kept in mind, if an applicant is working out what the value of their grades may be. The Non Linear scale will also apply to applicants presenting pre-2017 Leaving Certificates (See table below).

Scoring for pre-2017 Leaving Certificate applicants. All of the pre-2017 LC grades from D3- A1 can be mapped directly to a grade on the new grading scale. For example, the existing A2 and B1 grade bands are both collapsed into the new grade 2. This means that for students who sat the Leaving Certificate before 2017, the A2 and B1 grade should both be treated the same as a new grade 2. The points to be awarded from 2017 for pre-2017 Leaving Certificate grades are set out in the tables below. In line with the decision to award points to students who achieve a grade of H7 under the new Leaving Certificate grading scheme, students who achieved an E grade at Higher Level under the earlier grading schemes will from 2017 be awarded points. The pre-2017 E grade band covers from 25–39% and does not map directly onto the new H7 grade band, which covers the range 30-39%. Therefore, the points awarded for a pre-2017 higher level E grade will be less than for a H7 and have been calculated mathematically on the non-linear scale at 33 points.

Pre-2017 Leaving Certificate Grading Scale

New Leaving Certificate Grading Scale

New Points at Higher Level

New Points at Ordinary Level

A1

H1/O1

100

56

A2

H2/O2

88

46

B1

H2/O2

88

46

B2

H3/O3

77

37

B3

H3/O3

77

37

C1

H4/O4

66

28

C2

H4/O4

66

28

C3

H5/O5

56

20

D1

H5/O5

56

20

D2

H6/O6

46

12

D3

H6/O6

46

12

E

 

33

0

 Applicants presenting Leaving Certificate results 1985 to 1991

1985 to 1991 LC Grade

New Points Awarded Higher Level

New Points Awarded Ordinary Level

A

100

56

B

77

37

C

66

28

D

46

12

E

33

0

F

0

0

NG

0

0

SECOND CHANCE MATHEMATICS

IT Tralee Second Chance Mathematics Examination

IT Tralee holds a mathematics examination in August each year for applicants to IT Tralee who fail to meet the required minimum levels of performance in Leaving Certificate mathematics.

A pass in the IT Tralee mathematics examination i.e. 50% will allow an applicant to replace the leaving certificate mathematics requirement of Grade O6/H7 minimum with a grade O6/H7 minimum in another Leaving Certificate subject i.e. applicants must have passed six subjects in the leaving certificate.

The IT Tralee maths examination reflects the actual mathematical requirements of the IT Tralee and is marked in accordance to procedure and criteria set out by IT Tralee. It is only relevant for applicants who have applied to IT Tralee.

This examination does not affect your application for any other course through the CAO system and CAO points are not awarded for this examination.

Attaining a qualifying standard in the IT Tralee mathematics examination does not in itself guarantee a place on any course in IT Tralee. The cut-off points for all courses will still

Minimum IT Tralee
Leaving Certificate
Maths Requirement

Equivalent Requirement in
IT Tralee Maths Examination
2018 onwards:

H7

40% average

O4

60% in Paper 1
or 35% average

O6

40% in Paper 1
or 30% average

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Valerie Moore, Access Officer:
Phone number: 066-7191682

If you require reading support for this assessment OR if you have a learning difference which require reading supports for this assessment please contact the following person for assistance:

Siobhan Mac Garry, Officer for Students with Learning Difference:
Phone Number: 066-7191678