TU Dublin Undergraduate Students

Entry/Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for consideration for a course an applicant must possess the minimum entry requirements for that course. Entry requirements  are outlined on each course page. 

CAO offers are determined on the basis of examination score except in the case of courses which involve suitability tests, interviews and other assessment procedures. All suitability tests/interviews/auditions/portfolio reviews etc will generally be carried out during the period March - May each year.  

  • Where a specific grade is required in a subject (H4, O3 etc) an applicant must achieve that grade or better in order to be eligible for consideration (H = Higher Level; O = Ordinary Level). Where a requirement is 2 or 3 honours, grade H5 or better on Higher Level Leaving Certificate papers is needed to meet such a requirement.
  • In the case of both Higher and Ordinary Level Leaving Certificate results, grades lower than H7 (Higher) or 06 (Ordinary) are not acceptable for eligibility purposes or for points calculation.
  • For the purpose of meeting minimum entry requirements, results from any number of sittings of the Irish Leaving Certificate Examination may be combined.
  • An applicant’s examination score will be calculated by adding together the points scored in the best six subjects in a single sitting of the Irish Leaving Certificate Examination.
  • Matriculation Examinations will not be accepted either for the purpose of meeting minimum entry requirements or for calculating examination scores.
  • Demand usually exceeds the number of places available and therefore examination results better than the minimum entry requirement are likely to be required.
  • When a number of applicants have the same points score, a random number is attached to the score for each course preference. This will then determine the position of each applicant on the waiting lists for offers.

What is Garda Vetting?

Garda vetting is the process of checking a person’s background to see if there are any issues which would make them unsuitable to work or volunteer in an environment with children and/or vulnerable adults.
The person being vetted (the applicant) gives written authorisation for An Garda Síochána to disclose to TU Dublin details of all prosecutions, successful or not, pending or completed, recorded in the State at the time of application.

Why is Garda Vetting Required?

Garda Vetting is required for students who go on work placement where such activity may bring them into contact with vulnerable adults or children.

Without satisfactory Garda clearance, students may be unable to complete the work placement module or other specific modules and consequently be unable to complete their course or receive an award.

When do I apply?

Once you have registered as a TU Dublin student you can apply for Garda Vetting.

25 bonus points will continue to be awarded for Higher Level Mathematics for H6 grades and above. Bonus points are only counted where that subject is scored as one of the applicant’s best six subjects for points purposes. 

We accept Foundation Level Mathematics for the purposes of entry requirements the case of any course where Higher or Ordinary Level Mathematics is not a requirement.  Please check the course page to ensure you are aware of the individual math requirement.

Points are awarded as follows:- 

  • F1 = 20 points
  • F2 = 12 points 

For the most part the University will not consider Foundation Level Irish for the purposes of entry requirements or for points, however a grade F3 in Foundation level Irish is acceptable for meeting the minimum entry requirements for some Higher Certificate courses.  Students with an F3 in Foundation level Irish must have passed five other subjects with a minimum grade of O6 including Math, students should check on individual course pages to determine if their foundation Irish grade is sufficient.

The Leaving Cert Applied Programme will not meet minimum entry requirements and will not be awarded points.

Some of our courses require that you undertake a suitablity test, assessment, interview, audition or submit a portfolio.  This is a vital part of the application process and allows us to determine your suitability for the course.  If you do not submit a portfolio, do not attend a test/audition/interview or do not meet the required standard, your application will lapse and you will not be considered further for the programme in question. All assessments will generally take place during the period March - May each year.

This table shows the maximum points allocated for assessment procedures. The points achieved by applicants who are successful in any of these assessments will be added to their Leaving Certificate points score where relevant.

Code Course

Suitability Test



Audition / Interview

Maximum Points




100 (incl Portfolio)





Interior Design *







Design - Visual Communication *







Fine Art *







Photography *







Visual Merchandising & Display *







Music *







Commercial Modern Music#







Drama (Performance) *






*Restricted Programme = You must have applied to CAO by 1st February at 5.15pm if you wish to apply for a restricted programme.  

# Applicants welcome to make a late application by 1st May at 5.15pm or use CAO Change of Mind before 1st July at 5.15pm 

Failure to submit a portfolio or to attend a test/audition/interview or failure to meet the required standard will result in an application for the programme involved lapsing and the candidate not being considered further for the programme in question. All assessments will generally take place during the period March - May each year.

TU832 (Architecture)

Applicants for the TU832 Architecture course will be required to sit a Suitability Test and Interview with Portfolio as part of the admission process. All applicants will be invited to attend both and will be informed of the day and time in advance of each.

  • Suitability Test: Applicants will be required to undertake a Suitability Test, usually held in April. The test includes assessment in creativity, spatial and verbal reasoning and has been designed to be specific to architecture. See the Entry Processes page on the TU Dublin Architecture website for full details.
  • Interview with Portfolio: Applicants will be required to attend an interview and present a portfolio of their work to a panel lecturing staff. The interview aims to further assess the applicant’s creative abilities together with their understanding of the nature of a career in architecture. It is mandatory that all applicants bring a portfolio to their interview. See the Entry Processes page on the TU Dublin Architecture website for full details.

Sample interview questions

  • When did you first developed an interest in architecture?
  • Do you know what an architect does, in very general terms, and why do you feel you have an aptitude for architecture?
  • Have you read or are you reading any books on architecture?
  • Have you been inspired by the work of any particular architect?
  • Do you have an interest in particular building/place?

TU961 (Commercial Modern Music), TU962 (Drama - Performance) & TU963 (Music) 

All applicants for programmes TU963 (Music), TU961 (Commercial Modern Music) and TU962 (Drama) are required to attend an audition/interview. You will be informed of the day on which you need to attend in advance.

Precise information on dates and times of when to submit a portfolio or to attend a test/audition/interview will be notified directly to each applicant. Due to the large number of applicants and the difficulties in scheduling, applicants should be prepared to attend for assessments at short notice. The Institute cannot make special arrangements for those who do not respond to, or are not available to deal with correspondence in respect of portfolios/tests /auditions or interviews.

TU961 (Commercial Modern Music)

All applicants that applied for TU961 will be called for audition/interview process. Please visit BIMM Dublin website.

TU962 (Drama - Performance)

You will be invited to attend a 3-hour session, where you will be asked to participate in the following:

  • Group workshop:  drama exercises with other applicants, usually involving physical and imaginative exercises
  • Presentation of monologue:  two to three minutes in length from a play of your choice.  We recommend that you choose a piece close to your own experience, age, culture, etc
  • Writing:  you will be given a very short text to read and asked to provide a short written response to a set question
  • Questions:  drama staff will answer any questions you have about the course

We are looking for potential. This means openness, curiosity, a willingness to follow instincts, an ability to make strong creative choices and to connect and share with others.

TU963 (Music) 

Please visit the Conservatoire website for further information on the audition/interview process.

TU975 (Interior Design), TU973 (Design - Visual Communication), TU974 (Fine Art), TU976 (Photography), TU795 (Visual Merchandising & Display)

Further information on portfolio submission (including dates).