Undergraduate FAQs

FAQs for Undergraduates


A general rule of thumb is, you can move up the preferences in the next round but you can never move down.


  1. If you have been offered your first CAO choice you will not be offered another one as this is your first choice you cannot go any higher and therefore if you do not accept within the relevant timeframe you are out of the system for this year. 
  2. If you have been offered a lower preference in round 1, i.e. your third choice you will never be offered a programme below your third choice but depending on points changes you may be offered your second or first choice in the 2nd round or subsequent rounds.   For this to happen you can accept your third choice and then wait for the next round/s to see if you have been made a higher offer. 
  3. If you are made a higher offer, you have the option to accept that or to stick with your acceptance.  Please note if you choose to accept your new offer via the CAO system, your previous acceptance goes straight back into the CAO system and is circulated to another student so you effectively lose any right to this once you have accepted your new place.
  4. If you have made a mistake on your CAO form and you meant to put your options in a different order, there is unfortunately nothing we can do to help rectify this and you will be offered based on the preference order you have outlined.
  5. If you have filled out level 8  programmes and level 6/7 programmes you may be offered a level 8 programme and a Level 6/7 at the same time. You choose whichever programme suits you best for example: Mary has been offered her 9th level 8 choice and her 2nd level 7 choice.  She considers her options and decides that she would prefer to take the level 7 programme and perhaps look to progress onto a level 8 programme in the future.  Mary accepts, but she is still hoping that she may be offered a choice at level 8 that is higher than her 9th choice. In round two the points drop slightly and Mary is then offered her 7th level 8 choice which she decides she prefers and so she goes ahead and accepts her 7th level 8 choice which means she gives up her entitlement to her previous level 7 choice and this goes back into the system.

If you are wondering why you may not have been offered a place even though you have met the points requirements for the programme. 

There are two main reasons:

  1. You have not met the minimum entry requirements in terms of subjects needed to progress onto the programme.
  2. The programme was oversubscribed and random selection by the computer system has unfortunately not allocated you a place.
  3. The positioning on your list of choices.

Points may go up or down each year depending based on the popularity of a programme

There is strictly no internal transfers in first year, this means that you should not accept a programme with the inclination that you may move internally during first year.  

Students can avail of the advanced entry system via CAO after first year but there are no guarantees you will be accepted on the programme.

From 2012, Dublin Institute of Technology introduced a bonus scheme for Higher Level Leaving Certificate Mathematics on a pilot basis to run for 4 years.

- 25 points will be added to an applicant’s points score for a passing grade in Higher Level Mathematics.
- A Higher D3 in Mathematics will receive 70 points (45 common scale points + 25 bonus points).
- A Higher A1 in Mathematics will receive 125 points (100 common scale points + 25 bonus points).

The six highest scores in a single sitting of the examination are then added to give an applicant’s total points score. If an applicant presents more than one sitting of the Leaving Certificate, the best six scores in the best single sitting will be counted for points purposes. The maximum cumulative Leaving Certificate points total will increase from 600 to 625. The bonus will apply irrespective of the year in which the examinations were taken.

The bonus points will only be relevant in cases where the Higher Level Mathematics (including the bonus points) is scored as one of the candidate’s six best subjects for points. Therefore, if the Higher Level Mathematics (cumulative points score) is not among these six subjects, the bonus points will not be included in the total points score.

The University will not consider Foundation Level Irish for the purposes of entry requirements or for points.

The University will accept Foundation Level Mathematics for the purposes of entry requirements in the case of any programme where Higher or Ordinary Level Mathematics is not a requirement.
Points will not be awarded.

The University recognises the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP) for admission purposes and results in the Link Modules element of the programme will be considered as follows:

  • Distinction 66 points
  • Merit 46 points
  • Pass 28 points

The Link Modules may be used as one of the six subjects for overall points calculation but will not be considered as a subject for the purposes of minimum entry requirements.

For many of the programmes which specify a pass in five subjects in the Leaving Certificate Examination as the entry requirement, the Senior Trade Certificate of the Department of Education and Science with one endorsement in Mathematics or a science subject will satisfy the minimum entry requirement.

Students holding this Certificate with three endorsements in academic subjects are eligible for consideration for entry into related degree level programmes. Where endorsement subjects are not offered in trade examinations, a pass in an appropriate subject of the Elementary Technological Certificate of the Department of Education and Science is an acceptable equivalent.

Restricted Entry

The reason for the restriction in the case of these programmes is the inclusion of Suitability Tests  or other assessments as part of the selection process. These programmes are marked 'restricted' in the CAO Handbook.

Advanced Entry, Transfer, Deferring, Re-Admission

Advanced Entry is where an applicant has previous work experience and/or educational achievements that are considered directly relevant to the programme they wish to apply for. In such a case, it is possible to gain entry to the second or subsequent year of an Undergraduate programme in TU Dublin.

If you are an existing TU Dublin undergraduate student and wish to transfer into another TU Dublin undergraduate programme, you will not have to complete the CAO Advanced Entry application form.

All existing TU Dublin students who wish to transfer into another TU Dublin undergraduate programme must contact their Head of Programme directly to facilitate the transfer

A facility to defer for one year may be available. For more details click here.

FAQs for Mathematics Competency Test for Level 8 (Honours) Degree Programmes

Level 8 (Honours) degree programmes in TU Dublin require a higher level Leaving Certificate Mathematics grade. The Maths Competency Test is an option available to you to meet the higher level mathematics grade, either in April before the Leaving Certificate examinations or after the Leaving Certificate results are issued in August.

If you have applied through the CAO for entry to Level 8 degree programmes in TU Dublin and are ineligible for consideration due to the minimum entry requirement in Mathematics, then you should take this special exam.

If you missed the minimum entry requirement by either scoring lower the minimum entry requirement or you changed to the Ordinary Level Mathematics paper just prior to sitting the Leaving Certificate Examinations, then you should take this exam.

It is a mathematics exam organised, conducted and examined by TU Dublin.  It is an opportunity for applicants to TU Dublin Level 8 degree programmes to meet the minimum entry requirement in higher level Leaving Certificate Mathematics.

Please check the minimum requirements for your chosen programme. For the following TU Dublin Level 8 degree programmes, the minimum requirement is for higher level Leaving Certificate Mathematics:

  • TU821 Electrical / Electronic Engineering
  • TU823 Manufacturing and Design Engineering
  • TU805 Engineering (General Entry)
  • TU827 Computer and Communications Engineering
  • TU912 Business Analytics 

It will be held twice this year. The first sitting is in April and the second will be in August.

List of permitted and prohibited calculators in TU Dublin Examinations.

Calculators for MCT

  • A recognised form of photo I.D.
  • Pens 
  • Calculator

Maths Tables will be supplied in the exam hall.

For the first sitting in April, the results will be sent to you by email after the completion of the Leaving Certificate exams.

For the second sitting in August, we will endeavour to furnish you with a result (pass / fail) of the exam within one week.

If you have been successful in the MCT, you will become eligible for consideration on the specified Level 8 degree programme(s) in respect of the minimum entry requirement in maths. DIT will inform the CAO directly of your eligibility.

The CAO will allocate places on the programmes according to the points system.

Please note that success in the Special Maths Exam does not automatically guarantee a place on a TU Dublin Level 8 degree programme.