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Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree BA      MI004

Entrance Requirements

All applicants are required to fulfil at time of enrolment the minimum entry requirements of the University of Limerick. These are:

At least Grade C3 in two Higher Level subjects, and

Grade D3 in four Ordinary or Higher Level subjects including Mathematics>; Irish or another language; and English in the Leaving Certificate (or approved equivalent*).

* In terms of Irish examinations the following are accepted as approved equivalents in fulfilling minimum entry requirements for the BA programme:

  • National University of Ireland Matriculation Certificate
  • University of Dublin (TCD) Matriculation Examination
  • Northern Ireland Schools Examination Council GCSE and GCE (Advanced Level)

 Candidates may fulfil minimum and additional entry requirements from more than one sitting of the Leaving Certificate.

 > Foundation Level Mathematics is acceptable in fulfilling minimum entry requirements for the BA only. It is not reckonable for specific subject requirements or points purposes.

Direct entry for mature applicants also applies.

CAO Minimum Entry Points 2015:

335 Points First Round

Places available:  Approximately 300

Special Entry Route for FETAC/NCVA Applicants


Up to 5 places will be available to FETAC/MCVA applicants who have obtained any of the following FETAC Level 5 Certificates:  Media Production, Radio Production, Print Journalism or TV and Film Production.  In order to gain entry, students must gain four distinctions from the following list of modules:


·         Media Analysis E20008

·         Radio Programme Production E20137

·         Music industry Studies E20123

·         TV & Video Production E20149

·         Sound Engineering & Production E20136

·         Image Processing E20131

·         Editing for TV and Film E20151

·         Print Journalism E20013 or Writing Skills for Journalism E20078

·         Legal Studies B20132 or Ethical and Legal Issues in Media N32751 FETAC L6

·         Technical Skills for Journalism E20011 or Research Skills for Journalism E20076


Additionally, students may be required to attend for interview to assess suitability.  As places are limited there is no guarantee that a student gaining four distinctions as above will be admitted.


FETAC/NCVA applicants must apply through the CAO indicating on their application form that they have taken or are taking FETAC/NCVA examinations.


Please note that FETAC is introducing a new Common Awards System in 2012 and that by 2014, every FETAC Award will be part of this system.  Please refer to the FETAC Website, www.fetac.ie or to MIC’s own website for further details, as they become available.


GCSE/GCE Entry Requirements


Full details on GCSE/GCE requirements for entry to the programme are available at http://www.mic.ul.ie/prospectivestudents/Pages/EntryRequirements.aspx.


Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme

Link modules of the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme are accepted by the University and are scored as follows:


Distinction:    70 points

Merit:           50 points

Pass:            30 points



Additional Points Awarded for BA

Students who score Grade D3 or above in the Leaving Certificate Higher Level Paper in Mathematics will qualify for 25 bonus points.



Additional Course Requirements

Specific course entry requirements apply to two major subjects:  Gaeilge and Music. Students should note these requirements in making their selection of subjects.



Ní foláir caighdeán maith Gaeilge a bheith ag gach iarrthóir, Grád C3 sa Ghaeilge i scrúdú na hArdteistiméireachta (Ardleibhéal) de ghnáth nó a chomhionann.

Each applicant must have a good standard of Irish, normally Grade C3 in Irish in the Leaving Certificate (Higher Level) or equivalent.



There is no formal entrance examination for Music but prospective students must have a satisfactory standard of music literacy and the ability to play an instrument and/or sing.  Students must sit a short Entrance Test in Week 1.

Information on the Entrance Test is available on the Department of Music’s page at http://www.mic.ul.ie/academicdepts/music/Pages/requirements.aspx.



Mature Students

Mary Immaculate College is committed to improving access to higher education for adults and we welcome applications to all our undergraduate programmes from mature applicants.

 If you are at least 23 years old on 1 January of the year of entry to College then you are considered a mature student.  Mature students wishing to apply for the BA degree programme at Mary Immaculate College have the following options:-


  • Apply through CAO only
  • Apply directly to the College only
  • Apply through CAO and also directly to the College 

Further information on the application process and requirements for mature applicants can be found at http://www.mic.ul.ie/maturestudents/Pages/MSMI004.aspx.

The College also runs a Foundation Certificate for Mature Learners.  This is an access initiative co-ordinated by the Learner Support Unit in MIC and is designed for mature students who wish to continue their education, with a view to progressing to third level.

Students who are awarded a Foundation Certificate with Merit are granted direct access to the BA Degree Programme in Mary Immaculate College.  Further details on the Foundation Certificate can be found at http://www.mic.ul.ie/maturestudents/Pages/returntolearning.aspx.

Other Routes

Established in 2007, the Downtown Centre is an information, guidance and support centre for adults (aged 18+) who are interested in progressing to higher education within the Mid-West Region. Situated in Limerick City Centre, it is a joint initiative of the Shannon Consortium Partners:

•University of Limerick (UL)

•Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT)

•Mary Immaculate College (MIC)

•The Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT)

The Downtown Centre runs a one year full-time Certificate in General Studies which offers guaranteed progression into 28 undergraduate programmes across the four partner institutions, including the BA in Liberal Arts (MI004).

Further information is available from the Downtown Centre website on www.downtowncentre.ie, by emailing info@downtowncentre.ie or by phoning 061 233701.

Access for Students from Under-represented Groups at Third Level

Mary Immaculate College is committed to a policy of equal opportunity in education and endeavours to achieve equity of access to higher education for students from under-represented groups in third level, including socio-economically disadvantaged students, students with a disability, mature students and members of specific minority groups, including members of the Traveller and refugee communities.

 Further information on the College’s Access Policy and application and entry procedures can be found on the Access and Disability webpage at http://www.mic.ul.ie/adminservices/studentservices/Pages/accessanddisability.aspx.

 * Language Waivers

Please contact the Access/Disability Officer on 061 204927 or email Maura.Moore@mic.ul.ie for information on language exemptions granted in accordance with the DES' Revision of Rule 46, "Rules and programmes for Secondary Schools".  





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