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B.Ed. Programmes CAO Codes MI005/MI006/MI008  

Entry Requirements for 2018

Prospective mature students should take heart - you will not be alone!

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Application Requirements

  • Mature applicants wishing to apply to Mary Immaculate College for MI005 / 006 and/or MI008 must apply for entry through the CAO www.cao.ie
  • 1st February is the deadline for completed applications. However course choices may be amended up until March 1st.
  • In March those mature applicants meeting the eligibility criteria will receive a supplementaty form and instructions for completing and submitting this Form
    Closing Date for receipt of Completed Supplementary Forms is early 2019.

2019 CAO Dates Mature Applicants
5 Nov 2018 (12:00) CAO online application facility opens
20 Jan (17:15) Apply online by this date to avail of the discounted application fee of €30
1 Feb (17:15) Normal closing date for applications


Academic Requirements

Minimum grades in Leaving Certificate Examination 2019

  • 1 H4 grade in Gaeilge and 2 H5 grades in two other subjects

  • English H7 or O4

  • Maths H7 or O4

  • 1 06/H7 grade in another subject.

Minimum grades in Leaving Certificate Examination 2018 to-date

  • Grade H5 on a higher level paper in not less than three subjects.

  • Grade 06/H7 in three subjects (Higher or Ordinary Level)

  • Applicants must have obtained the following grades, at a minimum, in subjects specified:



Grade H5 Higher Level
English Grade H7 Higher Level
Grade O5 OrdinaryLevel

Grade O6

Grade H7

Ordinary Level

OR Higher Level

Minimum Grades in Leaving Certificate Examination 1992-2016

  • Grade HD1 on a Higher Level Paper in not less than three subjects
  • Grade OD3/HE in three other subjects (Higher and Ordinary level)
  • Applicants must have obtained the following grades, at minimum, in subjects specified:



Grade H D1 Higher Level
English Grade HE Higher Level
Grade OD1 Ordinary Level

Grade OD3

Grade HE

Ordinary Level OR

Higher Level

Minimum Grades in Leaving Certificate Examination 1969 - 1992

  • Grade C on a Higher Level paper in not less that three subjects
  • Grade D in three other subjects (Per Rules and Programmes for Secondary Schools)
  • Applicants must have obtained the following grades, at minimum, in subjects specified:

 Gaeilge Grade C   Higher Level
 English Grade D

Higher Level   OR

   Grade C Ordinary Level
Mathematics Grade D Ordinary Level OR Higher Level

Accepted Examination Alternatives

A pass in a University First Arts Examination in Irish, English or Mathematics will be accepted in lieu of the Leaving Certificate Examination /GCE/GCSE requirement for that particular subject.

In the case of Irish, a Grade C in the Matriculation Examination (which existed up to 1992) will also be accepted in lieu of the Leaving Certificate Examination/GCE/GCSE requirement.  In addition the Dioplóma sa Gaeilge from NUI Maynooth, the Diploma in Arts (Applied Irish) from University College Cork, the Dioplóma sa Ghaeilge Fheidhmeach from UCD, the Dioplóma sa Ghaeilge, Level C1, NUIG the Dioplóma sa Ghaeilge (An Ghaeilge sa Saol Comhaimseartha), University of Limerick and the Diploma in Irish, University of Ulster, are accepted as satisfying the Leaving Certificate Examination/GCE/GCSE requirement.  In the case of Mathematics only, a pass in that subject in the Matriculation Examination (discontinued) will also be accepted in lieu of the Leaving Certificate Examination/GCSE requirement.

The minimum academic requirements for GCSE and GCE A Level and AS Level Examinations are set out under the Entry Requirements section of this website.

Combination of Leaving Certificate Examination Grades

Mature applicants for MI005/06 and/or MI008 who wish to be considered on the grounds of age and wish to attend for Interview and Oral Irish test, may combine results obtained at the Leaving Certificate  Examination in different years for the purpose of meeting the academic requirements.

Interview and Oral Irish Test

All mature applicants who make an application to the College through the CAO for MI005/006 and/or MI008 and, are meeting the eligibility criteria, will be invited to attend for an interview and an Oral Irish test.

Candidates are awarded a grade for their performance at the interview and an additional grade for the oral Irish test. The combined score determines the candidate's place on the order of merit list. Where places remain unfilled after the list of successful first preference applicants has been exhausted, offers may be made to other applicants in order of preference and in accordance with the order of merit.

Applicants who get a 'fail' grade in either the Interview or oral Irish test will be eliminated from the competition.

Applicants who fail the Interview on two previous occasions are not eligible to re-apply.

 Health Status Information Form

All registered students for the are required to complete a Health Status Information Form.

Garda Vetting

Before a College can complete a student registration, the Colleges require that all incoming teacher education students undergo a process of Garda Vetting in order to establish whether they have any convictions or criminal charges pending.

Offer of Place

Mature applicants who have completed an interview and Oral Irish test will be contacted by the College to indicate whether or not they are being offered a place and all places will be offered by the CAO.


Mature students who have not registered on a college programme within the past 5 years may be eligible for free fees.

Graduates who wish to register on an undergraduate programme as mature students are not eligible for free fees.

Mature students must pay the Student Services Fee and First Year Charges detailed in the Student Charges section of this website.

Additional information on fees is available from the Department of Education and Skills:

Student Support Unit. Tel: 0506-21363


A new online only grant application system is in place. Applications are to be made online through the single awarding authority, Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) at www.studentfinance.ie


Easter Week Commemoration Scholarships, Gaeltacht University Scholarships and Irish Language Third Level Scholarships will be replaced with a new single scheme of bursaries based on merit. Details of the new scheme are available from Higher Education- Equity of Access Unit, Department of Education & Skills, Tullamore, Co. Offaly (Telephone: 057932 5317).

Course and Degree Requirements

  • All the B.Ed. degree course requirements that pertain to students under 23 years of age apply equally to mature students.

Gaeltacht Course

All first year students (under 23 years and mature students) attend a language course in the Gaeltacht following the Spring semester in Year 1 and again in Year 3. 

For additional information contact:

Admissions Office,
Mary Immaculate College,
South Circular Road,
Tel: +353 61 204929 / +353 61 204348
E-mail: admissions@mic.ul.ie



Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road, Limerick, Tel:+35361 204300  V94VN26

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