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CAO Points Concession Sports Scheme

MIC’s CAO Points Concession Sports Scheme is an academic entry scheme for performance athletes applying for a full-time Level 8 Undergraduate programme at MIC Limerick or Thurles. Up to 10 places across all undergraduate programmes will be reserved for outstanding applicants who have achieved a very high level of sporting performance and who are committed to continuing to develop their sporting and academic careers.

How to Apply

Applications for CAO Points Concession Sports Scheme are now closed.

Incoming undergraduate applicants apply for their programme of choice as normal through the CAO. Applicants will then also apply directly to MIC for the scheme(s) via the English application form, or Irish application form, depending on the applicants preference.

  • Deadline for receipt of applications is 1 May (on year of entry).

All Awardees are expected to act as ambassadors for MIC in terms of their participation in their chosen sport or other activities as requested by the College for the duration of the scholarship.

Canvassing will automatically disqualify applicants.

Applicants may apply for both this scholarship scheme and the Elite Sports Scholarships Scheme.

Please refer to MIC Sports Schemes Terms & ConditionsScéimeanna Spóirt Téarmaí agus Coinníollacha before completing the application.

MIC Admissions Office
+353 61 204929 / 204348
MIC Sports Office
+353 61 204375


Successful applicants who meet all the necessary entry requirements and who also meet the sports assessment criteria, may be eligible for a points reduction of up to 40 points below the First Round CAO points cut-off for the programme they have applied for.

To be considered for this entry scheme, applicants must:

  1. Have applied for a programme at MIC through the CAO
  2. Meet the minimum entry requirements of their desired level 8 programme
  3. Come within 40 points of 1st Round CAO points for their nominated programme
  4. Be expected to act as ambassadors for MIC in terms of their participation in their chosen sport or other activities as requested by the College for the duration of the programme by which they entered
  5. Participate in a sport recognised by the Irish Sports Council
  6. Be able to provide evidence that they are competing at the highest available level in their chosen sport and have identifiable potential for further improvement.

The following minimum standards of participation will apply to both this CAO Points Concession Scheme and the Elite Sports Scholarship Scheme:

  • Gaelic Games: Minor County level and capable of competing at a higher age level
  • Hockey: Interprovincial/International representation
  • Athletics: Schools/Celtic Games or Junior international representation
  • Rugby: Schools/age grade international, provincial and/or international representation/provincial academy/Sub-Academy/Overseas or UK equivalent
  • Soccer: Schools/age grade international and/or provincial representation/emerging talent programme/Overseas or UK equivalent
  • Basketball: Super League Level and/or National Junior squad representation
  • Rowing: Junior national representation
  • Other Sports: As defined by the recognised sporting body and evidence of a strong competitive record at the highest level of their chosen sport.
  • How to Apply
  • Criteria