University of Galway welcomes applications for full-time undergraduate degree courses from students taking GCE exams in the UK or Northern Ireland.

Application Process:
Applications should be made to the Central Applications Office (CAO). Students are encouraged to read the CAO Handbook which provides great detail on the application process. The CAO also provides a suite of helpful video guidesexplaining the application process.

Entry Requirements:
Please see our A Level Quick Guide which provides the minimum entry requirements for each of our undergraduate programmes offered through the CAO.

It is also important to check that your GCE subjects are recognised for the purposes of meeting the entry requirements. Please consult this guide by the National University of Ireland to check the recognised subjects:  A-level Recognised Subjects


A Level to Leaving Cert Equivalencies:
For entry in September 2024 onwards, there have been updates made to the A Level to Leaving Cert Grade Conversion Table:

GCE/LC Points Equivalence 2024
This table was updated in December 2023 to reflect approved changes for 2024 intake.

Grade

A-Levels

4th A/EP/AS

A*

192

24

A

173

24

B

154

20

C

137

18

D

126

16

E

116

14

Some highlights of the arrangements are:

  • It will no longer be necessary to take 4 A-levels (one of which must be Maths) in order to achieve maximum points (625) under the Republic’s system for third level entry – the Central Applications Office (CAO).
  • Students can use their best 3 A-levels, along with 4th A-level or an Extended Project or an AS subject. This will mean that applicants can attain a score of 600 points with 3 A-levels and 1 AS, and 625 points if one of the A Levels is Maths
  • NI students will also be considered for a place in an Irish university by applying with 2 A-levels and 1 or 2 AS levels.

FAQs

Is there a minimum age requirement? 

Students must normally have attained the age of seventeen years by 15 January following entry: e.g. for entry in 2024, date of birth must be on or before 15 January 2008. Where a student below that age seeks to enter the University, special application must be made to the President of the University. 

Is the Irish language required for entry to University of Galway Degree Programmes? 

Generally speaking, Irish is a standard subject requirement for matriculation for applicants with the Irish Leaving Certificate. However, if you were born outside the Republic of Ireland, you do not require Irish as a subject for entry to University of Galway. Candidates from Northern Ireland and Great Britain presenting GCE/GCSE qualifications will automatically be granted exemption from Irish and are not required to apply to the NUI for exemption. A-level applicant happens to have Irish as a subject, they can use it to satisfy the 2nd language requirement.

Where can I find information on how to apply for an exemption? 

This information is available by contacting NUI, 49 Merrion Square, Dublin 2 (Tel: 01 4392424) or NUI website