How to Make an Application

Applications by Irish and other EU students for full-time undergraduate degree courses are made to:

Central Applications Office (CAO),
Tower House,
Eglinton Street,
Tel: +353 91 509800

Non-EU students (international students) apply directly to Shannon College and NOT through CAO. For more information, please refer to the How to Apply - Undergraduate Applications page.

CAO Course Codes and Requirements

Course Code

Course Title

Minimum Requirements

Cut-off Points in 2022


Bachelor of Business Studies in International Hotel Management

2H5 and 4O6/H7
Including English, Irish, Maths and a third language

(including interview points)


Bachelor of Commerce in International Hotel Management

2H5 and 4O6/H7
Including English, Irish, Maths and a third language

(including interview points)

Applications must arrive in CAO not later than 1st February. Late applications must arrive in CAO not later than 1st May. A change of mind option is available to CAO applicants until July 1st. Please refer to the CAO Handbook/website for full details of application dates and procedure.


Link Modules (LCVP)

The Link Modules results will be considered as a composite subject and may be used as being among the six best subjects for the calculation of points. The Link Module does not count as satisfying one of the six minimum entry subject requirements.

Points will be awarded as follows:
Pass 28
Merit 46
Distinction 66


Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA) and Foundation Subjects

Leaving Certificate Applied and Foundation Level Mathematics are not accepted by Shannon College as meeting the minimum entry requirements.

Interview Details

All applicants must attend an entrance interview, for which up to 300 points may be awarded.

Shannon College will contact all students directly by post after CAO closing dates to arrange their interview. Please notify Shannon College’s Admissions Office if you do not receive correspondence from the college shortly after the CAO closing date.

For further information on the entrance interview, please visit the Interview Details page: 


Students must normally have reached the age of 17 by the 15th of January following year of entry. For 2023 entry, students must have reached the age or 17 by the 15th of January 2023.

Mature Students

Shannon College reserves places on the BBS (GY261) for mature students. Applicants must be over 23 years of age by January 1st on year of entry to qualify as a mature student. Mature student applications must also be made through the CAO.


Shannon College accepts NUI exemptions for any of the minimum entry subject requirements.

Find Out More

Ms. Joan Markham, Admissions Officer, Shannon College
Tel: 091 497212

CAO Deadlines

For further information regarding CAO application deadlines, click here. 



Additional Information

FETAC Level 5 Award Holders

Places are reserved on the Bachelor of Business Studies degree (GY261) for FETAC Level 5 award holders. Applicants must obtain, in one sitting, a minimum of five distinctions and three passes from the eight modules in their award to be eligible to apply for a reserved place. A major award must be achieved. Component certificates do not sufice. Students must hold a minimum Grade of O6 in Leaving Certificate Mathematics or pass the Mathematics Module (5N1833/C20139) as part of their FETAC award.  Applications must be made through CAO. Shannon College recognises the following 32 full FETAC Level 5 Certificates for NUI matriculation purposes:

5M1940                 Computer Aided Design

5M0828                 eBusiness

5M2208                 Design

5M3114                 General Studies

5M2012                 Furniture Design & Making

5M2067                 Information Processing

5M2468                 Business Administration

5M3789                 Legal Studies

5M2111                 International Trade

5M2069                 Marketing 

5M1997                 Office Administration

5M2105                 Retail Practice

5M2102                 Business Studies

5M5267                 Food Science

5M2071                 Contract Centre Operations

5M3807                 Laboratory Techniques

5M2061                 Engineering Technology

5M5010                 Construction Technology

5M2145                 Motor Technology

5M2109                 Security Systems Technology

5M2110                 Security Studies

5M4349                 Nursing Studies

5M4468                 Community Health Services

5M2083                 Hospitality Operations

5M5011                 Tourism with Business

 5M2154                 Cultural & Heritage Studies

5M2181                 Applied Social Studies

5M2073                 Language and European Studies

5M2149                 Sound Production

5M2146                 Multimedia Production

5M0529                 Software Development

5M0536                 Computer Systems & Networks

5M5165                 Trade Union Studies 


Find Out More

Ms. Joan Markham, Admissions Officer, Shannon College
Tel: 091 497212

HETAC Level 6 Award Holders

Places are reserved on the BBS (GY261) for holders of HETAC Higher Certificates (Level 6 HC).  Applications must be made through CAO.

Find Out More

Ms. Joan Markham, Admissions Officer, Shannon College
Tel: 091 497212

GCE A Levels/GCSE Award Holders

To matriculate students presenting GCE  A Levels and GCSE examinations must obtain a pass in at least six subjects including English, Maths and another language, and must also obtain the following:

Minimum Grade C at Advanced Level in two recognised subjects (Grade C with Grade E or Grade B with D, are considered equivalent of two Grade C's) and a minimum of Grade C in Four other reconnised subjects.

For a list of subjects recognised by the National University of Ireland (NUI), please CLICK HERE for the link to the NUI website.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Holders

Candidates must pass six subjects, three at Higher Level and three at Subsidiary Level. 

Other Academic Qualifications

Candidates who wish to present other qualifications to gain admittance to Shannon College should contact the Admissions Office directly to discuss minimum entry requirements. Please note that candidates must satisfy the matriculation regulations of the National University of Ireland (NUI)

Bonus Points for HL Math’s

Who will receive bonus CAO points for math’s?

A bonus of 25 points will be allocated to students who achieve a grade H6 or above in mathematics in the Leaving Certificate. The means that the maximum cumulative LC points total will increase from 600 to 625 (existing maximum points plus bonus points).

How will the points be added?

All students presenting a H6 or above in mathematics will have 25 points added to their score for mathematics. The six highest subject points scores will then be counted to achieve a cumulative points score, as is normal practice.

What if maths is not one of my six best subjects?

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

What if  am applying to Shannon College with school leaving exams from another EU country?

All EU students applying through the CAO with a clear equivalent to HL Mathematics as one of their EU school leaving subjects will be awarded bonus points.

Deferred Entry

If an applicant is offered a place on a course through the CAO, it is possible to defer entry for one year. Applicants who wish to defershould log onto the the following linkfor full information:


Find Out More

Ms. Joan Markham,
Admissions Officer, Shannon College
Tel: 091 497212