Maths is a requirement for the majority of CAO courses. If you failed Maths the first thing you need to do is check the minimum entry requirements for the courses you applied for. You can check this in the college prospectus, on the college website or on www.qualifax.ie Unfortunately if you don’ t meet the entry requirements for a course you will not be offered a place on that course – regardless of the points you achieved.
Is there anything I can do?
If you have achieved the necessary points for a course but did not achieve the Maths requirement, you may be able to avail of a second chance to meet the Maths entry requirements. Please note, your points will not change even if you pass one of these exams.
Maynooth University, DIT, NUI Galway and UL offer a Special Maths exam for prospective engineering students. CIT and WIT offer a Special Maths exam to students who applied for all courses in the institute.
Maynooth University have a Special Maths Exam for students who applied for the Electronic Engineering course. This Maths exam takes place on 21st August. You can attend a tutorial on 20th August to prepare you for the exam. Click here to find out more about this exam and register for it.
Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) also offer a second chance for the students who applied for Engineering courses. Students can register for a 2 day tutorial on 17th and 18th August. The exam will take place on 19th August. Click here for more information and to register.
NUI Galway offer a second chance to meet the Maths requirement to prospective students on the BE programmes in the College of Engineering and Informatics. Click here for more information and to register.
Prospective Science and Engineering students in University Limerick can register for a Maths exam. Click here.
Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) offer a Maths exam to students who applied for any course in CIT and did not meet the Maths requirement. Click here for more information and to register.
Finally Waterford IT offer a Maths exam to students who applied for all courses in WIT who did not meet the maths requirement. Click here for more information and to register.
What Happens Next?
Colleges will inform CAO that you have attained the Maths requirement. If students have achieved the points for the course in the institute you sat the Maths exam in you will be considered for a place on the course in later CAO Round offers.
I didn’t apply for any of these courses – is there anything else I can do?
You can repeat your Maths Leaving Cert. This would involve studying Maths either alone, with the assistance of a tutor, with the assistance of grinds or attend a Maths class. You can reapply through the CAO again next year using the points you achieved in the 2015 Leaving Cert and if you are successful in your Maths exam you can use the Maths result from your 2016 Leaving Cert to meet the Maths entry requirement. Provided you have passed 5 subjects in your Leaving Cert you could consider applying for a place on a PLC course to prepare you for your college course.
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