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, Sligo IT, NUI Galway and UL offer a Special Maths exam for prospective engineering students, DIT also offer a Maths exam for students who applied for Engineering courses and the Business Analytics course. CIT and WIT offer a Special Maths exam to students who applied for all courses in the institute.
For more information on these Maths exams and how to register follow the links below:
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 could view your Maths script and appeal the grade. If your grade does not improve then you may have to 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 2017 Leaving Cert and if you are successful in your Maths exam you can use the Maths result from your 2018 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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