Course Details - Entry Requirements

Trinity College Dublin

Irish - Early & Modern Irish

Course Name Irish - Early & Modern Irish
Course Provider Trinity College Dublin
Course Code TR022
Minimum Subjects 3 H5 & 3 O6
Leaving Certificate Entry Requirements Specific Subjects Required
H4 Irish

Admission Requirements 2018

To qualify for admission to an honours degree course at the University you must:

1 meet the minimum entry requirements (see below).

2 satisfy course specific requirements (where applicable), see above.

3 where there is competition for places, have good enough examination results to be included among those to whom offers are made.

Minimum entry points for recent years are available at:

Also see ‘Other Requirements’ below.

Note: An Irish language Admission Requirements Summary brochure is available from:

Minimum Entry Requirements: Irish Leaving Certificate

To be considered for admission to a degree course at the University you must:

Present six subjects, three of which must be at grade 5 or above on higher Leaving Certificate papers or at least grade 5 in the University matriculation examination.

The six subjects above must include:

A pass in English.

A pass in mathematics (or foundation-level mathematics (see note 2)) and a pass in a language other than English
A pass in Latin and a pass in a subject other than a language.

1 A pass means grade O6/H7 or above in the Leaving Certificate and grade 7 or above in the University matriculation examination.

2 Mathematics at foundation-level is acceptable for minimum entry requirements only, for all courses except nursing or midwifery courses. Irish at foundation-level is not acceptable for minimum entry requirements, course requirements or for scoring purposes.

3 Students may combine grades achieved in different sittings of their Leaving Certificate/Matriculation examinations for the purpose of satisfying minimum entry and/or course requirements, but not for the purposes of scoring. This is not permitted for Medicine.

4 Combinations of Leaving Certificate subjects not permitted:

Physics/chemistry may not be presented with physics or chemistry.

Biology and agricultural science may not be presented as two of the six subjects required for minimum entry requirements, and they may not be presented together to satisfy course specific requirements. However, both may be used for scoring purposes.

Art and music may not be offered as two of the three higher Leaving Certificate grades for minimum entry requirements, but both may be used for scoring purposes.

Bonus Points for Higher Level Mathematics
All students presenting H6 or above in higher level mathematics will have 25 points added to their score for mathematics. The bonus points will only be relevant where mathematics is scored as one of a student’s six best subjects for points purposes.

An applicant’s six best results from one sitting of the Leaving Certificate will be counted for scoring purposes. Applicants may combine results from the Leaving Certificate and the Trinity matriculation examination of the same year for scoring purposes.

University Matriculation Examination
A matriculation examination, graded in equivalent terms to grades used in higher Leaving Certificate examination papers, is held in Trinity every year, usually in April. The subjects of the matriculation examination are Biblical Studies and Geology. You may take one or both of the subjects available, but you should note that the range of university matriculation examination subjects available is not sufficient for the fulfilment of all minimum entry requirements.

The closing date for application for the examination is 1 March. Application forms and a syllabus can be obtained from the Academic Registry, Watts Building, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Dublin 2, Tel: +353 1 896 4500, Email:

Other Requirements

English Language Requirement
All applicants must present an English language qualification. Accepted/permitted qualifications are:

1 Irish Leaving Certificate: a grade 6 or better in ordinary level English.

2 GCSE: a grade C or better in English Language.

3 US High School: a grade C in English taken in final year.

Paper-based 570 (with a TWE score of 4.5)
Computer-based 233 (with a score of 4.5 in essay)
Internet-based 90 (with a written score of 21)

5 Cambridge Proficiency Grade C

6 Cambridge Advanced Grade A

7 IELTS (academic version) 6.5 (no individual band below 6)
For Dental courses: IELTS (academic version) 7 (no individual band below 7)
For Clinical Speech and Language Studies: IELTS (academic version) 7 (no individual band below 7)

8 Pearson Test of English (Academic) – PTE Academic: a minimum score of 63 (with no Communication Skills section score below 59)

9 International Baccalaureate: English A1, A2 or B: 5 at Higher Level (4 at Standard Level if presenting IB through English).

Note: Examination results are only valid for two years.

Age Requirement
Applicants seeking admission in 2018 must have a date of birth before 15 January 2002.

Garda Vetting
Students on courses with clinical or other professional placements may be required to undergo Garda vetting procedures prior to commencing placements. If, as a result of the outcome of the Garda vetting procedures, a student is deemed unsuitable to attend clinical or other professional placement, he/she may be required to withdraw from his/her course. Students who have resided outside Ireland for a period of 6 months or more will be required to provide police clearance documentation from the country (including different states) or countries in which they resided.

Students who accept an offer will be informed of the procedures to be followed to complete the vetting process (as part of the student orientation information).

Fitness To Practice
Professional courses demand that certain core competencies are met by students in order to graduate and practice professionally after qualification. Trinity has special responsibility to ensure that all students admitted to all professional programmes will be eligible for registration by the relevant professional body upon graduation. It is important to us that our students are able to fulfil the rigorous demands of professional courses and are fit to practice.

Precautions Against Infectious Diseases
Offers of admission to the following courses are made subject to certain vaccination requirements and/or certain negative test results.

Clinical Speech and Language Studies

Dental Science, Dental Hygiene, Dental Nursing, and Dental Technology


Nursing and Midwifery

Occupational Therapy



Radiation Therapy

Social Studies (Social work)

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