study ukThis is the #3 blog entry in the series coming up to the Leaving Certificate results.  If you need to know about key dates, or how to check and appeal your results, check out the previous two entries!

While the Dept. of Education & Skills normally forward Leaving Certificate results to UCAS, it is advisable to fax your results directly to the college in question, quoting your UCAS reference number and the relevant course. Successful applicants in receipt of conditional offers will receive confirmation of offers to which they should respond immediately. Unsuccessful applicants will receive a Clearing Entry Form.

Clearing vacancies will be listed on http://www.ucas.com. 13th Aug is the start of the full Clearing vacancy search (4th Aug is the start of the Scottish clearing vacancy search).   Identify the course(s) you are interested in and with or without a clearing number, telephone immediately to negotiate a place.   If necessary contact the Exam Results Helpline at 00 44 808 100 8000.

Applicants are liable to pay tuition fees .  If you are an EU student, and  applying through UCAS, they will send you an application form for a tuition fee loan when you are offered a place on a course. If you do not apply through UCAS, you will be able to get an application form and further details about the support available from the European Team of the Department of Education and Skills.

Depending on your income you may be eligible for a maintenance grant under the Irish Student Grant Scheme (www.susi.ie) but this does not include funding for tuition fees. You may claim tax relief on third-level fees.

The GOV.UK website has information on the financial supports available for EU students studying in the UK including Northern Ireland.

The UCAS Tariff System

UCAS has a  tariff system (more commonly known as UCAS points), which allows qualifications to be converted into points and then added together to give a total that can be used as a requirement to get into a course (a course may require 260 points, for example).

UCAS Tariff Points Irish Leaving Certificate
Higher Ordinary
90 A1
77 A2
71 B1
64 B2
58 B3
52 C1
45 C2
39 C3 A1
33 D1
26 D2 A2
20 D3 B1
14 B2
7 B3