Undergraduate Student Applications

How to Apply

Applications for full-time courses should be made to the Central Applications Office (CAO), Tower House, Eglington Street, Galway before 1 February.

The CAO handbook gives details of application dates and procedures, find out more at their website www.cao.ie.

Why not take a look at our advice for CAO students.

Grade Higher Level Points Grade Ordinary Level Points
H1 100 O1 56
H2 88 O2 46
H3 77 O3 37
H4 66 O4 28
H5 56 O5 20
H6 46 O6 12
H7 37 O7 0
H8 0 O8 0

Foundation Level Mathematics

A pass in Foundation Level Mathematics at B2 or higher will be considered as meeting the minimum entry requirements for the college's Higher Certificate in Business. When determining Leaving Certificate points, foundation maths can be applied. The scale of points is as follows:

  • F1 - 20
  • F2 - 12

Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme

NCI recognises the LCVP for admission purposes, and results in the Link Modules element of the programme will be considered as follows:

Grade Points
Distinction 66
Merit 46
Pass 28

This is automatically computed by CAO. The Link Modules may be used as one of the six subjects for overall points calculation but will not be considered as a subject for the purposes of minimum entry requirements.

LCVP will not count towards minimum entry requirements as a subject with a grade O6/H7. 

Deferred Entry

A student who has been offered a place may defer acceptance for one year under certain circumstances which are deemed appropriate by the College. Applications for deferrals will not be considered after the end of the first semester except in extenuating circumstances. In relation to deferred entry into full-time day programmes, the College operates a policy in common with other third level institutions. For details see the CAO handbook or www.cao.ie.