Entry Requirements

With some exceptions, the minimum entry requirements for all courses are:

  • Five grade ‘D3s’ in the Leaving Certificate examination.
  • Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP) link modules at the minimum pass grade are considered as equivalent to a D3 grade in a subject taken at Ordinary level in the Leaving Certificate.
  • Applicants who have completed the Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA) Programme should hold at least a minimum pass level.
  • A relevant QQI Level 4 Major Award.
  • Successful completion of an interview; all applicants to the college are required to attend for interview.
  • Garda vetting will be required for programmes with work experience in settings that involve children, young people and vulnerable adults.
  • Some courses may have unique requirements. ¬†Information relating to specific programme requirements will be contained on individual programme information pages.


Prior learning or academic/work experience will be considered in the case of students who are over the age of eighteen (18) and who do not hold formal qualifications at Leaving Certificate level.

Mature learners (over 23 years) may apply to all courses without formal qualifications.  These applicants will be evaluated on prior learning, relevant experience and performance at interview.

Applicants to all of the Art programmes offered by Ormonde College of Further Education are required to present a portfolio of work samples at interview.

Non-Standard Applications

This is defined as applicants whose application is based on examination results other than the Irish Leaving Certificate.  All non-standard applicants must provide documentary evidence that their qualifications/credentials are recognised by the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland (www.qualificationsrecognition.ie).

Please be advised that the process of having qualifications recognised may take a significant length of time and applicants are advised to commence the process as early as possible.