Entry R​equirements for QQI P​rogrammes

Honours Bachelor Degrees (Level 8)

Leaving Certificate

Under the new Common Points Scale for Leaving Certificate 2017, applicants must obtain a minimum of 2H5’s and 4 O6/H7, including a language. Some degree programmes will also require a minimum of O6/H7 in Maths. Please see individual course entry requirements for further details. 

Using the old pre 2017 grading scheme, applicants must have obtained a minimum of grade C3 in two higher-level subjects and grade D3 in four ordinary level subjects, including a language. The Maths requirement for some degree programmes is a minimum of a D3 grade.  Individual course details will outline specific entry requirements. Please ensure to check the exact details for the course of your choice.

A-Levels/GCSE

Applicants must obtain a minimum of four GCSE passes at grade C to include Maths and English plus two A-level passes at grade C or higher.

BTEC

Students applying for any QQI (formerly HETAC) honours/ordinary degree or higher certificate must have obtained a minimum of a BTEC National Diploma in a cognate area.

FETAC Applicants

Minimum entry requirements for graduates of FETAC Level 5 awards is a full FETAC award which includes a Distinction grade in at least three modules. A full FETAC award normally consists of eight modules. A record of achievement does not meet minimum entry standards. Further details can be obtained from the Admissions Office. 

Mature Applicants

If you are over 23 years of age on the 1st of January on the year of admission and do not meet the minimum entry requirements, you may apply as a Mature Student. Mature students should apply directly to the Admissions Office at Dublin Business School. Mature students are assessed on the basis of age, work experience, general education standard, motivation and commitment to the programme for which they are applying. Please forward documentation such as any relevant transcripts, a CV or any other related documentation to the Admissions Office. Proof of age such as a copy of driver’s licence or passport must also be submitted.

English Language Requirement

For EU or Non EU applicants whose first language is not English an additional requirement is to have achieved a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent to qualify for admission to the Honours Degrees (level 8 programmes).

Ordinary Bachelor Degrees (Level 7)

Leaving Certificate

Under the new Common Points Scale for Leaving Certificate 2017 applicants must obtain a minimum of 5O6/H7, including a language. Some degree programmes will also require a minimum of O6/H7 in Maths. Please see individual course entry requirements for further details
Using the old pre 2017 grading scheme, applicants must have obtained a minimum of Grade D3 in five ordinary level subjects, including a language. The Maths requirement for some degree programmes is a minimum of a D3 grade.  Individual course details will outline specific entry requirements. Please ensure to check the exact details for the course of your choice.

A-Levels

Applicants must obtain four GCSE passes at grade C to include Maths and English plus one pass at A-level.

FETAC Applicants

Minimum entry requirements for graduates of FETAC Level 5 awards is a full FETAC award. A full FETAC award normally contains 8 modules. A record of achievement does not meet these minimum entry standards. Further details can be obtained from the Admissions Office.

Mature Applicants

If you are over 23 years of age on the 1st of January on the year of admission and do not meet the minimum entry requirements, you may apply as a Mature Student. Mature students should apply directly to the Admissions Office at Dublin Business School. Mature students are assessed on the basis of age, work experience, general education standard, motivation and commitment to the programme for which they are applying. Please forward documentation such as any relevant transcripts, a CV or any other related documentation to the Admissions Office. Proof of age such as a copy of driver’s licence or passport must also be submitted.

English Language Requirement

For EU or Non EU applicants whose first language is not English an additional requirement is to have achieved a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent to qualify for admission to Ordinary Degrees (Level 7 programmes).

Higher Certificates (Level 6)

Leaving Certificate

Under the new Common Points Scale for Leaving Certificate 2017 applicants must obtain a minimum of 5O6/H7, including a language. Some degree programmes will also require a minimum of O6/H7 in Maths. Please see individual course entry requirements for further details.

Using the old pre 2017 grading scheme, applicants must have obtained a minimum of Grade D3 in five ordinary level subjects, including a language. The Maths requirement for some degree programmes is a minimum of a D3 grade.  Individual course details will outline specific entry requirements. Please ensure to check the exact details for the course of your choice.

A-Levels

Applicants must obtain four GCSE passes at grade C to include Maths and English plus one pass at A –level. 

FETAC Applicants

Minimum entry requirements for graduates of FETAC Level 5 awards is a full FETAC award. A full FETAC award normally contains 8 modules. A record of achievement does not meet these minimum entry standards. Further details can be obtained from the Admissions Office.

Mature Applicants

If you are over 23 years of age on the 1st of January on the year of admission and do not meet the minimum entry requirements, you may apply as a Mature Student. Mature students should apply directly to the Admissions Office at Dublin Business School. Mature students are assessed on the basis of age, work experience, general education standard, motivation and commitment to the programme for which they are applying. Please forward documentation such as any relevant transcripts, a CV or any other related documentation to the Admissions Office. Proof of age such as a copy of driver’s licence or passport must also be submitted.

English Language Requirement

For EU or Non EU applicants whose first language is not English an additional requirement is to have achieved a minimum IELTS score of 5.5 or equivalent to qualify for admission to Higher Certificates (Level 6 programmes).

Points Calculation

Selection of CAO applicants will be made on the basis of points. Your points will be calculated by adding together the points scored in the best of six subjects in a single sitting of the Leaving Certificate. The results of two sittings at Leaving Certificate (or equivalent examination) can be combined for the purposes of meeting the subject requirements for minimum entry.

Deferrals

If an applicant is offered a place on a course through the CAO, it is possible to defer entry for one year but only in accordance with the procedure outlined in the CAO Handbook.

Disabilities

Dublin Business School welcomes applications from students with disabilities. We make every effort to provide facilities, where possible. It is advisable that students contact the college well in advance of application outlining any particular facility or support, which they may need in the course of their studies.

Points Calculation Grid

New common points scale

Alignment of Common Points Scheme 2017 with Pre 2017 Grading Scheme

Pre-2017 Grade Scheme

A-Level

A - 170

B - 140

C - 100

D - 70

Contact

We are now accepting applications for programmes taking place in 2017. Contact our admissions team for more information

Email: admissions@dbs.ie
Phone: 01 417 7500
Opening times:
Monday to Friday: 8:45am to 5:15pm