Educational Requirements

Minimum Educational Qualifications (Pilot)

School Leavers/Non Graduates must possess a minimum of Grade C3 in 3 Higher Level papers and Grade D3 in 3 Ordinary/Higher level papers.

Candidates must possess a minimum of:

Grade B3 in Mathematics in an Ordinary Level paper
and
Grade D3 in the following Ordinary/Higher Level subjects:

  1. Irish. NUI matriculation exemptions apply.
  2. English. Candidates whose first language is not English must satisfy the English language requirements in accordance with NUI Matriculations Regulations.
  3. Third language accepted for NUI Matriculation Registration purposes. NUI matriculations exemptions apply.
  4. Any two Matriculation subjects not already selected.

As a new grading scheme was introduced for the Leaving Certificate 2017, the following MINIMUM EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS will apply to those candidates who sat this examination in 2017 and who are sitting this examination in 2018:

School Leavers/Non Graduates must possess a minimum of Grade H5 in 3 Higher Level papers and Grade O6/H6in 3 Ordinary/Higher level papers.

Candidates must possess a minimum of:

Grade O3 in Mathematics in an Ordinary Level paper
and
Grade 06/H6in the following Ordinary/Higher Level subjects:

  1. Irish. NUI matriculation exemptions apply.
  2. English. Candidates whose first language is not English must satisfy the English language requirements in accordance with NUI Matriculations Regulations.
  3. Third language accepted for NUI Matriculation Registration purposes. NUI matriculations exemptions apply.
  4. Any two Matriculation subjects not already selected.

Graduates

Must possess as a minimum Grade B3 in Mathematics in an Ordinary level paper and a Grade D3 in the following Ordinary/Higher Level papers:

  1. Irish or English
  2. Any four Matriculation subjects not already selected.

AND

Must have obtained a recognised degree i.e. a Third Level Degree awarded up to the end of 2004. With effect from 2005 have successfully completed a Bachelor Degree programme at level 8 or higher of the National Framework of Qualifications.

Please Note:

Applications for all categories of Cadetships are invited from person who have applied to sit for examinations in the competition year as will enable them to satisfy the minimum educational qualifications criteria as specified above.

Further information on matriculation is available on www.nui.ie. Candidates must provide documentary proof from the National University of Ireland during selection procedure for any educational exemptions.