Educational Requirements

Minimum Educational Qualifications

School Leavers/Non Graduates must posses a minimum of Grade C3 in 3 Higher Level papers and Grade D3 in 3 Ordinary/Higher level papers, in a single sitting of the Leaving Certificate Examination. Leaving Certificate Applied does not qualify for this competition.

A minimum of Grade D3 in the following Ordinary/Higher level subject

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


Must possess as a minimum Grade D3 in the following Ordinary/Higher level subjects:

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


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 Candidates must provide documentary proof from the National University of Ireland at Stage 1 of the selection procedure for any educational exemptions.