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Advanced Therapeutic Technologies

BSc Advanced Therapeutic Technologies (Hons)
School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences

Entry requirements

There are a number of entry requirements you need to meet to be considered eligible for the Advanced Therapeutic Technologies* programme, but first you need to confirm your status as an Irish/EU applicant or a Non-EU applicant.

To be considered an EU applicant, you must:

  • Have been living in an EU Member State (which includes the EEA and Switzerland)** for at least three of the last five years before starting the course. Members of the EEA include Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein.
  • Meet the EU Nationality Test as outlined in more detail in here.**
  • Meet a number of other terms and conditions that need to be met regarding residency, income tax etc. Please review this information carefully as a general guide regarding your eligibility for EU applicant status.

If you do not meet the eligibility criteria for EU applicant status, you will be deemed a Non-EU student for fees and application purposes.

* Subject to full accreditation

** Under the Common Travel Area (CTA) between Ireland and the UK, UK citizens will continue to enjoy the same fee status that they have to date, post-Brexit. For the purposes of determining fee status, the UK should continue to be considered an EU Member State when completing the EU Nationality test.

Irish and EU applicants – School Leaver

To be eligible for consideration for an Irish or EU School Leaver place, you must:

  • Meet the minimum entry (matriculation) and specific subject requirements.
  • Achieve the minimum Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC) points or equivalent.  

Access and scholarships

  • RCSI participates in the Higher Education Admissions Route (HEAR) which supports socio-economically disadvantaged students and the Disability Access Route (DARE) which supports students applying with a disability. Find out more about HEAR and DARE and how to apply here.
  • RCSI has developed a Traveller Community Access Programme (TCAP) which aims to increase the participation of members from the Traveller Community in RCSI’s Undergraduate programmes. Find out more about TCAP and how to apply here.

Minimum academic entry requirements

All students who qualify for EU admissions are eligible to apply. The local high school examinations that they have taken will be used to assess competitiveness for admission. European examinations will be converted into the equivalent Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC) points.

The applicant with the highest points score receives the first offer, the second highest receives the second offer and so on until all EU seats are filled. The allocation of School Leaver places is purely based on points.

Applicants completing school leaving examinations other than the Irish Leaving Certificate may be required to submit additional documentation as part of their application, or be subject to minimum English language requirements.

If you have additional questions about the application process, please refer to the Application FAQs section.

Applicants must present a minimum of six subjects [1 x H4, 1 x H5 and 4 x O6/H7] in the Irish Leaving Certificate to include Irish (unless exempt), English, Mathematics, a third language, a laboratory science (Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics/Chemistry or Agricultural Science) and one other recognised subject. Applicants must present a minimum grade of H4 in Mathematics, a H5 in another subject and a minimum of O6/H7 in the remaining four subjects.

  • H indicates minimum grade at Higher Level Leaving Certificate 
  • O indicates minimum grade at Ordinary Level Leaving Certificate

Eligible applicants are awarded Irish Leaving Certificate points on the basis of their best six recognised subjects, from a single Irish Leaving Certificate sitting, as follows:

Irish Leaving Certificate points calculator
Pre-2017 Leaving Certificate grading scale Post-2017 Leaving Certificate grading scale New points at Higher Level New points at Ordinary Level
A1 H1/O1 100 56
A2/B1 H2/O2 88 46
B2/B3 H3/O3 77 37
C1/C2 H4/O4 66 28
C3/D1 H5/O5 56 20
D2/D3 H6/06 46 12
E H7/O7 37 0

Note:

  • Bonus points for Mathematics: Students presenting a H6 or above in Higher Level Mathematics have 25 points added to their score for Mathematics. The six highest subject scores will be counted to achieve a cumulative points score. The bonus points for Mathematics will only be relevant in cases where the subject Higher Level Mathematics is scored as one of the applicant’s six best subjects for points scoring purposes.

If you are an EU A-Level applicant, you must:

1. Meet the following minimum subject requirements:

  • Applicants must present a minimum of six subjects [2 x A-Level subjects (Grade C) and 4 passes (Grade C or above at GCSE level or Grade E or above at A-Level)], to include a minimum Grade C in GCSE English, a second language and two other recognised subjects, plus a minimum of Grade C in A-Level Mathematics and one other recognised A-Level subject.

AND

2. Meet the minimum Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points calculated on the basis of the following:

  • The best three A-Level subjects from one academic year and one AS Level in a different subject from the same or preceding academic year; or
  • The best four A-Level subjects from one academic year. If four A-Level subjects are presented, the fourth subject is scored at a lower rate.
  • Only A-Level grades awarded on the same date can be considered for computation.
  • A maximum of four distinct recognised subjects will be counted.
  • Applicants are scored on the basis of their best four A-Levels, or three A-Levels and an AS Level in a different subject from the same or preceding year (note one A-Level grade from the previous year may be substituted for an AS grade but will only be scored as an AS).
  • Grades in the same subject in A-Level and AS Level cannot be combined.

As a guide, Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points are calculated using the following conversion table:

GCE A/AS Level points equivalency calculator
Grade Best three A-Levels Fourth subject (A-Level) Fourth subject (AS Level)
A* 185 points 45 points 31 points
A 156 points 38 points 26 points
B 131 points 32 points 22 points
C 106 points 26 points 18points
D 84 points 20 points 14 points
E 63 points 15 points 11 points

Note:

  • Bonus points for Mathematics: Students presenting a Grade E or above in A-Level Mathematics will be awarded 25 additional Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points. This will only apply to one Mathematics subject out of the following: Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Pure Mathematics and is only where that subject is used as one of the subjects for points scoring purposes. (N.B. Mathematics and Pure Mathematics cannot be combined for points purposes.)

Irish and EU applicants - Mature Entry

If you are a Mature Entry applicant, you will be considered in the first instance on the basis of how relevant your life, work and educational experiences are to the course you wish to pursue. In addition, you should demonstrate an interest in and knowledge of your chosen course in your supplementary application and at interview stage.

To be eligible for consideration for an Irish or EU Mature Entry place, you must:

  • Be an EU applicant (this includes applicants from Ireland, EU, EEA and Switzerland). If you are unsure of your status, please consult the EU Nationality Test as outlined in more detail in here.
  • Be 23 years of age or older on 1 January of the year of entry to the Advanced Therapeutic Technologies programme.
  • Meet the minimum entry requirements in the Irish Leaving Certificate Examination or an RCSI pre-approved Access to Science programmes, as outlined in more detail below.
  • Note that Mature Entry applicants are not required to present a third level qualification to be eligible to apply.

Applicants must present a minimum of six subjects [1 x H4, 1 x H5 and 4 x O6/H7] in the Irish Leaving Certificate to include Irish (unless exempt), English, Mathematics, a third language, a laboratory science (Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics/Chemistry or Agricultural Science) and one other recognised subject. 

Applicants must present a minimum grade of H4 in Mathematics, a H5 in another subject and a minimum of O6/H7 in the remaining four subjects.

The pre-2017 Leaving Certificate grading scale can be converted into the new Leaving Certificate grading scale by using the table below:

Pre-2017 Leaving Certificate grading scale Post-2017 Leaving Certificate grading scale
A1 H1/O1
A2/B1 H2/O2
B2/B3 H3/O3
C1/C2 H4/O4
C3/D1 H5/O5
D2/D3 H6/O6
E H7/O7

Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI) recognised Level 6 Access to Science awards are accepted in lieu of the Irish Leaving Certificate or equivalent secondary school examinations for Mature Entry routes only.

Irish and EU applicants - Graduate Entry

To be eligible for consideration for an Irish or EU Graduate Entry place, you must:

  • Be an EU applicant (this includes applicants from Ireland, EU, EEA and Switzerland). If you are unsure of your status, please consult the EU Nationality Test as outlined in more detail in here.
  • Hold (or expect to hold by July prior to entry) a minimum second class honours (2H2) result in your first honours bachelor degree (NFQ level 8). This degree can be in any discipline. 
  • Meet the following NUI matriculation requirements in the Irish Leaving Certificate if you present with a non-science degree: applicants must present a minimum of six subjects [1 x H4, 1 x H5 and 4 x O6/H7] in the Irish Leaving Certificate to include Irish (unless exempt), English, Mathematics, a third language, a laboratory science (Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics/Chemistry or Agricultural Science) and one other recognised subject. Applicants must present a minimum grade of H4 in Mathematics, a H5 in another subject and a minimum of O6/H7 in the remaining four subjects.
  • Applicants who present with a non-science degree and are presenting an EU school-leaving qualification other than the Irish Leaving Certificate should contact the RCSI Admissions Office to confirm their matriculation requirements.

 

Non-EU applicants - School Leaver

The School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences invites applications to the BSc in Advanced Therapeutic Technologies from Non-EU students. 

If you are unsure whether you are an EU or Non-EU applicant, please consult the EU Nationality Test for guidance. You can also contact the RCSI Admissions Office directly to verify your fees status, however, this must be done well in advance of the closing date.

The list below contains the most frequent academic programmes with which Non-EU students apply to RCSI's undergraduate programmes. If your educational programme is not covered on this list, please email the RCSI Admissions Office directly for further information.

Minimum academic entry requirements

Applicants must present a minimum of three A-Levels with minimum grades of BBC, to include Mathematics (with a minimum grade of B) and at least one laboratory Science.

All applicants must also have completed a minimum of six subjects at GCSE level, which must include a minimum of Grade C in English and Mathematics.
 
Applicants must present a minimum score of 30 IB Diploma points (inclusive of bonus points). The Diploma must comprise a minimum of six subjects (three subjects at Higher Level and three subjects at Standard Level), which must include Mathematics* at Higher Level (with a minimum score of 5) and another laboratory science subject (Biology, Chemistry or Physics) at Higher Level. 

*Both Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches and Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation are acceptable for application to RCSI.
 
Applicants must present a minimum average score of 80% in Grade 12, which must include a minimum score of 80% in Mathematics and minimum scores of 75% in two of the following subjects: Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Calculus.
Applicants must hold a bona-fide certificate of completion issued by the CBSE or CISCE.

Applicants must achieve a minimum overall average score of 75% or above across four subjects, to include a minimum score of 75% in Mathematics or Applied Mathematics and minimum scores of 70% in two laboratory science subjects (Biology, Chemistry or Physics) and one other subject.
S.T.P.M minimum grades of B, B and C, to include Mathematics (with a minimum grade of B) and at least one laboratory science.

All applicants must also have completed a minimum of six subjects at S.P.M level, which must include a minimum Grade C in English and Mathematics.
Applicants must present a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 in Grade 12, which must include a minimum GPA of 3.0 in Mathematics and in two of the following subjects: Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Calculus.

Please note

The following information is relevant to all Advanced Therapeutic Technologies applicants. 

Minimum English language requirements

IELTS

Teaching in RCSI is through the medium of English. As a consequence, all applicants are required to demonstrate a high level of English language competence. Applicants whose first language is not English must present a minimum overall average IELTS score of 6.5 with no individual band (reading, writing, listening and speaking) lower than 6.0.  IELTS Certificates must be less than two years old at the time of admission. Equivalent scores in TOEFL are also acceptable.  

Applicants presenting programmes that are delivered entirely through English (e.g. International Baccalaureate or A Levels) are not required to supply an IELTS certificate as part of their initial application. Please note that applicants presenting A Levels must hold a GCSE English grade C or above to meet RCSI's English language requirement. 

Good Standing

Applicants who have been previously discontinued from any academic institution are deemed not to be in 'good standing' and are ineligible to apply to RCSI.

Fitness to Practice

Students will be subject to the University's Fitness to Practice policy, full details of which can be found in our policies section.

Transfers from other schools

RCSI has a 'no transfer' policy, more details of which can be found in our policies section.

Applications from students with disabilities

RCSI welcomes applications from students with disabilities. All applications will be treated on an individual basis to ensure that the applicant has the potential fitness to practice. Disability will not be considered as part of the selection process, however, it is strongly advised that applicants disclose their disability on their application and contact the RCSI Admissions Office to obtain further advice.

Applicants may also be required to provide relevant information which will be treated in the strictest of confidence. It is important that RCSI has an understanding of your support requirements to implement reasonable accommodations.