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Senior Cycle Options
Leaving Cert Subjects and Grades 
FAQ's Subject Choice  
Senior Cycle Subjects - An Overview 
Subjects and Aptitude Tests 
Senior Cycle Subject Choice - LCVP 
Senior Cycle Subject Choice - Language & Science 
Easiest Leaving Cert subjects?  
LC Subjects-The Irish Times 
Options' Night Presentations  
Careers News
Home Economics will be a five year course from 2015  
Crisis shortage of Civil Engineering graduates in Ireland 
New Leaving Cert Points Scale 
Careers Articles
10 Essential CV Writing Verbs 
CAO Summary and Checklist  
CAO - Change of Mind Tips 
Careers Articles
Information for Parents 
Alternative Study Routes 
Useful Websites and Apps 
STEM Education in Ireland 
Careers Using the Irish Language 
Job Hunting and Interviews  
Third Level Grants
How to apply for a SUSI grant? 
College Supports
Students with Disabilities  
Third Level Scolarships 
Third Level
Going to College... 
College Accomodation 
Incoming 1st Year Students
First Year Options 2017 
Detailed Information on Junior Cert Subjects 
10 tips for parents of children starting secondary school 
Transitioning from Primary to Secondary School 
Waterford Support Services
Support Services in Waterford 
Study & Exams
Stress Fact Sheet  
Study Tips 
Avoid Exam Stress 
Relax Body & Mind 
Study Abroad
Why Study Abroad? 
Study in the UK 

Senior Cycle Subject Choice - Language & Science

Please read the following important information regarding requirements for THIRD LANGUAGE and SCIENCE SUBJECTS.



• The NUI universities and colleges require a pass in a third language for most of their courses:

-      UCC

-      NUI Galway

-      UCD

-      NUI Maynooth

-      The Royal College of Surgeons

-      St. Angela’s College, Sligo

-      Pontifical University, Maynooth

-      Shannon College of Hotel Management


• Other colleges have a third language as a requirement for certain courses that have a large language component, e.g. European Studies, Languages & Marketing, Hotel Management, Languages & International Tourism.

• Entry to the Cadetships in the Army and Air Corps requires a third Language.
(There is no requirement for a 3rd language for the Naval Service Operational Branch or Engineering Branch Cadetships.)

• NCAD require a third language or Art

• Many science and engineering courses include the study of French or German ab initio (from scratch).


No Third Language is required for:

• Trinity College, University of Limerick, D.C.U., and the Institutes of Technology, unless it is a specific course requirement (a pass in Irish will suffice).

• *No language for Engineering & Science NUI Maynooth

• *No language for Engineering, Science & Ag Science in UCD (except for DN037- Biomedical, Health & Life Sciences)

• *No language for Engineering, Science & Food Science UCC


• *No language for Engineering & Science NUI Galway (except for GY304- Biotechnology)

• Gardaí, Nursing, Apprenticeships and most PLC Courses

***Health Sciences (e.g. Medicine, Pharmacy, etc) do require a third language in NUI universities and colleges.


This information is subject to change - check with the course provider or your Guidance Counsellor.

Not everyone is gifted with languages and if you are struggling to get a pass in the language at Ordinary Level in the Junior Certificate you will find Leaving Certificate very difficult.  Please discuss this with your subject teacher.


If you are applying for anything in the Engineering, Medical, Paramedical, Health Science (Radiography, Physiotherapy, Human Nutrition/ Dietician, Pharmacy, Medical Laboratory, Podiatry, Veterinary Nursing, etc.) or Science areas at Universities/3rd Level Colleges, you need to have a pass in at least one Laboratory Science Subject.

A science subject is also necessary for Nursing and some beauty therapy courses.

Home Economics with Biology requires a science subject.  Home Economics with Religious Education / Irish / Economics require a science subject or home economics.

Some courses require 2 laboratory science subjects.

Course requirements should be checked on an individual basis.


Chemistry is required for:

• Human Nutrition & Dietetics, Public Health Nutrition: DIT

• Dentistry, Medicine, Pharmacy: UCC (plus either Physics or Biology)

• Medicine (5 year course): RCSI (plus either Physics or Biology)

• Veterinary Medicine: UCD

• Pharmacy: TCD (plus either Physics/Biology/Maths/App. Maths/Geog)


Biology is required for:

• Genetics, Dental Hygiene: UCC

• Human Health & Disease: TCD (plus Physics or Chemistry)

• Veterinary Nursing: (Dundalk IT)

• A high grade in Biology if taking Biology as an elective in Arts Maynooth

• Very useful for P.E. teaching with Biology in D.C.U.


Physics is required for:

• Theoretical Physics: TCD

 Anyone considering courses in Engineering or Electronics would be encouraged to study Physics.


2 Science Subjects are required for:

• Dentistry, Medicine: UCC (H4 Chemistry & H4 Physics or Biology)
. Pharmacy: UCC (H5 Chemistry & H4 in Physics or Biology)

• Medicine (5 year course): RCSI (H4 Chemistry & H4 Physics or Biology)
. Physiotherapy: RCSI (H3 Physics/Chemistry?Biology or Maths and H7 Physics/Chemistry or    Biology)

.Pharmacy: RCSI (H5 Chemsitry and H3 Physics/Biology/Maths)

• Medicine, Dental Science: TCD (1H3 + 1H4)

• Physiotherapy: TCD (2H4 – Can include HL Maths)

• Human Health & Disease: TCD (H4 Biology plus H1 Physics or Chemistry)

•Science: TCD (2H4 – Can include HL Maths, HL App. Maths, HL Geog.)

• Pharmacy: TCD (H4 Chemistry plus 1H4 – Can include HL Maths, HL App. Maths, HL Geog.)

•Human Genetics: TCD (2H2 – Can include HL Maths, HL App. Maths)

•Medicinal Chemistry: TCD (2H4 – Can include HL Maths, HL App. Maths, HL Geog.)

• Earth Sciences: TCD (2H4 – Can include HL Maths, HL App. Maths, HL Geog.)

• Nanoscience, Physics & Chemistry of Advanced Materials: TCD (2H4 – Can include HL Maths, HL App. Maths)

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