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Alternative Entry to Data Science Courses

Posted on August 6, 2019
Any students that are interested in the Data Science courses at NCI who do not attain the H5 Leaving Cert maths result can sit this test as an alternative route to these courses.

NCI will be holding a Mathematics Qualifying Examination for applicants for the Level 8 BSc (Hons) in Data Science and Level 6 Higher Certificate in Data Science programmes. These programmes require a minimum of grade H5 in Higher Level Mathematics. 

The purpose of the Mathematics Qualifying Examination is to offer the candidates an alternative route to achieve the minimum entry requirement of H5 in Maths. The Mathematics Qualifying Examination will be set at a similar standard as the Leaving Certificate Honours Mathematics examination.

Candidates will become eligible for entry to the data science programmes if: 

• They pass the Mathematics Qualifying Examination (this will replace their Leaving Cert Maths result)
• Achieve the minimum entry points for that year
• Meet the additional requirements of the programmes (i.e. a grade H5 and above in two higher level subjects together with a minimum of O6 in four other subjects to include English for BSc (Hons) in Data Science programme; a grade of O6/H7 or above in five subjects to include English for Higher Certificate in Data Science programme)

Applying for Data Science at NCI:
If you are considering applying for data science programmes at NCI and are concerned that you are not studying Higher Level maths or may not achieve the required grade, you can now undertake our mathematics exam as an alternative way to meet the maths requirement. 

You can select the BSc (Hons) in Data Science and Higher Certificate Data Science under CAO Change of Mind from May 6th. 

How to Register for our Preparation Classes: 
Please Email our School Liaison Officer Karen Campbell karen.campbell@ncirl.ie or call 01-4498565  to register your interest and find out more about adding Data Science to your CAO application. 

Preparation Classes for Mathematics Exam Will be held on: 
Monday 19th August to Wednesday 21st August from 9.00 am – 5pm (with an hour for lunch), see the full timetable below. Mathematics Exam will take place Thursday 22nd August. Results will be available from at 9.00am Monday 26th August.  

Maths Timetable  
Monday 19th August 9.30am - 11.00am Lecture: Number Systems
  11.15am - 12.45pm Tutorial: Number Systems
  1.45pm - 3.15pm Lecture: Geometry & Trigonometry
  3.30pm - 5.00pm Tutorial: Geometry & Trigonometry
Tuesday 20th August 9.30am - 11.00am Lecture: Statistics & Probability
  11.15am - 12.45pm Tutorial: Statistics & Probability
  1.45pm - 3.15pm Lecture: Statistics & Probability
  3.30pm - 5.00pm Tutorial: Statistics & Probability
Wednesday 21st August 9.30am - 11.00am Lecture: Algebra
  11.15am - 12.45pm Tutorial: Algebra
  1.45pm - 3.15pm Lecture: Functions
  3.30pm - 5.00pm Tutorial: Functions
Thursday 22nd August Time to be confirmed Maths Exam


• Syllabus
• Sample Exam Paper
• Sample Book References

Contact us: 
If you have any queries about the Maths Alternative Exam please contact: Karen Campbell 01-4498565 or karen.campbell@ncirl.ie.

About the Course:
Dr. Arghir-Nicolae Moldovan, Programme Director of the BSc Honours in Data Science at National College of Ireland, discusses the structure of the course, the benefits of studying data science, the employment opportunities the course offers along with the support the college provides for our students. 

Visit the course page to find out more about studying data science at National College of Ireland.

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