Information for students from Ireland

We are delighted you are considering joining UCA to study! Here, you will be able to set your creativity free, learn a wealth of transferable skills, get unique industry insight and be prepared for a successful career in the creative industries.

This page should give you all the information you need to know about applying to UCA from your country, and more about life at UCA too.

And, if you have any questions, see the Get In Touch section to call or email your country’s specialist contact.

Entry requirements

If you do not have UK qualifications, we will consider equivalent qualifications from Ireland for entry onto our Foundation, Bachelor’s and Master’s courses.

Each application we receive is considered individually and therefore these qualifications are provided as a guide.

Please also check the entry requirements on the specific course you are interested in to check for course-specific requirements.

If you are not sure if you have the necessary qualifications please contact internationaladmissions@uca.ac.uk.


For our Bachelor's courses, we usually require that you have an Irish Leaving Cert (Higher Level) with at least 5 Higher level subjects, equating to 112 UCAS points.

We also require A-C / A1-C3 of the Leaving Certificate at Ordinary/Standard level in English.

For our International Foundation in Creative Practices and our Integrated International Foundation courses, we usually require that you have an Irish Leaving Cert (Higher Level) with at least 3 Higher level subjects, equating to 64 UCAS points.

For our Master’s courses, we usually require that you have successfully completed a Bachelor's degree at a recognised university.

Scholarships & bursaries

UCA offers a number of fee discounts, also known as scholarships, specific to students from overseas.

These discounts are available to new international students and international alumni, who have graduated within the last three years. 

To find out more about what is available, whether you are eligible, and how to apply, visit our scholarships page.

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Get in touch

Our dedicated team of experts are ready to answer your questions:

Admissions enquiries:
Phone: +44 (0) 1252 892 838
Email: internationaladmissions@uca.ac.uk 

General enquiries:
Phone: +44 (0) 1252 892 883
Email: international@uca.ac.uk