Admissions Policies

Impact of COVID-19 on Teaching

As a result of national public health measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic, programme delivery will be via hybrid learning during such period, consisting of both online and face to face learning and teaching. The extent of face to face learning and teaching will be dictated by the parameters of prevailing national public health requirements.

Deferred Entry Policy

Students who have been offered a place in University College Cork through the CAO may be permitted, on application to the Admissions Officer, to defer entry to the University for one year. Please note that it is not always possible to defer entry. 

Please note that the University cannot guarantee that the programme will run for the year of entry, or that it will not be amended, or that the student fees will not change.

Please note also that there are a number of instances where deferrals are rarely granted. These include:

  • requests for a second deferral
  • high demand programmes with very limited quotas
  • later round offers‌

Exclusions to deferrals

It is not always possible to defer entry.

Deferrals will be determined on a case by case basis and will only be considered and granted in exceptional circumstances for the following:

  • Late rounds offers
  • Mature Entry to Medicine
  • Mature applicants in high demand courses
  • QQI FE Nursing offers
  • QQI FE Sports Studies & Physical Education offers

Deferrals are not granted for later round offers where the cut-off points have dropped.

Taking up a Deferral

In order to take up a deferred place, the applicant must re-apply through CAO by 1 February the following year, pay the appropriate application fee to CAO, and place the deferred course as the only preference on the CAO application. The applicant should email with the new CAO number as soon as it is received

In the event that the conditions of the deferred place are breeched, the guaranteed place will be forfeited, and the applicant will have to reapply through the CAO and compete for a place in the normal way. 

To reduce the inherent disadvantage caused by the late release of Leaving Certificate examination upgrades, it is agreed that all HEIs in the CAO system allow candidates from whom offers are withheld, to hold their deferred place, while also having the option to compete for other places in CAO.
The deferral offer will only come into effect if a candidate does not accept a higher offer from the CAO.

Student Garda Vetting

Student Garda Vetting

The National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 to 2016 (the Acts) provide a statutory basis for mandatory vetting of persons who wish to undertake a work placement and/or activities that bring them into contact with children and/or vulnerable adults.

In accordance with the Acts, UCC requires students (or prospective students) for relevant programmes to be vetted. Registration on these programmes is provisional, pending the outcome of the Vetting process. Apart from the listed programmes, any students who engage in university activities that may involve unsupervised access to children and/or vulnerable adults will also be subject to UCC’s Vetting processes.

ALL students who have resided outside Ireland for a period of 6 months or more (from the age of 16 years) must furnish a Police Clearance Certificate from their country or countries of residence. This Certificate should state that the student has no convictions recorded against him or her while residing there. In addition to obtaining a Police Clearance Certificate, all students may be invited to sign a legal declaration (Affidavit) in the presence of a Commissioner for Oaths confirming that they have no criminal convictions current or pending.

First Year Change of Course

The University offers a scheme whereby first year students, who find themselves in the wrong degree programme, may apply, through the Admissions Office, to change to another first year programme. Students must have the required number of Leaving Certificate points and meet the necessary subject requirements of the course they wish to change into and there must be a place on the course. A change of course cannot take place until the close of the CAO season and is in no way guaranteed. Students who are permitted to change must also realise that they will have missed the first weeks of their new programme and must take responsibility to make up “lost ground”.  Details are available from the Admissions Office.

There are also possibilities to change into another related programme at the end of first year. Details of these transfer mechanisms are available from College Offices.

If you wish to withdraw from your programme altogether, please follow the instructions on the downloadable Withdrawal Form

Infectious Disease Policy

Students enrolled on certain courses in the College of Medicine and Health are at increased risk of contracting and transmitting certain infectious diseases, as a result of being in the clinical environment as part of their course. It is important therefore in order to protect patients and students that healthcare students are screened for certain infectious illnesses and immunized against these illnesses.  Students enrolling in the School of Nursing and Midwifery are screened and immunized by the Health Service Executive Occupational Health Service and are subject to the HSE policies in this regard. All other undergraduate students in the College of Medicine and Health are subject to the UCC Infectious Disease Screening and Blood Borne Virus Policy. This policy requires applicants to forward details of their immunisation and medical history to the Student Health Department once they have received an offer of a place on their course.

Further information is available on the Student Health Department website including a series of Frequently Asked Questions.


Admissions Office


1st floor, West Wing, Main Quadrangle, T12 K8AF