FETAC Entry Requirements

Holders of FETAC qualifications are welcome to apply to our programmes. Application is made through CAO. Applicants must have obtained a Full/Major award. A Record of Achievement / Component Certificate will not suffice.

A minimum of five module/component distinctions are required for all courses. Note that a full/major FETAC award normally contains 8 modules/components. A full/major award may be accumulated over more than one academic year. In such cases, it is the responsibility of the applicant to apply to FETAC for a full/major award where courses are taken over more than one year.

The best eight modules/components in a single sitting are used for scoring/ranking purposes. In other words, while a full/major award may be achieved over a number of sittings, the results that a student achieves in a single sitting (i.e. between 1st August – 31 July) are used for scoring purposes.

CAO Scoring Scheme for Selection of FETAC Applicants:

  • The total maximum score that can be achieved is 400 points. The score is based on achievement of the major award, i.e. a total of 120 credits, multiplied by the grade score of individual components.
  • Grade scores for Component awards are as follows:

Distinction Grade Score = 3.333, Merit Grade Score = 2.222, Pass grade Score = 1.111

  • Credit is accumulated across component awards. Some component awards have a credit value of less than 5 credits, in which case that value is multiplied by 15.

The scoring is applied by the CAO.

Places reserved for FETAC applicants are then offered in order of merit based on the ranking. Entry to the first year of the BA in Theology & Arts programme (MU001), and to the BA in Theology programme (MU002), will be considered for holders of one of the qualifications listed here and who have obtained at least 5 distinctions.

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It is expected that up to 2 places will be available in MU001 (Theology & Arts) and up to 1 place will be available in MU002 (Theology). For further details, please contact the Admissions Office Email: admissions@spcm.ie. Tel: (01) 7084772

As the number of places available will be limited, those places will be allocated on a competitive basis based on the student’s score. Where more than one student has the same score, students will be ranked on a random basis by the CAO.


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