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Second Chance Maths Exams: a second chance to pass Maths

Many institutions offer second chance maths exams for entry to courses where a pass in maths is required.

Second Chance Maths Exams: a second chance to pass Maths

Leaving Cert Results Guide
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This year, over 3,700 students failed Leaving Certificate Maths. The majority of Maths fails came from students sitting the Ordinary Level paper, where the failure rate was just over 10%. At Higher Level, just under 2% failed the Leaving Cert Maths exam. While failing a subject can be a source of disappointment and failing Maths can raise concerns about course options at third level, it does not mean that you cannot progress to a degree course.

It is true that many Engineering and ICT courses have a pass in Maths as a entry requirement. Therefore, students who fail LC Maths may feel that they have spoiled their chances of accessing these courses. However, many universities and institutes of technology around the country run Second Chance Maths Exams for students who have failed Leaving Cert Maths. These exams give students another opportunity to demonstrate their competency in Mathematics and fulfil the Maths entry requirements for a number of degree courses.

Note: Those who failed Higher Level Maths should rememeber that many Engineering and ICT courses which accept a pass in Ordinary Level Maths will accept a H7 grade in the Higher Level Maths exam.
You can view the entry requirements for each course on our CourseFinder. To access it, click here.
Second Chance Maths Exams
TU Dublin holds a Mathematics Competency Test for applicants to the following programmes (where a H4 in Higher Level Maths is an entry requirement):
CIT holds a Mathematics Examination for those attempting to fulfil the maths entry requirement. The exam is for applicants to any course where there is a minimum Maths entry requirement.

Maynooth University offers an Engineering Mathematics Exam for those wishing to fulfil the Maths entry requirement for admission to Maynooth's Engineering degree.

NUI Galway holds an Engineering Maths Qualifying Exam for those who wish to fulfil the Maths entry requirement for a number of courses. Bachelor of Engineering programmes have a requirement of a H4 in the Leaving Certificate, the BSc in Project Management has a requirement of a H7/03, and the BSc in Computer Science and IT has a requirement of a H6/O2.

University of Limerick
 runs a Special Mathematics Entrance Exam to give students a second chance to fulfil the Maths requirement for various Science and Engineering programmes.

IT Tralee
 offers a Second Chance Maths Exam to students who have expressed an interest in any of its programmes where there is a minimum Maths requirement.
IT Sligo offers an Alternative Maths Exam to satisfy matriculation requirements, facilitating students who do not obtain the required grade in Ordinary Maths in the Leaving Certificate.  The examination is free of charge. 

Waterford Institute of Technology offers a Maths Entry Exam for students who wish to fulfil a Maths requirement for any WIT course where this is a condition of entry.

IT Carlow runs a Special Entrance in Mathematics Exam for its Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering programme.

Note: Many of the third-level institutions that offer Second Chance Maths Exams also offer tutorials or preparation courses for these exams. It is best to contact the institution where you intend to take the exam to find out if they also organise a tutorial/revision course. Many of these are listed on our calendar which can be accessed here.

‘Enabling Maths @ LYIT’ – available to students that fail their Leaving Certificate Maths paper ‘Enabling Maths @ LYIT’ is a joint initiative between Donegal Education and Training Board and Letterkenny Institute of Technology. The programme supports students that fail the Leaving Certificate Maths exam and is designed to provide a third level pathway for learners that face this situation. For more information on this course and how to apply click here.

CAO Courses that do not require Maths

It is also worth noting that there are nearly 300 CAO courses that do not require Maths.
To view these courses: click here 

Even if these courses are not currently on your CAO Level 8 and 6/7 list they may still be accessible for students this year, but only if they become available on the CAO available places list and students meet the points requirements. There is also the option of applying for any these courses next year through the CAO if students are interested without having to re sit their leaving certificate Maths paper.


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