We require an Irish Leaving Certificate passed at Higher / Honours level and a minimum of four Irish Highers at grade C/4 or above.
The grading system for the Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level) was revised in 2015 with the first students receiving new grades in summer 2017. The below table shows equivalencies for the old system (final award 2016) and the new system (first award 2017).
||A2 A2 B1 B1 B2
||A2 B1 B1 B2 B3
||B1 B1 B2 B3 B3
||B2 B2 B2 B3 C1
||B3 B3 B3 B3 C1
||B3 B3 C1 C1 C2
||C1 C1 C1 C2 C3
Students taking a fully completed (8 module) level 6 FETAC qualification may be accepted onto year 1 of an undergraduate degree. Year 2 entry may be appropriate for students that have studied appropriate modules in FETAC levels 5 and 6, with a minimum of 10 distinctions over the two qualifications.
Students taking a fully completed (8 module) level 5 FETAC qualification with a minimum of 5 distinctions may be accepted onto year 1 of a foundation degree.
We require a bachelor (honours) degree or a Higher Diploma.
|Irish degree classification
||English translation or equivalent
|First class honours
|Second class honours, grade I
|Second class honours, grade II
English language equivalency
We will accept a minimum grade of A–C / A1–C3 in the English component of the Leaving Certificate at Ordinary/Standard level as meeting our minimum English language proficiency requirements.
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Academic preparation courses at our International College
Successful completion of one of our International College courses offers guaranteed progression to degree courses at the university.
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English language preparation courses at our Language Institute
The University of Brighton Language Institute provides a comprehensive range of academic English language preparation courses for students who need to improve their English before starting a UK university degree.
Successful completion of one of our English courses guarantees your progression to a degree course at the University of Brighton.
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