Nursing Studies 5M4349

Links to third level from Nursing Studies 5M4349

The following Irish universities accept QQI students with full awards into nursing programmes. They state a minimum of 5 distinctions to include:

Anatomy & Physiology

Introduction to Nursing

Human Growth & Development or Biology

In reality 8 distinctions is the level at which they have taken students in the past as they only reserve 10% of places for QQI applicants.

  1. Athlone IT
  2. DCU
  3. Trinity College
  4. Dundalk IT
  5. Galway/Mayo IT
  6. IT Tralee
  7. Letterkenny IT
  8. NUI Galway
  9. St Angela’s college
  10. UCC
  11. UCD
  12. University of Limerick
  13. Waterford IT
  14. Trinity College

Applications for these courses are made through the CAO ( before February 1st 2017.

Mature students (23 years or older on 1/1/2017) can also apply for these courses by the same closing date. Aptitude tests will determine if you will be offered a place. You must also register on and apply for the aptitude test from 2/2/17 -22/2/17. Mature students do not need to give information requested in Special Category Section F, unless they have also applied for non-nursing courses.

As all nursing degrees are at level 8, it is a good idea for all students to apply for non nursing courses at level 6/7.

Non Nursing courses linked to your course include:


DT 571            Social Care Level 8 (Min 5 Distinctions)

DT 572            Early Childhood Education Level 8 (Min 5 Distinctions)

DT 425            Pharmacy Technician Level 6

IT Blanchardstown:

BN 011            Applied Social Studies Level 7

BN 107            Applied Social Studies Level 8 Minimum 3 Distinctions

BN 025            Community & Youth Development Level 7

BN 115            Community & Youth Development Level 8 Minimum 3 Distinctions

BN 111            Sports Management & Coaching Level 8 Minimum 3 Distinctions


DC 209           Health & Society Level 8 Minimum 5 Distinctions

DC 235           Education & Training Level 8 Minimum 5 Distinctions to include 3 of the following: Communications, Work Experience, Anatomy & Physiology, Care Provision and Practice, Introduction to Nursing, Human Growth & Development and Safety & Health at Work.

Maynooth University:

MH 101          Arts Level 8   (Min 5 Distinctions)

MH 107          Social Science   (Min 5 Distinctions)

MH 108          European Studies (Min 5 Distinctions)

MH 116          Community & Youth Work (Min 5 Distinctions) + Attend an interview

IT- Tallaght:

TA 025            Social Care Practice Level 8

Nurse Training in the UK:

You may also wish to consider applying for nursing in the UK. Look up, and enter nursing in a course search. Choose a branch of nursing and then a university. Information on fees is ever changing at the moment & students will need to contact each college to enquire about this. Apply through the ucas website before January 15th 2017. The application form is quite detailed so leave plenty of time to fill it in and obtain the required reference from your course tutor. Spend time writing your personal statement which along with your results will determine if you are offered a place.