Nursing Studies 5M4349

Links from 5M4349 Nursing Studies 2023

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

  1. Anatomy & Physiology
  2. Introduction to Nursing
  3. Biology or Human Growth & Development

They reserve 10% of places for QQI applicants and 10% for mature 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 2023.

Mature students (23 years or older on 1/1/2023) must 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 1/2/23 -21/2/23. Mature students do not need to give information requested in Special Category Section F of the CAO form, 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:


TU Dublin City:


TU 996            Social Care Level 8 (Min 5 Distinctions)

TU 995            Early Childhood Education Level 8 (Min 5 Distinctions)

TU 654            Pharmacy Technician Level 6


TU Dublin Blanchardstown: Any course including the following


TU 791            Applied Social Studies Level 7

TU 991            Applied Social Studies Level 8 Minimum 3 Distinctions

TU 791            Community & Youth Development Level 7

TU 992            Community & Youth Development Level 8 Minimum 3 Distinctions

TU 935            Sports Management & Coaching Level 8 Minimum 3 Distinctions


TU Dublin- Tallaght:


TU 997            Applied Social Care Level 8




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 (all level 8)


MH 101          Arts  (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




DN 700           Social Science (Level 8)

                        Minimum of 5 Distinctions

DN 720           Psychology (Level 8)

                        Minimum of 5 Distinction

Any Course in NCI

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 and specific subject requirements is ever changing at the moment & students will need to contact each college to enquire about this.

*Please note that UK universities will expect a minimum of 5 distinctions to include Human Growth & Development, Anatomy & Physiology and Nursing Theory. Leaving Cert Maths and English at a minimum of O5 grade. A Merit or Distinction in Communications may be considered in lieu of Leaving Cert English.


You can apply for up to 5 courses through the ucas website before January 26 2023. 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.


See UCAS document and video on how to apply in the career guidance folder on Moodle for more information.