English Language / Entry Requirements

Minimum Requirements:
In order to be considered for entry to LYIT you must present:
  • A qualification that is recognized as being equivalent to a Level 5 Irish qualification.
  • An IELTS qualification of 5.5 minimum.
  • Mathematics is a required subject for the vast majority of programmes.
  • Specific additional requirement may apply to some programmes
English is the language of instruction and the language in which examinations are set. Proficiency in both oral and written English is therefore essential. Applicants who have not passed English in the Irish Leaving Certificate Examination, must provide evidence of equivalent competence, through school leaving or matriculation examinations, achievement of a minimum standard in recognized tests of English (or an approved English tests administered by an Institute of Technology).
A table showing English Awards that are acceptable and the grades required may be found here
Information on TOEFL (The Test of English as a Foreign Language) is available at http://www.toefl.org/.
Other Minimum Entry Requirements.
Entry to 1st year.
Applicants must apply via the CAO system. Information is available on the CAO web site http://www.cao.ie/
In the CAO system, Irish applicants are required to have a minimum of 5 passes in the Leaving Certificate Examination. These must include a pass in Mathematics and a pass in either Irish or English. When considering international qualifications we look for similar results, i.e. we require a standard of competence in both Math and English and in at least three other subjects at a standard equivalent level to the Irish Leaving Certificate.
LYIT participates in the IOTCEF (Institute of Technology Central Evaluation Forum), which evaluate and awards a rank (points) to overseas applicants applying via the CAO.
Documentation to be Submitted:
  1. Completed CAO application form to reach CAO by the closing date stipulated in the CAO handbook and to be accompanied by;
  2. Certified copy of Examination Transcripts and notarised English translation of any transcripts/certificate not in English. In the absence of these documents it will not be possible to process an application. IOTCEF will not deal with applications where the applicant has failed to provide appropriate translations of certificates & transcripts
  3. Note: do not send original certificates. IOTCEF is not responsible for any original certification submitted and will not undertake to return any documents. If the certificates/transcripts and translations provided do not bear up under subsequent scrutiny, any offer of a place will be immediately withdrawn. An offer of place does not confer any legal rights as regards entry to the county, visa, immigration, etc. All offers are provisional until such time as all registration formalities have been completed within an Institute.
Entry to any year other than first year.
Applicants whose education terminated at second level will not be considered for entry to any year other than year 1.
Those wishing to be considered for entry at any other level must have already undertaken a relevant Higher Education programme.
Applicants who are in a position to produce evidence or previous Higher education and who wish to join LYIT in year 2, 3 or 4. Click here to download the . The points required for entry to a course may vary from year to year, depending on the range of points achieved by applicants in that year. In general, those with the highest points are more likely to be successful in achieving a course near the top of their preference list. Final Rankings are not completed until the results of the Irish Leaving Certificate become available in late August. Therefore, we may not, be in a position to let overseas applicants know whether or not they will be offered a place until that time. However, overseas applicants whose IOTCEF score is such that they are likely to top the rankings may get an earlier offer.
Qualifications Recognition - Ireland
Qualifications Recognition - Ireland represents Ireland in a European Network of centres known as ENIC/NARIC  and NRP which promote the recognition of international qualifications throughout Europe and further.  The authority may be contacted at
Qualifications Recognition – Ireland National Qualifications Authority of Ireland
5th Floor Jervis House, Jervis Street, Dublin 1
Tel: +353 1 887 1500 Fax: +353 1 887 1595
Updated: Fri, 26 May 2017 12:09:54 BST