Irish and EU applicants - School Leaver
To be eligible for consideration for an Irish or EU School Leaver place, you must:
- Meet the minimum entry (matriculation) and specific subject requirements.
- Meet the minimum Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC) points or equivalent.
Access and scholarships
Minimum academic entry requirements
All students who qualify for EU admissions are eligible to apply. The local high school examinations that they have taken will be used to assess competitiveness for admission. European examinations will be converted into the equivalent Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC) points.
The applicant with the highest points score receives the first offer, the second highest receives the second offer and so on until all EU seats are filled. The allocation of School Leaver places is purely based on points.
The points conversions* for European examinations are shown below.
*The points equivalency calculations below serve as a guide only. The onus is on the applicant to check entry criteria for the programmes for which they are applying. Eligibility criteria can change from year to year.
If you have additional questions about the application process, please refer to the Application FAQs section.
Non-EU applicants - School Leaver
The School of Physiotherapy receives applications from Non-EU students who have studied in many different countries and undertaken many different high school systems.
If you are unsure whether you are an EU or Non-EU applicant, please consult the EU Nationality Test for guidance. You can also contact the RCSI Admissions Office directly to verify your status, however, this must be done well in advance of the closing date.
The list below contains the most frequent academic programmes with which Non-EU students apply for the Physiotherapy course. If your educational programme is not covered on this list, please email the Admissions Office directly for further information.
Minimum academic entry requirements
Non-EU applicants - Graduate Entry
The Graduate Entry Physiotherapy programme is designed for students who hold (or expect to hold by July prior to entry) a competitive GPA* or a minimum of a second class honours from a four-year undergraduate bachelor degree preferably in a science-related field.
*RCSI does not specify minimum GPA requirements for international applicants as GPAs are measured on different scales and scores may vary from one country to the next.
The Admissions Committee review all transcripts on an individual basis to determine eligibility and level of competitiveness for entry to the Graduate Entry Physiotherapy programme.
The following information is relevant to all Physiotherapy applicants.
Minimum English language requirements
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Temporary measure for 2020 only as a response to COVID-19
Duolingo English Test (DET)
For students impacted by language testing centre closures due to COVID-19, RCSI has approved the use of the Duolingo English Test (DET) as a temporary measure for our 2020 student intake only. The minimum requirement is a DET score of 110. An English language competency interview may be required in conjunction with this.
For students impacted by IELTS testing centre closures due to COVID-19, RCSI has approved the use of the IELTS Indicator as a temporary measure for our 2020 student intake only. The minimum requirement is the same as our standard IELTS requirement, an overall indicated score of 6.5 with no individual band (reading, writing, listening and speaking) lower than 6.0
If you are unable to access either of the above (DET or IELTS Indicator) we will also accept the TOEFL iBT Home Edition, IELCA Home Edition or LanguageCert as a temporary measure for our 2020 student intake only. Please contact email@example.com for more information on the relevant entry requirements
Applicants presenting programmes that are delivered entirely through English (e.g. International Baccalaureate or A Levels) are not required to supply an IELTS certificate as part of their initial application. Please note that applicants presenting A Levels must hold a GCSE English grade C or above to meet RCSI's English language requirement.
Applicants who have been previously discontinued from any academic institution are deemed not to be in 'good standing' and are ineligible to apply to RCSI.
Fitness to Practice
Students will be subject to the College's Fitness to Practice policy, full details of which can be found in our policies section.
Vetting is carried out by the Student Academic & Regulatory Affairs (SARA) Office in RCSI once a student has accepted their place on the programme. It involves a police check to establish whether the individual being vetted has had criminal convictions in the past or whether any criminal proceedings are pending.
An Garda Síochána provide this information for students who have resided in Ireland for a period of six months or more. All students who have resided outside of Ireland for a period of six months or more must furnish a Police Clearance Certificate from their country or countries of residence. This certificate should state that the student has had no convictions recorded against them while residing there.
Transfers from other physiotherapy schools
RCSI has a 'no transfer' policy, more details of which can be found in our policies section.
All RCSI Undergraduate programmes are delivered (in part) in clinical settings and exposure to infection is a risk. As part of the College's overall approach to minimising the risks associated with blood-borne viruses all students must complete a blood-borne virus risk assessment. This is coordinated through the College Health Facility during the first year of attendance. All students admitted to the Physiotherapy programme must consent to immunisation at the RCSI Travel Health Centre at the Mercer's Medical Centre.
Applications from students with disabilities
RCSI welcomes applications from students with disabilities. All applications will be treated on an individual basis to ensure that the applicant has the potential fitness to practice. Disability will not be considered as part of the selection process, however, it is strongly advised that applicants disclose their disability on their application and contact the RCSI Admissions Office to obtain further advice.
Applicants may also be required to provide relevant information which will be treated in the strictest of confidence. It is important that RCSI has an understanding of your support requirements to implement reasonable accommodations.