The ILC is the official Irish high school state examination that students must sit to gain entry to university. It is equivalent to the UK A Levels and provides students with a pathway to the top Irish universities.
Pathway to Medicine
There are 5 medical schools in Ireland:
The Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI)
Trinity College Dublin (TCD)
University College Dublin (UCD)
University College Cork (UCC)
NUI Galway (NUIG)
Gaining entry to medical school in Ireland requires commitment and hard work on the part of the student, but there are fewer barriers in Ireland than there are in the UK.
Aptitude test International/ Non-EU students are not required to sit an aptitude test
Personal Statement A short personal statement is required from all students, but unlike in the UK, this statement is not a critical success factor to gaining entry to medicine in Ireland.
Interview Not all medical schools in Ireland require an interview for admission to study medicine. If an interview is required, it does not carry same critical importance as it does in the UK.
How we support you:
With a track record of over 30 years successfully placing international students in to the five medical schools in Ireland, we are familiar with every aspect of the application process.
Our International office offers a comprehensive support package to all students. We will supervise and oversee your application, end-to-end, throughout the entire application process. When the results of the examination are released we will then liaise, on your behalf, with the Admissions Departments of the five medical schools in Ireland.
Pathway to Dentistry
Studying Dentistry in Ireland is a highly competitive field, with two schools offering the programme:
The Institute offers a pathway to these programmes by helping committed and motivated students prepare for the ILC to reach their maximum potential. There are no additional exams for Dentistry applicants to take, apart from the ILC.
Pathway to Pharmacy
The number of institutions offering pharmacy programmes in Ireland is greater than other areas of healthcare, however competition remains high. Studying Pharmacy opens up many career pathways for graduates from patient facing facilities to research and development, so only high achieving students are offered places on these challenging third level programmes.
The Institute of Education has a long history of helping students gain a place on their programme of choice. We support you throughout the application process and can advise you on the best subjects to take to prepare you for your application to Pharmacy.
Pathway to Veterinary Science
The University College Dublin (UCD) School of Veterinary Medicine is one of only six veterinary medicine schools in Europe and has been granted full accreditation by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), which is recognised worldwide as the ‘gold standard’ in veterinary education. The Institute of Education is proud to place Irish and international students in one of Europe’s leading veterinary medicine schools.
Our ILC programme is a recognised pathway by the UCD School of Veterinary Medicine as well as all UK Veterinary Schools.
International students who successfully complete the ILC programme (including our animal experience course) and achieve the relevant grades in the ILC examinations will be considered for Veterinary Medicine in UCD. Students on our 1 Year, 18 Month and 2 Year ILC programmes are also eligible to apply to UK Veterinary Medical schools.
Animal Handling Course
UCD Vet Med applicants must acquire at least 60 hours or two weeks practical experience relevant to animal handling or veterinary practice, covering at least two of four species areas: pets, horses, farm animals and wildlife/zoo.
The Institute of Education’s Animal Handling Course will satisfy the entry criteria for your UCD Veterinary Medicine application. It will also give students critical experience in many of the major aspects applicable to a career in veterinary medicine.
Pathway to Other Programmes
International students who complete the ILC are not limited to the fields of medicine and dentistry. The ILC provides a pathway to a wealth of other programmes from engineering to art, science to English. Students can apply to any programme of study at their chosen university with the right results from their ILC.
Contact us for more information about how we can support you in your applications.