Pre-University Science (DCU Access course)

This Pre-University Science course was developed with DCU to meet the needs of students who wish to study science to degree level in university. The course will cater for three different groups of learners:

  • Students who did not obtain the required Leaving Certificate points for their chosen Science course,
  • Students who wish to acquire a foundation in Science subject areas and Mathematics before entry to University,
  • Adult returnees to education.

Students who obtain an overall merit (65%) grade in the Pre-University course will gain a place on the Science courses outlined below.  The course prepares students for entry to the first year of the following Science Degree courses offered by the faculty of Health and Science in DCU.

DCU – Dublin City University
BSc. in Analytical Science (DC161)
BSc. in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences (DC162)
BSc. in Environmental Science and Health (DC166)
BSc. in Applied Physics (DC171)
BSc. in Bio-Technology (DC181)
BSc. in Common Entry into Science (DC201)
BSc. in Sports Science and Health (DC202) – Only 2 places available
BSc. in Genetics and Cell Biology (DC168) – Only 2 places available
BSc. in Science Education (DC203)
BSc. in Physics and Astronomy (DC167)
BSc. in Physics with Biomedical Sciences (DC173)

Course Content

Laboratory Techniques, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Microsoft Office Specialist, Communications


Examinations and assessments are conducted with external monitoring by DCU.


1 Year

Entry Requirements

Pre-University Science requires a Leaving Certificate with a minimum of a Grade O4 or H7  in Mathematics  and interview.  It is essential that all students who apply to this course meet the maths requirement.

College Links & Career Opportunities

Students who meet the entry criteria for DCU will receive a round zero offer from the CAO for the relevant degree choice.

Course Charges

Year 1: €630*

* includes €200 Govt. charge