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Applying Through CAO - Need a Language

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    okay, so after the disaster of applying to uni in The Netherlands, I decided around April to instead go to tech, redo my A2s (and possibly some AS's) and do a fast track A Level.

    I am now doing 4 A levels recognised by the CAO (Ireland) universities as valid courses.
    The course I want to do is Politics and International Relations, although I'm considering maybe History or Sociology (all are BA's - even Sociology)

    Ideally, I want to go to UCD, and points/grades wise as long as my resits go to plan I should be able to get enough to get there.
    I don't have to have done Irish, even though I'm in Northern Ireland, but I do need another language for a BA and at GCSE I was told to drop French when I resat my GCSE's.

    I have ADD, and my French was so bad at GCSE I was told that basically I seemed to be putting a lot of effort in and getting little result, and that I just didn't seem to be really able to understand how to write French or get the grammar. I don't know if this was linked to my ADD, but one of the biggest problems I have with language is pronunciation and grammar - I did try Spanish and struggled to be able to understand how to write a sentence that was grammatically correct and not a literal translation.

    I may have to do GCSE French this year, as well as my A Levels, however I don't know how to apply as an individual candidate? I know if I do have to do a language, I will need a tutor.

    I know CAO have a language exemption for students with education need, but it specifically only mentions dyslexia as a reason to grant this exemption.

    Advice needed please!
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    I think the best thing to do is contact CAO about this. They'll ought to tell you whether you need that language qualification or not.

    (Sorry I can't give more detailed advice)

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