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Irish H and O subjects, how's that compared to my German grades? watch

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    I'm from Germany and I want to study medicine in Ireland, favourably Cork. They've got this Higher and Ordinary paper system and the converting table on the university's site doesn't really help to clarify. I don't have subjects that are more or less worth, they are all equal! Thus, how can I know if it's an H or O?
    Example: For Chemistry, HC3 and better is needed (equivalent to 10 points), I've got 11 but did not have my final exams in Chemistry and I didn't have Chemistry in my last school year. Now I fear that this is reason enough to exclude me from applying. I know, it's kind of a specific question, but if anyone here knows the ansere, thank you!!

    You may find this page helpful.
    It gives you an approximate equivalent for how your Abitur grades will be considered against the CAO points system (according to Trinity College Dublin). The parallel details given by UC Cork are very similar.
    You will also need the Irish HPAT test for medical applications, and must find a way to demonstrate English language competence (they'd probably accept a high grade in the Abitur, but you may want to email specific institutions for more details).

    It is worth noting that CAO scores required for medicine in Ireland are usually extremely high, and as such are often out of reach of foreign applicants. At UCC last year, the minimum entry points were 726. As a comparison, a Durchschnittsnote of 1.0 with maths grade 4 at intensive level yielded a total of 625 points (I don't know if that makes sense, as I'm not familiar with the German Abitur).
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