A levels in comparison to Leaving Certificate

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So I’m currently living in the uk and I sat my A levels last year where I achieved A*AA in sociology philosophy and German. I deferred my entry to the university of Nottingham to apply for modern European studies in September 2020. However during my year out it became apparent that I truly wanted to study at trinity college Dublin.
The application process seems to be the only thing which I stopping me from studying there. For me to achieve the points I need, I needed to have either taken 4 A levels or combine 3 A levels with an AS level in a different subject from the year before.
If you’re from the UK you would know that not many people actually take 4 A levels nor must you have to in order to be considered a high achieving student, as we are usually judged purely on our 3 A levels. Furthermore AS levels are no longer a part of the A level qualification and this was put in place before I even began studying at A level. What I’m trying to understand is how I am supposed to meet the entry requirements when it wasn’t possible for me to have taken AS levels and even though my 3 A levels are seen as high achieving by UCAS, they don’t make the cut under the Irish scoring system.
Does anyone know if this is out of date? Or know of a way I can get my points up?
Thank you!
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(Original post by ogsorcha)
So I’m currently living in the uk and I sat my A levels last year where I achieved A*AA in sociology philosophy and German. I deferred my entry to the university of Nottingham to apply for modern European studies in September 2020. However during my year out it became apparent that I truly wanted to study at trinity college Dublin.
The application process seems to be the only thing which I stopping me from studying there. For me to achieve the points I need, I needed to have either taken 4 A levels or combine 3 A levels with an AS level in a different subject from the year before.
If you’re from the UK you would know that not many people actually take 4 A levels nor must you have to in order to be considered a high achieving student, as we are usually judged purely on our 3 A levels. Furthermore AS levels are no longer a part of the A level qualification and this was put in place before I even began studying at A level. What I’m trying to understand is how I am supposed to meet the entry requirements when it wasn’t possible for me to have taken AS levels and even though my 3 A levels are seen as high achieving by UCAS, they don’t make the cut under the Irish scoring system.
Does anyone know if this is out of date? Or know of a way I can get my points up?
Thank you!
U mean for 2020? Talk to Trinity.
2021, then do an AS.
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The new reform meant that instead of taking AS levels in the first year of college, we do more A level exams at the end of the 2 years. So it isn't just as simple to take an AS level. I would have to wait until 2021 anyway because I didn't finalise my application due to this.
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(Original post by ogsorcha)
So I’m currently living in the uk and I sat my A levels last year where I achieved A*AA in sociology philosophy and German. I deferred my entry to the university of Nottingham to apply for modern European studies in September 2020. However during my year out it became apparent that I truly wanted to study at trinity college Dublin.
The application process seems to be the only thing which I stopping me from studying there. For me to achieve the points I need, I needed to have either taken 4 A levels or combine 3 A levels with an AS level in a different subject from the year before.
If you’re from the UK you would know that not many people actually take 4 A levels nor must you have to in order to be considered a high achieving student, as we are usually judged purely on our 3 A levels. Furthermore AS levels are no longer a part of the A level qualification and this was put in place before I even began studying at A level. What I’m trying to understand is how I am supposed to meet the entry requirements when it wasn’t possible for me to have taken AS levels and even though my 3 A levels are seen as high achieving by UCAS, they don’t make the cut under the Irish scoring system.
Does anyone know if this is out of date? Or know of a way I can get my points up?
Thank you!
Hi there , I can’t help you but as someone considering applying there how did you convert your Alevel results into CAO points ?
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There is a table on the CAO website and on trinity’s too!
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