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Entry Requirements


A. Unless otherwise stated, the minimum requirements for admission to courses are:

Successful completion of Leaving Certificate/Leaving Certificate Applied or equivalent and successful completion of interview.

B. ‘Successful completion of Leaving Certificate’ is defined as a minimum of five grade D subjects at Ordinary Level.

C. A minimum pass grade on the Leaving Certificate Applied is acceptable as equivalent to B. above.

D. A pass grade in the LCVP link module is acceptable as the equivalent of a pass in one of the five Leaving Certificate subjects mentioned in B. above.

E. Foundation level subjects are acceptable.

F. Applicants who present with school leaving examinations other than the Leaving Certificate (e.g. G.C.S.E) will be assessed on the basis of accepted equivalence tables.

G. Mature / Adult Students with no formal qualifications are welcome to apply. Mature students are defined as those aged 23 or over at the beginning of the academic year.

H. Students for whom English is a second language will be required to take and pass an English Language test set by the College.

I. Students requiring Assistive Technology and/or Personal Support Services as a result of a disability are strongly advised to inform the interview panel of their needs in this area in order to allow for provision.


Non-Standard Applicants

These are defined as applicants whose application is based on examination results other than the Irish Leaving Certificate.

For the purposes of registration, all non-standard applicants must provide documentation to prove that their qualifications are recognised by the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland. (www.qualificationsrecognition.ie)

As this process may take some months to arrive at a conclusion, prospective applicants are advised to initiate contact as soon as possible.



The information in this website is intended to act as a guide to persons seeking admission to the College and shall not be deemed to constitute a contract between the College or any third party. References to the requirements of outside bodies are not intended to be complete or exhaustive at the time of publication since they are subject to change. Accordingly, those interested are advised to make direct contact with the bodies concerned to as certain their up-to-date requirements. Every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication. However, the College reserves the right to amend, change or delete any programme of study or academic regulation at any time having given due consideration to students who are already enrolled. Furthermore, the College reserves the right to alter or delete any of the information included at any time and it shall not be bound by any errors or omissions and can not accept liability in respect thereof.


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