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Ballinasloe Access Course
Due to the ongoing Covid 19 crisis in Ireland, the application process has had to be revised for 2020. It is important that you follow the clear instructions in the Guidebook for Access - Mature Students 2020 or Guidebook for Access - School Leavers NUI Galway 2020. Please note that places will be awarded, based on information provided on the application form and documentation submitted, as we will NOT be in a position to hold interviews in 2020.
Applications are now open for the following programmes until 5pm on Friday 19th June 2020:
- Mature applicants
- School Leavers (who hold a QQI Level 5 or 6 qualification or have completed a Leaving Cert prior to 2020)
- ** Applications for current Leaving Certificate students will not open until later in the summer **
What is the Ballinasloe Access Programme?
The Ballinasloe Access Programme is a free, part-time programme of one academic year in duration delivered out of our outreach centre in the Ballinasloe College of Further Education. The programme is designed for school leavers (22 and under on year of entry to a degree programme) and mature students (23 or above on year of entry to a degree programme) who have a desire to study at third level but are unable due to financial and social reasons.
The financial and social reasons considered for eligibility for the programme include:
Before completing our online application form, please ensure that you have read the instructions in this: Guidebook for Access School Leavers 2020
Follow these steps to apply:
1. Gather all financial details as listed in the Guidebook for Access School Leavers 2020
2. Applications for School Leavers sitting their Leaving Certificate in 2020 will NOT open until later in the Summer. However, the following applicants can apply until Friday, June 19th, 2020.
- School Leavers (22 years of age or under) who have already completed a Leaving Certificate, QQI level 5 or 6 qualification or equivalent.
3. Click on the link below to get access to the online form and set up your account:
- Ballinasloe Mature Access Course (Ballinasloe College of Further Education) - Click HERE to apply online
- Ballinasloe School Leavers Course (Ballinasloe College of Further Education) - Click HERE to apply online
4. Upload ALL documentation to your online application (financial documentation, ID, eductional qualifications etc)
5. Please remember to complete a copy of the Personal Statement and upload online with your application. This allows you the opportunity to disclose information about your own personal background, disadvantage and the reasons why you wish to do an Access Centre Course etc. As interviews will not be held in 2020, please ensure you complete all sections of this document. (Download form HERE Personal Statement - Access Programmes 2020/21)
6. If you are a mature applicant, please copy the following link (right click on blue text) into an email and send it to your 2 referees Referees Report 2020, requesting them to complete a short online referees report. If you are a school leaver applicant, please copy the following link School Leavers Referees Report 2020.
Any queries please contact the Access Programmes Office: As NUIG staff are currently working remotely, in line with Government guidelines, please submit queries by email only: E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: (091) 493553
Who is the Access Course for Higher Education for?
The Ballinasloe Access course is specifically designed for school leaver (aged 22 or under on year of application to degree programme) and mature students (aged 23 or over on year of application to degree programme) who have a real desire to study at third level but are unable due to financial or social reasons. This scheme facilitates school-leavers from all schools in the Border Midlands and West (BMW) region and County Clare.
The Access Course is designed specifically for people who may not have the conventional educational requirements and/or who come from socio-economic backgrounds that are under represented at third level. The aims of the course is to enable students to acquire the skills, knowledge and confidence to compete on an equal footing with those students who enter NUI Galway through the conventional entry channels.
What kind of Socio-Economic Reasons are considered?
- Long-term unemployment
- Low family income
- Little or no family tradition of progression onto higher education
- Limited study facilities at home
- Family stresses (particularly those related to family finance)
This programme is also suitable for students with disabilities, whose background education has been affected by long-term absenteeism due to their illness.
How is the course organised?
It is a 26 week part-time course over a full academic year, normally September - May.
What are the subjects?
The course content consists of two supporting elements: Core Subjects and Academic Options.
- Academic Study Skills
- Academic Writing
- Academic Technology
- Engage: Skills for College and Career
Academic Options: provide students with introductory university courses as a prelude to continuing their studies to a higher level. Students generally study four options (two per semester) from the following subjects :
- College of Arts, Social Sciences & Celtic Studies: Philosophy, Sociology, History, Economics, Mathematics
- College of Science: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology
- College of Engineering & Informatics: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology
- College of Business, Public Policy and Law: Economics, Mathematics, Sociology, History
The criteria for successful completion of the Access Course involve satisfactory attendance and performance in all elements of the programme, which include written / oral assignments and essays. Students’ academic progress is measured through a process of continuous assessment - written and oral - as well as end of term examinations.
Participants who successfully complete the Access Course will receive a Diploma in Foundation Studies from NUI Galway, and will be eligible to apply for direct entry (via the CAO) to full-time University degree courses* in the following faculties:
- College of Art
- Social Sciences & Celtic Studies
- College of Science
- College of Engineering & Informatics
- College of Business, Public Policy and Law
** in certain instances, interviews with the Department / College Head may also be required.
Course costs for those selected are borne by the University, contingent upon funding.