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Access Course for Higher Education – School Leavers
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* Please note current Leaving Cert students can apply for all courses in August 2019 *
Before beginning your online application form, please ensure that you read the instructions in this handbook .
Follow these steps to apply :
- Gather all financial details as listed in the Online Guidebook for Access School Leavers NUIG 2019
- Choose the location you wish to apply for by clicking on the links below to get access to the online form and set up your account:
1. Galway (Campus, NUI Galway) ** Please note current 2019 Leaving Certificate students can only apply in August 2019 **
4. Sligo (St Angela's, Lough Gill)
- Upload all documentation to your online application.
- Please copy the following link (text in blue) to Two Referees to complete a SLA Referee Questionnaire which they can complete and submit online.
- Make sure to complete a copy of the Personal Statement on the online application form : Personal Statement - Access Programme
What is the Access Course for School leavers?
The Access Course is a 1 year full-time/part-time daytime/evening course that aims to provide students with the opportunity to prepare, personally and academically, for an undergraduate course of full-time study of at least three years duration at NUI, Galway. The course is designed to meet the learning needs of the adult student; to provide individual attention and assistance where appropriate.
Who is the Access Course for Higher Education for?
The Access Course for School Leavers is a course specifically designed for students who are aged 22 or under and 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. School Leavers who have completed a Leaving Certificate OR completed a QQI Level 5 or Level 6 qualification OR its equivalent can apply. Students should be highly motivated and interested in studying at an undergraduate level in their chosen area.
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 20 week full-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.
Core subjects include Study Skills, Applied Writing, Information Technology, and Educational Guidance.
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, Irish, English, Mathematics, Geography
- College of Science: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology
- College of Engineering & Informatics: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology
- College of Business, Public Policy and Law: Economics/Accountancy, Mathematics
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 faculties of College of Arts, 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.
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How do I apply?
Choose the location you wish to apply for by clicking on the links below to get access to the online form and set up your account:
Should I also make an application through the CAO?
All current Leaving Certificate students are strongly advised to make an application for degrees through the CAO.
What standard of Leaving Certificate is required?
The desirable academic requirements for selection are: that you would have received, at least, two H4 grades on higher level papers, and four O6 grades at ordinary or higher level; or equivalent qualification such as a further education course. In addition, the University will require general details regarding your family's and your own financial circumstances.
Students who have completed a post-leaving certificate course of study are eligible.
The Access Course who completed the Leaving Certificate examination prior to 2019 and who did not gain the points required to enter the National University of Ireland, Galway. The course will run during the academic year 2019/2020 and will be full-time. People who successfully complete and pass the Access Course will be admitted to degree programmes in the Colleges of Arts, Social Sciences & Celtic Studies, Business, Public Policy & Law, Science, Engineering & Informatics, and Schools of Nursing & Health Sciences in September 2020.