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What is the St. Angela's College, Sligo Access Programme? 

The St. Angela's College, Sligo Access Programme is a free, part-time programme of one academic year in duration delivered out of St. Angela's College, Sligo. The programme is designed for school leavers (22 and under) and mature students (23 or above) 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:

  • Long-term unemployment
  • Low family income
  • Little or no family tradition of progression onto higher education
  • 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.

 Follow these steps to apply :

  1.  Gather all financial details as listed in the  ‌Online Guidebook for Access School Leavers NUIG 2019
  2.  Upload all documentation to your online application.
  3.  Please copy the following link (text in blue) to Two Referees to complete a  SLA Referee Questionnaire which they can complete and submit online.
  4.   Make sure to complete a copy of the Personal Statement on the online application form :  Personal Statement - Access Programme
  5.  Complete your application via the link below before the closing date of 30th August 2019

Who is the Access Course for Higher Education for?

The St. Angela's College, Sligo Access course is specifically designed for school leaver (under 22) and mature students (over 23) 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?

Course Content:

The course content consists of two supporting elements: core subjects and academic options.

Core subjects include Academic Study Skills, Academic Writing, Academic Technology, and 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. Subjects include: Sociology, Politics, Economics, Maths, Philosophy, Home economics, education, Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics), Nursing.

Assessment

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.

Award

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 NUI Galway and St. Angela's College Sligo.

Costs

Course costs for those selected are borne by the University, contingent upon funding.

How do I apply?

Click the mature student link (over 23) or school leaver link (under 22) at the top of the page.

Downloads

  • Mature Students Guide 2020

    Mature Students Guide 2020 PDF (16MB)

  • Access Diploma Programmes Guide 2020

    Access Diploma Programmes Guide 2020 PDF (16MB)

  • QQI

    QQI PDF (16 MB)