Course Overview

This programme is designed for individuals who have been out of the formal education system for some time and now wish to begin third level studies in the areas of Science, Technology or Engineering.


The preparatory nature of the programme builds up participants’ confidence in their academic ability and equips them with skills that will help them to participate in future third level education programmes in a technology related area.

Applications and Selections

Application Open Date: Thursday, 2nd April, 2015: DFS1 Apply here


Trish Bourke
Mature Students Officer
NUI Galway.
T 091-492695

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Most modules on the programme are assessed through a combination of coursework and examination. For modules where coursework counts for less than 100% of marks, exams take place at the end of each module or semester.


The courses are a recognised entry requirement at GMIT and NUI Galway and for full-time and part-time Business, Science, Engineering and Technology courses at both institutions. Participants on these Foundation courses must apply through the CAO mature students route for a place on a full -time course. Participants must apply to the CAO before 1st February in the year of entry to a third level programme, that is, participants apply for a full-time, third level place that will start the following autumn while still completing the Foundation Course.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

No specific entry requirements but Leaving Certificate is desirable.

Additional Requirements


26 weeks:
Tuesday 7pm to 10 pm
Thursday 7pm to 10pm
One/Two Saturdays per month 10am to 5pm

Next start date

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A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

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NFQ level


Mode of study

Part-time, classroom based

ECTS weighting




PAC code

Course Outline

To prepare students in academic and core modules to progress to degrees in Science, Engineering or Technology.


Subjects include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Applied Writing, Study Skills, IT and Educational Guidance.


The aim of the teaching programme is to foster in the participants confidence and enthusiasm for each subject and to introduce them to the conceptual framework and language for each subject area.


Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of the course students are encouraged to apply for degrees in Science, Engineering and Technology at NUI Galway or Galway Mayo Institute of Technology. A degree in Science/Technology/Engineering may lead to employment in areas such as industry, IT, consulting, research or third level education.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU

€380 if in employment and €60 if in receipt of Social Welfare.


Course fee details - click here

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Trish Bourke
Mature Students Officer
NUI Galway
T 091-492695

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