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Science, Technology, & Engineering (Foundation)
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
Please see the Mature Students webpage for further information.
Who Teaches this Course
Requirements and Assessment
The course takes place over 26 weeks - Tuesdays and Thursday (7-10pm) and one or two Saturdays per month (10am-5pm).
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.
No specific entry requirements but Leaving Certificate is desirable.
26 weeks, part-time
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Mode of study
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?
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.
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What Our Students Say
Ciarán McCarthy | Graduate
I chose NUIG for my study of Electronic & Computer Engineering due to its reputation for instilling good academic knowledge and its broad variety of extracurricular societies. I’ve found being a mature student to be refreshingly fun. It has given me a new perspective and I’ve found I am a lot more motivated in my studies.