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Access Course for Higher Education – Mature Students
What is the Access Course?
The Access Course is a 1 year full-time/part-time daytime/evening course that aims to provide mature students (aged 23 or over on year of entry to a degree programme) 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.
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. 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 OPEN from 8th - 20th April 2020**
Before completing your online application form, please ensure that you have read the instructions in the Guidebook for Access - Mature Students 2020
Follow These Steps To Apply:
1. Familiarise yourself with the Guidebook for Access - Mature Students 2020 which goes through the online application process in detail.
2. Choose the location you wish to apply for by clicking on the highlighted links below to get access to the online form and allows you to set up your account.
- Ballinasloe (Ballinasloe College of Further Education) Click HERE to apply online
- An Ceathrú Rua (Outreach bi-lingual programme) Click HERE to apply online
- Sligo (St. Angela’s College, Lough Gill) - Click HERE to apply online.
- Galway (Campus, NUI Galway) - Click HERE to apply online
3. Upload all your supporting documentation (e.g. Financial Documentation, ID, Medical Card etc.) to your online application account.
4. Send the link for the online Reference Form to your two referees to be completed. Click HERE for Online Reference Form. The referees will then submit the reference via the link
5. Please remember to complete a copy of the Personal Statement 2020/21 and upload online with your application. The Personal Statement 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 there won't be interviews held in 2020, this is a very important document which should be completed fully. (Download here: Personal Statement 2020/21)
Any queries please contact the Access Programmes Office :
As NUI Galway staff are currently working remotely, in line with Government Guidelines, please submit queries via EMAIL ONLY:
What is the Access Course for Mature Students?
The Access Course is a 1 year full-time/part-time daytime/evening course that aims to provide mature students (aged 23 or over on year of entry to a degree programme) 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 it intended for?
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.
What are the course objectives?
- To expose Access students to introductory 'taster' courses at University level which will relate to their interests and their future subject choices which will enable them to make subject choices which are related to their ability. (For example: making students aware of the special difficulties and demands involved in choosing language courses)
- To ensure that the abilities of Access students are recognised and appropriate supports are given to them within the programme
- To ensure that Access students acquire the necessary writing and study skills which will enable them to maximise their full academic potential at NUI Galway
- To create an understanding amongst Access students regarding the skills and discipline necessary to manage time at University
- To ensure that Access students have a working knowledge of Information Technology
How is the course organised?
It is a 20 week full-time or part-time course over a full academic year, normally September - May.
What are the subjects and Course Content:
The course content consists of two supporting elements: core subjects and academic options.
- Study Skills
- Applied Writing
- Information Technology
- Educational Guidance
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 following faculties:
- 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 and allows you to set up your account.