Foundation Course in Science, Technology, and Engineering

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.

Key facts

Entry requirements

No specific entry requirements but Leaving Certificate is desirable.

Additional requirements


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

Next start date: Please contact the Programme Administrator

ECTS weighting: 30

Average intake: 45

Closing date: Please contact the Programme Administrator

NFQ level: 6

Mode of study: Part-time, classroom based

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.


Applications and selections

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


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

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.

Find out more

Trish Bourke
Mature Students Officer
NUI Galway
T 091-492695

Fees for this course

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


Course fee details - click here

Current students


Michael Richard

Foundation Diploma in Business/Commerce

"...I have great colleagues who are interesting to be with in sharing ideas and thoughts about college and life in general.. Commerce is an interesting and challenging course. The online continuous assessment helps to getting on track with my study and having a deep understanding of the course..."

Past students

Foundation Diploma in Science and Engineering

"...My experience of the course has been both challenging and rewarding. I have built up a strong wide-ranging knowledge base. This has been achieved through a well designed and structured course presented by helpful and supportive lecturers. I have thoroughly enjoyed the course (even though studying has been hard at times) and this is due in no small way to the friendliness of my fellow students and the open and easy atmosphere of the university itself..."