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Access Course
Course Code: IET11

Diploma in Foundation Studies

Entry Requirements:

Young Adults (18-22yrs) 
Leaving Certificate:
2 HC3 + 4 OD minimum
-be resident in the BMW Region
-meet the same socio-economic criteria as set out for HEAR

Mature Students (+ 22 yrs)
-come from socio-economic backgrounds under-represented in third-level education
-be resident in the BMW Region
-be eligible for the Government Free Fees Scheme and student maintenance grant

Previous academic or training experience desirable.

  • 1 year part-time (September - April)
  • 2.5 days per week 10:00am-6:30pm

A free shuttle bus is provided to and from the College for the duration of the course

Application Process:

In Order to apply:

  • Complete and return online application form (see Downloads and Other info tab at the top) and supporting documents highlights in Part 2 and 3 of the online instructions on the NUIG Access webpage
  • Attend an interview.  
  • Write a short written piece on the day of interview.

An Information and drop in session will take place on Monday 22nd August 2016 from 4.30pm-6pm in the Green Lecture Theatre in St. Angela's College, Sligo.
Final closing date for completed applications is 31st August 2016

Next Intake:

Start Date: 26th September 2016

Programme Overview

This course targets those students who have the ability to benefit from and succeed in higher education but who, for a variety of social and economic reasons, are under represented at third level.

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.

The aims of the course are to:

  • Prepare students with the necessary skills/knowledge required to benefit from, and participate in, a third level undergraduate course;
  • Build relationships with academic staff and other students;
  • Enhance students’ knowledge to the level expected of an undergraduate student;
  • Build students’ confidence in themselves and in their academic abilities and to get over any fears they may have about attending third level;
  • Assist students in identifying and choosing a third level course that best suits their abilities and interests.

Students will study various modules throughout the course to include core and taster modules.

Core Modules

Study Skills
Applied Writing
Information Technology (ICT)
Educational Guidance

Study Skills
This module aims to motivate students to study and to organise their work.  It equips students with the skills needed to succeed at third level and prepare students for examinations

Applied Writing
This module is designed to help students get into the practice of writing regularly and in the different styles necessary for third level study.  It also helps them with basic grammar and punctuation and how to formulate assignments properly.

Information Technology (ICT):
 The ICT module will give students the skills required to use database, spreadsheets, e-mail and internet and basic trouble shooting and file management.

Educational Guidance:
This module will help students to identify their skills, qualities and to build a personal profile.  They will discover how to source information and to investigate the courses on offer in St. Angela’s College and NUI Galway.  Individual appointments will be arranged so that the student can discuss possible courses/career options.

Taster Modules

Home Economics
Science: Biology, Chemistry, Physics

Taster modules are introductory modules in a number of specific disciplines which will be taught depending on the demand for a particular subject.  The aim of these options is to provide students with introductory University courses as a prelude to continuing their studies as undergraduates at St. Angela’s College, Sligo or the National University of Ireland, Galway.

Students will have to complete assignments, examinations and practical activities in the various modules. 

Career Opportunities

Participants who successfully complete the Access Course will be eligible to apply for direct entry to fulltime University degree courses in the National University of Ireland, Galway or St. Angela’s College, Sligo.  Courses include:

St. Angela’s College, Sligo

  • Bachelor of Education
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Food and Business Management
  • Bachelor of Arts (Health and Disability Studies)
  • Bachelor of Nursing Science (School Leavers Only)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Textiles, Fashion And Design with Business Management

NUI Galway

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Bachelor of Civil Law and Corporate Law
  • Bachelor of Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science

Career Opportunities

Downloads & Other Information

Programme Brochure
Apply on-line for the Mature Access Application:
Apply on-line for the School Leavers Access Application:
There will be an information session for the course on Wednesday 27 April from 5.00 7.00pm in The Glasshouse Hotel, Sligo.
You can drop in any time to get detailed information on the course and how you can apply as well as meeting with students who have just completed the course. We look forward to meeting you.
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