DIT Access Service

Quality and Qualifications Ireland [QQI] Access DIT

QQI functions include those previously carried out by the Further Education and Training Awards Council (FETAC); the Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC); the Irish Universities Quality Board (IUQB) and the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland (NQAI).

'QQI Access DIT' entry route is aimed at students, from a socio economically disadvantaged background, who have completed a QQI Level 5 and 6 courses and are applying to DIT through the Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS).


Applications for 2018 are now closed.  Applications for 2019 will open in January 2019.

 The benefits of applying are:

      • Application Support from DIT Access Service staff
      • Reserved places for eligible applicants for courses in DIT where applications are made through the higher education links scheme (HELS). Please note that you must meet the required number of distinctions and any specified modules required.
      • Supports for Students who have accepted a place via an Access Entry Route include:
        •   DIT Access and Civic Engagement Office Orientation programme before you begin your DIT course
        •   Financial Advice and guidance (There are student financial assistance funds available in DIT, in addition to the SUSI grant)
        •   Support from staff in the DIT Access Service
        •   A dedicated Peer Mentor throughout your first year of college
        •   Additional academic support if required
        •   Volunteering and Leadership opportunities

To apply to QQI Access DIT you must:

1.    Have completed or be in the process of completing a full QQI Level 5 or Level 6 award

2.    Be under the age of 23 years on January 1st 2019

3.    Be applying through CAO to the higher education links scheme (HELS) for a place in DIT on the basis of your QQI results

4.    Fill out the Access Additional entry route to DIT application form and submit it to: 

DIT Access & Civic Engagement Office

Rathdown House

Grangegorman Lower

Dublin 7

DO7 H6K8

Closing Date: To be confirmed

Please download the QQI Access DIT Application Form using the link below:

Applicants eligible for either HEAR, Access DIT or QQI Access DIT in 2018 and who wish to apply to QQI Access DIT for entry in September 2019 please download the application form below:

Eligibility access 2018

Please note that this scheme is not applicable to advanced entry applicants.

      • How do we decide who is eligible?

Applicants must meet three of the following financial & social and cultural indicators to be eligible:

1. Parents have not gone to college (higher education)

2. Attended to a DEIS school for at least 2 years

3. Family income is below the following amounts in 2017 

Less than 4






More than 8



Add €4,670 to the total income for every sibling/parent enrolled in a full time college, university or post leaving certificate further education course.

4. Be from a socio economic group underrepresented in higher education

5. Live in an area of urban or rural disadvantage

6. Family received a means tested payment from the department of social protection for at least 26 weeks in 2017