DIT Access Service

Access Foundation Programme 

The Access Foundation Programme organises a number of information events and offers opportunities for prospective students to meet current students and experience classes on the programme. To receive an invitation to these events please email Bobby at bobby.maher@dit.ie and ask to be added to the programme mailing list.

What is the Access Foundation Programme?                                          

The Access Foundation Programme is a one year full-time preparation for higher education programme at DIT. The programme prepares students personally and academically to pursue undergraduate programmes at DIT.  It is a multi-disciplinary programme preparing students for entry into undergraduate programmes in Science & Health, Engineering & Built Environment, Business and Arts & Tourism.  Students who have successfully completed the programme are guaranteed an offer of one of their DIT CAO undergraduate course choices.

Why was the Access Foundation Programme set up and who is for?                       

The programme forms part of DIT’s commitment to extending access to education to people and groups from areas and communities where there has not been a strong tradition of participation in third level education. The course is of particular benefit to adults who have been out of education for a long time, or who did not complete a Leaving Certificate in the past. In addition we welcome applications from people whose skills no longer allow them to access the labour market. 

What do students study on the programme?

Students take six compulsory modules (subjects) and four optional modules (2 each semester) from a menu of modules in areas such as science, engineering, business, social science, art and computing. Through participation students will develop the skills necessary to undertake an undergraduate qualification at DIT. They will become familiar with subject areas across the various colleges within DIT and learn how to research and write academic work, improve their communication and information technology skills.

Semester 1 Modules

Core Modules (compulsory)

Optional Modules (choose 2)

Introduction to Higher Education

Introduction to Humanities

Applied Writing

Introduction to Social Science

Communications

Introduction to Marketing

Study Skills

Introduction to Financial Accounting

Information Technology

Computer Science Fundamentals (Networking Technologies)

Mathematics  - Students take one of the following mathematics modules:

  1. Mathematics Fundamentals,
  2. Mathematics Intermediate
  3. Mathematics Advanced

Engineering (Electronic and Electrical)

 

 

Introduction to Chemistry

Fundamental Physics

Human Biology

Art Portfolio Preparation (year long)

 

Semester 2 Modules

Core Modules

Optional Modules (choose 2)

Introduction to Higher Education 2

Approaches to Humanities

Applied Writing 2

Applied Social Science

Communications 2

Introduction to Management

Research Skills

Introduction to Economics

Information Technology

Computer Science Fundamentals 2 (Programming)

Mathematics 2  - Students take one of the following mathematics modules:

  1. Mathematics Fundamentals
  2. Mathematics Intermediate
  3. Mathematics Advanced

Cultural Tourism

 

 

Applied Chemistry

Applied Physics

Cell Biology and Genetics

Art Portfolio Preparation (year long)

 

Mechanical Engineering

 

What is the time commitment?

The programme is full time and runs from September to May. There are approximately 20 hours of classes a week. These are made up of lectures, tutorials and laboratories (in science and computer science). Additionally, students are expected to undertake 20 hours of independent learning and study in their own time.

Lectures take place in DIT Mountjoy Square, Dublin 1.

Lectures take place between 9am and 6pm. 

The Access Foundation Programme begins with a two week induction on Monday 12th September, classes commence on Monday 26th September. Both will take place in DIT 41-45 Mountjoy Square, Dublin 1.

How are students assessed?

Students are assessed through a combination of participation in class, continuous assessment (essays, projects, presentations) and examinations.

How do students progress into undergraduate programmes?

Students who have successfully completed the programme are guaranteed an offer of one of their DIT CAO undergraduate course choices. Students receive career and CAO advice and guidance throughout the programme. Students are admitted to undergraduate programmes through a facilitated entry process. Students’ module results are assessed in relation to their DIT CAO choices by an Admissions Board. Admission decisions are made by an Admissions Board chaired by the DIT Head of Admissions and Enrollment Planning.