If you are from Ireland, or another EU country and you want to start in first year of an undergraduate course, apply via the Central Applications Office (CAO). The normal CAO closing date is 1 February, but there is a discount for applying by 20 January online. There is a late closing date of 1 May but this is not available for all courses or for some categories of applicant..
Points won't be known until Round 1 offers issue in August. You should put down the courses you want in your genuine order of preference and not worry too much about the points as they can vary from year to year. You should also ensure that you will meet the minimum subject requirements for the course..
The change of mind facility opens in early May (check CAO website for exact date) and runs until 5.15 pm on 1 July.
The National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) is a system of ten levels. It incorporates awards made for all kinds of learning, from initial learning to Doctorate, wherever the learning is gained. A level 7 course is known as an Ordinary Bachelor Degree and takes 3 years to complete while a level 8 course is known as an Honours Bachelor Degree and takes 4 years to complete.
A mature applicant is anyone who is at least 23 years of age on 1 January of the proposed year of entry and whose school-leaving qualifications are insufficient for admission. For admission in September 2018 your date of birth must be on or before 1 January 1995..
Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) is the awarding authority for grants in Ireland. Contact them for more details..
Modules are the units with a course. For most programmes you will take 12 modules per academic year, worth 5 credits (ECTS) each, so a total of 60 credits per year..