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Elite Athlete Academic Entry Scheme

Developing maximum sporting performance alongside academic excellence

TU Dublin City Campus has an enviable and proud track record of success in Elite Sport and its Elite Sport initiatives are designed to strengthen that reputation and support our aspiring and current elite athletes to achieve recognition in their chosen sports at Olympic Games and Paralympics, World Championships, World University Games, European Championships and as intercounty players in all codes of Gaelic Games.

In recognition of the competition and training commitments of talented young sportspersons, the University has put in place for all its undergraduate programmes an academic entry route. 

A limited number of places will be reserved for outstanding candidates who have achieved a very high level of sporting performance and who have identifiable potential for further improvement and successful applicants will be offered up to a maximum of 10% or 45 additional CAO points for admission to all undergraduate programmes.

A package of support services is offered to students on entry to TU Dublin that includes access to strength and conditioning, academic mentoring (flexible learning options), physiotherapy, nutrition, performance skills workshops and high performance training facilities. Students may also be eligible for financial assistance.

In order to be considered eligible to apply applicants must fulfil the following criteria;

Application Criteria

Applicants must

  • be new entrants to TU Dublin City Campus

  • satisfy all normal academic programme entry requirements and apply for such a programme through the normal CAO processes 

  • apply to full-time undergraduate programmes only

  • be competing in a sport that is recognised by Sport Ireland

How to apply

Simply complete an online application form before 1st May 2019 

 Online applications for the Athlete Support Programme will be available from February 1st 2019



Christina Hamill – Irish U21 International Hockey PlayerChristian Hamill Elite Athlete



‘’I was awarded extra CAO points through the Elite Athlete Academic Entry Scheme at TU Dublin City Campus.  Access to this programme allows me to avail of world class gym facilities and practical supports which allow me to balance my academic activity with my training activities. The support of my fellow athletes and the staff in TU Dublin will help me to remain focused on my objective for 2019, selection for the Irish U21 squad for the European championships in Valencia in July.’’


Further Information

Further information about the scheme can be made available by contacting the details provided.

Niamh O’Callaghan Programme Manager

Telephone: (01) 402 7633