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Access Foundation Programme / Clár Fondúireacht Rochtana


What is the Access Foundation Programme? 

The Access Foundation Programme is a one year full-time preparation for higher education programmes 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 programmes in Science, Engineering, Business and Applied Arts.  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 & who is it 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. 

Learning Outcome/What Will I Study?

Students take 6 compulsory modules (subjects) and four option 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.

Module Listing

Semester One & Semester Two

Core Modules (compulsory)

  • Introduction to Higher Education
  • Applied Writing
  • Communications
  • Study Skills (Semester 1)/ Research Skills (Semester 2)
  • Information Technology
  • Mathematics (Advanced / Intermediate  / Fundamental)

Optional Modules (choose 2)

  • Introduction to Humanities
  • Introduction to Social Science
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Computer Science Fundamentals (Networking Technologies)
  • Engineering (Electronic and Electrical)
  • Introduction to Chemistry
  • Fundamental Physics
  • Human Biology
  • Art Portfolio Preparation (year long)

Semester Two

Optional Modules (choose 2)

  • Introduction to Economics
  • Introduction to Management
  • Applied Social Science
  • Approaches to Humanities 
  • Cultural Tourism
  • Applied Chemistry
  • Applied Physics
  • Cell Biology and Genetics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science (Programming)

How do students progress into undergraduate programmes?

Students who have successfully completed the programme ae guaranteed an offer of one of their DIT CAO undergraduate course choices. Students are admitted to undergraduate programmes through a facilitated entry process.

How to apply for a place?

Applicants apply directly to the DIT by way of a paper application form. Applicants are screened for eligibility and suitability. Applicants successful at this stage are called for interview. Offers are made to candidates based on the application form and interview.

Application Forms:- 


Am I suitable/ready for the programme? (Academic suitability)

Candidates are assessed for their academic suitability for the programme. The following are considered:

  1. Educational experience and qualifications. Particular emphasis is paid to educational experiences over the last 5 years. Applicants should detail all relevant educational experiences including secondary school qualifications, experience of further adult education and training, as well informal education or non-certified courses. A copy of qualifications and certificates must be included.
  2. Work experience. Candidates should detail their work experience.
  3. Volunteering experience. Candidates should detail their volunteering experience. Essay. Candidates are required to submit a handwritten essay.

Other Entry Requirements

  • Candidates who already hold a higher education qualification, with no evidence of deterioration in academic ability, are deemed ineligible.
  • Non-EU nationals are required to hold a visa/GNIB stamp permitting full-time study in Ireland. Proof of this must be included in the application.

Fees and Grants

The Access Foundation Programme is FREE for participants. Students on the programme are not eligible for the SUSI grant. Students in receipt of a qualifying social welfare payment may be eligible for the Back to Education Allowance.

Please contact Bobby Maher, Access Foundation Programme Co-ordinator.


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