Advanced Entry (Years 2, 3 & 4)

What is Advanced Entry?

Advanced Entry is where an applicant seeks to gain entry to Year 2, 3 or 4 of an undergraduate course based on prior educational (recognised prior learning RPL) and/or work experience. 

Individual course pages will outline if Advanced Entry is an option, the full list of programmes available for Advanced Entry are on the CAO.

How to Apply

EU Applicants: Applications for advanced entry into Years 2, 3 or 4 of an undergraduate course are made via the CAO. A list of courses which are open for advanced entry is available on the CAO.

The CAO processes applications for undergraduate courses in Irish Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). Decisions on admissions to undergraduate courses are made by the HEIs who instruct CAO to make offers to successful candidates.

Non EU Applicants: Applications must be made directly to TU Dublin. Please apply via the "Non-EU button" on the relevant course webpage.  Make sure to upload supporting documentation including examination transcripts and details of relevant work experience, CV etc.

Closing Date

Applications should be made by: 31st August (Please note, some popular courses may close earlier due to high demand)

  • You should follow instructions outlined on the CAO website with regard to submitting supporting documentation.
  • Please make sure to include the Advanced Entry Cover Sheet each time you send documents. This will save significant delays in CAO uploading your documents to your application.
  • Failure to supply supporting documentation may result in your application being rejected.


Advanced Entry applications are assessed on the basis of availability of places in the relevant course year and on the merit. of the applicant, so Advanced Entry is not guaranteed.

Sample assessment criteria:

  • Evidence of previous study at Level 6/7/8 may be considered for Advanced Entry into a related course.
  • Relevant work experience

When are offers made?

Offers for Advanced Entry places are predominantly made during the months of July and August however, some programmes may offer their places sooner than that.   

Offers are issued by the CAO via email.