TU Dublin Access Routes

We aim to ensure that students of all backgrounds and nationalities can find a pathway to higher education that suits their circumstances at different stages of their lives and careers. Please take some time to look at the various Access entry routes outlined below and feel free to contact us for further information. We are more than happy to give you advice on which entry route might be suitable for your individual needs and to support you in making your application.

Access TU Dublin is aimed at school leavers, from socio economically disadvantaged backgrounds who would like to study a full time undergraduate course in TU Dublin.

How do I apply?

Applications now closed for entry 2022.  You will need your CAO number to apply.

Closing Date

Monday 9th May 2022 at 5pm.

Why Apply?

Pre-Entry Supports:

  • Application Support from TU Dublin Access Service staff
  • Reduced points CAO offers for courses in TU Dublin provided you meet the minimum entry requirements.

Post Entry Supports:

  • Orientation programme before you begin your programme
  • Financial advice and guidance (student financial assistance funds available)
  • Support from staff in the Access Service
  • Peer mentoring
  • Additional academic support if required
  • Volunteering and Leadership opportunities

Please Note:

The Access Service in TU Dublin will only make reduced points offers in Round 1 for the below Entry Routes. If you are eligible for one of these entry routes and receive an offer in a later CAO round, you will be supported by either the Access Service and/or the Disability Support Service.

If you are HEAR and/or Access TU Dublin eligible and receive a CAO offer after round 1, please contact 01 220 7113/ 01 220 8346  to avail of supports from the Access Service.

If you are DARE eligible and receive a CAO offer after round 1, please contact 01 220 5008.

These numbers are for guideline purposes only and may vary from year to year.

The information in the link below is correct as of the 1st September 2022:

TU Dublin CAO Codes HEAR DARE Access Places

Criteria

Essential:

  • Submit an Access TU Dublin application form
  • Apply via CAO (based on leaving cert results) for full time undergraduate entry in Autumn 2022
  • Under the age of 23 years on January 1st 2022

Meet ONE of the following:

  • Member of the Traveller community (Automatic Eligibility on supply of documented proof)
  • In the care of, or recently in the care of, the Health Service Executive (HSE) or Tusla (Automatic Eligibility on supply of documented proof)
  • Attending a TU Dublin Link or Partner DEIS School
  • Be resident in one of the following post codes – Dublin 1, 2, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24
  • Submit a letter of support, written by a relevant person, with your application stating that Access TU Dublin is appropriate for you.  

Meet THREE of the following financial & social and cultural indicators:

  • Parents have not gone to college (higher education)
  • Applicant has attended a DEIS school for at least 2 years
  • Be from a socio economic group underrepresented in higher education
  • Live in an area of urban or rural disadvantage
  • Family received a means tested payment from the Department of Social Protection for at least 26 weeks in 2020
  • Family income was below the following amounts in 2020 
Less than 4 children €45,790
Between 4-7 children  €50,325 
More than 8 children €54,630
Add €4,670 to the total income for every sibling/parent enrolled in a full time college, university or post leaving certificate further education course

The QQI Access TU Dublin entry route is aimed at students, from a socio economically disadvantaged background, who have completed a QQI Level 5 and 6 course and are applying for entry onto year one of a TU Dublin course through the Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS).

QQI functions include those previously carried out by the Further Education and Training Awards Council (FETAC); the Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC); the Irish Universities Quality Board (IUQB) and the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland (NQAI).

How do I apply?

Applications now open for entry 2022.  You will need your CAO number to apply.

Closing Date

Monday 9th May 2022 at 5pm.

Why Apply?

Pre-Entry Supports:

      • Application Support from TU Dublin Access Service staff
      • Reserved places for successful applicants for courses in TU Dublin where applications are made through the higher education links scheme (HELS). Please note that you must meet the required number of distinctions and any specified modules required.

Post Entry Supports:

      • Orientation programme before you begin your programme
      • Financial advice and guidance (student financial assistance funds available)
      • Support from staff in the Access Service
      • Peer mentoring
      • Additional academic support if required
      • Volunteering and Leadership opportunities

Criteria

Essential:

      • Submit a QQI Access TU Dublin application form
      • Have completed or be in the process of completing a full QQI Level 5 or Level 6 award
      • Apply via CAO to the higher education links scheme (HELS) for full time undergraduate entry in Autumn 2022 on the basis of your QQI results. Please note that this scheme is not open to advanced entry applicants.
      • Under the age of 23 years on January 1st 2022

Meet THREE of the following financial & social and cultural indicators:

      • Member of the Traveller community (Automatic Eligibility on supply of documented proof)
      • In the care of, or recently in the care of, the Health Service Executive (HSE) or Tusla (Automatic Eligibility on supply of documented proof)
      • Parents have not gone to college (higher education)
      • Attended a TU Dublin Link or Partner DEIS School for at least 2 years
      • Be from a socio economic group underrepresented in higher education
      • Live in an area of urban or rural disadvantage
      • Family received a means tested payment from the Department of Social Protection for at least 26 weeks in 2020
      • Family income is below the following amounts in 2020 
Less than 4 children €45,790
Between 4-7 children  €50,325 
More than 8 children €54,630
Add €4,670 to the total income for every sibling/parent enrolled in a full time college, university or post leaving certificate further education course

What is the Access Foundation Programme? 

The Access Foundation Programme (AFP) is a one-year full-time course preparing students, both personally and academically, to pursue undergraduate programmes at TU Dublin. 

Graduates from the programme move on to undergraduate courses across a range of disciplines offered at the university, including Science and Health, IT and Computing, Engineering and Built Environment, Social Science, Business, Hospitality, Arts and Tourism.

Why was the AFP set up and who is it for?

The programme forms part of TU Dublin’s commitment to extending access to education to people from communities lacking a strong tradition of participation in third-level education. The course is of particular benefit to adults who’ve been out of education for a long time, or who did not complete a Leaving Certificate. In addition, we welcome applications from people whose skills no longer allow them to access the labour market. 

Learning outcome/What will you study?

Students take six compulsory modules and two optional modules each semester. Optional modules are chosen from a range of modules in the areas of science, engineering, business, social science, art and computing. Students will develop the skills needed to undertake an undergraduate qualification at TU Dublin, learn how to research and write academic work, and improve their communication and information technology skills.

Module Listing

Semester 1 & 2
Core Modules (compulsory)
  • Introduction to Higher Education
  • Applied Writing
  • Communications
  • Study Skills (Semester 1) / Research Skills (Semester 2)
  • Information Technology
  • Mathematics: students take one of the following modules:
    • Advanced
    • Intermediate  
    • Fundamental
Optional Modules (choose 2)
  • Introduction to Humanities
  • Introduction to Social Science
  • Irish History
  • 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 2

Core Modules
  • Introduction to Higher Education 2
  • Applied Writing 2
  • Communications 2
  • Research Skills
  • Information Technology
  • Mathematics 2: students take one of the following modules:
    • Advanced
    • Intermediate
    • Fundamentals
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 successfully complete the programme will be offered a place on a suitable undergraduate course at TU Dublin through a facilitated entry process. We offer guidance and support during the year to help students to identify undergraduate options.

How to apply

Applicants apply directly to the TU Dublin by way of online application: 

Mature Applicants >APPLY ONLINE HERE<

Young Adult Applicants >APPLY ONLINE HERE<

Please email carlescastro.prat@tudublin.ie if you would like to have a Word/PDF version of the form emailed to you.

Applicants are shortlisted based on eligibility and suitability and shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview. Offers are made to candidates based on the application form and interview. 

Application Deadline:

1st round closing date of 4th June 2021

To view the Candidate Brief Doc HERE

Am I suitable or ready for the programme?

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 five years. You 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. Please include a copy of any relevant qualifications or certificates.
  2. Work and volunteering experience. You should detail your work experience.
  3. Essay and personal statement. You are required to submit a handwritten essay and personal statement.

Other Entry Requirements:

  • Candidates who already hold a higher-education qualification, with no evidence of deterioration in academic ability, are deemed ineligible.
  • Those who participate in the programme must have the right to live and study in Ireland. Applicants should either have an Irish/EU passport, a stamp 4 visa or be able to show they are within the International Protection system in Ireland.

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.

For Further Information

Please contact ther Access Foundation Programme Co-ordinator: 

Carles Castro Prat

E: carlescastro.prat@tudublin.ie

T: 01 2206184