Access Foundation Programme / An Bonnchlár Rochtana

This programme is designed specifically for applicants who have experienced socio-economic disadvantage and/or educational disadvantage. Each candidate is screened at the short-listing stage to determine eligibility for the programme.  

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. Please include a copy of any relevant qualifications or certificates.
  2. Work and volunteering experience. Candidates should detail their work experience.
  3. Essay and personal statement. Candidates 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.

Location: Mountjoy Square

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 Access Foundation Programme set up & who is it for?

The programme forms part of TU Dublin’s commitment to extending access to education to people from 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 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.

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 at TU Dublin.

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 accessadmissions@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:

The final date for submission is 16th September 2020

To view Candidate Brief Document >CLICK HERE<

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 - 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 Two

Core Modules

  • Introduction to Higher Education 2
  • Applied Writing 2
  • Communications 2
  • Research Skills
  • Information Technology
  • Mathematics 2- Student takes 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)
TU Code

TU699

Level

Level 6

Award

Access Foundation Programme

Duration

1 year

Number of Places

150

Location

City Centre

Fees

EU Fees

Non-EU Fees

Contact Us

Access Foundation Programme Coordinator - Johanna King