QQI Access TU Dublin

QQI Access TU Dublin

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



      • 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 Partner and Link 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