UCD Access Courses

Have you ever thought of coming to university to study for a degree?

Access courses are designed to prepare adults, who may not have formal qualifications, for successful study at university. These are Special Purpose Awards (Level 6) which equip mature students with the skills and confidence required to take the next step to selected degree courses in UCD.

 

We offer Access to Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences & Law and Access to Science, Engineering & Agriculture courses, depending on the degree cprogramme you are interested in pursuing.

 

Access courses are designed for you if:

  • You do not meet existing entry requirements to university
  • You already qualify for university but are not ready to commit just yet

Access courses aim to:  

  • Equip you with the skills you need to engage in a full-time degree
  • Introduce you to the methods of study, writing and research required for successful participation in higher education
  • Prepare you to compete for entry to third level and to make informed choices about further study
  • Increase your self-confidence in your capacity to progress and participate in university
  • Offer you the opportunity to experience the fulfilment that can be gained from learning in an academic setting

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Course Outline

Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences & Law

This part-time course is particularly suited for those who aim to study in the area of Arts & Humanities, Social Science or Law.

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The Access to Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences & Law course is a year long course designed to provide students with the necessary skills and confidence to eventually pursue an undergraduate degree.

A final grade point average of 2.6 or more from the Access Course guarantees entry into the following undergraduate degree programmes at UCD:                                                                                              

  • Bachelor of Arts (DN500)
  • Bachelor of Civil Law (DN550)
  • Bachelor of Social Science (DN600)
  • BSocSc Social Police and Sociology (DN750)
  • BCL Law (DN600)

Access to Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Law is a part-time course, with students taking a total of six modules over the academic year.

Students take three modules each semester: Two core modules and one option module during semester 1, and one core module and two option modules in semester 2. Modules are available to take either mornings or evenings.

Required Modules (compulsory for all students):

  • First Steps – Introduction to Higher Education
  • Digital Literacy for University
  • Applied Academic Writing

Optional Modules (students must choose 3 of the following):

  • Introduction to Archaeology
  • Introducing our Social Worlds
  • Making History
  • Introduction to Law in Ireland
  • Ways of Reading (English Literature)

 

General UCD term dates for 2018/19 are available through the main UCD website

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Access to Arts, Humanities, Social Science and Law students will be invited to campus to attend our Welcome Days. 

This is when you will begin to navigate the campus, learn about social and academic resources, receive advice, meet new people and begin to make connections, and have your questions answered. 

Welcome days will take place on Tuesday 28th and Wednesday 29th August.

 

Course Outline

Access to Science, Engineering & Agriculture

This course is designed to prepare adults, who may not have the formal qualifications, for successful study at university, particularly in the areas of Science, Engineering, Agriculture or Health & Safety.

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Access to Science, Engineering& Agriculture aims to:

  • Facilitate you in finding a degree course that best suits your aptitude and interest
  • Give you the confidence and skills necessary to plan and organise study for your particular needs
  • Provide you with analytical skills in order to fully understand the material presented in all subject modules
  • Equip you with the skills and confidence to take on a degree course in Agricultural Science, Engineering/Architecture or Science.

 

Access to Science, Engineering and Agriculture guarantees access to the following degree courses at UCD:

  • Bachelor of Science (DN200)
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (DN201)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (DN140)(DN150)
  • Bachelor of Agriculture (DN250)(DN252)(DN253)(DN261)(DN271)(DN272)

 

GPA of 3.08* or more = Guaranteed Entry to degree programmes in UCD

*Entry to Engineering is also contingent on obtaining an A– or higher in each of the mathematics modules

Access to Science, Engineering and Agriculture is a Part-Time course offered on two evenings a week and on Saturday mornings at Belfield.

 

 

Entry Requirements & Application

There are no formal educational entry requirements to either access course.

Applicants may apply using prior educational qualifications or life experience. Evidence of recent prior learning is most relevant in an application. Adult learners are invited to submit their life experience and individual strengths as evidence of their suitability.

Click to apply to Access to Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences & Law  - Closing Date: Ongoing until end of August.

Click to apply to Access to Science, Engineering & Agriculture - Closing Date: August 10th 2018

Applicants are required to attend a series of mathematical and science lectures in August, detailed below.

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Candidates are required to complete an application form, attend an interview, and be assessed on a sample of written work.

The interviews are informal in nature, and are essentially an opportunity for you to meet us to discuss your study plans, as well as allowing us to advise on whether the Access Course will be suited to you.

Interviews are held from the second week of July onwards, and last approximately 30 minutes. Details of when and where your interview will be take place will be emailed to you closer to the time.

Evidence of recent prior learning is most relevant in an application, ability in maths, and prior learning in at least one of the Science subjects is important.

Step 1: Complete an application

To apply, candidates are required to complete an online application form.

The deadline for applications is August 10th 2018.

 

Applicants must be available to attend the following:

 

Step 2: Four Mathematics Workshops (Pre-entry Hot Topics in Mathematics)

Saturday, 18th August: 10:00am - 1:00pm

Monday, 20th August: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Wednesday, 22nd August: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Saturday, 25th August:10:00am - 1:00pm

All applicants will be assessed in mathematics at the end of the final workshop. 

 

Step 3: A Science Lecture

Wednesday, 29th August: 6:30pm 

All applicants will be required to submit a written assignment following the lecture. This will be a reflection on a question posed following the lecture and will not require subject expertise. 

 

Step 4: An Interview

Interviews will take place on Thursday the 30th and Friday the 31st of August. 

Applicants will receive an email invitation closer to the date with information on times and location of the interview.

 

 

Support

UCD Access & Lifelong Learning offers a range of support to students to assist them in their return to education. An orientation session will be provided to all Access students, this includes a tour of the campus and an IT Services induction.

Throughout the academic year students can avail of a variety of academic skills training workshops and a range of Drop In Services held in the Access and Lifelong Learning Centre.

For further advice and guidance about this course, or Scholarship eligibility, please contact:

Thomond Coogan, Mature Years Access Programme Co-ordinator.

 

Fees

Access to Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences & Law

Course Fee €850

Access to Science, Engineering & Agriculture

Course Fee €1,800

Scholarships

UCD particularly welcomes applications from people who (because of their educational background, disability, Traveller or Refugee status) are currently underrepresented in university. Please ask about our specific Access Scholarships.

If you are registered as unemployed and /or in-receipt of one of the following payments: Job-seekers Benefit, Job-seekers Allowance, Disability Allowance, Illness Benefit, or One-Parent Family Allowance you may qualify for the Scholarship Programme. It will be necessary to provide evidence of income.

 

Progression Routes

The UCD access courses guarantee entry  to many degree programmes in UCD once course assessment criteria are met.

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Along with application to the CAO, or International Office as appropriate, and mature years age requirement:

A GPA of 2.6 or more in Access course assessment guarantees entry to the following degree programmes:

 

  • BA Arts Two Subjects (DN520)

  • BA Humanities (DN530)

  • BSc Social Sciences (DN700)

  • BSocSc Social Policy and Sociology (DN750)

  • BCL Law (DN600)

     

    Programmes and entry procedures may be subject to change or development so please check www.ucd.ie/maturestudents regularly.

Along with application to the CAO, or International Office as appropriate, and mature years age requirement:

A Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.08* in course assessment will be guaranteed entry

To obtain a guaranteed place on the BE (Bachelor of Engineering)* degree course students must obtain an overall grade of at least A- in each of the mathematics modules.

 

A student who achieves a grade of A- or over in each of the mathematics modules may take Calculus and Linear Algebra for the Mathematical and Physical Sciences when they proceed to Stage 1 Science.

Programmes and entry procedures may be subject to change or development so please check www.ucd.ie/maturestudentsregularly.

  • Science - All streams (DN200)

  • Computer Science (DN201)

  • Agricultural Science (DN250)

  • Animal & Crop Production (DN250 ACP)

  • Animal Science (DN250 ASC)

  • Agricultural Systems Technology (DN250 AST)

  • Animal Science - Equine (DN205 EQS)

  • Food & Agribusiness Management (DN250 FAM)

  • No Preference (DN250 NPF)

  • Dairy Business (DN252)

  • Agri-Environmental Sciences (DN253)

  • Food Business with Chinese Studies (DN250)

  • Food Science (DN261)

  • Forestry (DN271)

  • Horticulture, Landscape & Sportsturf Management (DN272)

  • Engineering (DN150)

 

FAQs

What is an Access Course?

Access Courses are specially designed, year-long courses to help adult learners prepare for university. Sometimes called Return to Learning, or Foundation courses, University Access courses equip mature students with the skills and confidence required to take the next step to selected degree courses.  The UCD access courses guarantee entry to a number of degree programmes in UCD once course assessment criteria are met.

Who can apply for a place on an Access Course?

Anyone aged 22 or more on 1st of January 2018 may apply for an Access course to start in September 2018. For entry to third level programmes applicants must be at least 23 on 1st of January of the proposed year of entry. There is no upper age limit.

Will I be the oldest? Am I too old to learn/start college? Will I feel uncomfortable in class with much younger people?

There is no upper age limit for Access Course applicants, and the age range is often very diverse. Former students have found that this age-mix is beneficial to their studies, as it helps to create an atmosphere which lends itself to sharing information and pooling resources.

I never sat the Leaving Cert., am I still eligible?

It is desirable though not essential. Applicants to Access to Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Law and Access to Science, Engineering and Agriculture are not required to have formal qualifications; they will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their motivation and readiness for the course, as well as to make a personal statement outlining their life experience and abilities.

What subjects are available? Is there a choice?

Subject options may change on the Access to Arts, Social Sciences and Law course from one year to the next. No matter what subjects are on offer, bear in mind, that the acquiring of learning skills and the process itself are the key objectives of Access to Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Law. Students who intend to pursue a third level qualification in Engineering choose Maths for Engineering rather than Biology in the Access to Science, Engineering and Agriculture course.

Attendance - what if I can't make 80% of course for reasons of illness, family situation, etc?

It is impossible to pre-empt issues that might arise during your course. Whilst we are anxious to maintain high academic standards, we understand that it is not always possible to operate within strictly defined parameters. If the need arises, talk to your course co-ordinator and every effort will be made to facilitate your needs.

How much does it cost?

Access to Arts, Humanities, Social Science & Law: €850
Access to Science, Engineering & Agriculture: €1,800

I am on low income, can I still afford this?

Students who are registered as unemployed and/or in-receipt of one of the following payments: Job-seekers Benefit, Job-seekers Allowance, One-Parent Family Allowance or Disability Benefit may qualify for the UCD Access & Lifelong Learning Access Programme Fees Scholarship Programme.