Access Courses

Access courses are specially designed course 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. 

UCD Access & Lifelong Learning offer Access to Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Law and Access to Science, Engineering and Agriculture courses to mature students. These are Special Purpose Awards, Level 6, which equip mature students with the skills and confidence required to take the next step to a Third Level course in UCD. 

 Application to Access to Science, Engineering & Agriculture is now closed.

Access Brochure 2017 -2018

 

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

The Access courses have strong links with certain UCD schools and colleges and progression to certain third level courses is guaranteed upon successful completion of the course. It is important to note that the access guarantee refers to the academic year following on from the successful completion of the access programme, though deferrals may be arranged in some circumstances.

Apply here:  Application to the access courses is open for 2017/18. 

Application to Access to Science, Engineering & Agriculture is now closed.

Applicants to Access to Science, Engineering & Agriculture must be available on the following dates: 

  1. Pre-entry Hot Topics in Mathematics: 21, 23, 24th August 6pm – 9pm and 26 August 10am – 1pm

At the end of these workshops all applicants will be given a test in mathematics.

  1. Lecture – followed by written piece: 28th August 6.30pm – 8.30pm
  2. Interviews on 29th and 30th August (date and time to be allocated closer to the date)

 

 

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This course is designed to prepare adults, who may not have formal qualifications, for successful study at university. The course is suitable for those who aim to study in the area of the Arts, Humanities Social Sciences or Law.

The course aims to:

  • Equip students with the skills that they will need to engage in an undergraduate course
  • Introduce students to the methods of study, writing and research required for successful participation in higher education
  • Prepare students to compete for entry to third level and to make informed choices about further study
  • Increase students' self-confidence in their ability to advance within third level education
  • Offer students the opportunity to experience the fulfilment that can be gained from learning in an academic setting

Entry requirements

There are no formal educational entry requirements. 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. Candidates are required to complete an application form, attend an interview and be assessed on a sample of written work. Interviews are typically scheduled during July and August by arrangement.

All applicants must be over the age of 22 on 1st January 2017.

Course Fees

€850

Students who are registered as unemployed and/or in-receipt of one of the following payments: Job-seekers Benefit, Job-seekers Allowance or One-Parent Family Allowance or Disability Benefit may qualify for a Mature Years Access Scholarship. To apply for the scholarship or reduced course fees will need to produce evidence of income. Thomond Coogan will be happy to discuss this with you. (Tel. 7167584 or e-mail thomond.Coogan@ucd.ie

Click here to Apply to Access to Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Law

Where to after Access?

Progression from: Access to Arts, Humanities, Social Science and Law

Students who achieve an overall mark of 60% or more in overall course assessment, , are eligible to apply on grounds of mature years, and who follow appropriate application procedures via the CAO will be guaranteed a place on the UCD:

  • Bachelor of Arts(DN500)
  • UCD Social Science Degree (DN550)
  • UCD Law (DN600)

Further information

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

Thomond Coogan, Mature Years Access Programme Co-ordinator.

Tel (01) 716 7584

email:  Thomond.Coogan@ucd.ie

Application to Access to Science, Engineering & Agriculture for 2017/18 is now closed.

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 and Health & Safety.

Access to Science, Engineering and Agriculture aims to:

  • Support students in finding the third level course that best suits their aptitude and interest
  • Give students the confidence and skills necessary to plan and organise study for their particular needs
  • Provide students with analytical skills in order to fully understand the material presented in all subject modules
  •  Equip students with the skills and confidence to take on a degree course in Agricultural Science: Engineering/Architecture; Science ; Medicine  certificate/degree or diploma course in Health and Safety at Work;

Entry requirements

There are no formal educational entry requirements. Applicants may apply using prior educational qualifications or life experience. Adult learners are invited to submit their life experience and individual strengths as evidence of their suitability. All applicants must be over the age of 22 on 1st January 2017.

Course Fee

€1,800

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 Mature Years Access Scholarship. It will be necessary to produce evidence of income.

Where to after Access?

Progression from: Access to Science, Engineering and Agriculture

Students who achieve an overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.08 on the Access Course, are eligible to apply on grounds of mature years, and who follow appropriate application procedures via the CAO will be guaranteed a place on the UCD:

  • BSc (Bachelor of Science),
  • B Agr Sc (Bachelor of Agricultural Science) degree
  • BE (Bachelor of Engineering)
  • Higher Diploma in Safety, Health and Welfare at Work

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.

Further information

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

Thomond Coogan, Co-Ordinator, UCD Adult Education Access Programmes

Tel (01) 716 7584,

email:  Thomond.Coogan@ucd.ie

Who can apply for a place on an Access course?

Anyone aged 22 or more on 1st of January 2017 may apply for an Access course to start in September 2017. 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.

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

A. There is no upper age limit. Former students have found that the age-mix helps create an atmosphere which lends itself to sharing information and pooling resources.

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

A. 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 make a personal statement outlining their life experience and abilities.

Q. Are the courses full-time or part-time?

A. Part-time. Access to Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Law courses are offered either morning or evening and require that students attend on two mornings/evenings per week, depending on the venue. Access to Science, Engineering and Agriculture is offered on two evenings a week and on Saturday mornings at Belfield. Both programmes are of twenty weeks duration, ten in the autumn and ten in the spring semester.

Q. What subjects are available? Is there a choice?

A. 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.

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

A. 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.

Q. I am on low income can I afford this?

A. 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.