What access routes are available?

UCD offers a range of access routes to applicants which can help to gain access to university and your chosen degree:

UCD Access and Lifelong Learning (ALL)

UCD Access and Lifelong Learning (ALL) is a leader in the field of lifelong learning and in supporting mature students in their preparation for university.

Mature learners are welcome and the Centre is delighted to provide a variety of courses to prepare for undergraduate study.

  • UCD Access Courses offer progression pathways to many degrees in UCD. If you have not been involved in academic study for many years, or are considering a complete change of career path, you may wish to consider one of the UCD Access Programmes which will introduce you to the area of interest and also help to prepare you for university life.
  • Open Learning is a university-wide initiative which opens up a range of modules in UCD to those who wish to sample degree level modules.
    UCD Access and Lifelong Learning warmly invites adult learners to register for and join in undergraduate modules, for one semester or two. Part time learning options are available in a range of modules which can be taken for audit or credit.


Students with appropriate QQI FET qualifications, including required modules, can be admitted on a competitive basis to the first year of the following degree programmes in UCD:

  • DN200 Science
  • DN201 Computer Science
  • DN240 Sustainability
  • DN250 Agricultural Science
  • DN253 Agri-Environmental Sciences
  • DN261 Food Science
  • DN271 Forestry
  • DN272 Horticulture, Landscape and Sportsturf Management
  • DN310 Veterinary Nursing
  • DN450 General Nursing
  • DN451 Integrated Children's and General Nursing
  • DN452 Midwifery
  • DN453 Mental Health Nursing
  • DN520 Arts
  • DN530 Humanities
  • DN541 Modern Languages
  • DN600 Law
  • DN610 Business and Law
  • DN650 Commerce
  • DN700 Social Sciences
  • DN710 Economics
  • DN720 Psychology
  • DN750 Social Policy and Sociology

Please consult the UCD QQI FET web pages prior to making an application. In order to be considered applicants must present the appropriate award with a minimum of Distinction in 5 modules.

Other UCD Progression Routes

Other UCD progression routes are also available through various UCD Certificate and Diploma courses.

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