Mature Students

Find out about the entry routes and financial supports available for Mature Students

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More and more people are entering third-level education as mature students.

The following information should assist you in applying to GMIT as a mature student.

Make sure to also download our Mature Student Handbook (PDF).

 

Entry Routes

There are three separate entry routes by which mature students may enter GMIT:

1. Through CAO using a previous qualification: Leaving Certificate, Fetac Level 5 or 6 in competition with all other entrants on points. Place awarded in August.

2. Through the CAO using the mature students route as a special category: Candidates must be 23 or over on the 1st of January in the year of entry to the course, applying through the CAO and filling in pages 3 and 4 of the application form.

Interviews are held in May each year for applicants who are 23 or over on 1st of January in the year of entry. They will be automatically called for interview in the disciplines they are applying for, at whichever campus their course of choice will take place on, in May, and are assessed on the basis of:

  • Previous education
  • Work experience and demonstrated ability
  • Competence to undertake the programme

Candidates are ranked in order from the interviews and places will be awarded in July and August, through the CAO

3. Through successful completion of one of the Access courses run by both NUIG and GMIT followed by an interview with each Mature Student.

 

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL)

Do you have work experience or previous qualifications that are relevant to the course you want to study?

Then you may be able to use RPL to:

  • Gain entry to the course
  • Gain advanced entry to the course
  • Gain exemptions from parts of the course
  • Transfer from one course to another
  • Gain entry to a postgraduate programme where you may not have the standard primary honours degree required for entry

Go to the website www.myexperience.ie for full instructions on how to apply using RPL, and to see Success Stories from mature students who have taken this route.

 

Accumulation of Credits and Certification of Modules (ACCM)

If you can't commit to studying full time, consider ACCM.

ACCM is an innovative scheme whereby modules may be studied on a single module basis.

Module certificates are awarded to successful participants and credits may be accumulated towards a full award.

GMIT also offers some evening programmes through this scheme. Most full time programmes at GMIT are available on an ACCM basis.

 

Financial Supports for Mature Students

There are a number of financial supports available for Mature Students:

1. Grants and Funds Available for Mature Students
A comprehensive list of grants and funds available to mature students can be accessed on the Citizens Information website.

2. Mature Student Scholarships
GMIT awards three scholarships for registered first year mature students every year. See our Scholarships page for more information. 

3. Student Assistance Fund (SAF)
The Student Assistance Fund (SAF) is intended to provide financial support to disadvantaged students who require additional financial support to enable them to fully benefit from their third level studies.

The SAF is funded by the Irish Government and part-funded by the European Social Fund under the Human Capital Investment Operational Programme.

SAF application forms are available from the Student Services/Administration Offices at all campuses or is available to download from the student portal. Early application is advised.

 

Other Supports for Mature Students

Our Access Office provides assistance for Mature Students in the following areas:

  • Assistance with the application process (CAO)
  • Information and advice on sources of funding
  • Study Skills Workshops and courses covering: Effective Study Techniques; Effective Note-Taking; Essay Writing; Examination Techniques and Maths

Contact our Access Office for more information at +353 (0) 91 74 2129/2182 or by emailing The Access Office

Further Information: 

Applications for all first year full-time Higher Certificate (Level 6), Ordinary Bachelor Degree (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degree (Level 8) courses are made to:

Central Applications Office (CAO)
Tower House,
Eglington Street,
Galway.

Phone: + 353 91 50 9800

 

Contact the Access Office:

Phone: +353 (0) 91 74 2129 / 2182

Email: The Access Office

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