Information for Mature Students

Entry Routes, Grant Assistance & Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

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Coming to college for the first time as a mature student can be a daunting experience. We have compiled information for prospective and current mature students, which we hope will help your progress at GMIT.

Mature Student Entry Route
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.

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 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 on 1st of January in the year of entry. They will be automatically called for interview r.  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.

Accumulation of Credits and Certification of Modules (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. The Institute also offers some evening programmes through this scheme. Most full time programmes at GMIT are available on an ACCM basis.

Mature Student Handbook (PDF)

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.

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

Student Assistance Fund
Students undergoing financial difficulty can apply to the Student Assistance Fund.  Application forms are available from Student Services and early application is advised.

Further Information: 

Applications for Year-One of all 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,

Phone: + 353 91 50 9800


Contact the Access Office:

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

Email: The Access Office