Mature Student

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

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.

GMIT mature student scholarship recipients

Interactive Mature Student Guide

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. Candidates will be assessed based on their application and previous educational qualifications/personal statement. For courses with limited places, applicants will be ranked in order of merit. Places will be awarded in July and August, through the CAO. Note: For candidates applying for the BA in Film & Documentary, or GMIT Letterfrack courses, interviews are held in May in the year of entry.  Candidates will be automatically called for interview at whichever campus their course of choice will take place on, and are assessed on the basis of: 

  • Previous education

  • Work experience and demonstrated ability

  • Competence to undertake the programme

3. Through successful completion of one of the Foundation programmes run by both NUIG and GMIT followed by an interview with each Mature Student. Candidates can choose from the programmes below.

Recognised Prior Learning

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

Visit 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.

Complete the Access the Accumulation of Credits and Certification of Module (ACCM) Form (online form).

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.

4. Uversity Scholarships for Adult Learners 

Uversity’s scholarships will provide full financial support, if required, for the entire period of recipients’ study.  They will provide meaningful, multi-annual financial support for recipients to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree for the first time in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland.

Click here for details on Uversity Scholarships.

Other Supports for Mature Students

Our Access & Disability 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 & Disability Office for more information at: +353 (0) 91 742392 or GMIT Access Office.

Recognised Prior Learning

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,

Tel: + 353 (0) 91 509800


Contact the GMIT Access & Disability Office:

Tel: +353 (0) 91 742392

Email: GMIT Access Office