DIT Access Service

August 17 Closing Date AFP Application Form

Applications Open for Access Foundation Programme Mature Students until August 4th 2017***

Application Process

The Access Foundation Programme is currently inviting applications for 2017/18.

The programme is currently inviting applications for September 2017.

Closing Date for Young Adult Applications was 1st of May 2017.  Closing date for Mature Applications is 4th August 2017.

Interested applicants may request to be put on the programme mailing list. Contact Bobby Maher on bobby.maher@dit.ie

Entry Requirements

There are no standard educational requirements, such as the Leaving Certificate or an aptitude test, but all applicants must meet the following criteria: 

  • Be able to demonstrate a desire to pursue third level programmes and a level of learning ability suitable to do so.
  • Demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively in English at level suitable to commencing the programme.


In addition, Young Adult applicants are required to satisfy a socio-economic disadvantage assessment as set out by the Entry Routes policy of the Access and Civic Engagement Office. This requires applicants to satisfy three of the following SED indicators. 

  1. Parents have not gone to college (higher education).

  2. Applicant has attended a DEIS school for at least 2 years. 

  3. Family income thresholds as set out by the DIT Access and Civic Engagement Office in line with young adult access entry routes thresholds. 

  4. Be from a socio economic group underrepresented in higher education. 

  5. Live in an area of urban or rural disadvantage. 

  6. Family received a means tested payment from the Department of Social Protection for at least 26 weeks in the tax year two years prior to the year of application. For example, applicants for 2017 must submit financial documentation for 2015.

Special consideration is given to applicants from the Traveller Community and applicants who are/were in the care of the state.  

Am I suitable/ready for the programme? (Academic suitability)

Candidates are assessed for their academic suitability for the programme. The following are considered:

  1. Educational experience and qualifications. Particular emphasis is paid to educational experiences over the last 5 years.  Applicants should detail all relevant educational experiences including secondary school qualifications, experience of further adult education and training, as well informal education or non-certified courses.  A copy of qualifications and certificates must be included.

  2. Work experience. Candidates should detail their work experience.

  3. Volunteering experience. Candidates should detail their volunteering experience.

  4. Essay. Candidates are required to submit a handwritten essay.

  5. Personal Statement outlining candidate’s motivation for going to college.

Other Entry Requirements

  1. Candidates who already hold a higher education qualification, with no evidence of deterioration in academic ability, are deemed ineligible.

  2. Non-EU nationals are required to hold a visa/GNIB stamp permitting full-time study in Ireland. Proof of this must be included in the application.


Fees and Grants

The Access Foundation Programme is free for participants. 
Students on the programme are not eligible for the SUSI grant. Students in receipt of a qualifying social welfare payment may be eligible for the Back to Education Allowance.

Application Process

Applicants apply directly to the DIT by way of a paper application form. Applicants are shortlisted for eligibility and suitability. Applicants successful at this stage are called for interview. Interviews will happen in early June. Offers are made to candidates based on the application form and interview. 

Applicants are advised to read through the Candidate Brief before attempting the application form. This will give you advice and guidance on how to apply for the programme. Download the Candidate Brief by clicking the blue link below. 

DT6522 Candidate Brief for all applicants for Access Foundation Programme

Access Foundation Programme Mature Student Application Form 2017/18


For further information

Please contact Bobby Maher, Access Foundation Programme Co-ordinator.

Email: bobby.maher@dit.ie or access@dit.ie 
Phone: 01- 402 4222 / 087 2904609


Learn more about the programme: 




The programme is running a Shadowing Day for prospective students on April 4th. Participants will have an opportunity to attend lectures, meet students and learn more about the programme and applying. 


To book a place please click on the link below by Wednesday March 29th.