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DIT revisits entry requirements for Mature Student Foundation Programme

Posted: 23 March, 2017

DIT Admissions has revisited an earlier decision to require Garda vetting at application stage for its Mature Student Access Foundation Programme.

The programme, which has been running since 2009, is the largest of its kind in Ireland and its graduates have gone on to further study in DIT and other higher education institutions at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.  Taking on board feedback received, in particular from former students on the programme but also from its wider constituency, the Admissions Officer Frank Costello says there will not now be a requirement for Garda vetting at application stage.   He will be meeting with the Programme Committee to identify mechanisms to ensure that programme participants who express an interest in further study in certain areas – ie, where clinical practice, work placement, coaching or peer mentoring is a requirement - will be facilitated at an early stage to complete the vetting process to ensure their seamless transition into their degree programme of choice.

DIT has been a leader in developing a range of pathways for entry into higher education for people from all backgrounds.  Several hundred Access students register each year on undergraduate programmes in DIT through the HEAR programme on CAO and on the DIT Access direct entry programme. The Mature Student Access Foundation Programme is an additional pathway, offering an access route for applicants who want to return to education.  Participants who successfully complete the programme are guaranteed a place on a DIT undergraduate programme or indeed may apply to other universities or colleges.  With more than 120 participants each year, it is one of the largest class groups in DIT and graduates from the programme have continued to contribute to its development and to other areas of DIT.  Frank Costello said he had taken particular note of their feedback on the issue, as well as that of other students and colleagues.