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Advice for 2020 Applicants

Here's a summary of what we know at the moment:

Applicants from Republic of Ireland

  • Rep of Ireland schools remain closed to all pupils.
  • The Government recently announced that plans were being put in place for the postponed Leaving Certificate examinations to begin in the last week of July or early August, subject to public health advice.
  • The Government have stated that the admissions process for higher education, managed by the Central Applications Office (CAO), will operate as closely as possible to the usual timeframe for offers and the entry date for first year students will be delayed.
  • In order to apply for an undergraduate programme at DkIT, all applicants applying to enter first year will still need to apply to CAO (www.cao.ie) before 1st May 2020 (17:15). CAO is continuing to operate to the schedule as published. In the event of any change to the CAO schedule (which would be a matter for CAO and Higher Education Institutes to agree on) CAO will inform applicants.
  • We understand that these are exceptional times and we want reassure you that at DkIT we are here to support your through your applications process. If you have any questions about applying to us, please contact +353 (0)42 9370230 . E: admissions@dkit.ie.

Applicants from Northern Ireland & UK

  • Northern Ireland (NI) & UK schools remain closed to most pupils.
  • GCSE, A-level, BTEC Nationals and other examinations will not take place this summer.
  • The government has assured students they will be able to progress on to higher education without disruption.
  • The Department for Education and Ofqual have published guidance for schools, pupils and parents about the process for the award of A-level qualifications this year. The guidance is clear that the grades awarded to students will have equal status to those awarded in other years. Click here for more information
  • In order to apply for an undergraduate programme at DkIT, NI & UK Applicants still need to apply to CAO (www.cao.ie) before 1st May 2020 (17:15). CAO is continuing to operate to the schedule as published. In the event of any change to the CAO schedule (which would be a matter for CAO and Higher Education Institutes to agree on) CAO will inform applicants.
  • We understand that these are exceptional times and we want reassure you that at DkIT we are here to support your through your applications process. If you have any questions about applying to us, please contact T: +353 (0)42 9370230. E: admissions@dkit.ie 

 

Please Note:

You'll be concerned about what this means for your future. And we’re sure you have questions about how changes to 2020 exams will affect you in the long run, especially if you're planning to start college this year. We've put together a set of Frequently Asked Questions below which should explain all, whatever your situation.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Applying to CAO

These are some of the commonly asked questions by CAO applicants at this time. If you have a question that doesn't appear below, please contact us and we'll come back to you.

  • I want to study and undergraduate programme at DkIT but I haven’t applied to yet. Is there still time?

    Yes, applicants wishing to study an undergraduate programme at DkIT can still apply to CAO (www.cao.ie) before 1st May 2020 (17:15). 

    • There may be restrictions for mature applicants In relation to late applications - see Change of Mind and Mature sections below for details.
    • CAO is continuing to operate to the schedule as published. In the event of any change to the CAO schedule (which would be a matter for CAO and Higher Education Institutes to agree on) CAO will inform applicants.
  • I have made a late application and I need to submit supporting documents. What should I do?

    Applicants who are required to supply documentation to support their application are asked to wait until the restrictions are lifted before posting such documents. Documents sent in recent days will be processed when the CAO office re-opens. Documents already in the postal system will be delivered to the office when the restrictions are lifted.

  • I sent my documents to you just before the government restrictions were announced. Do I need to re-send them?

    Please wait until the current restrictions are lifted before posting supporting documents to CAO. As you are a mature applicant, please contact our Access Office to inform them about your situation and we should be able to support you through this situation (e. access@dkit.ie)

  • I am an EU citizen who applied using late application and I cannot post my supporting documents due to office closure.

    Please send your documents once the restrictions in Ireland are lifted. At DkIT we understand that there may be delays to submitting your supporting documents and will be flexible in this regard.

  • I am a GCE/A-Level/BTEC Applicant and I am concerned about how my results will be considered this year?

    At DkIT, we can confirm that grades issued by official examining authorities will be treated as normal. Your application will be assessed in line with previous years. GCE applicants wishing to study an undergraduate programme at DkIT will still need to apply to CAO (www.cao.ie) before 1st May 2020 (17:15). CAO is continuing to operate to the schedule as published. In the event of any change to the CAO schedule (which would be a matter for CAO and Higher Education Institutes to agree on) CAO will inform applicants.

  • I am an 'Other School Leaving Applicant' and my exams have been rescheduled for end July/August. What happens now?

    There is much uncertainty at the moment. The best advice we can give is to send your results as soon as you receive them to CAO in the usual process. However if you have any questions about your application, please contact our admissions team and we will be able to give you some guidance on this issue. (T: +353 (0)42 9370230 E: admissions@dkit.ie)

  • I am an 'Other School Leaving Applicant' and my examination structure may change this year. I am concerned about how my results will be considered.

    DkIT can confirm that all grades issued by official examining authorities will be treated as normal. Applicants will receive correspondence from CAO with further information as soon as it is available. However if you have any questions about your application, please contact our admissions team and we will be able to give you some guidance on this issue. (T: +353 (0)42 9370230 E: admissions@dkit.ie)

  • Will the Change of Mind be cancelled/changed?

    CAO is continuing to operate to the schedule as published. The Change of Mind facility is scheduled to open on 6th May 12:15 and to close on 1st July 17:15)  In the event of any change to the CAO schedule (which would be a matter for CAO and HEIs to agree on) CAO will inform applicants.

  • When will Round One offers be issued now that the Leaving Certificate has been postponed?

    Over the coming weeks, CAO will hold discussions with the State Examinations Commission about the expected revised timeline for the provision of Leaving Certificate examination results. Following on from this, CAO and HEIs (including DkIT) will discuss the impact this change will have on the existing offers and acceptances schedule. We will be notifying applicants and other stakeholders as soon as a revised schedule has been agreed by CAO and HEIs.

  • Got a Question about the CAO process that hasn’t been answered above?

    • You can contact the Central Applications Office directly by completing the enquiry form on this page. A representative from their team will contact you directly.
    • Alternatively, feel free to contact our admissions team who should be able to assist you. with your enquiry. (T: +353 (0)42 9370230 E: admissions@dkit.ie)

CAO Change of Mind

These are some of the commonly asked questions about CAO Change of Mind which will open on 6th May and close on July 1st 2020. If you have a question that doesn't appear below, please contact us and we'll come back to you.

  • When can I use the CAO Change of Mind facility?

    The change of mind facility opens in on 6th May 2020 (check CAO website for exact time) and runs until 5.15 pm on 1 July. CAO is continuing to operate to the schedule as published. In the event of any change to the CAO schedule (which would be a matter for CAO and Higher Education Institutes to agree on) CAO will inform applicants.

  • I'm a school-leaver. Can I add DkIT courses using Change of Mind?

    You can apply for all courses in DkIT apart from DK767 Community Youth Work as It Is a restricted entry course – all students have to be interviewed

    However we would also recommend that if you’re interested in either of the following courses you also apply for them by the 1st February as both involve Auditions:

    Some categories of applicant (HEAR, DARE and Mature Students) must also apply by 1st February 2020.

  • I am a mature applicant. Can I add DkIT courses using Change of Mind?

    • In order for your application for a programme to be assessed on mature grounds, this programme needs to appear on your list of CAO choices by 1st February.
    • For many of our programmes (i.e. where the mature quota has not been filled by 1st February applicants), academic staff will assess applications for programmes made by 1st May.
    • Programmes added to your list of CAO choices after 1st May cannot be assessed as part of the mature entry route but will still be considered on standard entry grounds e.g. 'points'.
    • If you add a programme to your list of CAO choices after 1st May (i.e. using the 'change of mind' facility) and this programme appears on the CAO website in August as having available places, please contact the Access Officer at eileen.lynch@dkit.ie and she will be able to check whether or not it is possible to have your application for this available place considered on mature grounds.
  • Is there a charge for using the Change of Mind facility?

    No, there is no charge for using the CAO change of mind facility from May - 1 July.

  • How will I know if CAO got my change of mind?

    CAO will send a statement out with your revised choices. If you haven't received this by 7 July contact CAO. Please check the statement carefully - every year we have people contact us in August saying they made an error on the change of mind.

Undergraduate Applications

These are some of the commonly asked questions from applicants applying to undergraduate programmes at this time. If you have a question that doesn't appear below, please contact us and we'll come back to you.

  • I want to study and undergraduate programme at DkIT but I haven’t applied to yet. Is there still time?

    Yes, all applicants wishing to study an undergraduate programme at DkIT can still apply to CAO (www.cao.ie) before 1st May 2020 (17:15). CAO is continuing to operate to the schedule as published. In the event of any change to the CAO schedule (which would be a matter for CAO and Higher Education Institutes to agree on) CAO will inform applicants.

    • The closing date for late applications is 1st May, 2020 (17:15).
    • Subject to the usual conditions for late applications, if you are currently a student in any year in any higher education institution, you may make a Late Application, in paper form only, to arrive in CAO not later than 5.15pm on 22nd July. The CAO Form must be stamped on Page 2 by the Admissions Office of the institution where you are a student.
    • The closing date for normal applications was 1st February, 2020 (17:15).

     

  • What is the cost to apply to CAO before the 1st May deadline?

    The fee for a late online application is €60. For further information on fees and closing dates, please view the fees table.

  • Can I pay online to CAO?

    Yes, applicants making an on-line application may pay the application fee using a Credit or Debit Card (Visa or MasterCard). Alternatively, applicants may pay the application fee in advance at a bank within the Republic of Ireland using an Application Fee Payment Form. If you have not received an Application Fee Payment Form, it may be obtained by contacting CAO.

  • What are the minimum entry requirements for Irish Leaving Certificate applicants?

    Level 7 Ordinary Degree Courses (Level 7)

    The standard minimum entry requirement for first year admission to Level 7 Ordinary Degree Courses at DkIT is:

    Six Grades at O6 or H7 in Leaving Certificate

    → INCLUDING At least one H5 Grade, OR Minimum Points Score

    of 200

    → AND Mathematics Grade F2, O6 or H7

    → AND English Grade O6 or H7 OR Irish Grade O6 or H7

     

    Level 8 Honours Degree Courses (Level 8)

    The standard minimum entry requirement for first year admission to Level 8 Honours Degree Courses at DkIT is:

    Six Grades at O6 or H7 in Leaving Certificate

    → INCLUDING At least two H5 Grades

    → AND Mathematics Grade O6 or H7

    → AND English Grade O6 or H7 OR Irish Grade O6 or H7

    → AND Minimum Points Score of 300.

     

    Note The 300 points requirement does not apply to the BA (Hons) in Music (DK860).

    Please Note: Some courses have specific entry requirements in addition to the above – see here for more details.

  • What are the minimum entry requirements for GCE/A-Level/BTEC applicants?

    DkIT welcomes applications from students from Northern Ireland and the UK. Located just 20 minutes from the border, many of our staff and students come from NI. Students applying from these regions and who wish to start in first year, must make their applications via the CAO website (cao.ie). Our admissions team (admissions@dkit.ie) is here to help you with your application, should you have any questions along the way.

    DkIT recognises Standard A Levels, Applied A Levels, BTECs and OCR Cambridge Technical qualifications, or a combination of all four. See below for full breakdown of entry requirements for Northern Ireland/UK applicants.

    Some courses have additional specific entry requirements

    Level 7 Degree Courses

    The standard minimum entry requirement for first year admission to Level 7 Ordinary Degree Courses at DkIT is:

    5 different subjects which must include:

    • Mathematics at GCSE (Grade A* - C or better)
    • English (or Irish) at GCSE (Grade A* - C or better) 

    → One subject at:

    • ‘A Level’ (Grade A* - E or better) 
    • OR Applied A-Level (Grade A* - E)
    • OR BTEC National Level 3 (National Award, Subsidiary Diploma, Extended Certificate, 90-Credit Diploma, Foundation Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma) (Pass, Merit or Distinction).
    • OR OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 (Introductory Diploma, Extended Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma, Foundation Diploma, 90-Credit Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma) (Pass, Merit or Distinction).

    The remaining subjects must be different from those listed above and may be drawn from recognised subjects at:

    • GCSE (Grade A* - C)
    • AND/OR 'AS Level’ (Grades A - E)
    • AND/OR ‘A-level’ (Grades A* - E)
    • AND/OR Applied ‘A-level’ (Grade A* - E)
    • AND/OR BTEC National Level 3 (National Award, Subsidiary Diploma, Extended Certificate, 90-Credit Diploma, Foundation Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma*) (Pass, Merit or Distinction).
    • AND/OR OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 (Introductory Diploma, Extended Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma, Foundation Diploma, 90-Credit Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma*) (Pass, Merit or Distinction).

    *Some courses may require the BTEC Extended Diploma or Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma to be in a cognate area to meet the entry requirements – details are available from the Admissions Office.

    Level 8 (Honours) Degree Courses

    The standard minimum entry requirement for first year admission to Level 8 Honours Degree Courses at DkIT is:

    6 different subjects which must include:

    • Mathematics at GCSE (Grade A* - C) or better
    • English (or Irish) at GCSE (Grade A* - C) or better

    Two subjects at either:

    • ‘A Level’ (Grade A* - C)
    • AND/OR Applied A-Level (Grade A* - C)
    • AND/OR BTEC National Level 3 (National Award, Subsidiary Diploma, Extended Certificate, 90-Credit Diploma, Foundation Diploma) (Grade Merit or Distinction).
    • AND/OR OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 (Introductory Diploma, Extended Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma, Foundation Diploma, 90-Credit Diploma) (Grade Merit or Distinction)
    • OR BTEC National Level 3 Diploma (Grade min: MM)
    • OR OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Diploma (Grade min: MM)
    • OR BTEC National Level 3 Extended Diploma (Grade min: MMP)

    → The remaining subjects must be different from that presented above and may be drawn from recognised subjects at:

    GCSE (Grade A* - C)

    • AND/OR AS Level’ (Grades A - E)
    • AND/OR A-level’ (Grades A* - E)
    • AND/OR Applied ‘A-level’ (Grade A* - E)
    • AND/OR BTEC National Level 3 (National Award, Subsidiary Diploma, Extended Certificate, 90-Credit Diploma, Foundation Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma*) (Pass, Merit or Distinction).
    • AND/OR OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 (Introductory Diploma, Extended Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma, Foundation Diploma, 90-Credit Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma*) (Pass, Merit or Distinction).

    And a minimum score of 300 points

    *the 300 points requirement does not apply to the BA (Hons) in Applied Music.

    *Some courses may require the BTEC Extended Diploma or Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma to be in a cognate area to meet the entry requirements – details are available from the Admissions Office.

    For detailed information of points scoring, please visit here.

  • I am currently studying GCE/A-level/BETEC. How can I tell what points I need?

    Each year the CAO points entry for all courses may vary. Information about how points are calculated is available here but we won't know what's required for the course until round 1 issues. Be careful to check that you meet the subject requirements for the course.

  • Are there specific entry requirements for different courses at DkIT?

    Yes, certain courses have specific entry requirements at DkIT. Please find a list of these courses here.

  • If I'm repeating do I need to take all the matriculation and course entry requirement subjects again?

    You can combine the results of Leaving Certificate examinations obtained in different years for matriculation purposes. However, this applies to matriculation only. It does not apply to points which are calculated on results from one year only. Make sure you tell CAO about all your Leaving Certificate sittings when applying.

  • Do you accept the LCVP (Leaving Cert Vocational Programme)?

    Yes. The LCVP subject will be considered as a passing subject provided the student achieves at least a pass grade. This will apply to entry for honours degree (NFQ Level 8), and Ordinary Degree (NFQ Level 7). The following points scoring system will be used.

    Grade:  Points: 
     Pass  28
     Merit  46
     Distinction  66
  • Do you accept the Leaving Certificate Applied programme?

    The Leaving Certificate Applied Programme (LCAP) subjects do not meet the minimum entry requirements for admission to academic courses and are not considered as passing subjects. Holders of the LCAP may wish to undertake a QQI/FETAC course in order to gain eligibility for entry to third-level courses in DkIT.

  • What is the closing date for transfer (advanced entry) application?

    If you are applying to enter stage 2 or later in September, the closing date is Friday 24th April 2020. If places remain in any course after assessment of applications received by the closing date, late applications may be accepted in late August (dates TBC).

    Please see https://www.dkit.ie/admissions/how-to-apply/beyond-first-year-advanced-entry.html for other closing dates and information.

     

  • What is a restricted application course?

    Restricted entry courses are courses that must be included on the initial CAO application and cannot be added after the February 1 closing date

    Currently DkIT has only 1 Restricted Course

     

  • What will this year's points be?

    Points won't be known until Round 1 offers issue in August. You should put down the courses you want in your genuine order of preference and not worry too much about the points as they can vary significantly from year to year. You should ensure that you will meet the subject requirements (e.g. there is no point applying for Engineering if you are not taking higher level maths).

  • What documents do I need to send to CAO?

    You need to send

    • Results of school-leaving exams other than Irish Leaving Certificate
    • Results of Irish Leaving Certificate pre 1985
    • Transcripts of any previous third level or Certificate of attendance if you left without taking examinations.
    • Personal statement if applying as a mature applicant (template and list of requirements available on mature years website)
    • In addition, applicants applying via HEAR or DARE will need supporting documentation.
    • If you haven’t yet submitted these documents, please wait until the current restrictions are lifted before posting supporting documents to CAO. Please contact us if you have any questions. (admissions@dkit.ie)
  • Should I send copies of the documents or originals?

    You should NOT send originals. All documents should be certified copies (e.g. by a school stamp).

    If you are admitted to DkIT,  we will need to see the original at time of registration.

  • My documents are not in English, do I need a translation?

    A certified English translation is required for any results and qualifications not issued in Irish or English. You should still send a copy of the untranslated version.

     

  • Do I need Garda Vetting for my course?

    Some programmes at DkIT require students to undertake mandatory placements with external agencies, which will bring them into contact with children and/or vulnerable adults and in which they will assume positions of public trust. The Institute is committed to ensuring that only suitable candidates are allowed to undertake these programmes.

     

    Apart from the listed programmes, any students who engage in or are in the vicinity of activities that may involve unsupervised access to children and/or vulnerable adults will also be subject to the Institute’s Vetting processes.

    DkIT uses the National Vetting Bureau (NVB) to help assess the suitability of all applicants on such programmes. It is important to note that participation in or completion of these programmes may be affected by subsequent disclosure/discovery.

    Students who have resided outside of the Republic of Ireland for a period of 6 months or more (from the age of 18 years) shall also be required to furnish a Police Clearance Certificate from their country or countries of residence. This Certificate should confirm if a student has any convictions recorded against him or her while residing there. If a student is unable to obtain a Police Clearance Certificate, they will be required to obtain a legal declaration (Affidavit) in the presence of a Commissioner of Oaths or a Solicitor confirming that they have no criminal convictions, current or pending.

    DkIT requires students on the following designated programmes (the list is subject to review) to be vetted by the NVB.

  • Is it possible to defer my place? If so, how can I do this?

    DkIT will consider sympathetically requests from applicants, who, having been successful in gaining a place in the Institute, decide that they wish to defer their entry until the following year.

    Deferrals will be subject to the Institute offering the course in the year the applicant proposes to enter the Institute and applicants should also note that a grant offered in the current year might not be available in the year of commencing studies.

    DkIT will not allow any applicant to hold either:

    • more than one deferral, or
    • offer a deferral and an acceptance in any given year

Sports Scholarships Applications

These are some of the commonly asked questions from applicants considering a sports scholarship at DkIT. If you have a question that doesn't appear below, please contact us and we'll come back to you.

  • Does DkIT offer a sports scholarship programme?

    Yes, DkIT offers 5 Sports Scholarship Schemes

    • DkIT General Elite Athlete Sports Scholarship: Aimed at those candidates who wish to pursue a full-time third level education whilst simultaneously pursuing a playing career at the highest level of your designated sport.
    • DkIT GAA Scholarship: Aimed at those candidates who wish to pursue a full-time third level education whilst simultaneously pursuing a playing career at the highest level (Intercounty) of Gaelic Football/Hurling/Camogie in Ireland.
    • DkIT & Louth GAA Sports Scholarship: Aimed at those candidates who wish to pursue a full-time third level education whilst simultaneously pursuing a playing career at the highest level (Intercounty) of Gaelic Football/ Hurling with Louth GAA.
    • DkIT Drogheda United FC Soccer Scholarship: Aimed at those candidates who wish to pursue a full-time third level education whilst simultaneously pursuing a professional soccer playing career with Drogheda United FC.
    • DkIT & Dundalk FC Sports Scholarship: Aimed at those candidates who wish to pursue a full-time third level education whilst simultaneously pursuing a professional soccer playing career with League of Ireland Club Dundalk FC.
  • How many scholarships are granted each year?

    This varies depending on the number of applications, level of sporting achievement etc - over the last couple of years we have made approx 20 to 24 awards per year

  • What are the main benefits included in a DkIT Sports Scholarship?

    • Financial Support ranging from €500-€1500 per year
    • Study Skills Support
    • Sports science support - Performance planning and analysis, Fitness testing, Strength and conditioning programme, Nutrition, Psychology, Physiotherapy
    • Free use of sports facilities - DKIT Sports Arena, Team Strength and Conditioning Area, Multi-purpose Centre, Outdoor pitches
    • Free Branded and Specialist Sports Scholarship Training and Leisure Gear
  • How can I apply for a Sports Scholarship at DkIT?

    Applicants should apply through CAO and pick a course in DkIT by normal closing date of 1st February or before the late closing date of 1st May and complete a DkIT online application form which open until 1st June. Please click here to access the online application forms https://www.dkit.ie/study/student-fees-grants-scholarships/scholarships/sports-scholarships.html

  • Are there any CAO points concession if I am awarded a Sports Scholarship at DkIT?

    There are no concessions given towards your CAO Points – all candidates need to meet minimum matriculation and points required for courses.

  • When does the application process close for 2020 applicants?

    Applicants for 2020 Sports Scholarship Applicants closes on 1st June at 5.15pm. For further information, please contact: DkIT Sports & Societies Officer, Derek Crilly sports@dkit.ie

Mature Applicants

These are some of the commonly asked questions from mature applicants who are considering applying to undergraduate programmes at this time. If you have a question that doesn't appear below, please contact us and we'll come back to you.

  • Who is a mature applicant?

    • Any applicant 23 years of age or over on 1st January in the year of entry to first year of a full-time programme is considered to be a mature applicant. DkIT actively encourages applications on mature grounds and we reserve a minimum of 20% of places on all programmes for applicants who access the programme via the mature entry route.
    • Mature students register on all programmes and contribute positively to academic and campus life. In recent years, mature students have represented approximately 15% of all first year entrants. We offer a specialised induction process for mature students on entry and provide a range of learning supports designed to assist mature students reach their full potential.
  • How do I decide which programme to apply for?

    • It is important that you are able to make an informed choice. Our Course Pages and Undergraduate Prospectus provides contact details of academic staff in each department. You should make contact with the relevant person and ideally, arrange a mutually convenient time to meet. It is important that you ensure that the courses is what you imagine it to be and that you are suited to it.
  • Do I have to apply to the CAO?

    • Yes. All applicants, including mature applicants, must apply to the CAO before May 1st 2020 (17.15).
    • All programmes for which you have applied at DkIT will be assessed on mature grounds.
    • DkIT reserves a minimum of 20% of first year places on all programme for mature applicants who are academically prepared.
  • I am a mature applicant; can I add DkIT courses using Change of Mind?

    • In order for your application for a programme to be assessed on mature grounds, this programme needs to appear on your list of CAO choices by 1st February.
    • For many of our programmes (i.e. where the mature quota has not been filled by 1st February applicants), academic staff will assess applications for programmes made by 1st May.
    • Programmes added to your list of CAO choices after 1st May cannot be assessed as part of the mature entry route but will still be considered on standard entry grounds e.g. 'points'.
    • If you add a programme to your list of CAO choices after 1st May (i.e. using the 'change of mind' facility) and this programme appears on the CAO website in August as having available places, please contact the Access Officer at eileen.lynch@dkit.ie and she will be able to check whether or not it is possible to have your application for this available place considered on mature grounds.
  • How does the mature entry route operate?

    Mature applications are considered on the basis of Portfolio Assessment - quite simply, this means that the academic staff assess all documentation which you provide to the CAO.

    • Please ensure that you clearly write your CAO number on each piece of documentation which you provide to the CAO to ensure it is added to your CAO file.
    • Every programme for which you apply to DkIT will be assessed on mature grounds.
    • Due to the numbers of applications involved, it is not possible to provide individual guidance to applicants. The applicant should consider what documentation best supports his/her application. As a general guide, the following is required:
      • your education record to date (copies of examination transcripts, etc.)
      • relevant skills to date (copies of training certificates, CPD certificates, etc.)
      • your employment history and how it may be relevant to the programme you wish to study at DkIT (written employer references, etc.)
    • As well as the above documentation, you should also send a personal statement(s) which outlines your reasons for choosing a programme(s) of study at DkIT and the ways in which your experience and achievements to date support your application. Your personal statement(s) should also outline your motivation and knowledge of the programme(s) and subsequent career paths.
    • You may decide to send in one general personal statement or may choose to send in more than one personal statement (clearly marking each statement for a particular programme e.g. "Personal Statement for Vet Nursing" or you may choose to provide a personal statement for a group of programmes e.g. "Personal Statement for Business Programmes"). This is an individual choice for each applicant to make and DkIT cannot make recommendations to an applicant in this respect.
    • The personal statement should make reference to the supporting documentation provided in order to clearly illustrate the points being made.

    Please note the following:

    • In the interests of fairness and transparency, only information that is backed up by evidence will be taken into account. Evidence includes copies of employer references (which should ideally provide detail of the work you carried out and illustrate how this is relevant to the programme for which you wish to be considered at DkIT).
    • Claims regarding academic achievement to date should be supported by certificates, examinations transcripts, academic references, etc. as appropriate. If you are currently studying for examinations, you are advised to supply an academic reference from someone who is currently teaching you.
    • Depending on the programme(s) for which you have applied to DkIT, some areas are considered particularly critical e.g. engineering programme staff look for evidence of mathematical proficiency, creative arts programme staff look for evidence of creative work to date, etc.
    • Original documentation should not be sent to the CAO as it cannot be returned. Photocopies of documentation suffices. It is important that the photocopies are legible and of good quality.
    • Applicants for programmes BA Hons in Creative Media (DK863), BA Hons in Film & Television Production (DK864) and/or BA in Creative Media (DK769) must submit a 500-700 word statement as part of their documentation. This statement must address the following questions:
      • Why do you want to undertake this programme?
      • What kinds of contemporary creative work do you enjoy and why?
      • What creative activities have you been involved in over the last few years?
  • Will there be an interview?

    Academic staff assessing applications for BSc in Veterinary Nursing and for BA (Hons) in Social Care may decide to interview shortlisted applicants. Interviews will also take place for BA (Hons) in Arts. Shortlisting will apply based on documentation supplied by the applicant to the CAO. If you are to be called for interview, the academic staff involved will contact you directly. All queries regarding interviews should be directed to the relevant academic department and not to the Access Office.

  • Qualifications from Outside Republic of Ireland

    In order for qualifications from outside the Republic of Ireland to be taken into account as part of the assessment of your application on mature grounds, you must provide a certified copy of the transcript in the original language and this document must show: the name of the examination, the name of the awarding body, the year of the award, the subjects taken and the grades received. If the original language is not English, a certified translation must also be provided. Both a certified copy of the original language version and the certified translation must be provided.

  • Proof of English language proficiency

    Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence (as part of their application documentation) of equivalent competence in English Language, through their school leaving examination or matriculation examination or by achieving the minimum standard in a recognised English Language test, as specified by the CAO in the document at this link: http://www2.cao.ie/downloads/documents/Guidelines-EU-EFTA.pdf

  • When will I get the result of my application?

    The results of the Portfolio Assessment process are communicated to the CAO. All successful applicants will receive an offer through the CAO. This usually occurs in Round 0 or Round A of the CAO.

    However, if academic staff decide to make a conditional offer, the offer will not be made to the applicant until Round 1 of the CAO. Conditional offers are made when the academic staff are willing to offer a place to an applicant but wish to make the offer conditional on the applicant gaining certain grades in examinations which are yet to be taken (usually that year's Leaving Certificate and/or FETAC examinations).

  • Unsuccessful Applicants

    Unsuccessful applicants can email the Access Officer (access@dkit.ie) after 14th July in each year in order to obtain feedback from academic staff regarding their application. Please note that emails sent before this date will not be answered due to the volume of admissions queries when the earlier rounds of the CAO system are in operation. Please place the following words into the subject title of your email "Unsuccessful Mature Application - Feedback". In the interests of Data Protection, please ensure that you quote your CAO number in the email communication, that you use the name that you gave to CAO when you made your application, and that where possible, you use the email address that you gave to CAO. These stipulations exist to protect your information. Please note this facility only applies to programmes whose mature entry systems are managed by the Access Office.

    Queries on unsuccessful mature applications for Nursing and Midwifery programmes should be directed to the Nursing Board; likewise, such queries relating to BA in Community Youth WorkBA in Theatre and Film Practice and/or BA (Hons) in Music should be directed to the relevant academic staff member. See our Undergraduate Prospectus and/or Course Pages for more details.

  • How can I best prepare for study at DkIT?

    We offer a specialised induction process for mature students on entry and provide a range of learning supports designed to assist mature students reach their full potential. The Access Officer will notify you of these supports after you have accepted the offer of a place at DkIT.

Advanced Entry Applications

These are some of the commonly asked questions from applicants considering applying to undergraduate programmes via the Advanced Entry route. If you have a question that doesn't appear below, please contact us and we'll come back to you.

  • What is Advanced Entry?

    Advanced Entry is where an applicant has previous work experience and/or educational achievements that are considered directly relevant to the programme they wish to apply for. In such a case, it is possible to gain entry to the second or subsequent year of an undergraduate programme at DkIT.

  • When does the Advanced Entry Application form open?

    If you are applying to enter stage 2 or later in September, the closing date is Friday 24th April 2020.   If places remain in any course after assessment of applications received by the closing date, late applications may be accepted in late August (dates TBC).

    Please see https://www.dkit.ie/admissions/how-to-apply/beyond-first-year-advanced-entry.html for other closing dates and information.

  • Are Advanced Entry places available in all programmes?

    No. Advanced Entry places are available in a large number of programmes across DkIT.

    Please note, this information can change throughout the year as programmes can fill up.

  • Are late applications being accepted?

    For the majority of programmes the answer is yes, although applicants must be aware that their application may not be processed as the priority goes to applicants who met the deadline.

  • How are Advanced Entry applications assessed?

    Applications are initially forwarded to the Admissions office and sent onto the relevant Department for consideration.  The application is assessed to see if the person meets the necessary requirements/knowledge for moving into a subsequent year on the course. The applicant will then be informed of the outcome or If further information is required. For further information, please contact admissions@dkit.ie

  • Can I apply before I have my end of year results?

    Yes, applications can be forwarded to the Admissions office with any available results and then followed up with the end of year results when possible.

  • Do I have to attend for interview?

    Normally a decision is made based on the information and results provided within the application. However, the Head of Dept. may require that an Interview is necessary in order to make a decision.

  • Will I need a Portfolio?

    Any documentation/portfolio that supports the application should be forwarded at the time of application.

  • When are offers made?

    Offers for Advanced Entry places are generally made during the summer months; July and August. Some programmes may offer their places sooner than that. The majority of offers are made by mid-September.

  • What happens if I have a repeat examination to complete in August?

    No decision will be made on your application until you have successfully completed your examinations. The issue of an offer will be dependent on meeting the entry requirements and subject to the number of available places on the programme.

    • INTERNAL applicants may attend class while awaiting their examination results however if unsuccessful, must leave class immediately.
    • EXTERNAL applicants must wait until an offer has been issued by the Institute and accepted by the applicant. An offer can only be issued subsequent to the applicant submitting their results from their current HEI.
  • Who can I contact about Advanced Entry options at DkIT?

    All enquiries should be addressed to admissions@dkit.ie.

Fees & Grants

These are some of the commonly asked questions about fees and grants at this time. If you have a question that doesn't appear below, please contact us and we'll come back to you.

  • What is the fee for standard 1st time EU undergraduate students?

    The Student Contribution fee is payable by all students who do not qualify for grants or scholarships. The Student Contribution Fee for 2020/21 is €3,000.

    DkIT students are also obliged to pay the DkIT Facilities Contribution Fee of €125. Please contact our Admissions Team for more information by emailing admissions@dkit.ie or calling  +353 (0)429370230.

  • Can I pay in instalments?

    Students may pay fees in two instalments. Where a student opts to pay in instalments, 50% of fees must be paid at the time of registration. Instalment 2 is due by 31 January. Failure by a student to pay outstanding fees will result in services being withdrawn. Students with fees owing to the Institute will not be permitted to register until such time as the outstanding fees are paid in full. Final year students with outstanding fees will not be recorded as a graduate and no complete results or complete academic record will be issued, until full payment of all outstanding fees is made.

    The Institute may offer a facility to pay in instalments outside this general scheme where financial hardship is demonstrated or for specific programmes or student cohorts. Determination of eligibility of students for payment by instalment resides with the Fee Collection Committee (See Section 9 of the Procedures for Collection of Student Fees) for full-time students and the Lifelong Learning Manager for part-time students in consultation with other Institute personnel as appropriate.

    Students who miss an instalment payment date may have services withdrawn. Full information on Payment of Fees can be found by clicking below:

    DkIT Procedures Collection of Student Fees

  • What Fees do applicants from NI/UK pay?

    Northern Ireland/UK students are charged the same Student Contribution Fee and Tuition Fee (if applicable) as other EU students.

    Northern Ireland/UK students may apply to the Student Loans Company for a Student Contribution Loan to cover the cost of the Student Contribution - the maximum amount available is currently €3,000. This is an interest bearing repayable loan. The Student Contribution Fee will be paid directly to DkIT by the Student Loans Company upon receipt of an invoice from the Institution. You may also be entitled to a Maintenance Loan to help with living costs.

    Further details on student finance are available at:www.studentfinanceni.co.uk

    Students coming from NI and studying In DkIT may also be eligible to apply for SUSI

  • I haven't applied for a grant but I believe I might be eligible for one. Where do I apply?

    Details on grants are available at the following links:

  • Can you tell me more about Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI)?

    Two types of student grants for undergraduate study available through SUSI.

    • Maintenance grants
    • Fee grants

    Grants are means tested based on your parents' income, and if you work (legally and paying tax) during the summer or while studying, this income will also be counted when you apply for a grant.

    This means that how much you receive depends on this income.

    You cannot get a maintenance grant if you are on a Back to Education Allowance or a VTOS allowance.

    You are eligible if you're applying for a full-time course and are a resident of Ireland. You must also have been living in Ireland, the EU, EEA or Switzerland for the past three out of five years.

    You must be an Irish, EU, EEA or Swiss National or have specific leave to remain in the State.

    If you have EU nationality or official refugee status, then you may also apply.

    Your grant is re-assessed each year, so if you’re financial circumstances change, you may no longer be eligible for a grant. The body that awarded your grant will be in touch to renew or re-assess your grant at this time.

  • Is there anything I need for applying for a SUSI grant?

    You will need your PPS number, CAO number, and documents about your parents’ income when applying for the grant.

    The grant isn’t usually paid on repeat years unless you can prove that illness caused you to repeat.

    The grant is paid into your bank account each month.

  • What are the main submission dates for SUSI Grants?

    • The priority closing date for making renewal applications is the 11th June 2020
    • The priority closing date for new applications is the 9th of July 2020
    • Applications for the SUSI Grants 2020/21 opens on 23rd April 2020.
  • When will I get my first grant payment? How will I be paid?

    Details on grant payments and the maintenance grant schedule are available at: https://www.dkit.ie/admissions-and-fees/fees-and-grants.html

  • When is the latest date I can inform the Institute I am withdrawing from the course and still obtain a refund? Where do I get the forms?

    Undergraduate students who notify the Institute that they have withdrawn from their programme on or before 31st October may have their fees refunded in full. A student who withdraws on or before the 31st January may have half their fees refunded, provided the full fee has been paid. The Withdrawal Form which must be completed and submitted to obtain a refund is available from your Dept Office or the Academic Administration Office.

  • I have got an offer for a place in Nursing but I've heard the fees are very expensive. Do I have to pay all the fees?

    The Free Fees Initiative applies to Nursing/Midwifery programmes also. The fee charged to those Nursing/Midwifery students who are not eligible for free fees in 2019/20 is €7,231 including the Student Contribution and Facilities Fee. DKIT’s Fees Policy is to collect the Facilities Fee plus half of other fees due at registration, and the balance before the start of the second semester in January 2020.

  • I am not entitled to a grant, but can't afford to pay all of the Student Contribution Fee at once. Can I pay in instalments?

    DKIT’s Fees Policy is to collect half fees at registration and the remainder prior to commencement of the second semester. Students should familiarise themselves with the procedures for collection of fees, which is available at the following link: https://www.dkit.ie/admissions/student-finance/fees

  • Why have I been charged tuition fees?

    Eligibility for the free fees scheme is subject to certain criteria, for more information visit http://www.studentfinance.ie/mp9377/course-fees/index.html

    If you are not eligible for the free fees scheme, you will be charged both Tuition Fee and the Student Contribution Fee. Students who are repeating and attending a stage of a programme, or who have previously attended a 3rd level programme may not be eligible for free fees – details are available from the Admissions Officer.

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