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Advice for 2020 Applicants to DkIT

This page was last reviewed and updated at 10:00 GMT on 8th September 2020.

Advice for 2020 Applicants

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

Applicants from Northern Ireland & UK

  • The results of the A-level and BTEC Nationals results will be released to students on Thursday, 13th August 2020.

     

  • In light of the issues regarding the regrading of A-Level results there has been a unforeseen delays in these results being transferred to CAO for review.
  • All NI Applicants will receive notification of Round 1 offers on 11th September. Unfortunately we were not able to communicate with applicants before this date due to delays in receiving results from CAO as result of the re-issuing of GCE and BTEC results.
  • DkIT will accept all final regraded results as part of our offers process.
  • Round One Offers are made via CAO on 11th September 2020 at 14:00. Students have then until 15:00 on 16th September, 2020 to accept their Round One offers via CAO. Further offers rounds may be made by CAO after this date. See more details here.
  • A list of DkIT courses that have available places for entry in September 2020 will be listed on the CAO Website from 14th September at 12.00 (date is subject to change). Applicants will have an opportunity to apply for these courses via the CAO Available Place facility. You can find out more about these courses and register your interest by clicking here.
  • We understand that these are exceptional times and we want to reassure you that at DkIT we are here to support you through your applications and decision process. If you have any questions about applying to us or your CAO application, please email admissions@dkit.ie.

Applicants from Republic of Ireland

  • The results of the Leaving Certificate Calculated Grades will be issued through the CAO student portal and to schools on Monday, 7th September 2020.
  • Round One offers will be made from 11th September 2020 and access will be available to the CAO Student Portal from 14:00. Students have until 15:00 on 16th September, 2020 to accept their Round One offers.
  • Round Two offers will be made from 23rd September, 2020 and access will be available to the CAO Student Portal from 10:00. Students have until 12:00 on 25th September, 2020 to accept their Round TWO offers. Further offers rounds may be made by CAO after this date. See more details here.
  • A list of DkIT courses that have available places for entry in September 2020 will be listed on the CAO Website from 14th September at 12.00 (date is subject to change).
  • Applicants will have an opportunity to apply for these courses via the CAO Available Place facility. You can find out more about these courses and register your interest by clicking here.
  • We understand that these are exceptional times and we want to reassure you that at DkIT we are here to support you through your application and decision process. If you have any questions about applying to us or your CAO application, please email admissions@dkit.ie.

Please Note:

  • The start date for all first year students at DkIT this year will be Monday September 28th 2020. All applicants who accept offers from DkIT will receive subsequent communications from our Admissions team about our induction and registration process.
  • We understand that this is a confusing and stressful time for applicants and their families. And we’re sure you have lots of questions as your plan your start to college this year. We've put together a set of FAQs which should explain all, whatever your situation.

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Accepting My Offer

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

  • How do I contact the DkIT Admissions Office about my CAO Query?

    • The Admissions team continue to work remotely at this time.  If you have a question about your CAO application, please email us at admissions@dkit.ie
    • We would ask that you remain patient with us. DkIT systems are being accessed remotely.  To help us assist you, please include your CAO application number in all correspondence with the DKIT Admissions Office.
  • What happens now that Leaving Certificate Calculated Grades will be used?

    • Round One offers will issue on 11th September at 14:00. Further information about offer rounds and reply dates is available here. All calculated grades at Leaving Certificate will be treated as normal by DkIT and the same minimum entry criteria will apply for all courses.
  • I am a student in Northern Ireland and my A-Level/BTEC results are released in August. Will I receive an offer from DkIT once my results are released?

    • All CAO applicants in 2020 will receive their Round One offers on 11th September at 14:00.
    • All school leaving applicants from Northern Ireland will receive a communication from DkIT as soon as possible to notify them that they will be considered for a Round 1 offer on 11th September if they meet our entry requirements
    • You will then be asked to wait until 11th September at 14:00 when CAO will confirm if an offer has be made. We understand that this is a challenging time for applicants and therefore if you have any questions about applying to us or your CAO application, please contact email admissions@dkit.ie.
  • How do I contact the CAO?

    • Click here to contact the CAO.
  • Is there a planned start date for first-year students?

    • Yes, the scheduled start date for all first year students at DkIT is 28th September 2020. All applicants that accept an offer from DkIT will receive a subsequent communication from our Admissions Office with full details on induction and registration for first year students.
  • How do I calculate my CAO points based on the results I have received?

    • All Irish Leaving Certificate students may calculate their CAO points using the CAO Points Calculator here.
    • DkIT welcomes applications from students from Northern Ireland and the UK. You can find information about how to calculate your CAO points based on A-Level or BTEC results here.
  • How Do I Accept My Offer at DkIT?

     Round  Offer Date (from 10:00)  Reply Date (by 15:00)
     Round A                18th July, 2020  23rd July, 2020
     Round Zero  8th August, 2020  13th August, 2020
     Round One  11th September, 2020 (from 14:00) 16th September, 2020 
     Round Two  23rd September, 2020  25th September, 2020 (by 12:00)

    For more information on Offer Round Dates and Reply Dates, please click here.

    If you choose to accept your offer you must do so by the reply date indicated on the Offer Notice. If you receive an offer from both lists you must choose between them - you can only accept one offer, in any one round, from either the Level 8 or the Level 7/6 list.

    Accepting a lower preference course in an earlier Offer Round will not prevent you from receiving an offer in a subsequent round of a course higher up on your course choices list if you are deemed eligible. Should a place become available in a later round, and if you are entitled to this place, you may receive an offer which you can choose to accept or ignore. Accepting the new offer will automatically cancel the previous acceptance. 

    If you accept your offer online you will receive an acknowledgement email, and you can check that your acceptance has been recorded online at www.cao.ie via the My Application facility.

  • What happens if I have changed my mind and want to select a different course?

    • The CAO deadline for the change of mind facility was 1st July 2020.  We may have availability on some courses In September and will advertise these on the CAO website from 14th September at 12.00 (provisional date).  Existing applicants may apply for any courses on the Available Places list at that stage.
    • You can view the types of courses that are likely to have available places this year by clicking here.
  • have not yet applied to CAO, is there any way that I can still apply for an undergraduate course in September 2020?

    • A list of DkIT courses that have available places for entry in September 2020 will be listed on the CAO Website from 14th September at 12.00 (date is subject to change).
    • Applicants will have an opportunity to apply for these courses via the CAO Available Place facility on 14th September at 12.00 (date is subject to change). 
    • You can view the types of courses that are likely to have available places this year by clicking here.
  • 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. ( E: admissions@dkit.ie)
  • What do I do if I have been informed that my BTEC results have been regraded?

    If you have been notified that your BTEC or Cambridge Technical results have been regraded, you must re-send the results immediately to DKIT as detailed in the letter sent to you

  • What do I do if I have been informed that my BTEC or Cambridge Technical results have been regraded?

    If you have been notified that your BTEC or Cambridge Technical results have been regraded, you must re-send the results immediately to DKIT as detailed in the letter sent to you

    In order for us to accept regraded Cambridge Technical Results, you must follow the below instructions:

    1. Results must be sent from the school and include a school stamp
    2. Results must be in the format that we require, including individual module results
    3. School/student must undertake to forward official certificates as soon as they are received

Available Places at DkIT

These are some of the commonly asked questions about Available Places on DkIT courses this year. If you have a question that doesn't appear below, please contact us and we'll come back to you.

  • What is Available Places?

    • Available Places are places that remain unfilled in particular courses after all offers have been made and waiting lists have been exhausted. When considering applying for Available Places courses applicants should ignore previously published points in earlier offer rounds. Applicants must, however, check that they meet the normal minimum entry requirements for the course(s) in question.
    • Available Places courses are advertised on the CAO website after Round One offers are issued - go to www.cao.ie and click on the Available Places tab. This facility is open to new applicants for a fee of €60, and is free for existing applicants. For more information on the Available Places facility visit the CAO website www.cao.ie.
    • You can view the types of courses that are likely to have available places this year by clicking here.
  • How much does it cost to apply for an Available Places list?

    • This facility is open to new applicants for a fee of €60, and is free for existing applicants. For more information please click here.
  • Is it possible to apply for an Available Places course now?

    • Applicants can apply for Available Places once the CAO Round One Offers have been made on 11th September at 14:00.

    • You can view the types of courses that are likely to have available places this year by clicking here.
    • You can register your interest in this course now by completing the form on this page and a member of the Admissions Team will notify you if this course is has Available Places when the CAO facility opens.

Deferring My Offer

These are some of the commonly asked questions from applicants who wish to defer their offer this year. If you have a question that doesn't appear below, please contact us and we'll come back to you.

  • Can I defer my offer until next year?

    Yes you may apply to defer your offer. If you wish to defer an offer of a place you do not accept your offer.

    Instead, you must email or write to the DkIT Admissions Office immediately. You must give your name as it appears on your CAO application, quote your CAO application number and the course code of the offer you wish to defer, and set out the reason(s) for the request. Applicants must mark “DEFERRED ENTRY” clearly on the envelope or in the subject line of the email.

    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

    The letter or email must arrive in the Admissions Office of the institution at least two days before the reply date shown on the Offer Notice. The HEI will communicate their decision to you directly. If the deferral is not granted, you may then accept the offer for the current year, providing you accept the offer by the reply date.

    You must send all communications about deferrals to the appropriate Admissions Office and not to CAO.

Mature Applicants

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

  • When will mature applicants receive their offers?

    All Mature Applicants who applied by 1st February 2020 will receive their offers during the Round A and Round Zero.

    Round  Offer Date (from 10:00)  Reply Date (by 15:00) 
     Round A  18th July, 2020  23rd July, 2020
     Round Zero  8th August, 2020  13th August, 2020

    Those mature applicants that applied after this date will receive their offers in Round 1 or after.

    Round  Offer Date (from 10:00)  Reply Date (by 15:00) 
     Round One 11th September, 2020 (from 14:00)  16th September, 2020
     Round Two 23rd September, 2020  25th September, 2020 (by 12:00)

    If you have not applied to CAO as a mature applicant but would still like to apply to study an undergraduate programme you can do so by applying via the Available Places Facility which will become available after Round One offers are releases on 11th September 2020 (14:00). 

  • Got a Question about the Applying to DkIT as a Mature Applicant 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 Access Officer who should be able to assist you. with your enquiry. (T: +353-(0(429370236 E: access@dkit.ie)
  • Got a Question about the Applying to DkIT as a Mature Applicant 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 Access Officer who should be able to assist you. with your enquiry. (T: +353-(0)429370236 E: access@dkit.ie)
  • 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 Zero 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.

Fees & Grants FAQs:

These are some of the commonly asked questions applicants about fees & 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
  • 4. 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:

    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 your 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.

    Things to keep in mind when applying for a 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.

    Important Dates

    • 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 2019
    • 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?

  • 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 2020/21 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 2021.
  • 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.

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?

  • 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?

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