Access Office

AIT Access Office

The Access Office supports students from groups within society who are underrepresented in third level education, such as mature students, people with disabilities, migrants, Travellers and grant-assisted students.

This office works towards the goals of the AIT access plan which reflects and documents AIT’s continued commitment to widening participation at third level and to providing a supportive, equal opportunity learning environment for all of our students.

The Access Office also facilitates visits of individuals and groups to explore third-level education.

For more information on AIT Access, email: or Tel: +353 (0)90 6468123.

  • Access Course (NFQ Level 6)

    This one-year access course equips candidates with the necessary skills, knowledge and confidence to progress to third-level education at AIT. Learners will have the opportunity to sample a broad range of subjects in areas like engineering, business, engineering, hospitality, social studies and science to help them decide which CAO course to choose. 

    Graduates can gain entry to a range of AIT courses at higher certificate/ordinary degree level for the following academic year on successful completion of all elements of the course, including examinations and in some cases interviews. This access programme is ideal for early school leavers or adult learners looking to return to education. 

    This part-time course runs from Monday to Friday from 9AM - 2PM  and we are now accepting applications. 

    The closing date is the 30 May 2021, so why not take the first step in your educational journey today. Click here for more information. 

    If you have any queries, please call the AIT Access Office at 0906468123 or email

  • Uversity Scholarships for Adult Learners

    Do I qualify?

    Do you want to pursue a first-time bachelor’s degree in any subject but are prevented due to your current financial circumstances? Are you over 23, a citizen of the EU/EEA, Switzerland or the UK or have you permanent leave to remain in the State? Have you been resident on the island of Ireland for 3 out of the last 5 years?

    What is Uversity looking for?

    Your story of how graduating with a bachelor’s degree will transform your life for the better and evidence that you have the motivation and potential to complete a degree programme.

    What does Uversity offer?

    Financial support towards registration fees and living costs. Each award is tailored to fit your personal circumstances. For those in employment, loss of income will be taken into account. For those on social welfare or applying for a SUSI grant, scholarships up to €7,000 can be awarded without affecting reckonable income.

    How do I apply?

    Complete your CAO application before 1 February 2021. Apply for a scholarship to Uversity by Friday, 30 April 2021. The application process is simple, easy and free of charge – so you have nothing to lose.

    Find out more and apply at

  • Pre-Entry and Post-Entry Supports

    The Access Course (Special Purpose at Level 6): This course has been available since 1994. It was formerly called the Foundation Certificate. The course is intended for adult learners who wish to study after a break in their formal educational experience and who may not have benefited fully from, or have access to, previous educational experiences. 

    Saturday Maths Programme: The Institute works with 24 schools in the midland region providing a leaving certificate pass maths programme. The programme runs from January to March. 80 students attend this programme each year.

    Student Assistance Fund: The Access Office administers the Student Assistance Fund (SAF) which provides financial assistance to qualifying fulltime and part-time students of the college. SAF forms can be downloaded from the Your Finances section of this website. Student must be registered with the institute to apply and application froms are available each year from mid-Sept. Application forms and supporting documentation should be returned to the Access Office. Click here for information on financial supports for third-level students.

    The Student Assistance Fund is part of the Third-Level Access measure, funded by the Irish Government and part-funded by the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020. Please see for more information.

  • Higher Education Access Route (HEAR)

    HEAR is a college and university admissions scheme for school leavers from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds who have completed the Irish Leaving Certificate.

    Eligible students compete for a quota of reduced points places in the colleges involved with HEAR. Students who gain a college or university place through HEAR also get a range of personal, academic and social supports while they are studying at third level.

    Eligibility to apply for HEAR: HEAR is for school leavers under the age of 23 as of 1 January of year of entry to college who are resident in the Republic of Ireland. HEAR applicants must meet a range of financial, social and cultural indicators to be considered for a reduced points place and extra college support. For more information please visit the HEAR website: Applications to HEAR can only be made online through the CAO before February 1.

    AIT’s Entry Requirements for a Reduced Points Place:

    Be eligible for HEAR.

    Meet AIT’s minimum entry (matriculation) requirements.

    Meet any specific entry requirements for the course you are applying for.

    Achieve at least 90% of the Leaving Certificate points required for the course applied for.

    Being eligible for HEAR does not guarantee you a reduced points place.

    Admitted students may also be subjected to AIT and, where applicable, professional fitness to practice policies.1

    How to apply to HEAR.

    Students wishing to apply to HEAR should do so online
    through the CAO website by 1st February of the year of entry to

    The HEAR Offer Process: Each college participating in HEAR sets aside a quota of places for HEAR students each year. In AIT, 15% of places are reserved for non –traditional students i.e., socioeconomically disadvantaged, mature students and students with a disability. Therefore, on average HEAR students compete for 5% of reserved places in AIT. Students who are on or above the entry points are deemed to be merit candidates and automatically receive a AIT HEAR offer - this does not affect the quota for reduced points places.

    Prioritisation of Applicants Eligible for Both DARE and HEAR: In an effort to widen participation of the most under-represented groups AIT prioritise applicants who are eligible for both DARE and HEAR entry routes and have met all the above criteria. Applicants eligible for both schemes can only be prioritised where they have met all the admissions criteria for consideration.

    Response to Your Application: In the last week of June the CAO will email you directly to let you know if you are eligible for HEAR. There is a Recheck facility if you feel there was an administrative error. You will receive details of the Recheck in late June of the year of your application.

    If your application is successful the AIT Access Office will be in contact with you by email after you have accepted your CAO offer with details of your compulsory HEAR orientation.

    Supports Available to HEAR Students: Along with existing Student Support Services, the Access Office will endeavour to provide academic, personal and social supports to students. In addition you should apply separately for the Higher Education Maintenance Grant through SUSI,

    Closing Dates: Completed Application Form: 1 February each academic year as part of you CAO application.

    Financial Documentation in Support of your Application: 15 March each academic year, to be submitted to the CAO.

    To find out more information about the HEAR scheme please visit the or contact Jenny Cooper Burke, Access Officer,, +353 (0)90 6468123

  • HEAR/DARE Students Coming to College in the Academic Year 2021

    Welcome to AIT. The Access and Disability Office staff will support you throughout your time with AIT. It may not be the usual academic year and so we want to assure you we are here to support you every step of the way.

    Please check your emails! We will be in touch via your personal email within a number of days of you accepting your college offer. This email will introduce to you the person who will be supporting you and also outline a host of supports that can assist you as you enter your first year of college.

    Please Note: After this initial email, all other communication will be through your student email account.

    HEAR Students

    Each HEAR student will have a support staff member appointed to them. This person will be your contact person for the year and will make contact with you by phone during your second week in college. You can let us know how you are getting on; any challenges you may have encountered; what supports you may need and where we can assist. We have a lot of supports we can connect you to that can help you along the way.

    DARE Students

    Each DARE student is encouraged to link in with us as soon as they have accepted their course so that the process of registering for Disability supports can begin. We conduct individual Needs Assessment with students to determine their support requirements. A member of the support team will phone you during your second week to arrange an appointment if we have not heard from you by then. This person will be your contact person for the academic year if you need further advice or support.

    Making an Appointment 

    Calling to the Access Office (D07) on the D corridor, around the corner from the main reception, between 9.30am and 1pm.

    Tel: 090 646 8125 – leaving your name and mobile number if outside office hours.

    Email to

    Note: All communication will be to your AIT student email address. It is every students’ responsibility to check their college email for notices or communication.

    Jenny Cooper: Access Officer

    Room D08

    Tel: +353 (0)90646 8123


    Mary Bohan: Access Office Administrator

    Room D07

    Tel: 090 646 8125