These courses are primarily aimed at adults who have been away from formal education for a number of years and would like to improve their skills, confidence and knowledge so they can access a third-level course. They are for students who for various reasons have not yet realised their educational potential, but who have a deep desire to continue their education at third level. They may wish to do so either full-time or part-time.
These courses familiarise students with the structure and requirements of third-level education. They cover a range of subjects that gives students the opportunity to explore potential or specific areas of further study. They enables students to develop their academic skills. Courses might include:
- A college tour
- Academic writing and study skills
- Time management
- Information technology (IT) – Moodle (a software learning system)
- Group work
Preparatory courses can suit both mature students as well as young people who are returning into education.
Examples of access, preparation and foundation courses are:
The access course in AIT has been running for over 25 years. The course covers science, engineering, maths, business, social care, information technology, communications and career guidance. Students are supported with their college CAO application and grant/ scholarship applications.
AIT Contact details: Theresa Ryan, email@example.com, 0906468123.
This Certificate level course is designed as a stepping stone for those who wish to return to study but have not studied in any formal way for a number of years.
Participants are given an opportunity to sample a number of academic subjects so that they can make a more informed choice when selecting subjects later.
Students who obtain final grade of 60% or above will automatically be offered a place on the Bachelor of Arts degree programme in Maynooth University.
MU Certificate in Returning to Learning contact details: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Maynooth University Certificate in Science is a Level 6 foundation programme for mature students who wish to undertake a foundation year in preparation for degree studies in the science and engineering areas. In this one year full-time programme of study, students undertake modules on mathematics, engineering science, computer science, experimental physics, mathematical physics, biology and chemistry. There are a maximum of 25 places on the course each year, and students benefit from the collegial and supportive learning environment provided by the group.
MU Certificate in Science contact details: email@example.com
The ‘Think About Teaching’ course hosted by Maynooth University is a one year pre-university foundation course which will prepare students who have experienced educational inequality for entry to teaching degrees here in Maynooth University.
Think about Teaching contact details: Gareth.Burns@mu.ie