Since 2004, IT Sligo has offered fully accredited online learning courses, providing flexible and accessible education to those seeking a third level qualification, based within our region, throughout Ireland and internationally.

Yes, all IT Sligo online courses are fully accredited. There is no difference between an on-campus qualification and an online qualification. Online learning is a flexible course delivery model, suitable to those seeking to upskill or retrain while balancing work, family and life commitments.

Yes, as with all IT Sligo qualifications, courses delivered through Online Learning are internationally recognised. 

Online Learning offers qualifications from Level 6 (Higher Certificate), Level 7 (Degree), Level 8 (Honours Degree) right up to Level 9 (Postgraduate Diploma, Certificate and Masters). Many subject areas offer progression paths enabling students to progress through the Levels. IT Sligo offers a number of Special Purpose Awards (SPAs) which are shorter courses

IT Sligo offers online learning students the option to study part-time online, blended or full-time online. Part-time online courses schedule live lectures in the evening time. Blended learning is offered where students may be required to attend labs or workshops, combined with online lectures. Full-time online courses are available through the CAO for students who wish to earn a degree but are not able to attend campus.

The majority of  online courses start in September and some offer start dates in January. Please see the relevant course page for the start date of the course you are interested in.

September Intake
 Applications Open: February 1st
 Applications Close: August 31st

January Intake
Applications Open: November 1st
Applications Close: December 31st

IT Sligo online applicants apply directly to IT Sligo by visiting the relevant course webpage and clicking on the ‘Apply Now’ button. You will be requested to submit a CV and supporting documents such as transcripts as part of your application.

Outside of the application dates, you can register your interest and we will inform you by email when the application system opens.

Springboard applicants should apply to courses on www.springboardcourses.ie

 All courses have specific entry requirements which are outlined on their individual course webpages.

IT Sligo also considers applications from those with the skills and knowledge gained through experience outside of formal education and training. Please enquire about the RPL process from our admissions teams at admissions@nullitsligo.ie

IT Sligo also considers applications from those with the skills and knowledge gained through experience outside of formal education and training. Please enquire about the RPL process from our admissions teams at admissions@nullitsligo.ie

Applicants should submit an up-to-date CV and supporting documents such as transcripts or evidence of other qualifications if required, or any other relevant documentation in support of their application

Applicants who attended a third level institution are required to provide an electronic copy of all of their academic transcripts, detailing all modules taken and individual results.

For courses starting in September, the first teaching week is the third week of September.

For courses starting in January, the first teaching week is the third week of January.

You will find out if you have been successful or unsuccessful in gaining a place approximately 4 weeks after you apply, depending on demand.

Yes, we are able to verify, compare and consider qualifications from outside of Ireland. If we are unable to do so, we advise students to contact QQI directly for an official verification.

Yes, as an online student you will be registered as an IT Sligo student with access to the same facilities as a full-time student, including the library, sports and leisure facilities, clubs and societies and health and well being services.

Once registered, you can apply for an IT Sligo student card through the library (library.itsligo.ie)

Yes, all online students are registered as IT Sligo students.

The majority of our online courses are taught 100% online with no requirement to attend campus.

Some of our online courses require attendance at the IT Sligo campus or at an alternative site (e.g. NIBRT) for lab days, residentials or workshops.

Further information on attendance requirements can can be found on the relevant course web page. 

You may be required to take some time off work for the below:

Exams – Christmas Exams: 2 – 4 days in January each year and Summer Exams: 2 – 4 days in May each year

Workshops/Practicals – approx 2 days per year depending on the course you are studying. You will receive notification of the dates for the workshops and/or practicals from your lecturer for each specific subject requirements.

Students should allow 14-18 hours per week, on average. Our online courses have about 4 hours of live lectures per week (but this can vary). The rest of your study time consists of independent learning, communicating with your lecturers and classmates and carrying out assignments.

Live lectures normally take place between 6pm and 10pm, Monday to Thursday but this may vary depending on the availability of specific lecturers. If the scheduled times for the live online lectures do not suit you, recordings are available.

Please follow this link for a downloadable guide to supports  available to you as an online student at  IT Sligo.

Students will be assessed through a combination of continuous assessments and end of semester exams. The methods of assessment can be found on the module links on the course web pages on our website.

IT Sligo has 3 exam centres in Ireland – Sligo, Dublin and Cork. Students can choose in which centre they wish to sit their exams. Currently, due to the pandemic all exams are assessed online.

Students based outside of Ireland may be able to avail of remote proctoring examinations and should contact the Examinations Office for further information on this service at examinations@nullitsligo.ie or Tel: 00353 7191 37317

Students with a disability, requiring extra time or other specific accommodations, please contact  Learningsupport@nullitsligo.ie

Please see further information about our online examinations here: https://www.itsligo.ie/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Online-Exams-FAQs.pdf

Yes, all online students who complete a Major Award at Level 6, Level 7, Level 8 and Level 9 will be invited to attend Graduation at IT Sligo.  

Online students who study a Minor Award or Special Purpose Award of 30 credits or less with Exams will be issued with Certificates from IT Sligo.

Course fees are available on the course web pages. Funding support may be available through programmes like  Springboard+, Skillsnet and/or other training support bodies. 

If the course is eligible for funding, details will be included on the course web page under the Fees tab.

We welcome applications from all students regardless of their location.  The majority of our online courses require little to no attendance, however there can be mandatory attendance on certain courses due to practical lab or workshop learning needs. Please check the course web page for specific details. 

It should be noted that online courses are part-time with live lectures scheduled in the evenings on week days. 

A high proficiency in the English Language is required for all applicants. If your first language is not English you will be required to provide evidence of your language competency through a recognised English Language qualification.

Yes. If your employer is part- or fully-funding your studies, you should state this in your application form. 

Our admissions team will supply an invoice request form, which your employer will need to complete and return. 

Course fees are available on the specific course web pages. 

Fees can be paid in full or by instalment (typically 2 payments per year).

Applicants are requested to pay a non-refundable deposit of €250 to secure their place on a course. The deposit paid is deducted from the total course fee. 

Students are asked to confirm their fee payment method when registering as an IT Sligo student. 

IT Sligo is listed by the Irish revenue as an approved institution. In order to determine if the course you apply for qualifies and your own eligibility for a tax refund, please read the information on the revenue website: http://www.revenue.ie/en/tax/it/leaflets/it31.html

This information should also be read in conjunction with Leaflet IT31. If you are in any doubt as to whether a particular course qualifies for tax relief you should contact your local Revenue office which is listed on the leaflet IT31.

Students will need to have access to a PC that is connected to the internet.  The PC should have speakers. Access to a web camera is beneficial for engaging with lecturers and peers, but not essential. 

Many students opt to use headphones for listening to live or recorded lectures, but again this is optional. 

Once you can log into the internet with a decent broadband connection, all the applications you need for accessing lectures, the library, course materials and submitting assignments are web-based. 

 

The Springboard+ upskilling initiative in higher education offers free and subsidised courses at certificate, degree and masters level leading to qualifications in areas where there are employment opportunities in the economy.

Springboard+ funds courses on an annual basis and confirmation of the courses funded  will be available in early Summer. The full list of Springboard funded programmes is available on www.springboardcourses.ie

All Springboard+ applications must be submitted through the Springboard website www.springboardcourses.ie. Applications received directly in IT Sligo are not considered for Springboard+ funding.

Springboard funded places are confirmed annually. 

All Springboard+ applications must be submitted through the Springboard website www.springboardcourses.ie

To see a list of all IT Sligo approved courses, select IT Sligo from the dropdown list of Providers.  

Springboard+ welcomes applications from people who are  unemployed,  those in employment and returners.

Applicants who are normally resident in Ireland should also meet the nationality and EU residency rules.

Full Details on all the Eligibility criteria are available on https://springboardcourses.ie/eligibility

 

The Springboard+ upskilling initiative in higher education offers free and subsidised courses at certificate, degree and masters level leading to qualifications in areas where there are employment opportunities in the economy.

Once enrolled on your programme through the Springboard website, you can then register as a student of IT Sligo.

A 10% course fee contribution for Level 7, 8, and 9 courses is applicable for employed participants. This is payable directly to the provider.

There are no tuition fees for DEASP customers or Returners but any subsequent costs such as travel and course materials must be borne by the participant.

All Level 6 programmes are free to all participants.

In IT Sligo Springboard+ programmes are delivered online using the online learning platform Moodle.

Students access live lectures at scheduled time. However, these are also recorded and can be accessed at any time convenient for the participant. Attendance at the live lecture is not mandatory.

Former participants may apply for another  Springboard+ funded course if they still meet the eligibility requirements. You should also note that priority will be given to those who have not previously undertaken a Springboard+ course.  

It is not permitted to undertake a second Springboard+ course in same academic year of Springboard+.

No. Recent Level 8 graduates must wait for a period of one year from graduation before they are eligible to do a Level 9 Springboard course. However, recent graduates may apply to do an ICT Skills Conversion or a HCI Pillar 1 course.

All Springboard+ funded students must complete their studies within 1 academic year. Some courses may be shorter (i.e. 13 weeks) and others may run the full academic year. Please check the course web pages for course duration.

The only exception is the two-year HCI funded ICT Conversion courses, which are funded under the Springboard+ initiative for employed participants only.

It is also important to note that under the Springboard+ funding scheme, it is not possible to defer a Springboard+ approved place or postpone modules until the following academic year.

Course providers (i.e. IT Sligo) are responsible for all aspects of running the Springboard+ funded course and applicants should contact providers directly for details on the course such as start and end dates, classes, and exam timetables.

IT Sligo is required to deliver a 10 credit Level 6 “Personal Effectiveness and Employability” module as part of it’s Springboard funded programmes.

This module is mandatory for all Springboard funded participants and outlines the skills needed for effective engagement in the workplace.

The Springboard+ website has a dedicated FAQs section which can provide more details on the initiative. 

https://springboardcourses.ie/faq

Contact Admissions

To find out more about any of our courses, please contact our admissions team:

T: 353 (0) 71 931 8511
E: admissions@nullitsligo.ie

Find out more about Online Learning

Visit the Online Learning hub to search for online courses, find out about how to apply and download our guides to online learning and student supports.