Online Learning FAQ

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What are the key course dates for the online programmes?
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After you submit an application you will be requested to send with your application a photocopy of all your certificates (signed and dated by you) and relevant academic qualifications. Please include a copy of your birth certificate or passport, along with evidence of other qualifications, notably an official record of any third level or other accredited course’s that you have completed. If you have a foreign qualification, please see below

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What is the closing date for applying?
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The closing date for completed applications is 1st September each year (unless otherwise stated on the web page for a particular course). Late applications may be accepted beyond this date up to 14th September depending on availability. Courses are filled on a first come first served basis.

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What happens to my application form after I apply?
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The Admissions office will send you a confirmation of receipt of your application form. Once received, applications are processed by the Admissions offices of IT Sligo. Applications are then forwarded to the relevant Course Co-ordinator for the programme in IT Sligo for assessment in accordance with entry requirements for the course. In some instances, applicants may be invited to attend an interview. Successful applicants are informed in writing by the Admissions office and are required to complete and return an acceptance form and pay an initial booking fee of €250 to secure their place.

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What is my PPS number?
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This is your Personal Public Service number (formerly RSI number) and is relevant only to residents of Ireland. You will find more information here.

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How long will it take before I know if I am eligible?
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The process of assessing applications that fulfil the normal entry requirements and the offering of places normally takes about one week. Applicants are required to provide copies of their prior their prior learning qualifications so this may delay the process somewhat. For example, if you are applying for a Level 7 (Ordinary Degree) in Engineering and you already hold a Level 6 (Higher Certificate) in Engineering, this would fulfil the normal entry requirements. Applicants who do not meet the normal entry requirements for a course may still be eligible.

However, it may take up to 4 weeks to have their application and qualifications assessed. If you have not heard back from us after one week of sending in your application or would like to obtain the status on your application, please contact the Admissions Office at 071-9318511 or email admissions@itsligo.ie.

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What if I don't meet the normal eligibility requirements for a course?
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If you have three or more years of relevant work experience and have taken other education or training, this may fulfil the eligibility requirements. Please include this in as much detail as possible on the application form. Check the eligibility requirements for the specific course you are interested in on the web page for that course. Please review the ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’ webpage also for more details.

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What other documents will I need to send along with my application form?
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After you submit an application you will be requested to send with your application a photocopy of all your certificates (signed and dated by you) and relevant academic qualifications. Please include a copy of your birth certificate or passport, along with evidence of other qualifications, notably an official record of any third level or other accredited course’s that you have completed. If you have a foreign qualification, please see below.

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I have a British / Northern Ireland qualification - am I eligible?
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The Irish awarding bodies and qualifications authorities and the UK awarding and qualifications regulatory bodies have undertaken an exercise to align/cross reference the qualifications frameworks in the UK and Ireland. To see how your qualification broadly compares to the Irish framework of qualifications, please click on this link : www.qualificationsrecognition.ie

For example if you are applying for a Level 7 degree course in IT Sligo, you will need to have achieved the equivalent of an Irish Level 6 course which would normally be a HND and in certain cases a HNC. This should be listed on your application form along with any other educational qualifications and work experience you have. The IT Sligo admissions department will then review this and inform you if you can join the degree programme or are required to undertake a Qualifier programme. If you wish, you may also have your UK / Commonwealth qualification assessed on the website www.naric.org.uk

UK NARIC is the National Agency which provide information about the equivalency of qualifications and skills from overseas to the UK’s national qualifications frameworks. This makes it easier to compare your qualification to an Irish qualification particularly if you were educated in a Commonwealth country such as Australia, South Africa, India or Pakistan. The costs of having your qualifications assessed by

UK NARIC is approx €50. This service normally takes between 10 and 15 working days.

Note that for IT Sligo applicants, our preference is that you use the Irish qualifications authority on www.qualificationsrecognition.ie However, the UK service is a useful backup as in certain cases they provide a speedier response time to assess your qualification.

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I have a foreign qualification and want to know if this will allow me gain entry to the course.
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If you hold a foreign qualification, you may wish to have it recognised in Ireland in order to establish if you have fulfilled the entry requirements for a course (or also to gain employment in the State). Qualifications Recognition Ireland facilitates the process of the recognition of foreign qualifications in Ireland. In order to have your qualification evaluated, you must complete an application form and submit documentation relating to your qualification. According to their website, this service currently is offered free of charge. In order to submit your award for evaluation, please proceed as follows:

  • Read the fact sheet on www.qualificationsrecognition.ie which will give you some information regarding the recognition process.
  • Complete the Application for Recognition of an International Award.
  • Once you have completed the form and attached all relevant documents, post to:
    Qualifications Recognition – Ireland,

The National Qualifications Authority of Ireland,
5th Floor Jervis House,
Jervis Street,
Dublin 1

Once you receive the report back on your qualification, please submit this to IT Sligo along with the appropriate application documentation for your course.
Please note that this process can take 8 to 12 weeks. If you plan to apply for a course you should do this immediately.

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What are the Course Fees?
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Course fees are listed on the page describing each programme? On receipt of a formal offer of a place, the student must within 2 weeks pay a booking fee of €250, which is to secure your place on the course. This fee is non-refundable and is credited against the course fees upon registering as a student. If you do not pay the €250 booking fee within 2 weeks, then we cannot guarantee to hold a place for you on the course. The balance of fees must be paid as soon as possible. If a student wishes to pay by instalment (one per semester) the student must contact the Admissions office to arrange.

Module and Programme fees are shown on each course page and are paid via Visa Debit or Credit Card using the online payment facility (details emailed by Admissions). The fees include registration, access to the online lecture system, and examinations and eventual award. The student will have to purchase any required textbooks.

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What other costs are involved in taking an online course?
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The only other significant costs involved are for books and periodic travel to IT Sligo. Text books cost on average about €60 per module but can vary significantly. Travel to IT Sligo is kept to a minimum and is typically about 3 days per year (this can also vary depending on your course) as well as travel to examinations centres (which we try to make available in Dublin and Cork in addition to Sligo).

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Can I pay the fees per semester?
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Yes, fees can be paid on a semester basis. The first semester runs from September – December and these fees must be paid on or before 31st October. The second half of your fees to be paid by 31st January.

Payment can be made online by credit card.

Please contact Admissions to organise your instalment plan.

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If I withdraw from my programme or defer modules - are fees refunded?
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The €250 booking fee used to secure your place on the course is non-refundable.

If you decide to withdraw from your programme of study or defer your studies to the following academic year, the following procedures apply:

 

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What if the course is cancelled?
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All courses are being offered subject to a sufficient number of students and the necessary resources being available. Students having registered and paid course fees will be refunded in full should the course be cancelled. Refunds typically take 1 month to process.

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Can I get tax relief on my fees?
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As the Institute of Technology, Sligo is listed by the Irish revenue as an ‘APPROVED INSTITUTION’ you should be in a position to claim tax relief at the standard rate for tuition fees. 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.

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Is the online degree accredited?
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All of the online degree programmes offered by IT Sligo are the same as our full time courses and are accredited by the Quality and Qualification Ireland (www.qqi.ie). OOI awards / qualifications are at all levels of higher education and training up to PhD level. These awards are recognised both nationally and internationally. IT Sligo offer online courses at Levels 7, 8, and 9 under the national framework of qualifications. More information on the national framework of qualifications is available on their website: www.nfq.ie

HETAC and FETAC have merged along with the Irish Universities Quality Board (IUQB) and the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland (NQAI) to become QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland).

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Is there a first year induction programme?
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The induction programme for all online 1st year students normally takes place on a Friday before the programme starts in September each year (See key dates above). During this day, you will receive training on the online learning system (MOODLE) and how to access your lectures. You will also have an opportunity to meet your lecturer’s and ask any questions you may have on each subject. Details of this orientation programme will be sent to you approx two weeks in advance.

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Is it necessary to attend the induction programme?
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It is highly recommended to attend the induction day in September to become familiar with using the online technologies. If you are unable to attend you will need to contact the programme coordinator in September to gain access to the online modules.

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How much study is involved in an online programme?
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Participants should allow 14-18 hours per week, on average. The length of study per module will depend upon a student’s prior familiarity with the course material and the period of absence from formal study. Participants who have been away from study for some time often wonder if they are capable of undertaking a Degree programme. In this case, you can also take the course over a longer period of time by taking just 1 or 2 modules each semester. If you have any concerns in this regard, feel free to contact the Programme

Coordinator who will discuss the various study options and the requirements of the Degree with you. 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.