Apply now for a free or funded course on Springboard+…

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

Whether you are seeking to change career, wanting to upskill or need to retrain, ATU’s expert lecturers, support staff and innovative online course delivery, will ensure you succeed.

Do you want to know more about why you should choose an ATU Online & Flexible Learning Springboard+ programme, click here.

Watch Head of Online Learning Business Development & Business Operations Manager, Jean Gilligan, talk about Springboard+ and how students can avail of free or funded programmes

How to Apply – All applications must be made through the Springboard website www.springboardcourses.ie

Course List

Springboard+ Courses

Springboard+ 2024/25 is now open for application. To view the free or 90% funded courses approved for ATU, please click here

Fees & Funding

All applicants hoping to avail of Springboard funding must apply through the Springboard website. Unemployed participants continue to receive 100% funding while those in employment will receive 100% funding for programmes at level 6 and 90% funding for programmes from level 7 to level 9. 

Am I Eligible?

Springboard+ applicants must meet all residency and nationality/visa requirements, including the applicant has been ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA/Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding their entry to the programme.

Returners – Those who have a previous history of employment but may require
upskilling, reskilling or cross-skilling to transition back to the workforce.

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

The Unemployed or formerly Self Employed – May apply to all courses with the exception of the two-year part-time ICT conversion courses. Unemployed applicants will also be required to meet additional criteria.

Further details are available: https://springboardcourses.ie/eligibility


Contact Springboard+ Admissions

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

T: 353 (0) 71 931 8511
E: springboard.sligo@nullatu.ie

Frequently Asked Questions

Visit the FAQ section to find helpful information on key deadlines, semesters, entry requirements, fee payment and much more.