All applicants for first year full-time courses at IT Sligo must first apply through the CAO in the usual manner. See www.cao.ie for further details on how to do this.
Applicants in the following categories may enter their chosen course without reaching the required Leaving Certificate points:
- DARE/ HEAR Eligible Applicants
- Mature Applicants
- HEAR, Student Assistance & Childcare Funds, Mature Students
- Linda McGloin, Acting Access Officer
- Tel: +353 (0) 71 917355
- DARE, Disability Support or Autism Supports
- Maureen Haran, Acting Asst. Access Officer
- Tel: +353 (0)71 9155381
- Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
- Learning Support Tutors, Andrea Rynn & Fiona Fox
- Tel: +353 (0)71 9305400
- Assistive Technology
- Shelley Brady, Assistive Technology Officer
- Tel: +353 (087) 6405941
The Institute of Technology, Sligo Access Office has a specific responsibility to support students attending the college who have a disability or special needs due to chronic illness. It is however the responsibility of any student with a disability or special needs to make contact with the Access Office at the beginning of each academic year so that their needs can be reviewed. The Institute of Technology Sligo cannot take responsibility for failing to support a student where the student has not identified their needs to the Access Office. Supports for students with disabilities are continuously being developed and it is important that students make themselves aware of these developments.
In registering with the Disability Support Service, the student and Asst. Access Officer will agree an individual support plan tailored to the specific requirements of that student with referrals to other members of college staff only as appropriate.
The Disability Support Service acts as an advocate on behalf of the students with a disability, students with Autism or (ASD) or special need in the Institute of Technology, Sligo. By registering with the Disability Support Service, supports can be requested and developed in relation to academic and physical requirements within the college on the student’s behalf. An application can be made to the Higher Education Authority for funding to facilitate the student in his / her studies, purchase and loan equipment intended to assist the student during his / her studies at the Institute of Technology Sligo. As it will take some time to develop some of the supports required by any student, students are urged to make contact with the Disability Support Service as soon as is possible following return to study at Institute of Technology Sligo.
Specific procedures are in place to support students with disabilities or special needs to perform on an equal basis as their class peers. The Policy Guidelines and Procedures for the Granting of Reasonable Accommodations in Examinations to Students with Disabilities can be accessed here.
In order to provide accurate supports and accommodations, the Disability Support Service requires medical documentation from the appropriate medical professional. The Guide to Providing evidence of your disability for support can be accessed here.
The Assistive Technology Suite offers students with disabilities a quiet room to study where they have access to printers and PCs with specific software. It is located on the first floor in the Student Support Services Centre.
DARE at IT Sligo
Course options available: All courses will accept qualified DARE applicants, the courses that applicants are likely to study will reflect that popularity of courses in general.
Minimum entry requirements: All DARE applicants will have to meet minimum academic entry requirements in addition to DARE eligibility. For Higher Certificate (Level 6) courses the minimum points required for entry through DARE will be 120 points. For Ordinary Degree (Level 7) courses, the minimum points required for entry through DARE will be 150 points. For Honours Degree (Level 8) courses, the minimum points required for entry through DARE will be 200. Some courses also carry mathematics, health or fitness to study requirements which will also have to be met.
DARE and FETAC Entry: DARE entry is for leaving certificate applicants only, however IT Sligo will be operating a supplementary entry route for FETAC applicants who meet the DARE eligibility criteria. These will be given bonus points for entry, these places will be in addition to the DARE places available in first year at IT Sligo.
Disability Supports at IT Sligo: The provision of supports to students with disabilities at IT Sligo is separate from special consideration for entry provided through DARE, all students with disabilities should contact the Disability Support Service as early as possible to develop their individual support plan regardless of how they entered IT Sligo.
Learning Support Service
At Institute of Technology Sligo, the Learning Support Tutor provides learning support to students who have dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties.
Students who have been diagnosed as having dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties should contact the Learning Support Tutor early in the academic year to develop their Individual Support Plan.
In order to provide accurate supports and accommodations, the Learning Support Service requires medical documentation from the appropriate medical professional. Refer to the Guide to Providing evidence of your disability for support (link here.)
Dyslexia screening can also be arranged in the college for students who suspect they may have dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties.
Supports provided by the Learning Support Tutor include:
- Dyslexia Screening
- Study Skills Information
- Use of Assistive Technology Suite
- Assistive Technology
- Reasonable Accommodation at Examinations
- Applications to the Department of Education and Skills to the Fund for Students with Disabilities on behalf of students with up to date psychological assessments
- Liaising with relevant staff to ensure students achieve their full potential at Institute of Technology Sligo.
- One to one or group support
The Learning Support Tutor is located in the main building, first floor, third door, opposite Yeat’s Library.
HEAR Scheme at IT Sligo
IT Sligo is part of the Higher Education Access Route (HEAR). This is a college and university scheme that offers places on reduced points and extra college support to school leavers from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds who are resident in the Republic of Ireland. HEAR has been set up by a number of colleges and universities, as evidence shows that socio-economic disadvantage can have a negative effect on how well a student does at school and whether they go on to college. HEAR applicants must meet a range of financial, social and cultural indicators to be considered for a reduced points place and extra college support.
Who should apply to HEAR?
HEAR is for school leavers under the age of 23 as of 1 January 2018 who are resident in the Republic of Ireland. Mature and FET (Further Education and Training) students have their own admissions routes and should contact college admissions offices for more information. Applications to HEAR can only be made online through the CAO. For further information on this scheme check out the following website http://accesscollege.ie/hear/
Benefits of HEAR
- Reduced Points
If you apply to HEAR and meet the application criteria (that is, are deemed eligible for HEAR) you may be offered a place even if you do not have enough Leaving Certificate points for your preferred course. Each participating college and university has a reserved number of places to offer eligible HEAR applicants at lower or reduced Leaving Certificate points.
An example of a reduced points offer is that the Leaving Certificate points for a particular course is 366 points. An eligible HEAR applicant could be offered a place with a lower points score, e.g. 356 points. This applicant would also, like all other applicants applying to college, need to meet the minimum entry requirements and any specific programme requirements before being considered for a HEAR reduced points offer. The reduction in points for HEAR places can vary every year.
If you get a place through HEAR, you will receive a variety of academic, personal and social supports while at college.
How to apply to HEAR?
- Apply online to CAO by 17:15 on 1 February.
- No later than 17:15 on 1st March, you must indicate in your CAO application that you wish to apply for the HEAR scheme and you must fully and correctly complete all elements the HEAR form (the HEAR form is a part of your CAO application).
- Submit relevant evidence in support of your application to arrive at CAO no later than 17:15 on 1 April.
HEAR applications can only be made online at www.cao.ie.
A mature applicant is someone who is aged 23 or older on January 1st of the calendar year of application to third level education. Mature applicants, must apply to the Central Application Office (CAO), Tower House, Eglinton Street, Galway on or before 1st February. Application forms can be obtained from the CAO or online at www.cao.ie. Applicants are subsequently interviewed by IT Sligo in April. The CAO also accepts ‘late applications’ before a May 1st closing date. A second round of interviews takes place in late summer in IT Sligo and late applicants are called for interview only if places remain unfilled on their chosen course.
Student Assistance and Childcare Fund
The Student Assistance Fund is an on-line application system that opens in September of each academic year and it aims to ensure that disadvantaged students receive financial supports to enable them to fully benefit from their studies and in particular to assist them in overcoming financial obstacles which may otherwise cause them to abandon their studies.
All campus based students attending an undergraduate course of not less than one year’s duration are eligible to apply for assistance to overcome acute or unexpected hardship. Any tuition or registration fees must be paid in full before students can receive funding from the Student Assistance Fund. Students are invited via the college email to apply for this fund.
The Childcare Fund is in conjunction with the Student Assistance Fund application and it is available to help campus based students attending an undergraduate course who have childcare responsibilities. In order to be eligible to apply for funding from the Childcare fund, applicants must qualify for free or the EU rate of fees and meet the eligibility criteria for application for a maintenance grant from SUSI, their local authority or VEC. Applicants must also have paid any outstanding tuition or registration fees before becoming eligible for support from the Childcare Fund.