All applicants for entry to the first year of IT Sligo’s full-time undergraduate courses are made through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applications open during November for courses starting in September of the following year. Detailed information on how to apply is available at

CAO System

Using a single application, you may choose up to 20 courses – 10 at Level 8 and 10 at Level 7 and Level 6.  Your choices on one list do not affect your choices on the other; you may receive two independent course offers, one from each list. It is extremely important to list your choices in order of genuine preference in each category.

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How to Apply

Each year we welcome a variety of applicants to IT Sligo. For more information on entry requirements and for more important information, please read the rest of this page carefully. Alternatively, contact with any questions you have.


    • Higher Certificate (Level 6) and Ordinary Degree (Level 7) – Five grade O6/H7. Leaving Certificate subjects must include Mathematics* and English or Irish.
    • Honours Degree (Level 8)  – Four grade O6/H7 and two grade H5. Leaving Certificate subjects must include Mathematics* and English or Irish. We require a minimum of 160 points for all Level 8 courses.

*Some courses do not require Mathematics as an entry requirement, while others have certain exemptions or honours requirements

LCVP modules can be counted as one of the passes required when considering LCE entry requirements for IT Sligo courses.


The minimum entry requirements for:

    • Higher Certificate (Level 6) and Ordinary Degree (Level 7) – A full QQI FET/FETAC (Level 5 or 6) award.
    • Honours Degree (Level 8) – Full QQI FET/FETAC (Level 5 or 6) award to include Distinction grades in at least three.

For entry to the majority of courses, a full award may be accumulated over more than one academic year. In such cases, it is the responsibility of the applicant to apply to QQI for a full award.

Course entry requirements can be viewed via the Entry Requirements section of individual course pages on the IT Sligo website. Alternatively, for more information and to view a full list of our QQI FET/FETAC entry requirements only, please visit the QQI FET/FETAC section of the CAO website here

Applicants who hold a full level 6 award may be eligible to apply for entry to year 2 of a cognate programme.


The minimum entry requirements for applicants from Northern Ireland (GCE AS, A2, AVCE, Double Award, BTEC) are:

Applicants must have a recognised award at Level 3 on the UK framework of qualifications. GCE AS and A Level, NVQ Level 3, Advanced Diplomas and Vocational Qualifications Level 3 are recognised qualifications for entry to year 1 at IT Sligo.

    • Applied A Levels (AVCE) are treated in the same way as A Levels. Please provide full details of GCE A2 and AS, AVCE, Double Award, BTEC, etc. in the Part B ‘Special Categories’ section of the application. The CAO will issue offers to applicants who have achieved sufficient points for their chosen courses towards the end of August.
    • Applicants are expected to have at least: GCSE grade C in English language, and GCSE grade C in Mathematics.
    • Higher Certificate (Level 6) and Ordinary Degree (Level 7) – As a guide, two A2 at grade C are required for entry to Level 7 or equivalent grades at BTEC National Diploma Level 3.
    • Honours Degree (Level 8) – As a guide, three A2 at grade C or equivalent grades at BTEC National Diploma Level 3 or OCR National Level 3.


IT Sligo welcomes applications from mature students. Up to 20% of places on courses in the Institute are reserved for mature applicants. We recognise the valuable life and work experience that they bring to the courses they undertake.

The sole criterion for qualification as a mature applicant is age. You are required to be over 23 on 1st January of the calendar year of application.

Applications should be made through the CAO in the usual way. An information evening for interested applicants is held in January each year. A mature student orientation day is held just before first year classes begin, for students who have been away from education for some time.


IT Sligo is part of the Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) and the Higher Education Access Route (HEAR), this is a third level admissions scheme which offers places on reduced points to applicants with disabilities or from  socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Please apply through the CAO. See our Students with Disabilities’ Brochure below or for further information on both these access routes.

Download Students with Disabilities Brochure


IT Sligo offers a number of programmes that require students to undertake placements with external agencies, which will bring them into contact with children and/or vulnerable adults and in which they will assume positions of public trust. To meet our obligations under National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 to 2016, registration on these programmes is conditional on students successfully clearing the Student Vetting process.


A student with a criminal conviction should note that his/her conviction could affect his/her ability to secure placement on relevant courses. A student with a criminal conviction should note that his/her conviction affects his/her ability to secure placement on this course and as a result he/she is strongly advised not to apply for this course as the Institute accepts no responsibility if he/she is unable to complete his/her studies. Applicants who have a criminal conviction will be assessed in line with the IT Sligo Policy for applicants with a Criminal Conviction.

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