UK/NI Applicants

UK Applicants

IT Sligo welcomes students from Northern Ireland and elsewhere in Great Britain. There are many educational, research, social and cultural opportunities open to you at IT Sligo. You will see that we offer a wide range of undergraduate degree and postgraduate programmes up to Level 10 (PHd).  We believe that there is something to attract you and that studying with us will be an exciting educational journey.  For entry to Year 1, applicants must have a recognised award at level 3 on the UK framework of qualifications.  For more information please see the section on Entry Requirements.

Studying at IT Sligo

We offer our students a broad choice of courses that are integrated with the highest award levels of the Irish National Framework of qualifications aligned to the Bologna Framework allowing graduates to travel more easily between countries for employment purposes or to pursue additional studies. Credits obtained on undergraduate studies are transferrable through the European Credit Transfer Accumulation System (ECTS). ECTS enables students to collect credits for learning achieved through higher education. Our Bachelor Degrees (Level 7) are 3 year programmes and Honours Degrees (Level 8) are 4 year programmes and you can progress from one level to the next. So, when you complete a Bachelor Degree (Level 7) you can apply for a 1 year progression programme to obtain an Honours Bachelor Degree (Level 8). This ladder system enables you to progress right up to Masters (Level 9) and Doctoral (Level 10) level at IT Sligo depending on your subject area and qualifications. Please see the section on the National Framework of Qualifications for further information.

Fees payable

Students from Northern Ireland and elsewhere in Great Britain do not have to pay tuition fees to study in the Republic of Ireland (because they are paid by the Irish government).  However, you do have to pay the Student Contribution fee of €2,750. To cover this upfront cost, you can get a Student Contribution Loan to help pay up to the full amount of the fee contribution.  Student loans and grants in the United Kingdom are primarily provided by the government through the Student Loans Company.

Student loans are low-interest and partly means tested but unlike a grant, you have to pay the money back eventually. The Student Loans Company decides on whether you’re eligible for a loan and of how much.

Contact your Local Education and Library Board or visit these websites for more information:


How to Apply

In common with other applicants for courses in IT Sligo, there are a number of entry routes open to UK Applicants for entry to IT Sligo.

First Year

Applicants from the UK should make their application via the Central Applications Office (CAO). You can apply online at

Key CAO Dates

Applications = 1 February
Late Applications = 1 May
Change of Mind = 1 July

Entry Requirements

For school leavers minimum entry requirements and a points system apply. Minimum entry requirements include having GCSE English and Maths at Grade C or better. In general, a minimum of two A-levels (Grade C or better) are required for entry to level 8 Honours Degree programmes and applicants for level 7 Ordinary Degree programmes will require at least 1 A level.

At IT Sligo, Applied A levels are accepted as meeting the entry requirements.

Access programmes

If you are a mature student aged 23 years or over on the 1st January of the calendar year of application, or your background is not from the traditional school leaver route, you can apply for entry through the CAO. Applicants are assessed on the basis of relevant life, work and educational experience.
Applicants with a disability or medical condition should also apply through the CAO and indicate the nature of their condition on the relevant section of the CAO form. Candidates will be contacted by the college to discuss supports and services available to help them with their studies.

Calculation of Points

For school leavers, the points required for entry to a course are determined by the level of demand on course places. Applicants points score is calculated by the level ( AS/A level) and grade achieved. As a guide, entry to Level 7 will require in the region of 200 points (say 2 Grade C A Levels) and entry to Level 8 will require in the region of 300 points (say 3 A Levels at Grade C). 25 bonus points are awarded for applicants who have A Level Mathematics. Applied A levels (AVCE) are considered on the same basis as A levels.

Alternative Qualifications

Applicants can also apply based on BTEC, HND, GNVQ or other qualifications. This information should be supplied to the CAO on page 4 of the CAO application form.

Advanced Entry to years 2, 3, or 4

IT Sligo accepts applications to the second or a subsequent year from students who have obtained the following qualifications or equivalent.

Qualification Entry to IT Sligo
BTEC National Award (Level 3) Year 1
Access Diploma Year 1
Cache Diploma Year 2
Higher National Certificate / Diploma Year 2
Higher National Diploma (if similar) Year 3
Foundation Degrees (if similar) Year 3

Applicants are advised to apply early for Advanced Entry to increase the likelihood of obtaining a place.

Direct Application Initiative

Students who wish to apply for advanced entry (beyond year 1 ) to a programme can apply directly to IT Sligo. To apply use the following application form : General-UK-application-form2

For further information, contact:

Admissions Office
T: +353 71 91 55379 or

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