Mature Students

Why Choose TU Dublin Blanchardstown ?

Age should never hold you back from pursuing your education and at TU Dublin Blanchardstownwe welcome applications from mature students – in fact a number of places are reserved on each course for such applicants. A “Mature Applicant” is any person who is over 23 years of age on 1st January of the year of application.

Mature Applicants may be a little concerned about returning to college after being out of the education system for a while. And while it may take a little while to settle back into learning, you will find that your additional life experience will carry forward into your new academic life.

Returning to education is an exciting time, and this will be the next step in developing your career. A TU Dublin education is a quality education and our mature students can be assured of:

Varied courses, excellent lecturers and great facilities

At TU Dublin Blanchardstown we offer a wide and varied range of courses, from Business to Engineering, Humanities to Computing, Horticulture to Creative Digital Media and more. Our courses are delivered with a “hands on” approach in our state of the art campus in Dublin 15. Students will be lectured by experts in the field, ensuring that they will graduate with a fully rounded knowledge of their chosen discipline. The personal development of our students is also an integral part of the TU Dublin Student Experience.

Welcoming campus and small class sizes

Our campus is smaller in camparison to some of the other third level insitutes. This typically means that students will settle in quickly and make friends much easier than they would on larger campuses. Classes are kept deliberately small in size, assuring that they receive adequate attention, assessment and monitoring from their lecturers.

Excellent progression options

TU Dublin Blanchardstown works on what is known as the ‘ladder system’. We offer undergraduate courses at NFQ Level 6,7 and 8.

The Technological University sector is structured to allow students’ progress as far as they want through the educational system, receiving a qualification at each stage.

For example a student may start by studying for a Higher Certificate (usually completed in two years and having achieved that award, may then progress to an Ordinary Bachelor Degree (usually an extra year). With an Ordinary Bachelor Degree, students may progress to an Honours Degree which in turn is the next step to a Masters Degree or a Doctorate.

Students who enter on a Level 6 Higher Certificate programme are in the same class as those who enter on a Level 7 Ordinary Degree or Level 8 Honours Degree programme.

Excellent supports for students

TU Dublin Blanchardstown is proud to facilitate a range of services that are designed to help your son or daughter make the transition from school to college. This includes:

Peer Mentoring Programme: Offered to all first year students, so from the moment they step on campus they have a peer support system in place. It gives both senior and first year students an opportunity to get involved and get connected to the college in a fun and engaging way.

Student Support & Services – The Student Services Office provides a range of financial, academic and personal supports for students attending TU Dublin Blanchardstown. The team are available to meet with any student who has individual difficulties. The service aims to provide both advice and practical supports in a wide variety of circumstances.

National Learning Network – The National Learning Network service works in close collaboration with the Student Services Office. Its purpose is to provide a high quality academic support service to all TU Dublin  Blanchardstown students. Incoming first year students complete a profiling questionnaire during orientation. This is designed to allow them gain an insight into their strengths and weaknesses.

What our mature students say – September 2018

“As a mature student, I found orientation very informative; It was great to meet staff, students and lecturers in such a relaxed

“The students guiding us around were really helpful and we’re open to answering any questions we
may have had. The lecturers all introduced themselves and gave us a brief insight into what we can expect in the upcoming term.”

“The staff, student union and students helping out were so friendly and helpful and didn’t make it feel as daunting starting”

Applying to college in 2020 – Our Top Tips

1. Read the prospectus and CAO Handbook.

The prospectus provides information about all courses and everything you need to know about applying to college. It is very important that you read it carefully and understand the course to which you are applying.

2. Attend open days

Our next open evening will take place on

Tuesday, 12th November 2019, 5pm-7pm

A schedule of events for our next open day will be published here soon.

Attending the open day is an excellent way to inform yourself about college courses. To get a flavour what our open days are like, we invite you to watch the video below.

There is nothing like seeing a campus in person, it is important to get a look, feel and atmosphere. Open days and evenings allow you to connect with academic staff and current students who will be happy to assist you with any questions you may have regarding course modules and content.

3. Be aware of key dates

CAO Closing Dates

February 1st – Closing date for normal Applications
May 1st – Final date to make a late application
July 1st – Final date to alter course choices

4. Ask Questions

It’s important to ask questions! Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have whether it’s relating to course content, the application process, or even getting here, we will try help you the best we can.

You can connect with us by email: or by phone: 01 885 1530

                    5. Choose your course carefully

  • You should know what the course is all about before you apply.

Detailed course information can be found at

  • Mature applicants must apply through the CAO and are advised to do so by February 1st.
  • Mature applicants will be required to demonstrate that they meet the eligibility requirements for third level education through either an

Assessment of Suitability


Leaving Certificate examination results or QQI (FETAC) Level 5 or 6 award

  • On the CAO, list your courses in order of preference.

Keep your options open – It may not be wise to choose only one course. Remember you can list up to ten Level 6/7 courses and up to ten Level 8 courses.

Also, be sure to double check your choices before the CAO Change of Mind closing date.

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