Parents/Guardians

Why Choose TU Dublin Blanchardstown ?

At TU Dublin, we really value your son or daugher’s education. The transition from second to third level education is an exciting time, and for your son or daughter this will be the next step in fulfilling their chosen career. A TU Dublin education is a quality education and our 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 operates on what is known as the ‘ladder system’. We offer undergraduate courses at NFQ Level 6,7 and 8.

This structure allow students’ to 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 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.

Quotes from first year students – September 2018

“I was really impressed by the organisation and the welcome I received at my orientation” – Business Student

“The lecturers and the student mentors were so nice and helpful.” – Engineering Student

“I was struck by how helpful both staff and students were.They were all also very kind and welcoming” – Computing Student

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

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 day will take place on

Tuesday, 12th November 2019, 10am-12.30pm

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. Research college Access Routes

Through our Access Service, we endeavour to provide opportunities to students who traditionally might have found it difficult to access third level education

TU Dublin Blanchardstown participates in both the HEAR and DARE Scheme’s from 2018 onwards.

The Higher Education Access Route (HEAR) is an admissions scheme which offers places on reduced points and extra college support to school leavers from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

DARE (Disability Access Route to Education) is an admissions scheme which offers places at reduced point to school leavers with disabilities.

5. Connect with your Schools Guidance Counsellor

We would encourage students to keep in contact with their guidance counsellors, who are a resource of experience, expertise and advice.

6. Most importantly…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: courses@tudublin.ie or by phone: 01 885 1530

We regularly host live Q&A sessions for students, parents and guidance counsellors. Check out www.itb.ie for updates on our next Q&A event. An archive of past Q&A Sessions can be viewed here: http://www.itb.ie/QnAArchive/index.html

7. Choose your courses carefully

Firstly, your child should know what the course is all about before making their application to the CAO. Check the minimum entry requirements and course content for all courses at http://courses.itb.ie/.

Course choices should be listed in order of preference on the CAO application form.

Your child should keep their options open – It may not be wise to choose only one course on the CAO. Remember, it is possible to list up to ten Level 6/7 courses and up to ten Level 8 courses.

The applicant should also double check their course choices before the CAO change of mind closing date.

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