Enabling Maths


The enabling course in mathematics is a joint initiative between Donegal Education and Training Board and Atlantic Technological University arising from the signing of a formal memorandum of understanding between ATU and DETB. The overall objective of this partnership is to provide for enhanced progression opportunities and pathways for learners consistent with the Further Education and Training Strategy, 2014-2019 and the National Strategy for Higher Education to 2030. It is in direct response to the impediments to access to higher education arising from the number of students not passing mathematics at leaving certificate and therefore failing to meet the minimum entry requirements for programmes. The development of this Enabling Course in Mathematics is designed to give young people a second chance to succeed in Mathematics and thus, overcome the entry requirements to enter a wide range of courses in 2023.

Enabling Mathematics Course

  • Course will commence on Wednesday 30th August until Friday 8th September 2023. (Timetable below)
  • Classes for the Enabling Mathematics Course will be held on Campus.
  • A blended learning approach will be adopted for the course.
  • The final examination will be of an equivalent standard to the current leaving certificate ordinary mathematics paper and will be set and assessed by mathematics teachers nominated by Donegal ETB.
  • Applicants who are otherwise eligible but lack a pass in ordinary and higher-level Maths are the primary target group.
  • Students passing the Enabling Mathematics Course will be eligible for a place on any programme in ATU for which there are “available places”. The list of ATU’s ‘Available Places’ is published on www.cao.ie and changes on a daily basis.
  • In all cases applicants must meet the minimum entry requirements (see https://www.atu.ie/study-at-atu for details) and the current CAO points for the relevant programme.
  • There will be 5 strands to the programme aligned with the Ordinary Level Leaving Certificate Syllabus.

    1: Number 2 days
    2: Algebra 2 days
    3: Functions 1 day
    4: Geometry and Trigonometry 2 days
    5: Statistics and Probability 1 day

    Each of the strands will be followed by a rigorous assessment
  • Successful students will be required to participate in on-going maths support throughout year 1 delivered by the respective Maths Learning Centre.


Enabling Maths Timetable – Week 1 (30th August – 1st September 2023)
(Please note that certain modules will be either taught (F) face to face, (O.L.) on-line only or (Hybrid) both face to face and on-line)
Time Monday Tuesday Wed 30th Aug Thur 31st Aug Fri 1st Sept
09.30 – 12.30 ------------ ------------ Number (F) Number (F) Algebra (H)
12.30 – 1.00 ------------ ------------ Break Break Break
1.00 – 4.00 ------------ ------------ Number (O.L.) Number (O.L.) Algebra (H)
4.00 – 5.00 ------------ ------------   Assessment  


Enabling Maths Timetable – Week 2 (4th – 8th September 2023)
Time Mon 4th Sept Tues 5th Sept Wed 6th Sept Thur 7th Sept Fri 8th Sept
09.30 – 12.30 Algebra (H) Functions (H) Geometry and Trigonometry (F) Geometry and Trigonometry (F) Statistics and Probability (F)
12.30 – 1.00 Break Break Break Break Break
1.00 – 4.00 Algebra (H) Functions (H) Geometry and Trigonometry (O.L.) Geometry and Trigonometry (O.L.) Statistics and Probability (O.L.)
4.00 – 5.00 Assessment Assessment   Assessment Assessment

How to Apply

For those students wishing to study on-line or by hybrid means, please ensure that you have already downloaded Microsoft Teams and have a good internet connection. For those students attending on campus, please bring Pen, Paper and Calculator. Notes will be provided.