Those who are over 23 by 1 January in the proposed year of entry are classified as Mature Applicants. Some mature candidates may be exempt from the standard minimum academic that apply to school-leavers.
A limited quota of places is reserved specifically for mature students on all programmes. A number of Mature candidates are selected for these quotas by random selection, regardless of whether or not they hold any qualifying exam results.
Mature candidates who are not fortunate enough to get offers via the random selection process can also compete, separately, for non-quota places based on their academic qualifications.
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Mature applicants for first year should apply via the CAO system, preferably before 1 February. Applying before 1 February is important where selection is based on an assessment test, e.g. for those hoping to be selected for nursing on the basis of the PAS test. If you are in a position to rely on academic results such as Leaving Cert, A-levels etc., or to take your chances in the random selection process as a basis for selection, then you can apply up until 1 May, but this costs more. The CAO handbook suggests that applicants applying after 1 February should contact the college before submitting an application. This is not necessary in the case of LYIT. We recommend that you apply via the internet, www.cao.ie. It is cheaper, faster, and less error prone than paper-based applications. If you don't have internet access you can get a paper Application Form from The CAO.
You are encouraged to list your initial course choices by 1 February if possible.
If necessary, you can change your mind up to 1 July at 5.15 pm.
What supporting documentation do I need to supply?
- Evidence of Age (Do not send the original Birth Certs., send copies).
- Educational Certificates including:
- Leaving Certificate - even if it was a long time ago, it may be important.
- Mature applicants who did a Leaving Certificate examination in any year since 1985 should indicate the year and the exam number (if known) in the appropriate place on the CAO application form.
- If you did the Leaving Cert. before 1985, please send a copy of the Cert.
- QQI FET - Provide appropriate information about your award, e.g. award title, year achieved, exam number, on the CAO application form and back this up by submitting A4 photocopies of any available Certificates. Please make sure your CAO number is written on the top right corner of any photocopy
- Other Educational Certificates or transcripts. For instance, if you were previously in college but did not finish the course, you may have results for the years you completed.
- If you are studying at the moment and awaiting results, please tell us what course you are taking and the date by which you expect to send your results to CAO.
- Evidence of any Work, Training Courses, etc., that is relevant to the programme(s) for which you are applying.
Applicants for the Mature Nursing Quota
The NMBI have stipulated that applicants applying for nursing on the basis of maturity only must sit an assessment test for admission to a Nursing of Midwifery programme. (Mature applicants for nursing who have qualifying school-leaving exams with sufficient points may also choose to sit this aptitude test but they can also be considered separately in the competition for standard places)
Mature applicants must be successful in the assessment test for the current year before being considered for an offer for one of the mature quota places. However, success in the test does not guarantee an offer of a place. The assessment test is year specific and results may not be carried forward to a future year (unless a deferred entry has been granted by a HEI).
The assessment comprises three separate tests which are:
- Verbal Reasoning: This test measures the ability to understand written passages and the logical evaluation of an argument.
- Numerical Reasoning: This test measures the ability to make correct decisions or inferences from numerical data.
- Job Simulation: This exercise attempts to identify your likely response when presented with scenarios typical of what could occur in a job situation. It measures a range of skills and qualities required in the student nurse role, ranging from taking care of someone, through to taking responsibility in a situation. In this test you will be required to read through a number of scenarios and then choose which action you would take, based on the information presented in the scenario. You will be given a list of possible actions and will be required to select only ONE.
Mature applicants must apply directly here to NMBI to take the tests. The CAO will remind all mature applicants about the NMBI assessment test in an email after the 1 February deadline.
Registration for the assessment tests will be provided directly on the NMBI website.
The online tests can be taken any time during the testing window which opens on 22 April 2021 at 10am and closes on 28 April 2021 at 1pm. Applicants taking the tests will be supervised using a remote proctoring system.
You can register and complete the tests at a time and place convenient to you during this testing window.
NMBI will provide familiarisation material for applicants from 15 April 2021 to help you prepare for the tests and to ensure that you are comfortable with the testing format. Practice tests will also be made available in advance of taking the tests.
Further information can be found on the careers section of the NMBI website.
All other programmes will have a limited quota of places reserved for applicants who are admitted on the basis of maturity only. Selection for this quota is based on courses choices listed by 1 May and will be by random selection. Offers arising from the random selection process issue on Round A and Round Zero. All mature applicants will have an equal chance in the random selection on these rounds, regardless of any exam results or the lack thereof.
Any course choices added after 1 May, e.g. via the Change of Mind process, are not included in the random selection process. For Nursing and for any course added after 1 May, you will be assessed on the basis of exam results only.
Mature applicants who have qualifying exam results will, in addition, also be eligible to enter a separate competition on Round 1 and subsequent rounds. Selection on Rounds 1 and later will be competitive and will be based on points arising from qualifying school-leaving exam results.