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CAO Handbook
Page 7 of 23

Mature Applicants Normally mature applicants should be 23-years-old on or before 1st January in the year of entry (e.g. 1st January 2018 for admission in Autumn 2018) and must apply by 1st February 2018 at 5:15pm. However, some HEIs may have a different age requirement, different definitions of mature applicants, etc., and some will consider applications received after the 1st February closing date. Further details on the criteria set by each institution and consideration of applications after 1st February is available from

For mature applicants applying to the institutions listed in the Table 1.2 below, a CAO application must be made by 1st of February at 5:15pm and a separate application form must also be obtained from the Admissions Office of the relevant institution and returned to the HEI by 1st February*.


CAO Application by 1st February at 5:15pm

Direct Application by 1st February

Trinity College

Marino Institute of Education

Table 1.2 Institutions requiring CAO and direct applications from mature applicants by 1st February 2018

*not applicable for application to mature nursing or mature midwifery Contact Marino Institute of Education directly to ascertain late application availability for Education Studies (CM010) and Early Childhood Education (CM020).

If you are applying for mature entry to primary teaching in Dublin City University, Marino Institute of Education, Mary Immaculate College Limerick or Maynooth University you must apply to CAO by 1st February at 5:15pm. In March, those meeting the eligibility criteria will receive a supplementary form and instructions for completing and submitting this form.

If you are applying for entry to primary teaching on the basis of mature years, you must apply for these courses through CAO by 1st February 2018 at 5:15 pm.

Mature applicants who wish to be considered on the basis of mature years must make a direct application to the following HEIs (please contact the institutions directly for more information and closing dates):

Direct Applications for Mature Applicants

National College of Ireland

American College Dublin

College of Computing Technology

Dublin Business School

Griffith College

ICD Business School, Dublin

Irish College of Humanities and Applied Science

Dorset College, Dublin

Portobello Institution, Dublin

Table 1.3 HEIs requiring direct application from mature applicants

However, mature applicants who wish to be considered on the basis of school leaving qualifications for the HEIs listed in Table 1.3 should apply to CAO – you may apply both directly to the HEI and to CAO. The HEIs not mentioned in Table 1.3 require mature applicants to apply through CAO.

After completing the online CAO application, including sections 1 – 11 of the Mature Applicant section, applicants must post the following supporting documentation to CAO, Tower House, Eglinton Street, Galway, Ireland:

  1. Evidence of any qualifications that you have indicated in your online application.

  2. Supplementary information that you were unable to include in the space provided.

  3. Any documentation required by each of the institutions to which you are applying – Details of same are available from

  4. If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of competency in the English language.

  5. Please include your CAO application number on all supporting documents being sent to CAO.