Certain restrictions may apply in the case of Mature Applicants.
Normally mature applicants should be 23 years old on or before 1st January 2021 (i.e. born on or before 1st January 1998) for admission in Autumn 2021 and must apply by 1st February 2021. However, some HEIs may have a different age requirement, different definitions of mature applicants, etc., and some will consider applications received after 1st February 2021.
Before applying you should read the CAO Handbook and view the information for mature applicants on Higher Education Institution websites. In particular, you should note HEI requirements for the provision of supplementary application information. If you have any questions, you must contact the Admissions Office or Mature Students Officer of the appropriate HEIs well in advance of application closing dates.
If you are applying for primary teaching on the basis of mature years you must apply for these courses through CAO by 1st February 2021.
Mature applicants, who wish to be considered on the basis of mature years, must apply direct to the following HEIs:
National College of Ireland
American College Dublin
College of Computing Technology
Dublin Business School
Irish College of Humanities and Applied Science
Dorset College, Dublin
ICD Business School
Mature applicants who wish to be considered on the basis of school leaving qualifications for these HEIs should apply to CAO - you may apply direct to the HEI and apply to CAO.
If you are applying for mature entry to Trinity College Dublin (TCD), you must apply to CAO by 1st February. In addition, with the exception of mature nursing and midwifery courses, you must also submit to TCD, by 1st February, a separate form which is available from the Admissions Office of TCD.
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 17:15. In March, those meeting the eligibility criteria will be sent an email (to the email account registered to their CAO account) with instructions for completing and submitting a supplementary form.
The HEIs which are not mentioned in point 5 above require mature applicants to apply through CAO.