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Demo Application - Mature Section

CAO Application No.:
Name :
David Smith

Mature Application Form  Help?

Definition of Mature Applicant and Closing Dates
Normally mature applicants should be 23 years old on or before 1st January in the year of entry (e.g. 1st January 2024 for admission in Autumn 2024) and must apply by 1st February 2024. 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 the 1st February are available here.

Application Procedure
Mature applicants to nursing/midwifery courses and/or mature entry to primary teaching are not required to follow this application process UNLESS they are also applying to other course codes and wish to be considered on the grounds of mature years for those courses.
In order to be considered on the grounds of mature years, you MUST do the following:
  • Complete the online application process.
  • Post the following supporting documentation to the CAO:
    • Evidence of any qualifications that you have indicated in your online application. This must include a certified translation of official documents not written in English.
    • If there is insufficient space within certain sections of the online application, you may supplement these sections by including additional pages and post these to CAO along with any supporting documents such as copies of certificates etc.
    • Any documentation required by each of the institutions to which you are applying. Details of same are available from Please note that there can be different requirements for each institution. Institutional requirements can also vary by course. Please ensure that you check this detail carefully.
    • If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of competency in the English language. You should check with the relevant institution(s) to determine the types of evidence acceptable.
All supporting documentation must be posted to the CAO at the following address.

Central Applications Office
Tower House
Eglinton Street

Please ensure that you write your name and CAO number on each page of your supporting documentation. Documents must arrive within ten days of submitting an application.

1. Highest Qualification to Date
Please enter details of the highest qualification that you have achieved to date. If you have not received any formal qualification you can enter `Not Applicable`. Qualifications that should be included in this section range from National Framework of Qualifications Level 3 (Group Certificate) to Level 10 (PhD) qualifications, BTEC and School Leaving Certificates.
2. Current Studies
Please provide details of any course that you are currently studying.

First Course:

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3. Post-Secondary Education
Provide all details of higher and further education that you have undertaken. Examples of higher education studies include Higher Certificate, National Certificate, Bachelor (Ordinary) Degree, National Diploma, Bachelor (Honours) Degree etc. Examples of further education studies would include NCVA Level 2/3, QQI FET/FETAC Level 5/6, Access course, PLC, City & Guilds, etc.

First Qualification:

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4. Second Level Education

a. Irish Leaving Certificate Examinations:

Tick the following box if you are sitting Irish Leaving Cert exams in 2024.

Enter previous Irish Leaving Certificate Exam Details, if any (1985-2023) :
  Year Exam Number

b. Other Second Level Exams
It is important to provide information and results for any exams that you have taken
e.g. Junior Certificate; Leaving Certificate pre-1985 only (Leaving Certificate 1985 or later will be added to your file electronically based on the year and examination number supplied by you above); GC(S)E, etc., and the dates awarded.

If you are sitting the Leaving Certificate in the current year please indicate the subjects you will be taking.

First Award:

Subjects and Grades
Subject Level Grade

If you have more second level awards, click here :

5. Non-Certificate Courses
Examples of non-certificate courses would include Personal Interest courses such as Art Appreciation, Film Studies, etc.

First Course:

If you want to list another course, click here :

6. Employment or Voluntary Work
Please provide details of employment/voluntary work starting with most recent.

First Employment:

Second Employment:

Third Employment:

7. English Language Proficiency (if applicable)
If English is not your first language you must provide evidence of English Language competence. Please give details of the English Language Qualification(s) that you hold.

Examination Grade Year Month
8. References
As part of your application you will be expected to provide two referees who can be contacted by the Admission Office(s) of the institution(s) that you are applying to verify the information provided on your application form.

First Referee:

Second Referee:

9. Statement of Interest

Please provide details of your life/educational experience and state your educational goals and objectives (relevant to your interest in a specific subject area/field of study). Before completing this section you should check the specific application requirements for each course. You can contact the admissions office or the mature student support officer of the HEI(s) that you are applying to for more information.
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10. Hobbies/Interests
Indicate any hobbies/interests that relate to your proposed study at third level.
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11. Additional Information
Please indicate if there is any additional information that you wish to advise us of that would need special arrangements during the application or assessment process.
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