Accessing College For Old Schoolers


This afternoon.

Technological University Dublin has 120 places available for mature students wishing to return to education.

The TU Dublin Access Foundation Programme is designed to “encourage people who have been away from education for an extended period to pursue a third-level qualification”.

Access Programme lecturer Dr Brian Murphy said:

The Access Foundation Programme prepares mature students personally and academically to undertake undergraduate programmes across a range of disciplines in TU Dublin (City, Tallaght and Blanchardstown campuses), including Science & Health, Engineering & Built Environment, Business, Community Development, Early Childhood Development, Computer Science and Arts & Tourism….

The TU Dublin Access Foundation Programme is full-time commitment with approximately 22 hours of class time per week and a further 20 hours of independent study.

The programme runs from September to May each year. The Access Programme is free of charge and students may be eligible for the Back to Education Allowance.

Applications close on August  23 at 5pm. Any mature student interested in applying should email .

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20 thoughts on “Accessing College For Old Schoolers

  1. scottser

    i would actually love to go back to college to do science and engineering so as i can learn to make hyrdrogen from wee and how to build a trebechet and really annoy the neighbours.

  2. Spaghetti Hoop

    I returned to formal education as only a slightly more mature student and I would recommend it to anyone. The excitement when the learning materials are in or a new essay / report is assigned. Yeah, you sacrifice a lot of your spare time, hobbies and sleep – bye bye weekends – but it’s so energising and rewarding. Not cheap (MSc = lorra euro) but you are investing in yourself…there can be no regrets on such a wise purchase. The world is still there for you to explore after you graduate. I did confer with a couple of friends before I took the plunge and they were dead honest about the level of commitment and time. If you’ve been harbouring the ambition to do a degree in your line of work just do it – or indeed one in something completely different – to advance a hobby perhaps – just go for it. Once you are genuinely interested in the topic. Get yourself techy-ed up with podcasts and audio books and get inside the minds of professors. Tis a wonderful thing, education.

    Dr. Hoop

    1. Janet, I ate my avatar

      I concur, I topped up as a mature student, totally diff kettle of fish when you are doing it off your own bat and when the subject is exciting to you

    2. some old unicorn


      I was ten years older than the rest of the class when I went back again and it was hard- harder than the rest because it took a full year to get back into the swing of it. But I remember one lecturer telling me that he would prefer a class full of mature students because they were really motivated and he never seen one fail.

      But, nothing was like that feeling of stepping up on the graduation stage- great for the self esteem so I went back AGAIN- three times in total- and absolutely no regrets.

    3. Lilly

      I would love to go back to college and do the MA in screenwriting in DunLaoghaire. It would mean quitting my job – thrilling but a bit self-indulgent maybe. Anyone know anything about the course, any good?

      1. Janet, I ate my avatar

        no idea about the course, but do what you love, our time here is on loan, do what you love as much as you can

      2. some old unicorn

        I can only speak for myself Lilly but there is nothing worst than ‘what-if’.

        A friend who was an accountant was really quite unhappy and went to a careers counselor. She bounced out of it with a certainty that she wanted to be an occupational therapist for victims of serious car accidents or stokes- it really was that specific- and she did, and has never looked back since.

        The money thing is difficult because you are sentencing yourself to at least three years of poverty but you will cut your cloth and you will get through it. What you need trumps what you want- the basics.

        I am speaking as someone with no kids or mortgage of course- because then it becomes a lot harder. But the other side of that coin is by your actions you are teaching your children a very valuable lesson- resilience.

      3. millie vanilly strikes again

        I went to DLIADT Lilly.

        It’s a good college and they’ve a great staff there. They were still in the process of building the film school when I left, and I’ve heard that it’s a fantastic facility they have there. There was one lecturer in particular who was excellent. His module on Film Studies was absolutely brilliant and I still remember him talking about how effective a credit sequence is for conveying the feel and tone of the film (and sometimes even the entire plot).

        1. Lilly

          Thanks for the encouragement folks. Was that lecturer PF by any chance Millie? Partly, I feel if I’m serious I should just put my head down and start learning the format and writing, that an MA is just procrastination. God knows there are free online courses out there on just about everything. I work in a really weird (and not in a good way) environment at the moment and would be glad to see the back of it, but I wouldn’t fancy ending up unemployed after a year off. I agree, it’s important to follow our dreams – life is too short to be a drone.

  3. Johnny Green

    Hi Scottser,it looks more like high level trolling of the retired oul fellas,sorry valuable contributors on here all day every day by Bodger, quite droll actually and nicely done…
    -The TU Dublin Access Foundation Programme is full-time commitment -OUCH !
    -hopefully they have a course in how avoid death by punctuation !!!!!!!!!????????,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. V

    I’ve sworn so many times I’m never going back into an exam hall
    CPDs aside

    But – I suppose, if I had it all to do again
    And I know I joke and tell people I’d get over my squeamishness and do Sent
    But really
    Natural Sciences – Volcanos, Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Ice Storms – all that stuff –

    And probably something that would discipline and tidy up my writing

    1. some old unicorn

      It is weird how memory retention always scores more points than actual ability.

      Worst case of this I have seen so far is Irish Water interviews.

      1. V

        Ah I’d have got the points
        With the matric fiddle

        I’m just too squeamish

        I say Dentistry
        Cause it’s the best job out there for Women
        9 to 5, no rotations or JHD/ Registrar hours, same money as the lads, no fighting it out after years of graft to get a Consultants post. Savage career for women.

        Have been working on the teenager since she was three

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