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Mature Students (Full-Time Courses)

MATURE STUDENT QUERIES- click on the link most relevant to you below:


Note: Applications must be made through the Central Applications Office (CAO) for entry into Year 1 of a full-time undergraduate programme in CIT. All other applications can be made directly to the Institute. Click here or contact / 021-4335037 for further information.


The Mature Student Officer is based in the Access Service, Student Centre, Bishopstown Campus.

To make an appointment, please use the details below. 

Mature Student Officer,
T: 021-4335109


Deirdre Creedon,
Access Officer,
T: 021-4335140




Cork Institute of Technology strongly encourages applications from mature candidates and is continually working towards wider entry routes in order to increase participation of adult learners. Returning to education after a break, or entering it for the first time as a mature student, is becoming very popular. The Mature Student brings with him/her life experiences along with determination and focus, all of which are conducive to successful learning. The ‘mature student’ very often becomes the ‘ideal student’.


There are a wide variety of courses at certificate, diploma and degree level to choose from within CIT. This webpage highlights for you the entry mechanisms and gives you some information on the supports available for mature students. We would like to wish you every success in your journey to third level.

Mature Student Guide: 

CIT has developed a comprehensive guide for Mature Students, please click here to download.





Are you a Mature Student?

To be eligible under this category, applicants must be 23 years or older by the 1st of January of the proposed year of entry.

Information Evening for Mature Students

Every year an Information Evening is held for mature students. At this event, prospective mature students are provided with information on Course and Career Options, Life in CIT as a mature student, Grants, Fees, Financial assistance, Student Supports & Services.

Presentations usually include:

  • Introduction to CIT
  • Taking Steps to Third Level Education
  • The Mature Student Experience
  • The Application Process
  • Recognition of Prior Learning
  • Supports, Grants, and Fees 

Following on from this information evening, a CAO Information Evening for Mature Students is held in January. The CAO closing date for application to full time courses is the 1st February each year.