Full time Year 1
How do I apply for a Full-time Year 1 course in CIT?
EU Applications to Year 1 full-time programmes must be made through the Central Applications Office (CAO) in Galway, www.cao.ie , telephone: 091 509800. The closing date is 1st February, or for late applications, 1st May (apart from certain restrictions, see below). A change of mind can be made by 1st July (apart from certain restrictions, see below). If there are vacant places available on some courses, they will be listed on the CAO website from the end of August onwards - applications may be made for those courses through the CAO in August.
If you are already attending a 3rd level Institution in Ireland, and wish to apply for Year 1 of another course, you must apply via the CAO. If you decide to apply after 1st May (late deadline) you will need to get a CAO application form from the institute you are currently attending, have the form stamped by your current institution, and send back to the CAO before 22nd July.
For information on how points are calculated for qualifications from your country, go to www.cao.ie, click on Applicant Scoring, and choose your country.
I am a presenting foreign qualifications - how do I apply for a full-time course in CIT?
All applicants presenting qualifications from outside of Ireland, England and Wales must apply for Full-time Year 1 programmes via the CAO system www.cao.ie by 1st February, or for late applications, 1st May. Note: there is no change of mind facility after 1st May for those presenting foreign qualifications.
Non-Eu applicants paying non-Eu fees, click here.
I have a QQI/FET qualification, can I apply for a CIT full-time Year 1 course?
FEQQI/FET applicants with level 5 or level 6 qualifications are very welcome to apply for courses in CIT.
Application must be made via the CAO in the normal way. There is a separate points system in place for FETAC applicants which is different from the CAO Leaving Certificate points scheme. Information on the FETAC points system is available on the CAO website at www.cao.ie, under FETAC. Click here to view FETAC Entry requirements Sept 2017 for CIT. We will shortly have a link here to requirements for Sept 2018.
What is the closing date for applications to full-time Year 1 programmes?
The closing date for applications to Year 1 via the CAO is 1st February.
The late closing date for applications to most courses via the CAO is 1st May.
The following courses must be applied for by 1st February:
CR210 Contemporary Applied Art, (Ceramics, Glass, Textiles) (Portfolio Required)
CR220 Fine Art (Portfolio Required)
CR600 Visual Communications (Portfolio Required)
CR121 Music (Entrance Exam)
CR125 Popular Music: Electric Bass Guitar (Entrance Exam)
CR126 Popular Music: Drums (Entrance Exam)
CR127 Popular Music: Electric Guitar (Entrance Exam)
CR128 Popular Music: Keyboards (Entrance Exam)
CR129 Popular Music: Voice (Entrance Exam)
CR700 Theatre and Drama Studies (Practical Assessment)
NEW for 2019: You can apply until the 1st May 2019 and use the "Change of Mind" CAO facility until the 1st July 2019
CR130 Musical Theatre (Practical Assesment)
CR225 Photography with New Media (Portfolio Required)
For further information, please consult the CIT Full-time Prospectus.
Sometimes there are places available on particular courses. Check the CAO website www.cao.ie from mid-August onwards, and apply directly through the CAO.
Where do I find full details and entry requirements for CIT courses?
Full details and entry requirements for all CIT courses can be found either in the CIT Full-time Prospectus, or the CIT Part-time Prospectus, both available on the CIT website www.cit.ie/prospectivestudents/getcitprospectus/
The Points System
The Points system is a method of calculating a value for grades obtained in the Irish Leaving Certificate or FETAC qualification for each subject taken.
The Central Applications Office (CAO) in Galway operates this system on behalf of all third level colleges in Ireland. For full details on the Points system please refer to either the CAO Handbook or the relevant section in the CIT full-time Prospectus.
Where can I find the CAO Points Scoring System?
The CAO Points Scoring System is available in the CAO Handbook, the CIT full-time Prospectus or on both the CAO www.cao.ie and the CIT websites. The points requirements for previous years can be seen.
Cut-off points are calculated by applying a scoring system to the grades obtained in the Irish Leaving Certificate or FETAC qualification. There are different scoring systems for the Irish Leaving Certificate and for FETAC qualifications. The purpose of cut-off points is to establish a ranking order for applicants for courses within the CAO system.
Cut-off points are only relevant where the numbers of qualified applicants for a course exceed the available places.
CIT Round 1 cut-off points for the previous year are available inside the back cover of the CIT full-time Handbook and on the CAO website, www.cao.ie , under Points.
I have a learning difference, medical condition or disability, how do I apply to DARE?
All applicants are welcome at CIT. CIT is part of the DARE (Disability Access Route to Education) scheme which is offers eligible applicants with learning differences, health conditions and disabilities reduced points places on Full-time Year 1 programmes based on their Leaving Certificate results– see www.accesscollege.ie for more information.
Applicants applying for DARE must:
Be under the age of 23 as of 1 January for September entry.
Apply for Full-time Year 1 programmes via the CAO system www.cao.ie by 17:15 on 1 February.
No later than 17:15 on 1 March, disclose your disability and/or specific learning difficulty in your CAO application and fully and correctly complete Section A of the Supplementary Information Form (SIF).
Complete all documentation required (section B and section C/ reports) and return to CAO to arrive by 17:15 on 1 April.
For more information about the places available under DARE in CIT please see www.cit.ie/dare . Please email queries to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone the CAO on 091 4509800 or the CIT Disability Support Service on 021 433 5107/5137.