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How to apply for courses (full time) in CIT as a Mature Student

The first step for anyone interested in attending the Institute is to get a copy of the CIT Prospectus or the visit the ‘Find a course’ section of this website. The Prospectus lists all the full-time courses available at the Institute.
Entry into Year 1 of our full-time courses is offered through the CAO - the Central Applications Office. Applications can be made online. Applicants should follow the procedures as laid down in the CAO Handbook. Mature students should pay particular attention to the following pages: 5, 6, 7 & 8.

The CAO closing date for Year 1 courses is 1st February 2019 for entry to CIT in September 2019
Please note: Late applications are not accepted by mature applicants to CIT.

Applications from mature applicants (non-standard) for entry into year 1 of a full time undergraduate programme must be made through the CAO by 1st February each year. There is no late closing date for mature applicants. However, if you wish to apply through the CAO using a Leaving Certificate or FETAC qualification you can apply up to 1st May.

Application forms and Handbook are available from:

The Central Applications Office,

Tower House,

Eglington Street,


T 091-509800

Fax 091-562344


Mature applicants may not be required to satisfy the minimum entry requirements. Mature Students should fill out the appropriate section of the CAO application form i.e. Tick the MATURE box on the CAO form and you will be required to write a Personal Statement. See page 7 of the CAO Handbook for more information. Relevant work experience, skills gained through experiential learning and other qualifications will be considered in the assessment of these applications. 


Mature students may also use a Leaving Certificate or QQI (Level 5/6) qualification when applying through the CAO in order to be considered on the basis of points in addition to being considered as a mature applicant on your own merit.

For Leaving Certificate qualifications, insert your Leaving Certificate number on the CAO form where required. You can attain your Leaving Certificate number from the Post Primary School that you attended. For applicants with a FETAC (Level 5/6) qualification you will be asked to insert your PPS Number on the CAO form if you are taking and/or have completed a QQI Award.  

For queries specifically about applying as a Mature Student, please contact or phone  021 - 4335109.

If you have enquiries about CIT's admissions procedures (other than CAO enquiries), please contact:

Admissions Office,
Cork Institute of Technology,
T: 021 433 5041

Advanced Entry (Year 2, 3 or 4)

The Central Applications Office ( processes applications for years 2, 3 and 4 of undergraduate courses in Irish Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). This entry route is known as Advanced Entry. Applicants must have relevant Higher or Further Education or an equivalent to be considered for the Advanced Entry route. Decisions on admission to advanced entry courses at CIT, (years 2, 3 or 4), are made by CIT who instructs CAO to make offers to successful candidates.

Please ensure that you have included all relevant information (once available) that might help CIT to assess your application including:

Copies of QQI L5 and 6 awards; copies of BTEC and other awards; transcripts from previous Higher Education; a CV with information about relevant previous experience with references; a statement of interest.

 All supporting documentation must be sent to the CAO . Failure to supply CAO with supporting documentation may result in your application not being successful.


Part-time courses

Enquiries for Part-time courses should be addressed to the individual departments. Most courses should be applied for online through our website. Please  CLICK HERE for detailed information.