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Progression Scheme

General Information

The CIT Progression Scheme is a supplementary admissions route to CIT for school leaver from 22 Cork City and County schools.  In addition to these schools any student who is registered with TUSLA (Child and Family Agency )  and students from the travelling community may also apply . 

The CIT Progression Scheme for Linked Schools has been put in place to increase participation rates at third level among students who have the ability to succeed academically but may require the economic means or the necessary social support to do so.

CIT makes up to 50 places available for students through the Progression Scheme. All applicants (even those who gain entry to CIT on their own merit) may avail of post entry supports including college induction, academic supports, educational guidance and financial assistance where possible.



Who can apply?

Applications are considered from Leaving Certificate students who have made an application to study in CIT through the Central Applications Office (CAO) and who attend a CIT Linked School. Please see below a list of our linked schools below:

  • Colaiste An Chraoibhin , Fermoy

  • Colaiste Fionnchua, Mitchelstown

  • Davis College , Mallow

  • Colaiste Mhuire, Buttevant

  • Skibbereen Community School

  • Bishop McEgan College, Macroom

  • St Brogan's College, Bandon

  • St Colman's Community College, Midleton

  • Carrignafoy Community College, Cobh

  • CITY

  • St Aidans Community College

  • Bishopstown Community School

  • North Monastery Secondary School

  • North Monastery AG

  • Deerpark CBS

  • St Vincents Secondary School

  • North Presentation Secondary School

  • Ursuline Secondary School

  • Terence MacSwiney Community College

  • Nagle Community College

  • Mayfield Community School

  • Presentation Secondary School

  • St Patricks Secondary School


How does it work ?

  • You must meet minimum entry requirements for the course you applied for (check the CIT prospectus);
  • Foundation level maths for the most of the programmes of study in CIT is not sufficient to meet minimum entry requirements;
  • If you qualify (see indicators below ) your application will be assessed if you need to gain entry to CIT on reduced points. Students gain a place on the Progression Scheme based on their application, school reference, leaving cert points and personal statement;
  • Offers are made in the CAO second round.



What are the eligibility criteria?

Applicants must meet indicator 1 (income) plus indicator 2 (linked school attendance) plus any other indicator from the remaining list to be eligible for the scheme:

1 + 2 + (3 or 4 or 5 or 6) = Eligible


Income: Meets income limits for 2017

Children in family

Income Limit 2017/18

Fewer than 4 €45,790
4-7 €50,325
More than 8 €54,630


  • Linked School attendance: You attended a linked school for at least three of the last five years
  • Means tested social welfare: Your family received a means tested payment from the Department of Social Protection for at least 26 weeks in 2017
  • Socio-economic group: You belong to a group that is under-represented in higher education based on the occupation and employment status of your parent(s) or guardian(s). Groups include: non manual workers; semi-skilled and un-skilled manual workers and agricultural workers
  • Medical/GP Visit Card: Your family has a medical card/GP visit card that is valid to 31 December 2017
  • College attendance: You are the first member/first generation in your family to attend higher education


CLOSING DATE: Tuesday 1 May 2018.



All applicants can request that his/her application be reviewed should he/she have reason to believe that an error occurred during the processing of his/her application .

If a student is unsuccessful under this scheme , the student may still gain admission to CIT through the CAO process , if they meet the points and entry requirements .


For more information please contact Louise O Callaghan or Elaine Dennehy on T 021-4335139/5141 or E :


Important Information and Eligibility Criteria



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CIT Progression Scheme Application Form

Please fill out the form and read instructions/definitions above.
  • Personal Details
    • First Name
      Last Name
    • MM
    • Street Address*
      Address Line 2
      State / Province / Region*
      Zip / Post Code
  • Essential Criteria
  • Parent/Guardian Details
    This section MUST be completed to determine eligibility
    • Parent 1
    • Parent 2
    • Household
      • Please include highest level of education achieved for each family member
    • Personal Statement (max 1000 words)
      • Please include:
        - The reason why you wish to go to CIT
        - Your reasons for choosing the course/s listed on CAO form
        - Your personal strengths and experiences which you believe will help you to enjoy and succeed in your chosen course in CIT
        - Details of part time work , placement or voluntarily work, especially if it is relevant to your choice of course
        - Social, sporting and other interests and activities
        - Any further information that would support this application
    • Deferral of Eligibility