All applicants for entry to the first year of IT Sligo’s full-time undergraduate courses are made through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applications open during November for courses starting in September of the following year. Detailed information on how to apply is available at

CAO System

Using a single application, you may choose up to 20 courses – 10 at Level 8 and 10 at Level 7 and Level 6.  Your choices on one list do not affect your choices on the other; you may receive two independent course offers, one from each list. It is extremely important to list your choices in order of genuine preference in each category.

Key Dates

5th November at 12pm CAO Application Open
20th January at 5.15pm Online Discounted Application Closes
1st February at 5.15pm Application Deadline
5th March CAO Late Applications Open
1st May at 5.15pm Late Application Closing Date
5th May to 1st July at 5.15pm Change of Mind

How Do I Apply?

  1. Irish Leaving Certificate
    • Higher Certificate (Level 6) and Ordinary Degree (Level 7) – Five grade O6/H7. Leaving Certificate subjects must include Mathematics* and English or Irish.
    • Honours Degree (Level 8)  – Four grade O6/H7 and two grade H5. Leaving Certificate subjects must include Mathematics* and English or Irish. We require a minimum of 160 points for all Level 8 courses.

*Some courses do not require Mathematics as an entry requirement, while others have certain exemptions or honours requirements

LCVP modules can be counted as one of the passes required when considering LCE entry requirements for IT Sligo courses.

  1. FETAC and QQI applicants

The minimum entry requirements for:

    • Higher Certificate (Level 6) and Ordinary Degree (Level 7) – A full QQI FET/FETAC (Level 5 or 6) award.
    • Honours Degree (Level 8) – Full QQI FET/FETAC (Level 5 or 6) award to include Distinction grades in at least three.

For entry to the majority of courses, a full award may be accumulated over more than one academic year. In such cases, it is the responsibility of the applicant to apply to QQI for a full award.

Applicants who hold a full level 6 award may be eligible to apply for entry to year 2 of a cognate programme.

  1. GCE and GCSE or School leavers from other EU countries

The minimum entry requirements for applicants from Northern Ireland (GCE AS, A2, AVCE, Double Award, BTEC) are:

Applicants must have a recognised award at Level 3 on the UK framework of qualifications. GCE AS and A Level, NVQ Level 3, Advanced Diplomas and Vocational Qualifications Level 3 are recognised qualifications for entry to year 1 at IT Sligo.

    • Applied A Levels (AVCE) are treated in the same way as A Levels. Please provide full details of GCE A2 and AS, AVCE, Double Award, BTEC, etc. in the Part B ‘Special Categories’ section of the application. The CAO will issue offers to applicants who have achieved sufficient points for their chosen courses towards the end of August.
    • Applicants are expected to have at least: GCSE grade C in English language, and GCSE grade C in Mathematics.
    • Higher Certificate (Level 6) and Ordinary Degree (Level 7) – As a guide, two A2 at grade C are required for entry to Level 7 or equivalent grades at BTEC National Diploma Level 3.
    • Honours Degree (Level 8) – As a guide, three A2 at grade C or equivalent grades at BTEC National Diploma Level 3 or OCR National Level 3.
  1. Mature Applicants

IT Sligo welcomes applications from mature students. Up to 20% of places on courses in the Institute are reserved for mature applicants. We recognise the valuable life and work experience that they bring to the courses they undertake.

The sole criterion for qualification as a mature applicant is age. You are required to be over 23 on 1st January of the calendar year of application.

Applications should be made through the CAO in the usual way. An information evening for interested applicants is held in January each year. A mature student orientation day is held just before first year classes begin, for students who have been away from education for some time.

  1. Applicants with Disabilities

IT Sligo is part of the Disability Access Route to Education (DARE), this is a third level admissions scheme which offers places on reduced points to applicants with disabilities. Please apply through the CAO. See our Students with Disabilities’ Brochure below or for further information

Download Students with Disabilities Brochure

Garda Vetting

IT Sligo offers a number of programmes that require students to undertake placements with external agencies, which will bring them into contact with children and/or vulnerable adults and in which they will assume positions of public trust. To meet our obligations under National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 to 2016, registration on these programmes is conditional on students successfully clearing the Student Vetting process.

Students with Criminal Convictions

A student with a criminal conviction should note that his/her conviction could affect his/her ability to secure placement on relevant courses. A student with a criminal conviction should note that his/her conviction affects his/her ability to secure placement on this course and as a result he/she is strongly advised not to apply for this course as the Institute accepts no responsibility if he/she is unable to complete his/her studies.  Applicants who have a criminal conviction will be assessed in line with the IT Sligo Policy for applicants with a Criminal Conviction.


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