Entry Requirements

With some exceptions, the minimum entry requirements for all courses are:

  • Five ‘O6’ and/or ‘H7’ grades in the Leaving Certificate examination.
  • Grades at Foundation level are acceptable in some circumstances.
  • A Pass grade in the LCVP link module is acceptable as equivalent to a pass in one of the five required Leaving Certificate subjects as defined above.
  • Applicants who have completed the Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA) Programme should hold at least a minimum pass level.
  • Successful completion of a relevant Level 4 programme.
  • Successful completion of an interview; all applicants to the college are required to attend for interview.
  • Garda vetting will be required for programmes with work experience in settings that involve working with children, young people and vulnerable adults.
  • Some courses may have unique requirements e.g. a pass grade in a specific subject or the presentation of work samples.  Information relating to specific programme requirements will be contained on individual programme information pages.
  • Applicants for whom English is a second language will be required to demonstrate sufficiently at interview that they possess the skills to participate in the course.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Prior learning, obtained through formal, non-formal or informal means, will be considered in the case of applicants who do not hold formal qualifications at Leaving Certificate level or a relevant Level 4 qualification.

Formal Learning

Learning usually obtained through certified programmes of study or training, delivered by education or training providers.

Non-formal Learning

Learning that takes place alongside or in parallel with mainstream systems of education and training.  It may be assessed by does not normally lead to formal certification.  Examples include learning and training activities undertaken in the workplace, in the voluntary sector or in communities.

Informal Learning (Experiential Learning)

Learning that takes place through life and work experience.  This may be unintentional and the learner may not recognise at the time of the experience that it has contributed to his/her competence, knowledge or skills.

The responsibility for providing evidence of, or demonstrating knowledge, skills and competences achieved through prior learning and experience rests with the applicant.

For further information on RPL contact the college.

Portfolio Evidence – Art Programmes

Applicants to all of the Art programmes offered by Ormonde College of Further Education are required to present a portfolio of work samples at interview.

Non-Standard Applications

Non-standard applicants are defined as applicants whose application is based on examination results other than the Irish Leaving Certificate or a recognised QQI award.  All non-standard applicants must provide documentary evidence that their qualifications/credentials are recognised by the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland (www.qualificationsrecognition.ie).

Please be advised that the process of having qualifications recognised may take a significant length of time and applicants are advised to commence the process as early as possible.