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Foundation Studies - Young Adults

  • Course Type: Foundation
  • No. of Places: 25
  • Duration: 1 Year(s) Full Time

Admission Requirements

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What is the foundation course for young adults?

This is an access course that prepares students - both personally and academically to go on and study for a degree in Trinity College.

Who is the course for?

The course offers another way into Trinity for young adults whose social, economic and cultural experiences have prevented them from going to college.

Course content

Students can choose from two broad areas of study: arts and social sciences or science. The arts and social science modules are: english, history, political science, law, sociology and social policy, economics, philosophy and psychology, and maths and statistics. Students select up to five modules.The science modules are: maths for sciences and engineering, biology, physics and chemistry. In addition, all students take three core modules in study skills, information technology and educational guidance.

What is the time commitment?

The course is full-time and runs from September to May over one year. There are up to 20 hours of lectures and tutorials each week and another 20 hours of personal study.


Students are assessed through a combination of continuous assessment, final examinations and attendance. 80% attendance for each module is required.

What does the course cost?

The course is free.

What happens after the course?

Students who successfully complete the course receive a Certificate in Foundation Studies from Trinity College. Students who get a grade of at least 50% can compete for places on degree courses in Trinity. If you want to apply for a degree course that is in high demand, you will need to get much higher than 50%. You must also meet the subject requirements for the course you want to apply for.

How to apply

You must:

  • Complete the application form. This will be available at on the 7th of February 2016.
  • Write a short essay (no more than two pages) telling us about yourself and why you want to go to university.
  • Submit any supporting documents about yourself or your parents or guardian that we ask for on the application form. You must give original documents.
  • Get two references to complete the Referee Forms (available with the application). At least one should be a teacher from your school; the other can be a youth leader, voluntary group organiser, employer or coach.

Selection process

We review all applications and then write and tell you if you have been shortlisted for an interview. During the interview, we will ask you to complete a worksheet to support your application.

In late June, we will write and tell you if you are eligible for the course. We will then select students from the pool of eligible students based on their application form, essay, references, interview worksheet and academic results.

In August, we will write and tell you if you have got a place in TAP or in the university access course in Liberties College.

How many places are there on the foundation course?

There are 25 places on the TAP foundation course and another 25 places on the university access course in Liberties College.

Further information

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