How to Apply

Entry Requirements & How to Apply



Irish and EU students

Admission is through the normal Central Application Office (CAO) channels. Further information can also be found on the Admissions Office website.


Students with appropriate FETAC (Level 5) qualifications and modules, with a minimum of distinctions in five modules, can be admitted on a competitive basis to the following Degree programmes at Trinity College Dublin. It is expected that there will be approximately 7 places in total available across the programmes for applicants presenting FETAC qualifications.

Trinity Access Programme

These are one-year, full-time courses that prepare young adults and mature students to go on and study at degree level in Trinity. There are three routes a

Three application routes are available:

  • Higher Education Access Route (HEAR)

    Places are available for Leaving Certificate pupils from schools affiliated to third level access programmes.
  • TAP foundation course for young adults

    This one-year course aims to equip students with the skills they will need to benefit from and participate in a third-level education course. It is open to Leaving Certificate pupils from schools affiliated to third level access
  • TAP foundation course for mature students

    This one-year course prepares mature students (EU students who are over twenty three years of age on 1 January of the proposed year of entry) for entry to undergraduate studies at Trinity College and other third-level institutions.

DARE Scheme - Disability Access Route to Education (DARE).

Trinity has a supplementary application procedure in place for students from non-traditional learning backgrounds, which includes students with disabilities. DARE is a third level admissions scheme for school leavers who have a disability or specific learning difficulty.

Further information is available on the Admissions Office website.