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TCD CDETB Partnership Courses

Since 2004 TAP has worked in partnership with the CDETB Colleges; Pearse, Plunket and Liberties College to maximise the numbers of socio-economically disadvantaged students progressing to Trinity College Dublin.

How does the partnership work?

While students are registered on the CDETB College in which they are studying, they have access to TCD resources; Trinity College Library and library reading rooms, Writing Resources Centre, Maths Help Room and TAP Laptop lending. Students take a part in a range of activities, including TAP orientation programme, Trinity mini week - including a lecture series, Library workshops, study skills, guidance, and writing workshops. At the end of the course, students receive a certificate of participation in the university access programme from TAP. On the CDETB courses students study a range of subjects aligned with the content of the TAP Foundation Course subjects such as English literature, History, Philosophy, Psychology, Statistics, Research & Study Skills, Word Processing, Communications, and Personal & Professional Development.
Blessing Agbo: Psychology - Partnership Champion
Rachel Merriman: Sociology & Social Policy - Trinity Mature Student Champion

What happens after I finish the partnership course?

Students who successfully complete the course get a QQI level 5 certificate in 5M3114 General Studies. Students who get a full QQI award, with a minimum of three distinctions in academic subjects, may compete for places on degree courses in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences in Trinity College. Students who get a full QQI award, with a minimum of five distinctions, may apply for reserved places in other colleges and universities through the Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS).

Eligibility

  • Liberties College: Applicants must meet the same entry requirements as set out for the TAP Foundation Course for Young Adults, although they may have attended a school in Ireland that is not linked to an access service. Students must be between 17 and 22 years old on entry.
  • Pearse College and Plunket College: Applicants must meet the same entry requirements as set out for the TAP Foundation Course for Mature Students. Applicants may be 22 years of age or older on January 1st in the year they apply.