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Foundation Course - Young Adults

The Trinity Access Programmes offer young adults a Foundation Course for Higher Education. This access course prepares students, both personally and academically, to go on and study at degree level.

Applications for the 2019/20 academic year have now closed.


Is this course for me?

The course was set up in 1999 to offer another way into Trinity for young adults whose social, economic and cultural experiences have prevented them from going to college.

Students can choose from two broad areas of study: arts and social sciences, or science, as well as taking part in a professional development and mentoring programme with Grant Thornton - a chartered accountants and management consultancy firm.

While completing a foundation course at Trinity, students have full access to all college supports and services, plus additional TAP student supports.


Hear from our Young Adult Students
TCD History student

The foundation course is exactly what an academic course should be: rigorous, challenging, motivating and of clear learning value. I felt nurtured, encouraged and challenged. It was a great experience and will help me in all my future studies.

TCD English and Politics student

The Trinity Access Programme has given me the courage to look to my future and be confident that I have a very promising life ahead of me.

TCD Dentistry student

The foundation year has given me the necessary tools – socially and educationally – so that I can go on to meet many more challenges in my life, knowing that I have just completed one which was, once upon a time, a dream for me, that is, third level education.

Hear from our graduates

What are the entry requirements?

  • attend a second level school in Dublin which is linked to an access service
  • meet the same socio-economic criteria as set out for HEAR
  • achieve a minimum 5 Ordinary grade 6s/ Higher 7s and at least one Higher grade 5 in the Leaving Certificate (applicants must pass English and Mathematics. A pass means grade O6/H7 or above on ordinary or higher papers in the Leaving Certificate. A pass in foundation level Mathematics is acceptable for minimum entry requirements). We will also consider applications from applicants with a distinction in the Leaving Certificate Applied and applicants with a QQI-FET level 5 award.
  • be 21 years of age or under on 1st January in the year you apply
  • be eligible for the Government Free Fees Scheme or EU Fees.

What is the application deadline?

  • Applications for the 2019/20 academic year have now closed.
  • Applicants for 2019/20 have until March 28th 2019 to submit their supporting documents online.
  • Referees for 2019/20 have until March 28th 2019 to return the reference forms to TAP.

How do I apply?

  • Complete the online application (applications for the 2019/20 academic year have now closed).
  • Include a short essay with your online application (maximum 750 words), 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 should do this by uploading the documents to your online application.
  • Give referee forms to two referees (you can download these from the online application and here). At least one referee should be a teacher from your school; the other can be a youth leader, voluntary group organiser, employer or coach.
  • Use the Application Guidebook (PDF) to help you with your application and any questions you have.


Visit the for frequently asked questions and to apply for the Young Adults TAP foundation course for higher education.

Contact Sarah Grimson (Course Coordinator) or Grainne McInerney (Guidance Counsellor) for further information: Email: tel: 01 896 3472/3346