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Pre University (Arts) Third Level Access


Emma Mooney BA Hons BESS and Gold Medal, Trinity College with Plunket College - Phyllis Farrell (left) and Grainne Mc Inerney (right) TAP co-ordinator.


This General Learning Programme aims to provide a foundation in subjects which students may wish to study at Third Level. It also introduces students to methods of study, writing skills and research skills that are required for successful participation in Third Level education. While graduates of this course may apply to any Third Level Institute, Plunket College of Further Education is a partner to the Trinity Access Programme (TAP). Our students visit Trinity College to engage in a number of “taster activities” throughout the academic year, including library visits, a student shadowing day and attendance at a number of lectures.

***Can you please see separate application procedure below***

Course Content

  • Classical Studies (5N3248)
  • English Literature (5N3249)
  • Philosophy (5N3506)
  • Psychology (5N0754)
  • History (5N3250)
  • Research & Study Skills (5N3113)
  • Communications (5N0690)
  • Word Processing (5N1358)
  • Personal & Professional Development (5N2985)

Progression: 100% of our students who completed the course in 2015-2016 went on to Third Level Colleges.

Entry Requirements

This course is aimed at mature students (aged 23 and over) who were previously unable to fulfil their educational potential and who now wish to complete a foundation course in preparation for third level studies. There are no formal educational requirements, although evidence of recent commitment to learning is expected.

Application Procedure

There are three steps to the application process:

Interested students should complete the application form (see 1 below).

Students are also requested to submit a short written piece (see 2 below), and

also ensure that  two questionnaires are completed by referees and returned to the college (see 3 below).

1.Click here for Application Form

2.Click here for Application Guidelines

3.Click here for Referee Questionnaire

Enquiries to Ms Maeve Hayden TLA Co-ordinator 


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