You must be 23 years old on or before 1st January in the year that you apply via CAO.
You may apply from the 5th of November to the 1st of February each year on the follow website: www.cao.ie;
Please note there is a reduced cost of €25 if you apply on-line before the 20th of January each year.
Late applications (excluding nursing applicants) may apply up to the 1st of May.
Mature applicants for nursing programmes must apply for such courses through CAO by 1st February each year.
Please read the CAO Hand book very carefully in relation to Nursing Applications, as this is a very different process and is run by the NCC. You must also apply to PAS (Public Appointments Services) and this is done via the following website – www.publicjobs.ie in order to complete the written assessments.
The IT Tralee takes 50 General Nursing Applicants each year and 15 Mental Health Nursing Applicants. Included in these figures are a minimum of 5% General Nurses and 35% Mature Mental Health Nurses. Also included in this figure are 4 FETAC applicants for general nursing and 2 FETAC for Mental Health Nursing.
The Institute reserves a minimum of 5% of all places for mature applicants. Mature applicants should apply to the CAO before 1st February. . Each mature applicant is considered on an individual basis by the Institute, usually by written assessment and/or interview. These are normally held in May each year.
Mature applicants are not required to have a leaving certificate or the minimum entry points. However, applicants should include documentation in relation to any courses that they have undertaken at second level (Junior and Leaving Certificate) as well as any professional/hobby courses that they may have taken.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to include details of all courses that they have completed in the past, as well as providing any information that may reflect their preference choices (i.e. work experience/motivation/goals etc.). These qualifications will be taken into account, along with their personal statement, as part of the assessment.
Note: Mature Applicants may be considered on their Leaving Certificate results, if they reach the previous year’s cut-off points for the programme(s) that they have indicated, and will not have to attend an assessment if this is the case.
When completing the CAO application form, those applying as mature students should tick the mature box and complete the relevant personal details and information in relation to prior study.
Mature applicants from outside the EU are required to submit relevant documentation in relation to their status in Ireland, prior to accepting an invitation to attend aptitude tests or written assessment and/or interview.
Late applicants to CAO will be considered by the Institute. Late applicants are advised to notify the Admissions Office directly after they have submitted their CAO application.
Where required these applicants will be invited to attend the aptitude test or written assessment and/or interview in May. Otherwise these applicants may undertake tests and/or interviews in early September.
However, while the college will try to accommodate all applicants, we cannotguarantee that late applicants will be called for assessment. Please note the quota of reserved places on high demand programmes may have been filled in May by the on-time candidates. Late candidates may be put on a waiting list if they are successful.
Mature Applicants should also contact the Admissions Office if they avail of the Change of Mind Offer with CAO.