Key CAO Dates – Closing Dates:
Application = 1st February
Late application = 1st May
Change of mind = 1st July

1. How to Apply

CAO Application System

Detailed information on how to apply to the first year of IT Sligo’s full-time programmes through the CAO system is available from the CAO office.

You can get a CAO application pack from your guidance counsellor at school or from the CAO. You can also apply online at or by writing to:

Central Applications Office (CAO)
Tower House
Eglinton Street
T: 091 509 800

Are you applying as a mature student or as a non-traditional applicant?
If you are a mature student or your background is not from the traditional school leavers’ route, you should also apply to the CAO by the above closing dates and tick the relevant box (such as mature) on the CAO form.

The sole criterion for qualification as a mature applicant is age and you are required to be over 23 on 1st January of the calendar year of application.

Do you have a disability or medical condition?
If you are an applicant with a disability or medical condition you should also apply to the CAO by the above closing dates and tick the relevant box (such as disability/specific learning difficulty or mature) on the CAO form.

All applicants to IT Sligo who have indicated a disability or medical condition will receive correspondence from the Access Office in relation to the available disability services before entry. If you are an applicant with severe disability you will also be invited to a support and information session (usually in July) at which we will discuss and identify the supports services and systems that you will require on entry to IT Sligo. For further information, contact:

Catherine McNelis
Access Officer
T: 071 915 5381

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You can also download a copy of the complete IT Sligo fulltime prospectus.

For further information please contact:

Admissions Office
T: 071 915 5379

2. Direct Applications/Add-On and Transfer Applications

At IT Sligo we offer our undergraduate students a broad choice of programmes across Higher Certificate, Bachelor Degree, and Honours Bachelor Degree Levels.

If you wish, after you graduate you can also study at Master’s and Doctoral level at IT Sligo, depending on your subject area and qualifications.

All of our programmes fit within the National Framework of Qualifications – the official system of qualifications in Ireland.

The Framework describes and links awards and provides clarity to employers, learners and the public on the system of education and training in Ireland. The Framework of qualifications consists of 10 levels and its transparent nature allows you to compare and contrast qualifications, here in Ireland and Internationally. It also assists employers in recognising and understanding the level and standard of qualifications.

The ‘Ladder System’ enables you to progress from one qualification to the next, right up to PhD level depending on your academic achievements.

IT Sligo offers programmes that include each of the levels on the ladder below.

How Does Progression Work?
Whatever level you enter a programme, you can choose to graduate at that level or you can progress to the next level, providing of course you get the required grades.

To illustrate what this means, if you enter at Higher Certificate Level 6 you can choose to either graduate with a Higher Certificate or, you can progress on to Level 7 and beyond. Every student in IT Sligo can progress to at least level 8 (Hons) degree.

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Transfer Applications

Applicants who wish to apply to transfer into any of the following courses should apply directly to the Admissions office by down loading the application form attached below.


Transfer Application Form 1415

Social Studies Applicants

Applicants wishing to transfer into year 2 or 3 of the BA in Applied Social Studies in Social Care must  download the below transfer Application Form. This also includes a Placement Reference Form.  This  Reference Form must be completed by the college tutor who supervised your placement.  Applications will not be considered without the Placement reference.

HETAC have drafted standards for Social Care students, see

One of the stipulations is that a total of 800 hours of appropriately supervised social care placement must be successfully passed before a student can graduate. As our students complete 400 hours in each of years 2 and 3, this means that any student who hopes to transfer into year 3 must have already completed at least 400 hours placement in a social care context or otherwise it will not be possible to achieve minimum standards for HETAC.

Social Studies Transfer Application Form 1415

Postgraduate Progression
If you complete an Honours Bachelor Degree at Level 8 you can go on to study at postgraduate study.  More information on our postgraduate programmes at Master’s and Doctoral level are available in our prospectus.

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3. International Students

At IT Sligo we have a strong cosmopolitan, multicultural dimension with students and staff from diverse cultures,  which allows for learning about other educational systems and cultural backgrounds. This all adds to the rich tapestry that makes IT Sligo what it is.

We also provide opportunities for our students to go abroad and experience student or working life in another country.

If you want to experience living in another culture, travel, improve your language skills and want to add this experience to your curriculum vitae and get that valuable job, then why not consider a study period abroad or
a work placement as part of your degree?

International Students
International students from around the world find Sligo an attractive location to live and study.

International students are attracted by our programmes, by the beautiful scenery, the promise of the fresh sea air and the cool mountain breezes; the lure of living in Yeats County and fulfilling their heart’s desire. Maybe they hope to meet someone from Westlife on a night out! Whatever the reason, no matter what country you come from, we guarantee you a warm welcome and a great time!

Every year we welcome students from other countries. Some come via the Erasmus programme which is an exchange scheme with other institutions. A large number of students from within the EU and beyond come here.

During the first week in September, there are special information sessions and social activities for international students, which form part of IT Sligo’s induction programme organised by the International Officer:

International Office
T: +353 (0) 71 915 5384
F: +353 (0) 71 913 7235

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2019/20 Fulltime Prospectus IT Sligo