Access Foundation Programme / An Bonnchlár Rochtana

This programme is designed specifically for applicants who have experienced socio-economic disadvantage and/or educational disadvantage. Each candidate is screened at the short-listing stage to determine eligibility for the programme.  

Am I suitable/ready for the programme? (Academic suitability)

Candidates are assessed for their academic suitability for the programme. The following are considered:

  1. Educational experience and qualifications. Particular emphasis is paid to educational experiences over the last 5 years. Applicants should detail all relevant educational experiences including secondary school qualifications, experience of further adult education and training, as well informal education or non-certified courses. A copy of qualifications and certificates must be included.
  2. Work and volunteering experience. Candidates should detail their work experience.
  3. Essay and personal statement. Candidates are required to submit a handwritten essay and personal statement

Other Entry Requirements

  • Candidates who already hold a higher education qualification, with no evidence of deterioration in academic ability, are deemed ineligible.
  • Those who participate in the programme must have the right to live and study in Ireland. Non-EU nationals are required to have stamp 4 status or have been granted international protection status in Ireland
Location: Mountjoy Square

The Access Foundation Programme is a one year full-time preparation for higher education programme at TU Dublin City Campus. The programme prepares students personally and academically to pursue undergraduate programmes at TU Dublin City Campus.  It is a multi-disciplinary programme preparing students for entry into undergraduate programmes in Science & Health, Engineering & Built Environment, Business and Arts & Tourism. Students who successfully complete the programme will be offered a place on an appropriate undergraduate course at TU Dublin. We will offer guidance and support during the year to help students to identify suitable undergraduate options at TU Dublin

Why was the Access Foundation Programme set up & who is it for?

The programme forms part of TU Dublin’s commitment to extending access to education to people and groups from areas and communities where there has not been a strong tradition of participation in third level education. The course is of particular benefit to adults who have been out of education for a long time, or who did not complete a Leaving Certificate in the past. In addition we welcome applications from people whose skills no longer allow them to access the labour market.

Learning Outcome/What Will I Study?

Students take six compulsory modules (subjects) and four optional modules (2 each semester) from a menu of modules in areas such as science, engineering, business, social science, art and computing. Through participation students will develop the skills necessary to undertake an undergraduate qualification at TU Dublin. They will become familiar with subject areas across the various colleges within TU Dublin and learn how to research and write academic work, improve their communication and information technology skills.

How do students progress into undergraduate programmes?

Students who successfully complete the programme will be offered a place on an appropriate undergraduate course at TU Dublin through a facilitated entry process. We will offer guidance and support during the year to help students to identify suitable undergraduate options at TU Dublin

How to apply for a place?

Applicants apply directly to the TU Dublin by way of a paper application form. Applicants are shortlisted based on eligibility and suitability and shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview. Offers are made to candidates based on the application form and interview. 

Semester One & Semester Two

Core Modules (compulsory)

  • Introduction to Higher Education
  • Applied Writing
  • Communications
  • Study Skills (Semester 1)/ Research Skills (Semester 2)
  • Information Technology
  • Mathematics - Students take one of the following modules:
    • Advanced
    • Intermediate  
    • Fundamental

Optional Modules (choose 2)

  • Introduction to Humanities
  • Introduction to Social Science
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Computer Science Fundamentals (Networking Technologies)
  • Engineering (Electronic and Electrical)
  • Introduction to Chemistry
  • Fundamental Physics
  • Human Biology
  • Art Portfolio Preparation (year long)

Semester Two

Core Modules

  • Introduction to Higher Education 2
  • Applied Writing 2
  • Communications 2
  • Research Skills
  • Information Technology
  • Mathematics 2- Student takes one of the following modules:
    • Advanced
    • Intermediate
    • Fundamentals

Optional Modules (choose 2)

  • Introduction to Economics
  • Introduction to Management
  • Applied Social Science
  • Approaches to Humanities 
  • Cultural Tourism
  • Applied Chemistry
  • Applied Physics
  • Cell Biology and Genetics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science (Programming)
TU Code



Level 6


Access Foundation Programme


1 year

Number of Places



City Centre


EU Fees

Non-EU Fees

Contact Us

Access Foundation Programme Coordinator