Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate CAO points are not required for entry to courses at Mallow College of Further Education. Applicants under 23 are generally required to have successfully completed the Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied, a full FETAC Level 4 award or equivalent. However, some courses may have additional entry requirements so it is important to check specific course requirements prior to application.

Mature students who do not have the above qualifications are also welcome and encouraged to apply. Mature students may be exempt from minimum entry requirements.

There are limited places on our courses and some may fill up quickly so early application is advisable.

Equality of Opportunity for All

Mallow College of Further Education is committed to equality of opportunity in recruitment of learners for courses and in the provision of courses to learners. Mallow College is committed to promoting an environment that is free from discrimination. It will ensure that no applicant or learner receives less favourable treatment due to their gender, civil status, family status, age, sexual orientation, political persuasion, religion, disability, race, colour, nationality or ethnic origins, including membership of the Travelling Community, when applying for a course, seeking help from staff members, or while attending a course.

Interview

Course places will be allocated on the basis of an interview. The interview is a short, informal process whereby an applicant’s education, experience, interest and motivation to do the course will be taken into account. The applicant’s suitability for the course will be assessed as well as the likelihood that the applicant would benefit from their participation on the course.

International Students

The College welcomes applications from international applicants. Non-EU students must comply with Irish immigration requirements and must present either a student visa or a letter of permission to remain in Ireland issued by the Immigration section of the Department of Justice and Equality. Non-EU students may be required to pay a tuition fee for their course, determined by the Department of Education and Skills. For further details, please contact the college.

English Language Test for International Students

Students need to have a good standard of English to be able to manage their course work. Therefore, applicants from countries where English is not the first language may be required to sit an English language test in May or late August prior to commencing a course. The College Admissions office will assign you a date for sitting this test. Please contact the office if you do not receive a date for the English language test.

The test is one hour long. Applicants complete a written exercise and an English comprehension task. It is not possible to re-sit this test. Management decisions are final.

Applicants who sit the Leaving Certificate examination in English are exempt from this test. However, a copy of Leaving Certificate results must be provided at interview or registration.

Garda Vetting

Garda Vetting is a requirement on courses where students have access to children or vulnerable adults. Prior to attending work experience students must be vetted by the Garda Vetting Unit. Applicants who need Garda Vetting for their course will be notified about and required to attend a Garda Vetting Information day in Mallow College where information and support will be provided to assist students with completing the Garda Vetting form.