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Pre-University Programme

What is the Pre-University Programme?

The Pre-University Programme (PUP) is a forty hour certificate programme that is being delivered in conjunction with Our Lady of Lourdes Community Services Group.
The Pre-University Programme is delivered in the community and is aimed at adult learners from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds, over the age of 22, whose educational experiences and opportunities in their earlier years may have been limited, and who wish to continue their education, possibly with a view to going to third level.

It aims to create a progressive access pathway into university level education. For many it may also serve as a stepping-stone to an access or foundation programme such as Mary Immaculate College’s Foundation Certificate.


Aims and objectives of the course:

• Provide a ‘taster’ of higher education;
• Develop the skills necessary for success at third level;
• Attract under-represented groups such as Travellers, unemployed, single parents, urban and rural disadvantage;
• Develop an alternative progression route to third level;
• Raise awareness of the supports offered to mature students at third level.


Subjects currently on offer:

The programme has two main components:

• An academic subject
• Academic Skills (Academic Writing and I.T.)


What do I get afterwards?

Participants receive a Level 6 special purpose award from Mary Immaculate College and a place on the Foundation Certificate upon completion of the Pre-University Programme. 

Course Costs:
There is a nominal cost to participants.

For more information on the Pre-University Programme contact Brian.Clancy@mic.ul.ie

Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road, Limerick, Tel:+35361 204300  V94VN26

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