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B.A. in Early Childhood Care and Education (MI007)

Click here for Course Information on the B.A. in Early Childhood Care and Education

Application Requirements

  • Mature applicants wishing to apply to Mary Immaculate College for MI007 must apply for entry through the CAO www.cao.ie
  • 1st February is the normal deadline for applications but late applications may be accepted up to May 1st.


2019 CAO Dates Mature Applicants
5 Nov (12:00) CAO online application facility opens
20 Jan (17:15) Apply online by this date to avail of the discounted application fee of €30
1 Feb (17:15) Normal closing date for applications
1 May Closing date for late applications
6 May Online change of mind facility becomes available (free of charge)
13 May Online change of mind-closing date for MIC mature application assessment


Applicants applying to Mary Immaculate College on the grounds of Mature Years, for entry in September 2019, are not required to complete a separate Mature Supplementary Form for the above Programme, however applicants must submit a Personal Statement to the Admissions Office. Personal Statement Guidelines

Applicants should complete their application through the CAO by 1st February, and complete the Mature Applicant sections (1-11) which are part of the CAO application procedure. 

  CAO  Video Guide for Mature Students


Garda Vetting

Before a College can complete a student Registration, the college require that all incoming ECCE students undergo a process of Garda Vetting in order to establish whether they have any convictions or criminal charges pending 


All mature applicants will be invited to attend for an interview and a short written test. Mature students who do not meet the normal minimum entry requirements may be considered for admission if, having attended for interview and written test, they satisfy the College Authorities as to their ability to benefit from and sustain the programme.

Garda clearance will be required prior to registration.

Offer of Place

Mature students who have completed an interview and written test will be contacted by the College to indicate whether or not they are being offered a place and all places will then be offered by the CAO.


Mature students who have not registered on a college programme within the past 5 years may be eligible for free fees.

Graduates who wish to register on an undergraduate programme as mature students are not eligible for free fees.

Mature students must pay the Student Services Fee and First Year Charges detailed in the Student Charges section of this website.

Additional information on fees is available from the Department of Education and Skills:

Student Support Unit. Tel: 0506-21363


A new online only grant application system is in place. Applications are to be made online through the single awarding authority, Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) at www.studentfinance.ie


Easter Week Commemoration Scholarships, Gaeltacht University Scholarships and Irish Language Third Level Scholarships will be replaced with a new single scheme of bursaries based on merit. Details of the new scheme are available from Higher Education- Equity of Access Unit, Department of Education & Skills, Tullamore, Co. Offaly (Telephone: 057932 5317).

For additional information contact:

Admissions Office,
Mary Immaculate College,
South Circular Road,
Tel: +353 61 204929 / +353 61 204348
E-mail: admissions@mic.ul.ie



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

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