Close icon
Close icon

Foundation Certificate for Mature Learners

  • Programme Overview
  • Programme Content
  • Entry Requirements
  • How to Apply
  • Ask a Question
  • Programme Overview

    The Foundation Certificate for Mature Learners is a programme offered by the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) in Mary Immaculate College and is designed for mature learners (anyone over the age of 22 by 1 January on the year of application) who wish to continue their education and potentially progress to full-time third level study. The course takes place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays 7-9pm and runs from October 2022 to April 2023.

    Objectives & Subjects on Offer

    The programme aims to:

    • Equip students with the necessary skills to participate in, and benefit from, a third level course
    • Provide students with an opportunity to experience the satisfaction that can be gained from learning
    • Build up confidence in a supportive learning environment
    • Provide a direct access route to the MIC BA in Liberal Arts for those who attain a merit
    • Provide an alternative to the Leaving Certificate as a route to third level for mature students

    The 80 hour programme is designed to offer participants a sample of the subjects that are available on a degree programme, while equipping students with a set of transferable skills, which will enable them to succeed at third level. The programme features a range of six core subjects chosen from the BA degree in MIC including History, Heritage Studies, German Studies, Philosophy, English Language & Literature and Geography. In addition, two core skills programmes are also offered: Academic Writing and Information Technology.

    What do I get Afterwards?

    Students achieving a merit on the Foundation Certificate will be offered a place on the Bachelor of Arts (MI002) degree programme in MIC, subsequent to completion of a CAO form and supplementary form before 1 February. 

    In addition, MIC Foundation Students who obtain a merit (average of a B3) have direct entry to the following MIC and  UL programmes (subject to certain criteria in some instances, please see notes below). All interested applicants must apply via the CAO system:

    • Bachelor of Arts (MI002)
    • BA in Education, Business Studies & Accounting (MI009) at MIC Thurles*
    • BA in Education, Business Studies & Religious Studies (MI010) at MIC Thurles*
    • Bachelor of Arts (LM002)
    • Journalism & New Media (LM039)
    • European Studies (LM040)
    • Business Studies (LM050)

    Note: Students progressing to language options within these programmes must already have Leaving Certificate level language, except where beginners' level languages are offered by the programme.

    *Please note applicants may be required to attend for interview.


    Dr Geraldine Brosnan, Programme Coordinator

    T: +353 61 204917


    Programme Content

    Core Subjects:

    • History
    • Heritage Studies
    • German Studies
    • Philosophy
    • English Language & Literature
    • Geography


    • Academic Writing
    • Information Technology

    Entry Requirements

    Applicants must over the age of 22 by 1 January on the year of application. 

    How to Apply

    Please Note: Next intake will be in October 2022, Application will be available soon, closing date is the 30th of September 2022.

    Fees: €400 per annum, payable in two instalments of €200 at the commencement of each semester.  A reduced rate of €100 per annum (payable in two instalments) is available for holders of means-tested medical cards.

    Application Forms are available for download here, or from:

    MIC Admissions Office

    T: +353 61 204929 / 61 204348


    Return the application form by email to:  

    Programme Coordinator
    Dr Geraldine Brosnan
    +353 61 204917

    Ask a Question

  • Programme Overview
  • Programme Content
  • Entry Requirements
  • How to Apply
  • Ask a Question