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Mature Students

Mary Immaculate College is committed to improving access to higher education for adults and the College provides a friendly, relaxed environment with specialised supports to make the third level experience beneficial and enjoyable. If you are at least 23 years old on the 1 January of the year of entry to college, you are considered a mature applicant and can apply for MIC’s undergraduate programmes, or alternatively you can use a part-time programme to get a taste of, or prepare for, a course of study.

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Are you over the age of 23?
Are you over the age of 23?
Apply through the CAO by 1 May.

CAO Late Applications – Apply by 1 May

MIC is now accepting late CAO applications for the following undergraduate programmes:

Please note: The closing date for late Mature applications to the CAO is 1 May 2024. Mature applicants who applied initially through the CAO by 1 February and wish to change their mind, can do so from 7 May when the change of mind facility opens, until 12 May only.

  • Bachelor of Arts (MI002)
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology (MI003)
  • BA in Early Childhood Care & Education (MI007)
  • BA in English Language and Literature (MI009)
  • BA in Drama and English (MI010)
  • BA in Education, Business Studies & Accounting (MI016)
  • BA in Education, Business Studies & Religious Studies (MI017)
  • BA in Education, Gaeilge & Religious Studies (MI018)
  • BA in Education, Gaeilge & Business Studies (MI019)
  • BA in Education, Mathematics & Gaeilge (MI020)
  • BA in Education, Mathematics & Business Studies (MI021)
  • BA in Education, Home Economics and Business Studies (MI022)

Late CAO Applications

Late CAO applications from mature applicants will be accepted up to 1 May 2024. Mature applicants who applied initially through the CAO by 1 February 2024 and now wish to change their mind, can do so, from 7 May when the change of mind facility opens, until 12 May only.

All mature applicants who make an application to the College through the CAO will be invited to attend for an interview. Mature applicants who have completed an interview will be contacted by the College to indicate whether or not they are being considered for a place, and all places will then be offered by the CAO. Further information on the application process is available on the individual programme pages listed below.

Contact

For further details on mature entry, please contact the MIC Admissions Office:

Mature Student Information Event
Mature Student Information Event

Mature Student Information Event

Please join us on Thursday 18 April, from 11am to 12.30pm,  for an information session on the pathways and supports available to mature students. This session will have information on the Teacher Education Access Programme (TEAP) and the Pre-University Programme (PUP). 

It will detail resources; academic, financial and other, that are available to mature students and there will also be an opportunity to speak with current mature students attending the College. Light refreshments will be available. 

Booking essential through Eventbrite here.

Why MIC?

Whatever your reasons for pursuing further study, MIC is a great choice - offering degrees in a broad range of academic areas at our two modern campuses in Limerick City and Thurles, Co. Tipperary. As a designated centre of excellence in teacher education, there are programmes in primary and post-primary teaching available as well as Psychology, Liberal Arts and Early Childhood Education. Mature applicants can apply through the CAO system (where applicable) but may be asked to do an interview, written or oral exam as part of the application process.

Lifelong learning is part of the MIC mission so there are also specific programmes for mature learners. The Teacher Education Access Programme (TEAP) is for applicants who are interested in applying to the B Ed (Primary Education) but do not hold the minimum entry requirements.

No matter what your age, there are plenty of extracurricular activities to get involved in at MIC and services designed to help mature learners in their individual college journey such as the Student Parent Support Service and the Academic Learning Centre.

Mary Immaculate College is a participating institution in Uversity - a Higher Education scholarship scheme for adult learners. Applications can be submitted from 1 February 2024 to 31 March 2024.

Uversity 2024 Flyer


Mature Student Experience at MIC

Mature Students Programmes

23
Minimum Age

You must be at least 23 years old on 1 January of the year of application to be considered a mature student, but MIC has students of many ages- older and younger alike.

95%
Student Retention Rate

Students who come to study at MIC tend to stay for the duration of their programmes, indicating a high-quality student experience and satisfaction level.

15
Undergraduate Programmes

All 15 of MIC's Level 8 degrees in Education and the Liberal Arts are open to mature applicants and there are two part-time preparatory courses to help gain access to our flagship B Ed and BA programmes.