skip to main content

Special Category Applicants


ITT is part of the HEAR (Higher Education Access Route) national admissions scheme which offers places on reduced points and extra college support to school leavers under 23 years old from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Read More


IT Tralee is part of the DARE (Disability Access Route to Education) national admissions scheme which can allocate reduced points places to eligible school leavers under 23 years old with learning difference, health conditions and disabilities. Read More


EU and non-EU applicants may apply for entry to 1st year courses at IT, Tralee through the CAO. Students must hold qualifications equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. Qualifications are evaluated by the CAO. In some cases non- EU students may apply direct to IT, Tralee for entry to year 1 of specified programmes. EU students are advised to contact the Institute of Technology, Tralee International Office at +353 (0)66 7191718 to obtain information on the course of
study they wish to pursue.

Applicants who are now, or who have been in the past, resident outside the EU must contact the Admissions Office of the Institute of Technology, Tralee at +353 (0)66 7145638 or email: to enquire whether they should apply through the CAO or
direct to the Institute. Such enquiries should be made well in advance of the CAO closing date of 1st February and preferably not later than the previous 15th December.


Other categories given special consideration include those with Craft, Introduction to Technology programmes, VTOS Schemes or other recognised qualifications. Consideration may also be given to applicants who have demonstrated exceptional sporting or community achievement. Suitable applicants in these categories may be interviewed/assessed by the Institute.


Applicants who have taken school leaving examinations outside Ireland, who took Irish or UK examinations pre 1985 or who took LCAP, GNVQs, VCEs, or Irish matric examinations should apply to the Central Applications Office. The CAO will evaluate these applications and award points which are equivalent to those awarded to Irish Leaving Certificate applicants. Please refer to for further


If you wish to pursue a course of study on an add-on Bachelor Degree or an add-on Honours Bachelor Degree programme, you may apply directly to the: Admissions Office, IT, Tralee. - Closing Date is 1st April.

If you are in doubt over the category you should apply under, please contact the Admissions Office at +353 (0)66 7145638.


ACCS is an acronym for Accumulation of Credits and Certification of Subjects. The ACCS scheme allows students to study a portion of a full-time programme in a part-time mode. Students can gain credits for each module successfully completed and accumulate those credits, over time, towards a nationally recognised award such as a higher certificate or a degree.


The Institute operates a policy that allows for the recognition of prior learning, both formal and informal learning. Informal and experiential learning includes non-accredited education, work based training and relevant life/work experience. This learning is assessed and this assessment may lead to academic credits, exemption from subjects on intended course of study or places on particular courses of study.

Applicants are required to compile a portfolio of evidence demonstrating how they have achieved the learning outcomes of a particular module within a programme or how they meet the entry requirements of a programme of study.

The Institute is committed to providing support and assistance to guide the learner through the RPL application and/or in compiling the portfolio. Applications for RPL are dealt with on an individual basis once a student has registered on a particular course. Applicants should contact
the relevant Head of Department well in advance of their
intended entry date.