Application, General Information
- Your application, accompanied by evidence of the awards on which you wish to be assessed, should be submitted as early as possible.
- If applying for first year, and presenting awards /qualifications from EU/EFTA countries as a basis for entry, apply via the CAO, The evidence of the awards on which you hope to be assessed should be submitted to the CAO as early as possible, ideally by February 1st. If you are sitting exams in the current year, the results of which will not be known until later in the summer, you must state this on the CAO application. When those results become available you must send them to CAO immediately and, having done so, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to say your application has been updated with additional information.
- If your application is based on non EU awards/qualifications then you MUST apply directly to the International Office at LYIT. The completed Application Form and the supporting documentation, e.g. evidence of awards, exams results, English language certificate etc., should be submitted directly to the International Office at LYIT, ideally before April 1st. If you are not in a positon to submit supporting documentation by April 1st you should tell us the date by which you expect it to arrive. It will not be possible to assess you application until after the documentation has been received..
- The National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) relates all education and training awards made in Ireland, whether in Schools, Institutes of Technology or Universities, to each other. The NQF consists of ten levels, ranging from basic literacy to PhD. Each level is described in terms of the standards of knowledge, skill or competence that a learner must achieve before being eligible for an award.
- Using the Framework, learners, employers and others will be able to compare Irish qualifications more easily and accurately with those from other countries. This is particularly important in the European context, where the Bologna Declaration, concerning European cooperation in higher education and training, signals a move towards greater compatibility and comparability of qualifications.
- The Bologna Declaration envisages three cycles of Higher Education – a first cycle Bachelors degree, a second cycle Masters degree and a third cycle Doctoral degree.
- LYIT reviewed all its programmes during 2004 to ensure that they met the standards defined in the NFQ. All our programmes have been examined by expert external peer review groups and have been validated for award on the NFQ.
- LYIT currently offers programmes at the following levels on the Framework:
- Higher Certificate.(Level 6) requires the accumulation of 120 ECTS credits and normally requires 2 years in full-time mode
- Bachelor Degree (Level 7), requires the accumulation of 180 ECTS credits and normally requires 3 years in full-time mode. (May be available in ab initio mode or as one-year, add-on programme, post Higher Certificate)
- Bachelor Degree (honours) (Level 8) ), requires the accumulation of 240 ECTS credits and normally requires 4 years in full-time mode. (May be available in ab initio mode or as one-year, add-on programme, post Bachelor Degree)
- Masters Degree (Level 9) a postgraduate qualification, may be available as a taught programme or by research.
- A detailed description of the framework can be downloaded in PDF format from: http://www.nqai.ie/overview.pdf
- There is a 'Ladder of Opportunity'; whereby you can progress from Higher Certificate, to Degree, to postgraduate Degrees. While most courses begin in September each year, applications must be submitted several months in advance.
- Applicants seeking entry to year 1 and presenting awards and qualifications from EU/EFTA countries as basis for entry should apply via the CAO.
- Application Deadlines
First year applicants, presenting EU awards/qualification as a basis for entry Via CAO Deadline CAO Early Discounted Rate Before 5.15 p.m. on January 20th in the proposed year of entry CAO Normal Application Before 5.15 p.m. on February 1st in the proposed year of entry CAO Late Application Before 5.15 p.m. on May 1st in the proposed year of entry CAO Change of Mind Before 5.15 p.m. on July 1st in the proposed year of entry Current Undergraduate in First year of College Before 5.15 p.m. on July 22nd in the proposed year of entry
- Applicants presenting non EU awards/qualifications as a basis for entry, MUST apply via LYIT International Officeand not via the CAO. This applies regardless of whether they are seeking entry to year 1 or advanced entry.
All Applicants presenting non EU awards/qualifications as a basis for entry Apply via LYIT’s International Office Deadline: June 1st. in proposed year of entry (Applicants that require visas may need to apply earlier)