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Learning Support Unit

The Learning Support Unit was established to encourage under–represented groups to enter third level and to provide these groups with support throughout their time at LYIT.

Who can we help?

Mature Students (age 23 years or older) 
Students with physical or learning disabilities 
Students from low income families  
Students in need of Maths support
Adults Returning to Education

Other services

The Access Course

The Access Course is suitable for both recent school-leavers and adults who wish to proceed to third level courses at Letterkenny I.T, It is designed specifically for those who may have been unable or prevented previously from progressing into third level courses for a variety of reasons, including long-term unemployment, low income or other personal or family circumstances.

The course will:

  • Build up the students' confidence in their academic abilities.
  • Equip the students with the necessary skills to benefit from, and participate in, a third level educational course.
  • Enhance students' knowledge to the level expected of an undergraduate student.
  • Assist the students to identify and choose the third level courses that best suit their abilities and interests.
  • Provide the students with an opportunity to experience the satisfaction that can be gained from learning in an academic environment.

Who can apply for the course?

School leavers between the ages of 17-22 years (out of school 2 years) who have completed their Leaving Certificate and meet the socio-economic and academic criteria as set down by the Institution.

Adult students 23 years of age or over on 1st January of the year of application to the access course. There are no specific entry requirements.,

Applicants in receipt of a Social welfare payment may be eligible for Back to Education Allowance (BTEA)

Application Procedure

  1. Completion of an application form.
  2. A short aptitude test may need to be completed.

How is the course organised?

It is a full-time course running from September– May: at least three days per week and attendance for elective modules may be off campus.   

What are the subjects?

The Core Modules:

  • Study Skills Course: helps the students to develop the organisational and study skills needed to succeed at third level.
  • Applied Writing Course: enables the students to develop the habit of writing regularly and in the different styles required for third level study.
  • Information Technology: gives students the basic skills required to use Information Technology resources effectively for the purpose of their study.
  • Maths: gives students the basic Mathematical skills to help them pursue the course of their choice.

Academic Modules:

The aim of these modules is to provide students with introductory third level courses as a prelude to continuing their studies to a higher level at participating colleges.

Three introductory modules may be selected from such subjects as:
Science, Business, Computing, Engineering and Arts (Sligo)

How to gain entry to chosen institutionParticipants who successfully complete an Access course will be eligible to apply for direct entry to Letterkenny I.T.    Please note that applicants interested in Nursing must apply through CAO.  Quotas apply to some courses. The criteria for successful completion of the Access course involve satisfactory attendance and performance in all elements of the programme.


Scheme Guidelines for Applicants

How to contact us and where to find us

The Learning Support Unit is located on the third floor of the main building, close to room 3453.

Brian McGonagle
Access Officer
(t) +35374 9186170
(e) brian.mcgonagle@lyit.ie

Roisin Mc Cormack
Learning Support Specialist
(t) +35374 9186172
(e) roisin.mccormack@lyit.ie

Adrienne Kearns
Learning Support Tutor
(t) +35374 9186174
(e) adrienne.kearns@lyit.ie

Joe Carlin
Technical Support
(t) +35374 9186930
(e) joe.carlin@lyit.ie

Anne Brennan
Access Administrative Assistant
(t) +35374 9186175
(e) anne.brennan@lyit.ie



Updated: Tue, 08 Dec 2015 12:35:44 GMT


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