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  1. Welcome to Carlow College

    Carlow College
    Welcome to Carlow College the Key to Your Future, an Adventure... New Ground... a New World.
  2. Humanities

    Carlow College Humanities Courses
    Students of Humanities acquire a broad liberal arts education which is the perfect platform for a wide range of career choices.
  3. Social Studies

    Carlow College Social Studies
    Social Care is a generic term used to describe ongoing professional care of vulnerable individuals or groups in residential, day care or community services. This work involves responding to people’s physical, social, and emotional needs.
  4. Masters in Therapeutic Child Care

    Masters in Therapeutic Child Care
    This unique multi-disciplinary course was closely modelled on that founded by Adrian Ward at the University of Reading originally to meet the needs of child care professionals seeking to work in a progressive and therapeutic way with very troubled children and their families
  5. English and History

    English and History Courses at Carlow College
    The study of English Literature at Carlow College encourages students to develop a critically-informed and imaginative approach to the analysis of fiction, poetry, criticism and drama.
  6. Citizenship and Community Studies

    Citizenship and Community Studies at Carlow College
    Students will be enabled to grow in self confidence, social awareness and responsibility as well as develop the necessary practice skills to engage in professional Community Work.
  7. Part Time Courses

    Part Time Courses at Carlow College
    Study up to three subjects per year during our day-time courses at Carlow College through our flexible ACCS (Accumulation of Credits and Certification of Subjects) scheme. Students attend lectures and tutorials and complete course work relating to their chosen programme of study, and can build up credits towards full Q.Q.I. Awards.
  8. Library

    The P.J. Brophy Memorial Library was opened in December 2006 by President Mary McAleese. The library is also home to The Delany Archive.



If you are looking for a college with courses that are exciting and rewarding, where lecturers know your name and offer you guidance and support; where the student community is welcoming and inclusive, Carlow College is the place for you!

You can do a degree in Humanities, Arts, Social Care or Community Studies at Carlow College. Our students have the potential to secure careers in the fields of education/teaching, politics, conflict resolution, social care, the media, arts, libraries and archives, health care, community work, special education and the judicial services. The Humanities and History and English degrees are recognised by the Teaching Council of Ireland for the purposes of teaching English, History and Religion.

Whether you are a Leaving Cert student, or whether you are studying for a FETAC Award (Level 5 or 6) or a mature person seeking a second chance, Carlow College will welcome you with open arms, and help launch you on the next stage of your life! 

Carlow College CAO Degree Programmes:

(Honours) Humanities PC410 / Humanities PC402 / English & History PC411

Social Care PC404 / Citizenship & Community Studies PC405

Upcoming Events
Trinity College Dublin and Carlow College Slattery Lectures
Tuesday 27 January 2015
Location: Cobden Hall

'Let's Talk I.T'
Tuesday 27 January 2015
Location: Information Centre, Tullow Street

'The Nazis and Euthanasia'
Wednesday 28 January 2015
Location: Information Centre, Tullow Street

Suicide Awareness
Thursday 29 January 2015
Location: Information Centre, Tullow Street

‘"I could risk blasphemy’’: Seamus Heaney, Nationalism and Northern Ireland’
Thursday 29 January 2015
Location: Information Centre, Tullow Street

Carlow College Literary Awards 2015
Wednesday 4 March 2015
Location: College Buildings

Click here to view the College Calendar

Opening of the Information and Training Centre

Carlow College is pleased to announce the opening of its new Information and Training Centre on Tullow Street. The Centre is open to prospective students, both school leavers and mature learners, to provide information about the degree programmes offered by the College. The Centre will also be a venue for seminars, public lectures, drama workshops and musical events.  For further information please call:  059 9164280.

Humanities and Arts Degrees in High Demand!

Recently the Irish Independent (27 November 2014) published an article titled, 'Arts boost as bosses put humanity into business: Many employers are hiring graduates with arts and humanities degrees. Why are they in such demand?' that explored the importance of these degrees in the global economy. Please click  [here]  to read the full article.

Are you interested in studying abroad?

If you are a Carlow College student currently studying Humanities or English & History, you may be interested to find out about opportunities to study in the United States. For more information, please contact Dr. Eric Derr, Coordinator of the International Office at Carlow College.  

Research Spotlight

'From Isolation to Identity: A Study of Voice Recognition in the Child with Autism', a presentation from Dr. Susan Ni Chuileann, Lecturer in Psychology at Carlow College. To view Dr. Ni Chuileann's PowerPoint presentation, please click [here]. 

'Encircling Worlds: Imagining Irish Suburbia' was a conference sponsored by Carlow College and the VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art. Participants included a number of writers and artists who came together to discuss creative responses to suburbia in Irish art and writing. The RTE 'Book Show' spoke to Donal Ryan (award winning writer), Professor Michael Cronin (DCU), Dr. Simon Workman (Carlow College) and Oona Frawley (Maynooth University) about the ways in which Irish writers have drawn on suburbia for inspiration. Please click [here] to listen to the broadcast.

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2015 CAO Application Deadline Fast Approaching

Students are now invited to submit their applications to the CAO for entry to Carlow College in September 2015. To apply, please click [here]. The first deadline is 1 February 2015! For further information, please contact Karen Delaney at:



What our past students had to say...
My studies in English and History have enabled me to appreciate and understand how world events have influenced literature and art. Art, literature and history help us make sense of how we live our lives. 

Bridget Flannery

English and History

The Citizenship and Community Studies degree provides an opportunity to celebrate the diversity of contemporary Ireland and welcomes those who wish to contribute to its future. Coming together in a caring group environment with class mates to share information, knowledge, skills and life experience is all part of the fabric of Carlow College. 

Niamh O'Sullivan

Citizenship & Community Studies 

The subjects all complement each other so you get a really good, all-round education. 

Rachel Nolan

I use the knowledge I gained on the MATCC course on a daily basis in my work as a Neuro-Development Practitioner and I believe that this course would be of benefit to anyone who works with very troubled children or adolescents. The course has inspired me to embark on a PhD programme this autumn. 

Mary O'Connor

MATCC Graduate
My experience here has been of laughter, friendship and learning. The programme has helped me to develop knowledge and skills that have helped me to grow as a person. The Catechetics programme has given me the opportunity to experience teaching first hand. Overall, it's a wonderful place. 

Sharon Connors

Exciting and challenging! I loved the programme. It has given me in-depth knowledge which has direct relevance to everyday life. 

Emily Hanlon

Citizenship & Community Studies

The programme is up-to-date and relevant and the placement element is great preparation for a career in social care.

Michael Lillis

Social Care
There's a lot of support given to students and it really helps to build your confidence when you're starting a degree programme. 

Jamie Lawlor

English and History

As a mature student I found the staff, my fellow students and the whole learning environment very supportive. I am so glad I chose Carlow College.

Jacinta Hayden

Social Care
Latest News
1/21/2015 1:00 PM | Carlow College

Dr Noel Kavanagh of Carlow College, and others, have worked very hard on the Royal Irish Academy's Philosophy committee over the last few years to develop a secondary schools curriculum and it looks like they have finally been successful in convincing the powers that be to allow Philosophy to be taught in Secondary Schools. This means that Philosophy will soon be a teaching subject! The Humanities degree student at Carlow College is uniquely positioned to take advantage of this because of the elective system here. Those of you considering a career in teaching and who would love to keep up their studies of Philosophy at Carlow College can be greatly encouraged in this breakthrough. Please click the link for the Irish Times article detailing these proposed changes: https://http//

1/20/2015 5:44 PM | Carlow College

The Gateway Project is a collaboration between Carlow College and Carlow Institute of Further Education. It provides an opportunity for Further Education students to sample lectures across programmes at Carlow College. Participants attend lectures, take notes, and even ask questions! They are also given a tour of the college campus; are introduced to the range of student support services and facilities; and provided with space to discuss the CAO application process. This forms part of their overall career planning programme at CIFE and helps build a bridge towards third level education and learning. 

Carlow College Information & Training Centre January Schedule of Free Events
1/19/2015 12:21 PM | Carlow College

Carlow College Information & Training Centre on Tullow Street, Carlow are hosting a range of interesting presentations, talks, and workshops in January 2015. These events are open to the public and are free of charge. No booking required. To view the upcoming schedule please click here: Upcoming Events Info Training Centre January.docx


Carlow College Literary Awards 2015
1/16/2015 10:51 AM | Carlow College

The Carlow College Literary Awards and Creative Writing Showcase will be held in VISUAL on the 4th of March 2015 at 7.30pm. Peter Murphy (, author of ‘John the Revelator’, will present the awards as well as read from his new novel. Awards will be given for Poetry and the Short Story/Flash Fiction. There will be a first, second, and third prize in each category, as well as an overall winner. Entry forms can be picked up at Reception or downloaded here: CC_LiteraryAwards_Entryform 1.docx

Sports Star-Craig Dowling
1/14/2015 1:24 PM | Carlow College

Congratulations to Craig Dowling (4th year Social Care) who will receive a Co. Carlow Sports Star Award for Soccer this coming weekend (16/01/2015). Craig is a very worthy winner of this award having represented Ireland in the Amputee Football World Cup in Mexico less than two months ago. We are all very proud of Craig's achievements!

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