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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.

Welcome to Carlow College - providing third-level education to the midlands and south-Leinster regions since 1793

On completion of a degree programme in the Humanities, Social Care, English & History or Citizenship & Community Studies, our graduates are able to secure careers in the fields of education/teaching, politics, conflict resolution, social care, the media, marketing, health care, special education and community work.  Please click on the 'Courses' button above for details.

Carlow College is delighted to be involved with College Awareness Week.  

Between November 24 to 30, we will host a series of events to encourage school leavers and adults alike to explore the benefits of third level education.

As part of our activities we are extending an open invitation to prospective students of all ages to attend the College for a morning so they can sit in on lectures of their choice and get a flavour of the college experience. 

If you or someone you know would be interested in accepting this invitation, please email: and we will be delighted to make arrangements for your visit. 

Upcoming Events
College Awareness Week
Monday 24 November 2014
Location: College Buildings

Click here to view the College Calendar

Congratulations to our neighbour, Carlow Museum, recently named Ireland’s County Museum of the year.  And well done to the Carlow College history students who are volunteers in the Museum and assist in its operation.


From Isolation to Identity: A study of voice recognition in the child with Autism - a presentation from Dr Susan Ni Chuileann, Lecturer in Psychology. 

Click [here] for powerpoint presentation.

Encircling Worlds: Imagining Irish Suburbia

RTE's 'Book Show' attended the recent conference at Carlow College and the VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, where a number of writers and artists came together to discuss creative responses to suburbia in Irish art and writing. 

The Book Show spoke to Donal Ryan, Professor Michael Cronin from DCU, Simon Workman from Carlow College and Oona Frawley about the ways in which Irish writers have drawn on suburbia for inspiration. 

Click [here] to listen to the broadcast

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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


Carlow College recently hosted a debate between American and Irish students on what being Irish really means. The American students narrowly won and differences were laid aside in order to enjoy Irish stew and Barm Brack



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