Covid – 19 FAQ’s for Prospective Students
The Carlow College, St. Patrick’s Admissions team are continually monitoring updates and we will post any changes or updates on our website. So please check back regularly to stay informed. These are testing times for our sector, however we will get through this. Teaching, Learning and delivery of programmes is our specialty!
Like most of the world, through the challenge of Covid-19, Carlow College, St. Patrick’s has reimagined how we deliver education to our students. We look forward to welcoming our new students in September 2020 for what will be an engaging and exciting learning experience. We are committed to looking after the health, well-being and academic development of all our incoming students. We know how important it is for you to have some clarity about what to expect in the next academic year. Please remember that we may be required to change these plans in response to HSE and/or Government guidelines. We promise that we will communicate any changes to you as a matter of priority.
For Students entering First Year in September 2020 induction and orientation starts in the week of beginning Monday 7 September. This will be provided via a mix of in-College and online sessions. Teaching will start on the week beginning Monday 21 September.
Stage 1 students will have 70% of their classes in the College. For each BA Programme these classes will be held over two days. Students on the BA in Applied Social Studies (Professional Social Care) and the BA (Honours) in Social, Political and Community programmes will be in College on Mondays and Tuesdays. Students on the BA in Arts and Humanities, the BA (Honours) in Arts and Humanities and the BA (Honours) in English and History will be in College on Wednesdays and Thursdays. These arrangements will allow for the potential reduced availability of public transport and simplify arrangements for students who may opt to commute from home.
We are hoping that we will be resuming normal in-College delivery of classes in Semester 2, however, this will be subject to HSE and or Government guidelines and requirements.
General Admission Queries
Are applications still open for 2020/21?
Yes, we welcome applications and continue to assess applications for entry in 2020. We are constantly monitoring the situation and will post any changes and/updates on our website www.carlowcollege.ie
Will deadlines for application/acceptance/documents/registration be affected?
The dates for all stages of the admissions process will be revised and will be updated on our website.
As part of my application, I must attend an interview. Will I have to come to Carlow College, St. Patrick’s for the interview?
No. If an interview is compulsory as part of your application, the Admissions Team will be in touch and it will be offered remotely.
My school/university is closed due to COVID-19 and I have been unable to complete my exams/degree programme. Can I still be admitted?
Carlow College, St. Patrick’s will be as flexible as possible with applicants whose education has been affected by COVID-19. If your programme was completed online or with alternative assessment, we will recognise any qualifications awarded by universities and exam boards. Please note that formal documentation from the awarding body will still be required once it is available.
I am a student from outside the EU. Is there any special advice for me?
Please contact our International Office by email: email@example.com
I did my leaving cert last year. Will the cancellation of the oral exam change the points requirements?
Since the points levels in any year are determined by the Leaving Certificate results of those who apply, it is not possible to forecast how many points will be necessary to gain entry this year, or at any future date.
In this respect, this year is no different to any other year.
Can I talk to someone about my concerns?
In line with government policy, the Admissions office in Carlow College, are closed and staff are working remotely. To contact them please email: firstname.lastname@example.org