Part-Time Students

Part-Time Study

At Carlow College, St. Patrick’s we are pleased to offer you an opportunity to study a range of single subjects (otherwise known as modules). We believe Part-Time study is a flexible scheme that allows part-time students to study up to six subjects per year towards a full QQI award in a chosen area of study. Each module is worth 5 credits, therefore as a Part-Time student, a learner may accumulate a maximum of 30 credits or minimum of 5 credits per academic year. Full time students undertake 60 credits per year. If a Part-Time learner wishes to complete the stage over the two-year period, they must accumulate 30 credits (15 in semester one and 15 in semester two).


Subjects/Modules and Timetable

Subjects/modules are taught in conjunction with the main degree. For example, if you choose to take Introduction to Literature through the Part-Time Study Programme, you will be attending lectures with full-time students when that subject is scheduled in the timetable. Timetables for an academic year are available in late August. Carlow College, St. Patrick’s offer learners the facility to change subjects/modules in the first week of lectures, if the timetable is not suitable. A learner must inform the Admissions Office of such changes. See list of modules for each programme here: B.A. in Arts & Humanities, B.A. in Applied Social Studies (Professional Social Care), B.A. (Honours) in Arts & Humanities, B.A. (Honours) in English & History, B.A. (Honours) in Social, Political & Community Studies.



Carlow College, St. Patrick’s have introduced semesterisation into the Academic Year. Details as follows:

Semester 1: Commences on 3rd September 2018 and Concludes on 2nd December 2018

Examinations for Semester 1: 12th – 20th December 2018

Semester 2: Commences on 21st January 2019 and Concludes on 18th April 2019

Examinations for Semester 2: 7th – 17th May 2019


Pathway to Full Time Education

Part-Time study at Carlow College, St. Patrick’s may also be used as a pathway to full time education. Once a part time student has successfully completed stage one of a programme they have the option to progress to stage two as a full time undergraduate student or continue on as a part time learner. As an undergraduate full time student you may be eligible for funding by applying to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI)

Applications for Part-Time study are made directly to Carlow College, St. Patrick’s and are not processed by the CAO. To apply for part-time study at Carlow College,St. Patrick’s please download and complete the application form (PDF). Once completed, this form should be returned to:

Part-Time Study, The Admissions Office, Carlow College, St. Patrick’s, College Street, Carlow. Should you require further guidance or information, please contact the Admissions Office at the College directly at (059) 9153243 or where our staff will be happy to advise you.

Carlow College, St. Patrick’s recognises the importance of access to third level education. No specific entry requirements have been set, however application forms will be subject to assessment and candidates may be called for interview.

If you are a student with additional educational needs, you are encouraged to contact the Head of Student Services and Learner Supports, Lisa Fortune, at (059) 9153223 to discuss your situation in a confidential and friendly manner.

The fees per module are as follows: €250 per 5 Credit Module (includes QQI Fee). Payment of fees are required in full on or before the day of registration, per semester. A 15% discount on modules will apply to those who are in receipt of Social Welfare payments, proof will be required.

Example: (excluding discount)  The cost of 30 credits per year is €1500 (€750 per semester).  Two part payments of €750 MUST be paid on or before the commencement date each semester.

Example: (with 15% Social Welfare discount) The cost of 30 credits per year is €1275 (€637.50 per semester) Two part payments of €637.50 MUST be paid on or before the commencement date each semester.