Advanced Entry

The Bridging Process


Gaining Exemption

Advanced entry (i.e. transfer from a previous programme of education to an advanced stage of an Open Training College programme) is dependent on you meeting certain criteria. Applicants seeking advanced entry must have completed a  cognate* qualification with a certain minimum number of NFQ credits within the last 10 years.  (See relevant course page for more detail).

*A cognate qualification is one that is similar in nature, content and quality to the course being applied for. This will be assessed by a review of the content and learning outcomes of previous qualifications. Such applications will be considered on an individual, case by case basis.

Advanced Entry Applicants:

  • In the education section of the online application form – indicate your interest in applying for advanced entry in the additional details box and upload copies of any relevant transcripts that support your application in the relevant areas. Please Note: The College will require you to bring the original transcripts to an interview.
  • All advanced entry applicants must provide the details for 2 referees in the Reference section of the online application form. One of these references must be academic reference from one of the courses you have completed.
  • You will complete an interview with the Course Director; and,
  • May be asked to undertake a bridging process (See case study below.)

Please note if you are successful there is an advanced entry charge of €295.

Case Study – Applying for an Exemption in the B.A. Professional Social Care (Disability)

Mary Jones has spent the last five years working in a service for people with disabilities. Prior to this, she completed a BTEC Higher National Diploma in Social Care. All her assignments used disability as an applied case study.  She also undertook her placements in disability services. She achieved a distinction on completion.

Mary was accepted for advanced entry by The Open Training College. As part of this she was asked  to undertake a bridging module to assess her:

  • Academic ability for the second year of a degree programme
  • Knowledge of the medical and social models of disability service delivery (as her understanding of the distinction between these two models of service delivery is crucial to second year studies)

Mary’s bridging work was assessed by College tutors at 65%. Mary’s bridging work was assessed by College tutors at 65%.The College registrar made representation to the College Director, and Mary was offered an exemption against the first year of the Professional Social Care (Disability) and commenced her studies at Year Two of the programme.

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