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Access to University Course AUC 2021

Access to University Course

The Access to University Course is a full-time 13 week programme for young people who come from socio-economic backgrounds that are under-represented in Higher Education. The Course runs throughout the University of Limerick’s Spring Semester.  THERE IS NO COURSE FEE.  Even better, the Access Office will provide you with some financial and personal supports throughout your studies.

The Access to University Course will provide you with opportunities to develop or refresh the key academic and social skills necessary to help you to succeed in achieving an undergraduate degree in UL. As part of the course you will also study a module from the degree that you intend to start in the Autumn.  An exemption in this module (if applicable) may be granted to you towards your degree. 

The Access office is now accepting applications for the Access to University Course, if you are interested in applying see the 'How do I apply' section below.

Applications must be returned by email to by Friday 6th November 2020

All required supporting documentation must be submitted no later than Friday 6th November 2020

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered

The course is for people who are under the age of 23 years as of 1st January 2021, and who are not already studying at a University or IT. 

Applicants must meet the Universities minimum entry requirements of ( 2 H5 & 4O6/ H7) to be considered.

Eligibility is based on the indicators set out in the Higher Education Access Route (HEAR). 

You can find more information on HEAR by following this link: 

If you do not already have HEAR eligibility, you may submit documentation as part of your application (details of the required documentation on the Application Form).


The course is focused on exposing students to a range of topics and expereinces.

that will equip them with the necessary academic and social skills needed to succeed in UL. 

Students will also study a module from the degree they intend to start in the Autumn. 

An exemption in this module may be granted to towards your degree.

Successful completion of the Access to University Course will guarantee entry to a full-time undergraduate degree programme in UL in September.

Please download the application form, see below.  Applications must be submitted by email only to by 5.00pm on Friday 23rd October 2020.  Enquiries can be directed to

Application pack

Instructions for completing Access to University Course application form (editing & signing PDF doc)

  • Double click (or right click) on document title to download.
  • Open ‘Adobe Acrobat Reader’ or PDF Viewer Application (if available).
  • Select ‘Tools’ Option (from the menu panel on the right side of the screen).
  • Select ‘Fill & Sign’ Option.
  • Complete application form providing details where applicable.
  • Select ‘Close’ & ‘Save as’
  • Email to

Applicants may also print the application form, handwrite and then scan the completed application form, as well as the supporting documentation, and return by email to

Alternatively, if you do not have access to a scanner, you can take a clear photograph of the documentation, upload and email this to support your application.

All supporting documentation, should be scanned or photographed and emailed to

Please note: the Access Office may request hard copies of any applications or supporting documentation at a later stage in the application process. If you have any difficulties using the application form or if you have a specific question about the Access to University Course, please email