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Access to University Course (AUC)


The Access to University Course is a full-time 13 week pre-entry course that leads to a place on your chosen undergraduate programme at UL.  This course is for students from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds. The Course  runs from January - June as per the Spring semesterThe Access to University course has no course fee.

The Access office is not accepting applications at this time as opening dates have not yet been confirmed, please check this website later in the summer for updates on the application process.

  • Students under the ages of  23 years by 1st January in the calendar year of proposed entry.
  • Students who are not currently studying at a University or IT. 
  • Applicants using their Leaving Certificate results must meet the University minimum subject requirements (2 H5 & 4O6/ H7) and undergraduate subject specific requirements to be considered. Please check here for these requirements before you apply.
  • Applicants using their QQI results must meet the university minimum requirments as outlined here.
  • 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).


In this programme you will study the following modules:
AS2312    Informatics
AS2342    Transition to University 
AS2352    Personal Development
AS2332    Study Skills 
AS2322    Logical Problem Solving 
AS2332    Life Skills

These modules are subject to change.

Students will also study a module from their chosen degree you intend to start in the Autumn. 

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

You can progress onto any undergraduate course once you satisfy the minimum and specific entry requirements outlined on the UL admissions website. However, you do not need to meet the Leaving certificate points to be considered for this course. Successful completion of the Access to University Course will guarantee entry to a full-time undergraduate degree programme in UL the following September.

Please check back later in the summer for updates on how to apply online. This will be an online application only.  Enquiries can be directed to

Application pack

  • Limerick Regeneration Housing Form if applicable


Please note: the Access Office may request hard copies of any applications or supporting documentation at a later stage in the application process.

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