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CAO Mature Applicant

WIT offers mature students fulltime undergraduate courses at levels 6, 7 and 8 and across a broad range of disciplines.
For information on all our courses, see our full course listing.

Mature student entry levels to WIT

There are three possible entry levels to WIT at undergraduate level:

  • Higher Certificate (Level 6) courses

  • Bachelor Degree (Level 7) courses

  • Honours Bachelor Degree (Level 8) courses.

Our Admissions team are working remotely and can be contacted by email:

We understand and appreciate you may be anxious at this time, however, we would ask that you please remain patient as the Admissions team are working remotely.  Therefore, it is important to allow us sufficient time to deal with your query.  We would ask that you include as much information as possible to assist us in dealing with your query and always include your CAO / PAC / Advanced Entry Application Number in all correspondence.

We recognise the uncertainty that the coronavirus outbreak has caused for applicants to WIT and other higher education institutions and we would like to reassure you that we will continue to work to ensure your transition to higher education is as straightforward as possible given the circumstances. In that regard we would encourage you to maintain contact with us but be patient as we adopt to the circumstances of remote working. Together we can look forward to a return to normal practice.

Please click here  for details of the Waterford Institute of Technology Admissions Policies.  While every effort is being made to support applicants applying under any of the policies/categories referred to here, it is very important to remember that WIT will be guided at all times by WIT Academic Council, the Irish Health Service Executive and other relevant authorities with regard to processing and admissions to the Institute.

Please see related FAQ for First Years Starting in 2020 here

Please see related FAQ for Advanced Entry Applicants here

Students, who enter at any level, can either choose to graduate at that level or progress to the next level, assuming adequate grades are achieved.

For example, a student enters WIT at Higher Certificate Level 6, they can choose either to graduate with a Higher Certificate after two years, or can progress on to Level 7 and beyond.


IMPORTANT: Please see the Waterford Institute of Technology English Language Entry Requirements here and the Institute Admissions Policies here.

There are two main steps to take to apply for a course at WIT

Fill out the CAO form before either 1 February or the late application deadline on 1 May. Please note that students applying for WD027 BA (Hons) in Music must apply by 1 February. Applicants who are applying on mature grounds for nursing must also apply by 1 February.

After applying through the CAO, you must complete WIT’s Mature Applicant Assessment form, which you will receive directly from WIT’s Admissions Office by in March 2020 ( for 1st February applicants) or mid-May 2020 (for 1st May applicants).

If you do NOT receive the assessment form within the guideline dates above, it is your responsibility to contact WIT's Admission Office at [email protected]  Late forms are not accepted.

Mature Applicants – Change of Mind
The Change of Mind facility becomes available after 1st May and the closing date is 1st July.  The Change of Mind Facility affords you an opportunity, if you wish, to change the order of preference only of your course choices.
If you introduce a new programme to your list of choices by way of Change of Mind, you will compete for a place on that programme based on your Leaving Certificate or FETAC results only.
Restricted-Application Course – WD027 BA Music – if added for the first time via a Change of Mind is invalid and will not be considered.  Closing date is 1st February.
Nursing - If you are competing under mature grounds for nursing, you may not enter on a Change of Mind any nursing code, unless at least one such nursing code was among your choices at 1st February and you have taken the aptitude test in the year you seek admission.

Nursing - Applying under mature grounds

For full details on the application process and the written assessment test, go to http://www.nursingcareers.ie and download the booklet Nursing Midwifery A Career For You. The Nursing Careers Centre (NCC) may be contacted at An Bord Altranais (NMBI), 18/20 Carysfort Avenue, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, 01-639-8562.

Note: Admission to courses may be subject to interview