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Mature Student Application Process: First Year CAO Courses 2019

IMPORTANT INFORMATION  

WIT communicates to its applicants by both email and by post. It is your responsibility to ensure your contact details are correct on the CAO system as of 1st March (for 1st February applicants) and as of 1st May (for 1st May applicants). If you update these details after the dates specified you must alert the  WIT CAO Admissions Office on [email protected]
When you apply to the CAO online, instructions about the submission of any additional documentation (if required) will appear on screen. Such documents must arrive in CAO within 10 days of the submission of the online application in order to be considered in the assessment of your application by WIT.

Your Application

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

After applying through the CAO, you must complete WIT’s Mature Applicant Assessment form, which you will receive directly from WIT’s CAO Admissions Office before the end of March (for 1st February applicants) or mid-May (for 1st May applicants).  You will receive an email alert advising you that your Mature Applicant Assessment form has been posted to you. If you do not receive the assessment form within the guideline dates detailed on the email, it is your responsibility to contact WIT's CAO Admissions Office at [email protected]  Late forms are not accepted.

Completing the Mature Applicant Assessment Form

Read the instructions provided carefully prior to filling out the form
Completed form must be received by WIT by the date specified on the front of the form (ordinarily 10 days from date of issue by WIT).

Decisions/Offers

Decisions taken will be related to your course choices on the Mature Applicant Assessment Form only.  If you introduce a new course choice on a Change of Mind Form, you will compete for a place on that course based on your Leaving Certificate or equivalent points only.  Successful candidates will be offered a place in the highest of their course preferences to which they are entitled (if any).  This will be done, independently, in respect of level 8 and level 7/level 6.  You may, therefore, receive two offers at the same time, one for the highest level 8 preference to which you are entitled and the other for the highest level 7/level 6 preference to which you are entitled.  Offers to mature applicants are normally made in Round A from the Central Applications Office; Round A is scheduled for early July, 2020.

Music Applicants: The closing date for applications to BA (Hons) in MUSIC – WD027 (Level 8) is 1st February.

Nursing Applicants: The closing date for applications to nursing courses for Mature applicants is 1st February and receive correspondence under separate cover.

Advanced Entry Application Process

An Advanced Entry application is for one of the following:

Follow-on study to an add-on degree (Level 7 or Level 8)
Transfer into Year 2 of a Higher Cert (Level 6)
Transfer into Year 2 or 3 of an ab-initio Ordinary Degree (Level 7)
Transfer into Year 2, 3 or 4 of an ab-initio Honours degree (Level 8)


Applying before 1 May

1 May:  Fill out and return CAO form
Early May:  Receive Assessment Form from WIT **2020 
Mid May:  Return Assessment form to WIT on or before 5PM ** 2020. See closing date on form.
Early July:  Receive Offer from WIT (through CAO)
Mid July:  Accept offer deadline

This information should be used as a guideline only as the CAO may change its key dates for 2020** entry.

Note: Late Mature Applicant Assesment Forms will not be accepted.


Key points to remember when filling out the CAO form

  • The form can be filled out online or an application form can be downloaded from http://www.cao.ie

  • You should carefully read the CAO handbook prior to submitting your form

  • The form has two pages

  • Page 1 of the form must be filled out by all applicants

  • Page 2 of the form must be filled out by Special Category applicants only, which includes mature applicants

  • WIT accepts applications from candidates aged 23 and over on the 1st January of the year in which they seek admission regardless of whether an applicant ticks Special Category F on the CAO application. Such candidates are referred to as “Mature”.

  • Provide details as specified in the CAO handbook

  • Please provide support documentation as part of your application

  • Read the Mature Applicant Policy Document.

  • WIT will assess your suitability for your chosen courses based on your CAO application and the Mature Applicant Assessment form.  To assist you to complete Section 7 of  the Mature Applicant Assessment Form, click here for example.

  • Full details of English Language Requirements are available here.

  • You may be required to provide additional information for a small number of courses – the Admissions Office will send information on this with the assessment form.

  • Please note that Waterford Institute of Technology reserves the right to call you for interview.