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How to Apply

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 mid-March (for 1st February applicants) or mid-May (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

Applying before 1 February 2017

1 February:  Fill out and return CAO form
13th March:  Receive Assessment Form from WIT (issued by post on Friday 10th March 2017). If you do not recieve your form by 14th March you must email [email protected] providing your CAO Number, CAO First Name, CAO Last Name, DOB stating that you did not receive your form.
22nd March:  Return Assessment form to WIT - no late forms accepted.
Early July:  Receive Offer from WIT (through CAO)
Mid July:  Accept offer deadline


You must apply for the following courses before 1 February:

  • BA (Hons) in Music - WD027

  • Nursing Under Mature Grounds - WD116, WD117 and WD120

Please consult http://www.nursingcareers.ie and download the booklet Nursing Midwifery A Career For You.


Applying before 1 May

1 May:  Fill out and return CAO form
Early May:  Receive Assessment Form from WIT **2017 Form will be issued by WIT on 12th May
Mid May:  Return Assessment form to WIT on or before 5PM ** 2017 Close date for return of form is 22nd May
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 2017** 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.