Maynooth University Dept. of Adult and Community Education Open Days 

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Are you an adult interested in coming to university to study but don’t know where to start? Maynooth University Department of Adult and Community Education is here for you. 

On Friday 24th and Saturday 25 November Dr Derek Barter manager of Ireland’s only part-time degrees for adults will give an introduction to the BA Local Studies (Arts) and the BA Community Studies (Social Sciences) and answer any questions you might have regarding returning to university as an adult student. Register Here and find out more about these unique degrees Here.



Adults returning to education have so much to offer in terms of the life experience and knowledge that they bring to university but they can sometimes be at a loss as to where to begin. The following are some of the questions that people making enquiries about our Continuing Education certificate and degree courses often ask.

  • Do I need a Leaving Cert.? NO
  • Am I too old? NO
  • Am I too long out of education? NO
  • Are there Exams? NO
  • Will I get Study Support? Yes.
  • How old do I have to be to take part in one of your Part-Time courses as a mature student? For PART-TIME courses only you must be 21 years of age on 1 January in the year that you are beginning the course.
  • Do I have to Fill out the CAO? Only for the BA in Local Studies or the BA in Community Studies but you don’t need to worry about points or exams, you just need to fill out the short personal statement and that’s all.
  • What is Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)? RPL is a process whereby learning that people have acquired over their lifetime can be taken into consideration for the award of the BA Local Studies/Community Studies. This can be from previous courses from FETAC Level 6 upwards or from life experience.
  • Will I get a grant? Recently the Minister for Higher Education has announced that Part-time students will be eligible for SUSI funding if they meet their income criteria. 
  • For more information about any of these or other questions you may have ring Kay Loughlin on 01 708 6062 or Derek Barter on 01 708 3948 and we will be happy to help you.


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