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If I'm a mature student, how can I get on the course?

If I'm a mature student, how can I get on the course?

Mature Students 

Applications of mature students must be made through the Central Admissions Office (CAO) at UCC.

Applications are reviewed on the basis of three variables, namely educational qualification (certificates, diplomas or degrees), relevant or related work experience and motivation (as revealed on their application form and personal statement). Selected candidates are called for interview in May of each year.  There is strong competition to enter this course as a mature student with approximately 80 to 100 applicants per year.  A maximum of 5 students can be offered places as mature students.


Mature Students Officer 

There is a support programme for mature students which offers a series of seminars designed to enhance key skills for academic life and which are run throughout the year, including topics such as writing skills, study skills, dealing with exam stress and budgeting for student life. The Mature Student Officer is Ms. Mary O'Sullivan. Her role is to provide support to all mature students. Students are encouraged to consult her if they have any matters they wish to discuss pertaining to their university life. Her phone number is (021) 490 3670. Ms. Mary O'Sullivan's email address is:


What Other Courses should I do if I don't get the points on my leaving certificate but want to later apply as a mature student? 

The information below does not guarantee selection for a place in the course at a later date; therefore you should study something that wil be independently fulfilling to your own interests and talents.

However, you are more likely to meet the criteria for interview and selection on to the course if you study in a cognate field. That is, find a course that interests you and is related to the profession of speech and language therapy. This includes a medical field such as nursing, a linguistic field such a BA in languages and linguistics, teaching, early childhood studies, etc. Furthermore, experience in any of these fields will also help you to meet the criteria.

Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences

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1st Floor, Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, U.C.C., College Road, Cork.