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Foundation Programme – Transition to Higher Education

“The subjects on this programme can be taken separately, with start dates as follows:- 

Learning and Academic Skills Development 22/01/2018
Mathematics 25/01/2018
Computer Applications 18/09/2018
Personal Development 21/09/2018

If you would like to take just one or more subjects, please [book] and contact us to let us know which subject you are interested in”.


This is a Foundation preparation course providing a pathway for students to gain experience of Third Level Education and potentially progress to entry onto LITs degree programmes. Students will acquire the knowledge skills and competence required to successfully participate and embark on a degree programme. This course will enable them to maximise their potential and make a successful transition to higher education.

The aims of the programme are:

  • To provide a planned experiential learning activity that involves learners preparing and planning for entry to Higher Education, participating in a structured programme of educational guidance with taster activities in Higher Education, and reviewing and valuating that experience
  • To develop the learner’s academic and professional skills to a level, that will allow them to pursue a degree programme in their chosen field of study.
  • To develop effective organisational skills, study skills and critical thinking skills necessary to succeed in third level education

The course aims in particular, to re-engage participants with the formal learning process by way of validating and building on their prior learning and by developing study and personal skills thereby increasing their self confidence in their own abilities to become self directed learners in any context.

Entry Requirements

This programme is open to those, aged 22 and over, who wish to enter or return to Higher Education in line with the National Access Plan.

For mature students, eligibility will be decided by the Institute’s procedures for the admission of mature students to programmes of study and by any other criteria that may apply from time to time depending on the manner in which it is planned to fund the delivery of the programme.


The programme consists of four modules, each of 5 credits.  Two modules are delivered in Semester 1 and two modules in Semester 2.

Semester 1: Computer Applications; Personal Development.

Semester 2: Learning and Academic Skills Development; Mathematics.

These modules have been selected as they provide core skills and competencies which are relevant across a wide range of programmes in Higher Education and will provide a strong foundation for people to progress in the Higher Education environment.


Assessment will include a range of continous assessments which will include a mixture of formative and summative forms.   A number of final exams will be included also so that the student develop the skills to prepare for and undertake such an assessment.


On successful completion of the programme the student will receive a Special Purpose Award, Certificate at Level 6.



  • For students who may wish to progress to a full-time programme of study at LIT, please note that this Institute welcomes mature students and will accept applications from persons of mature years (i.e. 23 years of age on 1st January for admission in September). Please see for further detail.
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