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Foundation Programme – Transition to Higher Education

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 undergraduate programmes. Students will acquire the knowledge, skills and competence required to be prepared for study at third level, both personally and academically. This course will enable students 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 third- level education
  • To develop the learner’s academic and professional skills to a level, that will allow them to pursue an undergraduate 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. The programme will validate and build on prior learning and assist with the development of study and personal skills, thereby increasing self-confidence and the ability 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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