What do I need to apply?
In general you need to have a minimum of 5 passes at ordinary level in the Leaving Certificate or its equivalent. Applications are welcome from students with Leaving Certificate Vocational, Leaving Certificate Applied or FETAC Level 4 qualifications. Exceptions can be made where special circumstances apply. The Leaving Certificate is not a requirement for mature students and appropriate experience can be considered as being equivalent to the Leaving Certificate.
How do I apply?
Directly to the college from December onwards. Read the application procedure and download form >>
Where can I get more information?
On the college website at www.ballsbridgecollege.com or from your Career Guidance Counsellor in school or by calling to the college directly.
What does it cost?
Costs are kept to the minimum. For 2020/2021 the standard charge is €240 plus a Government charge of €200, introduced by DES in 2011. Current Medical Card holders and their dependents; those approved for a student grant and those approved for BTEA and VTOS are exempt from paying the €200 Government levy.
The €240 charge covers a number of costs including certification and exam entry.
Can I get a grant?
Yes. Grants are available to eligible students. Eligibility depends on individual financial circumstances and a grant must be applied for, through Student Universal Service Ireland (SUSI), see www.susi.ie.
Can I attend and continue to receive Social Welfare?
Two special programmes exist that may allow applicants who are receiving benefit attend a course and continue to receive payments. The first is called VTOS (Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme) and the second is called BTEA (Back to Education Allowance). Applicants must fulfil certain criteria to be eligible. Places are limited so early application is advisable.
There are no course charges for students under the VTOS scheme. BTEA students receive €300 from the Department of Social and Family Affairs towards their costs. BTEA students with a current medical card pay €240 to the college for courses charges.
Information on VTOS and BTEA is available from the college and on the college website.
How is my course certified?
FETAC courses are placed within the National Framework of Qualifications
Can I use my QQI Award to continue to Higher Education courses?
Yes, there are approximately forty Higher Education Institutions including Universities, Institutes of Technology and private colleges offering places on a variety of courses to QQI certificate holders. Further information can be found here. QQI’s information leaflet “Progression from QQI Level 5 Certificates and Level 6 Advanced Certificates” provides answers to some of the more frequently asked questions. Download from www.qqi.ie
Intending applicants are advised at all times to confirm linked awards, any additional module requirements, applications processes and scoring systems with the Admission Offices of the participating Higher Education Institutions or visit www.cao.ie
Many students attend the college to attain skills for progression into the jobs market. A course in Ballsbridge College will give you those skills. Each year all our students go on work placement as part of their course. Students can also avail internship opportunities abroad. Through this system the college has made excellent contacts with many employers who approach the college with permanent job vacancies. The track record of students from our college getting permanent positions in prestigious companies is second to none.
How will courses be delivered in 2020/2021?
Courses may be delivered through a combination of classroom based and virtual sessions, subject to instruction from the HSE on COVID 19 and social distancing.