Admissions Policy

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Moate Business College - Admissions Policy


Moate Business College (MBC) is a College of Further Education.  It is coeducational and multi-denominational.  The College Admissions Policy welcomes all students for whom the College can provide appropriate education and training.

Application Process

Applicants must have completed the Leaving Certificate cycle or equivalent.  Leaving Certificate Applied and Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme are acceptable entry requirements on the majority of courses.  Mature students (those aged 23 years or more) are exempt from academic entry requirements.  Application is by means of a completed application form.  Application forms are available from the college or online.

• Applicants satisfying the minimum course entry requirements will be invited to attend for an interview and/or aptitude test in August/September to assess suitability.  Places on each PLC course in MBC are limited.  Following the allocation of places unsuccessful applicants may be placed on a waiting list.

• Applicants for certain courses may be required to submit a portfolio of work as part of the course entry requirements.

• Applicants may be asked to submit character references.

• All students will be subject to normal Garda Vetting procedures.

• The Board of Management may cancel a course if they decide it is not a viable course.  Students will have the option to transfer to other PLC courses in the college.


At interview the following will be required:

• Curriculum Vitae

• PPS Number

• Samples of Artwork for courses in the School of Art & Design.

An application form may be requested from the college or download it from our website.
Applicants will be interviewed for their preferred course.  Interviews form a major part of the admission procedure.
Offers of places are made during August and September.

Note:As there are a limited number of places on many of the courses early application and prompt acceptance of place offer is advisable.



Non-EU Applicants

• Application deadline: May 1st each year.
• Following application a letter will be issued to the home address.  This letter may be used to apply for a visa to enable the applicant visit Ireland for an interview.
• If successful at interview a place will be offered.  Fees must be paid in full before a letter is issued.  This letter will be required to obtain a study visa. The Non EU Economic Fee is €3,653.  Exam fees will also apply – these range in price from €250 - €650.


Please Note:  Moate Business College plays no part in acquiring visas for entry to Ireland. In order to study in this college it will be necessary for applicants to obtain a study visa or other relevant documentation. It is the responsibility of all overseas applicants to arrange their own study visa and documentation.  Moate Business College does not have student accommodation – it is the responsibility of each student to locate their own accommodation.

Enrolment Criteria


The following criteria may be used in order to offer places on courses:

• Availability of places on particular courses in the year of application
• Suitability at interview
• Examination results
• Order of acceptance of offer
• Order of Applications `
• Students potential to succeed
• Proficiency in the use of the English language

Every effort will be made to ensure that an applicant receives an offer on the course of their choice, however if an offer is not made to an applicant for their course an offer may be made on their second and third choices subject to availability.

Students with a disability/special needs


The college accepts applications from persons with disability.  It is the policy of the college to foster an inclusive education provision for all who wish to avail of the college services.
It is important that such applicants indicate to the college in good time the particular educational needs and support services that they are likely to require in order to plan appropriately for their particular needs. This will assist the college in applying to the DES for the appropriate learning and personal supports that may be needed by an individual learner.  The college endeavours to provide learning support to students with special needs.

The availability of specialised learning support on an individual basis is dependent on the availability of resources provided to the college.

The application process for a special needs pupil will be the same as that of any other applicant. However, in order to assess the needs of a Special Educational Need student the parents/guardians will be requested to provide a copy of the students educational, medical or where appropriate, psychological reports. 

The Board is aware that there may be occasions that the special treatment, facilities, personnel or resources sought and needed might not be granted. Whilst every effort will be made to accommodate an individual’s needs for support, in some circumstances it may not be possible to make reasonable adjustments. On such occasions if it were not possible or unduly difficult for a student to avail of the educational services of the College, the Board will reserve the right to refuse admission.

The Board of Management needs to be aware of any special needs as early as possible, so that these needs can be assessed and addressed if possible. In making provision for special needs students the following information is required:

Has the student had access to any of the following resources:

1 Special Needs Assistant or Classroom Assistant

2 Help, for specific needs, from any resource teacher

3 Assistance with behavioural modification

4 Psychological Assessment – report to be provided

5 Any additional resources to help with their special needs

6 Help in areas including visual impairment, hearing impairment, general learning disability or emotional disturbance.

7 Any resource in relation to travel or mobility etc.


Course Duration


MBC is in compliance with the Department of Education & Science directives/regulations re duration of courses/attendance.


Course Charges


As all our programmes are recognised by the Dept. of Education & Science there are no Course Fees.  However, all students will still be liable for the payment of all examination and certification fees and charges for membership of professional bodies, where applicable.
Upon acceptance of an offer of a place applicants will receive a list of the charges relevant to the course for which they are applying.  There is an acceptance/registration charge which must be paid in advance to secure a place.  This fee in non-refundable.  For courses commencing September 2013 this charge is €100.  Students may also be liable for the Government levy of €200.

All PLC Applicants should note that they may be entitled to receive a PLC Maintenance Grant.  Student Universal Support Ireland –SUSI – is the single grant awarding authority for new college entrants for the 2013/2014 academic year.  Eligibility for such grants is means-tested by SUSI and not by the College.  Student Grant Regulations require confirmation of satisfactory attendance updates for students in receipt of a student grant.  The Maintenance Grant does not cover the acceptance/registration or examination fees.  


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