For students who sat the Leaving Certificate
•An honours degree, National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) Level 8. Note that the grade and subject of the degree are not relevant for the purpose of meeting the minimum entry requirements.
•A Masters degree or PhD that is of NFQ Level 9 or higher is accepted in lieu of the honours degree.
•Please note that an NFQ Level 8 higher diploma on its own does not fulfil this requirement.
Please see below for the minimum Leaving Certificate grades required:
Department of Education and Skills Minimum Entry Requirements
2019 & Spring 2020
Irish C3* Higher Level H4*
English D1 Ordinary Level O5 OR E Higher Level H7
Maths D3 Ordinary Level O6 OR E Higher Level H7
Beginning Autumn 2020
Irish C2 Higher Level H4
English C2 Ordinary Level O4 OR E Higher Level H7
Maths C2 Ordinary Level O4 OR E Higher Level H7
Alternatives To Irish Language Requirement
Current DES requirements for Spring 19 and Autumn 19 only.
The following will also satisfy the minimum Irish language requirement:
•Diploma in Arts (Applied Irish) from University College Cork
•Dioplóma sa Ghaeilge, level B2 from NUI Galway
•Dioplóma sa Ghaeilge Fheidhmeach from University College Dublin
•Dioplóma sa Ghaeilge from NUI Maynooth
•Diploma in Irish from the University of Ulster
•Dioploma sa Ghaeilge (An Ghaeilge sa Saol Comhaimseartha) of Aonad na Gaeilge from the University of Limerick
•A pass in a First Arts exam in Irish, NFQ Level 8
•Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge (TEG) Leibhéal B2 (Meánleibhéal 2)
•Minimum grade C in the NUI matriculation exam (pre-1992)
The following will also satisfy the minimum requirements in Irish, English and Mathematics:
•A pass in a University First Arts exam in the appropriate subject, NFQ Level 8
Please note that the above are the only accepted entry requirements as set by the Department of Education and Skills (DES). As these are DES imposed requirements, unfortunately the College will not be in a position to accept any alternative qualifications.
Note 1: Garda vetting Hibernia College offers programmes of study that require participants to work with children and/or other vulnerable groups. For this reason, students on this programme will be required to complete and sign a Garda Vetting Form. By completing and signing the Garda Vetting Form, the applicant is granting permission to Hibernia College to process details of any prosecutions/convictions for the purpose of assessing the candidate's suitability for the course for which he/she has applied and the completion of work placements associated with the course.
Note 2: Primary degree level If you are unsure of the level of your primary degree, contact the conferring college or university, or contact the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland at www.qqi.ie. In order to gain entry to the programme, candidates are required to possess a Level 8 award as per the NFQ. While Hibernia College will make every effort at the time of application to check the level of the award and notify applicants if the College believes there may be a concern with their qualification, it is each applicant's responsibility to check the level of their award. Hibernia College will not be held responsible in the unlikely event a graduate of the Higher Diploma is refused admission to the Register of Teachers.
Note 3: Mature students Note that there are no concessions for mature students. All applicants must meet the same minimum entry requirements to be considered for admission to the programme, and all applicants who meet those requirements will be called for interview.
All applicants who are deemed to have met the entry requirements and who have submitted a fully completed application form with supporting documentation and payment of the application fee, will be interviewed.
We strongly encourage applicants to submit their completed application form as early as possible.
Acceptance and entry to the course is by interview. The process is as follows:
•Applications that are fully completed with all supporting documentation will be acknowledged by e-mail.
•Applicants are placed in the queue for processing and will be contacted by phone or e-mail during daytime hours to schedule an interview.
•The Admissions Team will make contact directly with the applicant to arrange an interview. During busy periods, the waiting time for interview may be slightly longer.
•Applicants will usually be given a notice period of approximately one week ahead of their allotted interview date and time.
•Interviews normally take place in the daytime, Monday to Thursday at Hibernia College, 9-10 Fenian Street, Dublin 2.
•Applicants are expected to attend at the scheduled time and date.
•Applicants must bring a valid photographic identification with them to the interview, this should be a current passport or driving license. If an applicant fails to present identification, the interview panel cannot proceed with the interview.
•Applicants will receive a reminder by e-mail confirming the scheduled interview, directions to our premises and other information.
Once an interview has been scheduled, in the unlikely event that an applicant has no choice but to cancel, the Admissions Team will endeavour to re-schedule the interview. However, during busy periods or nearing the start date of the programme, this may not be possible. Please note that if you are not in a position to attend the interview on the date offered, it is important that this is communicated to the Admissions Team at the earliest opportunity.
The interview is approximately 30 minutes.
The interview is in two parts. The Gaeilge component is approx. 10 minutes. The general component is approx. 20 minutes.
The general interview component may focus on elements including but not limited to:
•The application form
•Ability to demonstrate an excellent command of the English language
•The standard of preparation and presentation
•Familiarity with the modern day primary school classroom and curriculum
•Competencies relating to information technology
•Suitability for the programme
•Suitability for the profession
Please note that this list is given as a guide only.
The Irish language component of the interview will consist of a general conversation in relation to you, your interests, the Irish language and education and will focus on:
It is important to note that material should not be memorised in advance as this will limit your ability to communicate effectively with the panel. You will also need to be comfortable with changes of tense and to have the ability to use a wide range of verbs and vocabulary accurately.
Many applicants who have not been in regular contact with Irish since Leaving Certificate benefit from preparatory measures such as conversation classes, ciorcail chomhrá, Gaeltacht courses, listening to Irish language radio programmes on Raidió na Gaeltachta or Raidió na Life, watching the news on TG4 and reviewing a good Irish grammar book. In preparation for the Irish interview, we advise applicants to engage with the language as often as possible to improve fluency and accuracy.
Gaelchultúr (www.gaelchultur.com) offer a range of Irish language courses that you may wish to avail of to improve your Irish.
•The outcome of the interview will be that the applicant is recommended or not recommended.
•The outcome of the interview is communicated via e-mail only and is not given to applicants by phone.
•In the interest of fairness to applicants who are unsuccessful, the College will accept one repeat application following the initial application.
•Applicants can make two consecutive applications only. Following which, they must take a break in applying for two calendar years. This is intended as a means of affording applicants the time required to address any shortcomings identified in their application.
•Those who are recommended will be made an offer for the next available cohort. To accept an offer, applicants must submit documentation and payment in accordance with the terms of the offer.
•To accept an offer, all applicants will have to pay a deposit it 1050.
•Where the College has concerns about any individual failing to show genuine commitment to the commencement and/or completion of the programme following repeated applications/admissions, the College reserves the right to refuse future applications. In addition to this, in instances where an individual demonstrates that they do not have the potential to succeed on the programme and/or in the associated profession, the College reserves the right to refuse a subsequent application.