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Covid 19 FAQs for prospective students
We are working to ensure that we manage any impact that COVID-19 might have on students who hope to join us in September and October 2020. We will regularly update this page as more information becomes available, so please check back regularly to stay informed.
If you have immediate concerns or need some help, please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01 2985412
General Covid-19 Queries
Are applications still open for 2020/21?
Yes, we continue to welcome applications and issue offers for enrollment in 2020.
Are registration dates affected?
Registrations will take place commencing in September 2020 and into October 2020 in line with CAO offers and the education and training needs of prospective learners and the economy.
All our courses are eligible for those on unemployment and other benefits.
What will teaching and learning look like in 2020/2021?
In line with public health advice and best practice, we will be commencing with a blended approach to teaching and learning in the 2020/2021 academic session. This will mean a mix of small classroom sizes, and a mix of face-to-face classes supported with online learning platforms. Dundrum College is a leader in technology enhanced learning and we support every student no matter their skills level.
Is there a later intake for courses?
The college will provide a staggered and phased intake of learners as long as places remain available. This is likely to commence in September and continue into November.
If I am delayed in accepting my offer, will this affect my chances of completing registration?
It is advised to accept your place of offer as early as possible. You can email email@example.com requesting details on how to complete these steps and advice as to the possibility of places remaining available on your chosen course.
I may not be able to start my programme on time. How late can I start?
Dundrum College of Further Education will be as flexible as possible in this current situation and will consider the feasibility on an individual basis. You can send details of your particular circumstances to firstname.lastname@example.org
Is there a possibility of an intake early in 2021?
Dundrum College of Further Education is monitoring the development of the COVID-19 situation and considering options for the delivery of programmes in the coming year.
For School leavers and CAO Applicants
My school is closed due to COVID-19 and I am unsure when my exams will take place. Can I still apply?
Dundrum College of Further Education will be as flexible as possible with applicants to ensure that any prospective learner can gain access to our programmes. We do not take into account the number of CAO points you achieve in making an offer of a place on one of our courses. Our support team works with all learners to ensure they meet their potential.
I have missed a lot of school in 2020 – will this have an impact for admission?
The college will support all learners, in so far as possible, to achieve success. Where students may not have achieved aspects of their schooling our team will support those learners with tutorials and resources to help you succeed.
For Unemployed and Welfare Recipients
Can I apply if I am in receipt of a DEASP benefit payment, including COVID-19 related payments?
All DEASP recipients are eligible to apply for our courses. We recommend that you seek the advice of and discuss funding with your case officer in your local Intreo office.
Funding and Support
The College will work with students and families whose incomes have been negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our Finance Officer will be available to discuss any issues and advise on a variety of funding supports.
The BTEA allows qualified applicants to return to full-time education in approved courses in order to advance the applicant’s level of education while continuing to receive some support. People in receipt of certain social welfare payments can retain these payments for the duration of the course. Please check the website www.welfare.ie for qualifying conditions.
SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland) is Ireland’s single national awarding authority for all higher and further education grants. SUSI offers funding to eligible students in approved full-time third-level education in Ireland and also, in some cases, funding for students studying outside of Ireland. Support is available to all types of students, from school leavers to mature students returning to education. susi.ie
VTOS Eligible Students continue to get their full Social Welfare entitlements as well as the cost of text books, exam fees etc., for the duration of the course. Meal and travel allowances are also paid. Places are limited so early application is advisable. See www.citizensinformation.ie for qualifying conditions.
The Back To Education Initiative (BTEI) provides part-time further education courses. It gives individuals the opportunity to combine learning with family, work and other responsibilities. Anyone who has left full-time education can take part in a course. Fees for part time courses offered under BTEI are normally €200 – €300, depending on duration and schedule. Certain participants are however eligible for free tuition.
The participants eligible for free tuition are people who (or their dependants):
- Have less than upper-second level education or
- Are getting a jobseeker’s payment or means-tested social welfare payment or
- Are getting Working Family Payment (formerly knows as Family Income Supplement or
- Have a medical card or
- Are eligible to participate on VTOS or Youthreach.
All other participants are charged a fee.
All trainees on “Traineeship” courses receive free tuition. Traineeships in Dundrum College of Further Education are available to employers and their employees at no cost. For further details, contact the College. http://www.traineeship.ie/employer.aspx