Any queries please contact the Access Programmes Office: As NU Galway staff are currently working remotely, in line with Government guidelines, please submit queries by email only: to

What is the Access Programmes approach?

NUI Galway’s Access Programmes provide an opportunity for students who are generally under-represented at third level to progress to University. Access programmes are designed to provide a supportive educational environment which prepare students academically and personally for an undergraduate programme at third level. NUI Galway currently deliver a number of Access programmes for school leavers (22 or under) and mature students (23 or above) on campus in NUI Galway, as well as in our Outreach centres in St. Angela’s College, Sligo and the Ballinasloe College of Further Education. 

Am I eligible to apply?

This scheme facilitates prospective students who are resident for 1 year or more in the Border Midlands and Western (BMW) region and County Clare.

Applicants are assessed according to their socio-economic status. Applicants must supply evidence of a full year's household income for the previous calendar year with their application. Income limits are consitent with the Higher Education Access Route to Education (HEAR) Scheme

Access Programme for School Leavers

For more information on the Access Programme for School Leavers

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Access Programme for Mature Student

For more information on the Mature Students on Access Programme

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  • Mature Students Guide 21

    Mature Students Guide 21 PDF (16MB)

  • QQI

    QQI PDF (16 MB)