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Entry Requirements & How to Apply

B.Sc. in Midwifery

Educational requirements

The minimum educational requirements for admission to the midwife registration education programme are to have obtained in the Leaving Certificate examination a minimum grade of C3 in three higher level papers and a minimum grade of D3 in three ordinary or higher level papers in the Republic of Ireland Leaving Certificate Examination in the following subjects: English, a language other than English (not foundation level Irish), Mathematics (not foundation level), a laboratory science subject (Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Physics & Chemistry [joint] or Agricultural Science), two other subjects (which may include a language and a laboratory science subject not already included) or have equivalent educational qualifications to the above.

The minimum educational requirements may be accumulated over any number of sittings of the Republic of Ireland Leaving Certificate Examination or equivalent examination. However, one sitting only of the relevant examination will be considered for points in the competitive process.

A number of applicants with a FETAC qualification are accepted.

English language requirement

If English is not the applicants’ first language they are required to provide evidence of English language proficiency: TOEFL – 550 (213 computer based); Cambridge Proficiency – grade C or higher; Cambridge Advanced – grade C or higher; IELTS Academic version – 6.00.

Health requirements

Applicants must be of good mental and physical health and have the ability to achieve the required competencies of a midwife. Students who accept a place on the 4-year Bachelor in Science (Midwifery) degree programme are sent a Health Self Declaration Form to complete prior to the commencement date of the programme. This must be completed before a registration authorisation form is signed allowing a student to registration on the programme. Midwifery students are required to complete a medical assessment/screening and a vaccination programme as agreed by the Joint Working Group. The programme is completed by the Health Service Provider (the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital or the Rotunda Hospital) to whom the student is allocated. It has been agreed and stated in the Memorandum of Understanding that successful completion of the programme in one provider will be recognised by the other to facilitate midwifery students experiencing a wide variety of placements.

Garda clearance

Midwifery students are required to have satisfactory garda clearance. Students who accept a place on the 4-year Bachelor in Science (Midwifery) degree programme will receive information on how to apply for Garda vetting by their allocated Health Service Provider (the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital or the Rotunda Hospital). Students who have lived outside of the Republic of Ireland are required to complete this process in that country and provide the result of this enquiry. The School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin with the relevant Health Service Provider (the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital or the Rotunda Hospital) decides on the impact of any previous convictions on a student’s fitness to be registered on the programme.

Non EU persons

The definition of an EU applicant for purposes of admission to Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin is a person:

  • who is ordinarily resident in the EU and who will have received full-time post primary education in the EU for three of the five years immediately preceding admission or
  • who is ordinarily resident in the EU and has worked full-time in the EU for three years of the five years immediately preceding admission or
  • who holds a passport from an EU State and has received full-time education in the EU for three of the five years immediately preceding admission or
  • who has been granted humanitarian leave to remain in the State and has been resident in the EU for three of the five years immediately preceding admission. 

Applications from children of (a) EU government officials living abroad, (b) semi-state officials who are on assignment in countries outside the EU, (c) volunteer development workers, and (d) certain UN officials as approved by the Department of Foreign Affairs, are treated as EU applications.

All other applications are considered to be non-EU applications. Non EU applicants must apply directly to the Office of International Student Affairs, Trinity College Dublin.

Irish and EU students

Admission is through the normal Central Application Office (CAO) channels. Further information can also be found on the Admissions Office website.

FETAC

Students with appropriate FETAC (Level 5) qualifications and modules, with a minimum of distinctions in five modules, can be admitted on a competitive basis to the following Degree programmes at Trinity College Dublin. It is expected that there will be approximately 7 places in total available across the programmes for applicants presenting FETAC qualifications.

Trinity Access Programme

These are one-year, full-time courses that prepare young adults and mature students to go on and study at degree level in Trinity. There are three routes a

Three application routes are available:

  • Higher Education Access Route (HEAR)

    Places are available for Leaving Certificate pupils from schools affiliated to third level access programmes.
  • TAP foundation course for young adults

    This one-year course aims to equip students with the skills they will need to benefit from and participate in a third-level education course. It is open to Leaving Certificate pupils from schools affiliated to third level access
  • TAP foundation course for mature students

    This one-year course prepares mature students (EU students who are over twenty three years of age on 1 January of the proposed year of entry) for entry to undergraduate studies at Trinity College and other third-level institutions.

DARE Scheme - Disability Access Route to Education (DARE).

Trinity has a supplementary application procedure in place for students from non-traditional learning backgrounds, which includes students with disabilities. DARE is a third level admissions scheme for school leavers who have a disability or specific learning difficulty.

Further information is available on the Admissions Office website.

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