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Mature Students

Hello and welcome to Cork Institute of Technology (CIT)

CIT strongly encourages applications from mature candidates and is continually working towards wider entry routes in order to increase participation of adult learners.

Returning to education after a break, or entering it for the first time as a mature student can be daunting but exciting. The Mature Student brings with him/her life experiences along with determination and focus, all of which are conducive to successful learning. There are a wide variety of courses at certificate, diploma and degree level to choose from within CIT and we hope to assist you through your college journey!


Mature Student Supports: available to full time undergraduate mature students

CIT has a full time Mature Student Officer who provides support to prospective and registered mature students. A mature student is anybody who is 23 years of age or older by 1st January on the year of entry.

Pre-entry support

  • Mature Student Information Sessions
  • CAO Information Evening
  • CIT Maths for Matures Programme
  • CIT FE Maths Programme
  • Information sessions for Further Education and Community Groups

Entry Support

  • Orientation Programme
  • Orientation Sessions for Advanced Entrants (post year 1)
  • Preparatory Maths Programme

Post Entry Support: for full time undergraduate registered students

The Mature Student Support Network is coordinated by the Mature Student Officer and provides support to full time undergraduate mature students during the academic year. It includes the following supports;

Mature Learning Support Service

One to One Support

  • The aim of the Mature Learning Support Service is to provide support to mature students regarding research, reports and assignments for their course of study in CIT.
  • The service provides a tutor to work with students on a one to one basis or with small groups, assisting students to develop sound research, planning and writing skills, proofread, edit and organise course work, and manage deadlines and priorities required for their course of study.
  • To avail of this service email to set up an appointment with the tutor.
  • An initial assessment will be carried out by the tutor in which the number of one to one hours for tutor/student contact will be determined.
  • Once the agreed number of hours has been delivered, a follow up assessment will be carried out to determine if further support is required.

Academic Writing Skills Workshops

Academic Writing Skills Workshops are also delivered as part of the Mature Learning Support Service. Mature Students will be notified of upcoming dates for these workshops by email once the academic year commences. Numbers are limited so booking is required. These workshops generally consist of 2 hours per week for 3 weeks and cover some of the following topics:

  • Essay/Assignment/Report Writing
  • Punctuation
  • Sentence Structure
  • Paragraphing
  • Study Skills

Support Workshops

Through the Mature Student Officer, supports are also offered in particular topics that present difficulty for mature students e.g.

  • Financial supports
  • Use of the Scientific Calculator
  • Study Skills
  • Exam Techniques
  • Mathematics support sessions (delivered by the Academic Learning Centre, see for more information).

Where mature students are experiencing difficulty with a particular module/topic they are encouraged to contact the Mature Student Officer who may be in a position to organise appropriate supports and if not can refer students to the appropriate services.


For all queries in relation to Mature Students, please contact:

Christine Nolan, Mature Student Officer
Telephone: 021 433 5109





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