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Before you Apply 

Before you apply for a part-time course at ATU, we recommend that you firstly research your course from the above course list and by viewing the course webpage. Please also ensure to check the entry requirements and time commitment involved, as these vary from course to course. You will find your course’s specific entry requirements on the course webpage. 

When to Apply 

Part-time courses are popular, and they fill on a first come, first served basis. Applications open for a September start in February and close in August. Majority of classes start in mid-September.  

How to Apply 

Applying for a part-time course is easy – simply visit the webpage of your chosen course and select the ‘apply now’ button and follow the steps outlined.  

Alternatively, you can visit the ‘apply now’ website of each of our campuses below. Each campus has their own dedicated application process and information on the application process relevant to you and your course below. It is best to apply as early as possible. 

ATU Galway-Mayo Apply Now 

ATU Donegal Apply Now  

ATU Sligo Apply Now 

ATU St Angelas Apply Now

Recognition of Prior Learning 

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process whereby evidence of learning (formal, non-formal or informal) that has taken place prior to enrolment in higher education is recognised and given value as part of your application process. A fundamental principle of RPL is that a learner should not be asked to relearn something they already know. With RPL, prior learning can count towards entry, advanced entry, credit or exemptions from modules at ATU. 

To apply for RPL, please visit 

Springboard+ Applications 

Springboard applications must be submitted via the Springboard website 

Full details on Springboard approved courses and eligibility are available at 

My Career Path 

Alternatively, if you are unsure about what you would like to study, My Career Path is an excellent 1-to-1 mentoring service available from ATU for people in the workplace, returners to education, entrepreneurs seeking to upskill and people looking to accelerate their career and progress within their organisation. You will receive advice on the learning pathways available to you and how to achieve your career objectives or improve your employability. 

For further information on My Career Path, please visit