Bridge to College
(CAO points course)

Course Overview

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Our Bridge to College course aims to provide learning opportunities for those who want to progress into college but did not achieve their required outcome/CAO points from the Leaving Certificate.

This course covers an array of topics to enable development in areas such as research, MS Word, Spreadsheets etc. which will be required to progress through college. Work Experience is a fundamental part of this course and support will be offered for same.

Graduates can progress into an array of college course across the country, subject to the specific course entry criteria being met. Up to 390 CAO points can be achieved upon completion. Support will be offered as part of the course with Susi Grant applications.

Learner Comment: Throughout my progression in the course, I felt like being given a second chance in life to get admitted to College - Zuher

Course Modules

QQI Level 5 in General Learning - 5M3114

  • Research & Study Skills
  • Communications
  • Personal Effectiveness
  • Work Experience
  • Information & Administration
  • Text Production`
  • Spreadsheet Methods
  • Word Processing

Course Aim

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To provide participants with the knowledge, skills and competence to progress into Higher Education

Upon successful completion, learners will achieve CAO points and become eligible for higher level education via CAO round zero  (dedicated to FET learners)


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QQI level 5 in General Studies
Up to 390 CAO points
9 months to 24 months
Number of Places
8 places
Entry Requirements
QQI Major level 4/equivalent or
Leaving Certificate
Recruiting for September
Work Experience
Progression Options
Higher Education
(3rd level college)
Training Allowance
Up to €232 per week (if eligible)
Travel allowance also



If you would like to to apply for this course, please fill in the application form by tapping the Apply Here button below. We will be in touch once we have had time to review your application.