Mary Immaculate College, Limerick (MIC) is continuing to help mature students realise their dreams by creating pathways to full-time 3rd level education through the provision of courses such as Foundation Certificate, as Dr Dearbhla McCarthy can attest.
Quite a few years after her Leaving Certificate, Dearbhla decided to return to education and applied for the Foundation Certificate at MIC.
“This turned out to be one of the best things I’ve ever done – it really prepared me for full-time study, provided experience of a variety of academic subjects and gave me a chance to get to know people,” recalls Dearbhla.
Dearbhla completed the Foundation Certificate and began the BA in Liberal Arts in 2004. She graduated in 2008 and received the College Medal for First Place in the BA programme.
“After graduating, I decided to go straight on to do a research MA in English Literature. I upgraded to a PhD course after one year and am due to graduating with a PhD in a few weeks! The skills I acquired during the Foundation Certificate are invaluable to me in my present endeavours,” she says.
MIC is currently inviting applications to its exciting one year Foundation Certificate in Higher Education. This course, which will commence in early October, caters for a wide range of students on a part-time basis and is open to all mature students who might not necessarily have completed the Junior or Leaving Certificate.
The course, which will run on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 7pm to 9pm, introduces mature students to a sample of First Year university level courses, thereby equipping students with the necessary skills to participate in and benefit from a third level course.
Since the Foundation Certificate was piloted in 2001/02, over 500 students have participated in the programme with over 300 having graduated with a Foundation Certificate: Higher Education for Adult Learners.
The course will start in October 2013 and will run until April 2014 with classes on Monday and Wednesday evenings. Course fee is €200 per semester with a reduced rate for holders of means-tested medical cards. Further information is available from the Admissions Office Tel: 061-204348 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. The application deadline is Thursday, 3 October.