UPDATED 24th August 2021
Carlow College is committed to looking after the health, well-being and academic development of all our continuing students. We know how important it is for you to have some clarity about what to expect this academic year.
The following FAQs are reviewed and updated regularly.
Please note that we may be required to change these plans in response to HSE and/or government guidelines. We promise that we will communicate any changes to you as a matter of priority. Make sure you check the website and our social channels regularly.
Information to new & continuing students
What should I do to keep up to date on COVID-19 Matters in Carlow College?
Students should check the dedicated ‘Return to Campus’ hub regularly. Latest updates will be shared here
Major announcements will also be shared on our social channels.
What are the general campus opening hours?
Following current public health guidelines, Carlow College campus is open from 8.30am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday.
What are the key dates for the academic year 2021/22?
The start date for First Year Undergraduate students in Carlow College for the academic year 2021/22 will be the 27th September, with on-campus induction from the 23rd September.
Continuing Undergraduate students (those entering Years 2, 3 and 4) will resume their programmes on the 20th September.
Stage 2 students on the B.A. Applied Social Studies (Professional Social Care) programme will return to campus on 1st September for induction prior to commencing professional work placements on 13th September. Stage 3 and 4 students will return on the 20th September.
Master’s programmes will commence as follows:
- MA Irish Regional History on 7th September
- MA in Leadership in Therapeutic Child & Social Care on 27th September
Where can I find out about my timetable?
Your timetabling information will be available at induction and shared on Moodle.
What about Registration and Induction?
Online registration will begin in July for students who have progressed to the next stage of their programme. Registration for students with repeat exams/assessment will take place in early September. At the moment we are planning a blended induction/re-orientation programme with a mix of online and in-College elements. This will take place over the first two weeks of September. Students will be informed of the schedule in good time. – check your college email and website regularly
Will I have classes in the College?
In line with the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science plan for returning to on-site higher education, we are planning to have all students back in college for on-campus classes.
- Lecture halls and classrooms will be at 50% capacity
- Some lectures/classes will be delivered online
Semester 1 will be a blended learning experience with a combination of on-campus and online teaching. Students should plan to attend face-to-face classes, however some lectures/classes be delivered online, due to public health guidelines.
To find out more about Semester 1 in Carlow College, click here.
Will I be safe attending classes in the College?
Maintaining the health and safety of the entire College community is a priority for us. In accordance with local and national public health advice and guidance, the College has implemented all standard public health measures including
- hand hygiene
- enhanced cleaning of public areas
- wearing of face coverings in all indoor spaces
- 2-metre social distancing in all public spaces, except classrooms
To find out more about our public health measures and how you can help, click here
Will there be an option for online or in-college attendance?
No. If a class is scheduled for online delivery, it will not be scheduled for in-College delivery and vice versa. If a student has a certified medical vulnerability and is advised that they cannot attend College, they should make contact with the College as soon as possible and we can discuss how best to proceed. Please email email@example.com if you are in this situation.
What about assessment?
We are currently reviewing assessment schedules across the programmes and will be making any necessary changes. All continuous assessment will be submitted online and all feedback will be delivered online. At the moment we are planning for a return to our normal in-College exams in December. This will depend on prevailing public health guidelines and, if necessary, we will change to take-home exams.
Once again we remind you that we may be required to change these plans in response to HSE and/or government guidelines.