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Personal Interest Study

Our personal interest study option is available for students who want to study modules simply for interest and personal enjoyment. We offer a wide choice of modules in a broad range of subjects across our undergraduate degree programmes. Part-time students can study up to a maximum of six modules or a minimum of one module per academic year.

For a list of modules click on the relevant programme below:

As modules are taught in conjunction with the main degree, you will be attending lectures with full-time students when that subject is scheduled in the timetable. Timetables for an academic year are available in late August. Carlow College, St. Patrick’s offer learners the facility to change subjects/modules in the first week of lectures, if the timetable is not suitable. A learner must inform the Admissions Office of such changes.

Semester information

Carlow College, St. Patrick’s have introduced semesterisation into the Academic Year. Simply put semesterisation is where modules are taught and assessed in a single teaching period. At Carlow College, St. Patrick’s there are two semesters over the course of the academic year.

Semester 1: Commences on 30th August 2021 and Concludes on 17hDecember 2021

Examinations for Semester 1: 8th – 17th December 2021

Semester 2: Commences on 24th January 2022 and Concludes on 13th May 2022

Examinations for Semester 2: 3rd – 13th May 2022

Applications for Part-Time study are made directly to Carlow College, St. Patrick’s and are not processed by the CAO. Applications for intake in September 2021 are now open.


Should you require further guidance or information, please contact the Admissions Office at the College directly at (059) 9153243 or admissionscc@carlowcollege.ie where our staff will be happy to advise you.

Carlow College, St. Patrick’s recognises the importance of access to third level education. No specific entry requirements have been set, however application forms will be subject to assessment and candidates may be called for interview.

If you are a student with additional educational needs, you are encouraged to contact the Head of Student Services and Learner Supports, Lisa Fortune, at (059) 9153223 to discuss your situation in a confidential and friendly manner.

The fees per module are as follows: €250 per 5 Credit Module (includes QQI Fee). Payment of fees are required in full on or before the day of registration, per semester. A 15% discount on modules will apply to those who are in receipt of Social Welfare payments, proof will be required.

Example: (excluding discount)  The cost of 30 credits per year is €1500 (€750 per semester).  Two part payments of €750 MUST be paid on or before the commencement date each semester.

Example: (with 15% Social Welfare discount) The cost of 30 credits per year is €1275 (€637.50 per semester) Two part payments of €637.50 MUST be paid on or before the commencement date each semester.

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