Study in Donegal

Tertiary Degree

A tertiary degree is a joint further and higher education degree programme. Students commence their third level experience in further education with the Education and Training Board but will complete the remainder in higher education colleges. It varies from 1 to 2 years studying in the Further Education and Training College, depending on the course.

Donegal ETB currently offers year one of the following tertiary degrees:

— Bachelor of Science in Industrial Laboratory Science

— Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Business

— Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Sustainable Engineering Technologies

— Tertiary access route into the Bachelor of Science (Honours) in General Nursing


Useful information

Why should I consider a tertiary degree?

Tertiary degrees provide a seamless access route into degree programmes. They give applicants the opportunity to start their degree in the Further Education and Training (FET) sector. Unlike other degree courses, applicants do not need to wait for CAO points as they can apply directly. Shortlisted applicants will then be invited for an interview where they will be required to show evidence of their eligibility based on the information provided when applying. For those interested in pursuing a nursing career, this access route guarantees the twenty people who complete the access course a place in ATU’s General Nursing degree



What does it cost to do a tertiary degree?

There are no fees attached to the first year of a tertiary degree or the tertiary degree access route (nursing) with Donegal ETB and applicants are eligible to apply for a SUSI grant. You may also be eligible to apply for a Back to Education Allowance (BTEA)






Where can I do a tertiary degree?

Donegal ETB’s FET Service offers it’s four tertiary degrees in Letterkenny. You will then progress to an ATU campus in Letterkenny, Sligo or Galway City, depending on your progression choice


When can I apply for a tertiary degree?

You can apply for a tertiary degree anytime between January and September each year for starting in September through fetcoursefinder (use degree as your Keyword)

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