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Foundation Course for Higher Education - Young Adults

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Level on the National Framework of Qualifications
1 Year
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This is an access course that prepares students – both personally and academically – to go on and study for a degree in Trinity College.

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Students can choose from two broad areas of study: arts and social sciences or science.
The arts and social science modules are: english, history, political science, law, sociology and social policy, economics, philosophy and psychology, and maths and statistics.
Students select up to five modules. The science modules are: maths for sciences and engineering, biology, physics and chemistry.
In addition, students take three core modules in study skills, information technology and educational guidance.
Students also take part in a professional development and mentoring programme with Grant Thornton - a chartered accountants and management consultancy firm.

From College Website...
D-259 - Foundation Course for Higher Education - Young Adults

From Qualifax...
D-259 - Foundation Course for Higher Education - Young Adults
Qualifax - The National Courses Database
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This course does not appear to accept applicants with Further Education and Training (FET) awards. Please check with the college directly - sometimes this data is not published openly, or special arrangements may be available.

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Students who successfully complete the course receive a Certificate in Foundation Studies from Trinity College. Students who get a grade of at least 50% can compete for places on degree courses in Trinity.

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