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Early University Entrance

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Applications for semester 2 of Early University Entrance will be posted out shortly.  If you would like to request an application form, please contact catriona.ledwith@dcu.ie.  The closing date for semester 2 applications is Friday November 17th, 2023.

Brochure is available here.

Student Recommendation Form is available here.

Application Form is available here.

Early University Entrance

Dear Parent and Student,

The Centre for Talented Youth, Ireland is pleased to continue the Early University Entrance Programme at Dublin City University for Transition Year students of the 2023-24 academic year.

This is an exciting opportunity! Early University Entrance gives students with high academic ability the opportunity to enrol as part-time students on one of several courses based on degree programmes at DCU. Taking a portion of the first year modules, Early Entrants attend DCU for one day each week, over 13 weeks, to study degree level material alongside similarly aged students. The 10 courses are: Biology, Computer Science, Engineering, International Relations, Japanese, Law, Maths, Philosophy, Physics and Psychology.

The Early University Entrance programme has been running for several years and its evaluation composed my PhD thesis. The young students were found to have performed as well (and at times better) than the regular cohort of first year students taking the same modules. They suffered no ill-effects socially as there was a large group of similarly aged students. They learned much in terms of their chosen field of study, but also in terms of independent learning, self-organisation, the demands of learning at university level, high level writing skills and group work. You will read further in the brochure feedback from some of the original Early Entrance students.

This brochure outlines the Programme and the courses available in detail. I would encourage any student who is bright, motivated and committed to learning to apply, as it will give you a unique opportunity to sample university life, but more importantly allow you to experience a level of learning and challenge that is more suited to your academic needs. Though the programme is relatively new to Ireland, it is not a new concept. There is much evidence of the success of acceleration programmes in other countries, and therefore much by way of best practice.

I can be contacted by email at catriona.ledwith@dcu.ie

Dr Catriona Ledwith

Early University Entrance Programme Organiser

Early University Entrance Course Info

Early Entrance Biology (based on modules from the
Common Entry into Science)

How Life Works 2 (BE102)

Early Entrance Computer Science (based on modules from BSc in Computer Science)

Networks and Internet (CA169)
Introduction to Programming (CA116)

Early Entrance Engineering (based on modules from Common Entry into Engineering)

Software Development for Engineers (EM108)

Engineering Mechanics-Statics (EM112)

Early Entrance International Relations (based on
modules from the B.A. in International Relations)

Introduction to Development (LG123)
International Political Economy (LG125)

Early Entrance Japanese (based on the B.A. in Applied Language and Translation Studies)

Japanese Language 1 (JA193)

Early Entrance Law (based on modules from BCL in Law and Society)

Constitutional Law (LG118)

Criminal Law (LG325) 

Early Entrance Philosophy (based on modules from
the Bachelor of Arts (Joint Honours))

Metaphysics (TP236)
Political Philosophy (TP151)

Early Entrance Physics (based on modules from the
B.Sc. in Applied Physics)

Electricity and Magnetism (PS104)
Life, the Universe and Everything (PS114)

Early Entrance Psychology (based on modules from
the B.Sc. in Psychology)

Social Psychology (PSYC102)
Biological Psychology (PSYC211)

Please note all modules are subject to change.