Foundation Course in Business/Commerce
Foundation Course in Science, Technology, and Engineering

Course overview

These programmes are designed for individuals who have been out of the formal education system for some time and now wish to begin third level studies in the area of Business Studies, Science, Engineering, or Technology.

The preparatory nature of these programmes builds up participants’ confidence in their academic ability and equips them with skills that will help them to participate in future third level education programmes in a business or technology related area.

Key facts

Entry requirements

No specific entry requirements but Leaving Certificate is desirable.

Additional requirements


Duration: 25 weeks, part-time

Next start date: The programme runs on an annual basis from September to May.

ECTS weighting: 30

Average intake: 45

Closing date: August 9th 2013

NFQ level: NA

Mode of study: Classroom - based

Course outline

The aim of the teaching programme is to foster in the participants confidence and enthusiasm for each subject and to introduce them to the conceptual framework and language for each subject area.

The Foundation Course in Business focuses on three specific subject areas:

- Mathematics

- Economics

- Accountancy


The Foundation Course in Science, Engineering and Technology focuses on the following four specific subject areas:

  - Physics

  - Chemistry

  - Biology

  - Mathematics

Applications and selections

Apply here


Trish Bourke
Mature Students Officer
NUI Galway.
T 091-492695

Requirements and assessment

The Foundation courses are 25-week, part-time introductory programmes, running over the academic year from September to May. Classes are held twice a week, from 7-10pm. There are also occasional Saturday sessions, one to two per month, 10am to 5pm..

Assessment may be by means of written examination and/or continuous assessments.

The courses are a recognised entry requirement at GMIT and NUI Galway and for full-time and part-time Business, Science, Engineering and Technology courses at both institutions. Participants on these Foundation courses must apply through the CAO mature students route for a place on a full -time course. Participants must apply to the CAO before 1st February in the year of entry to a third level programme, that is, participants apply for a full-time, third level place that will start the following autumn while still completing the Foundation Course.

Find out more

Trish Bourke
Mature Students Officer
NUI Galway
T 091-492695

Fees for this course

Current students


Michael Richard

Foundation Diploma in Business/Commerce

"...I have great colleagues who are interesting to be with in sharing ideas and thoughts about college and life in general.. Commerce is an interesting and challenging course. The online continuous assessment helps to getting on track with my study and having a deep understanding of the course..."

Past students

Foundation Diploma in Science and Engineering

"...My experience of the course has been both challenging and rewarding. I have built up a strong wide-ranging knowledge base. This has been achieved through a well designed and structured course presented by helpful and supportive lecturers. I have thoroughly enjoyed the course (even though studying has been hard at times) and this is due in no small way to the friendliness of my fellow students and the open and easy atmosphere of the university itself..."