November 30, 2023
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SPONSORED: Carlow College, a vibrant campus where talented staff bring a personal approach to every student

Choosing  a Third Level college requires a lot of thought and sometimes it pays to think outside the box.
Carlow College,  St Patrick’s, has a unique style and approach. If you are looking for somewhere different, it will welcome and challenge you,  help you learn and grow – and have fun along the way.

Carlow College, St. Patrick’s, is a third-level institution specialising in Arts, Humanities and Social Studies.  The College, in the heart of Carlow town,  is Ireland’s second oldest third-level institution with a rich tradition of education of the very highest standard.

“Our graduates are highly sought-after with 91% of 2021 graduates in employment or further study,” explains Dr Margaret Murphy, Assistant Registrar for Academic Affairs.


Carlow College is offering three new and exciting undergraduate programmes in 2022  which draw on the research strengths and interests of its talented teaching team.
They are:
*B.A. (Honours) in Psychology (subject to QQI validation)
*B.A. (Honours) in Media, English and Culture
*B.A. (Honours) in Philosophy, Politics and SociologyThese Level 8 courses complement an extensive range of part-time and full-time degree programmes. Others include:


*B.A. in Arts and Humanities
*B.A. in Applied Social Studies (Professional Social Care)


*B.A. (Honours) in Arts and Humanities
*B.A. (Honours) in English and History
*B.A. (Honours) in Applied Social Studies (Professional Social Care)
*B.A. (Honours) in Social, Political and Community Studies


*M.A. (Leadership in Therapeutic Child and Social Care)
*M.A. in Irish Regional History

Students across all degree programmes have the opportunity to gain practical experience through a wide range of placement modules.Carlow College is involved in a number of scholarship and exchange programmes which enable students to study at partner universities in the United States.

Students have the opportunity to spend a semester studying in the U.S. They take modules that fulfill their academic requirements in Carlow College, so they are ready to go straight into the next semester when they return.

Carlow College, St Patrick’s, has a number of scholarships available to both new and current students across all programmes with a total value of €12,500 per year.

The scholarships include:
*An Academic Achievement Entrance Scholarship
*A Mature Student Entrance Scholarship
*A Progression Scholarship


Students are at the centre of everything Carlow College does. Classes are small and inclusive, meaning students receive more personal attention and lecturing staff will know them by name.Carlow College provides active supports to help students achieve their academic best. There is a low lecturer-to-student ratio of just 1:17 and no  limit on the intake of mature students; 75% of Academic staff are PhD qualified”Carlow College is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion for all students regardless of identity and background,” says Dr Murphy.

“We strive to create an inclusive and transformative educational experience where each student is valued for their individuality. Students are encouraged to reach their full potential by staff and their peers through a supportive and empowering learning journey” .

Graduates of Carlow College recall it with fondness and are happy to recommend its vibrant campus and personal approach.

“The memories I have of Carlow College will forever make me smile,” says television producer Áine O’ Neill, a B.A. (Honours) graduate in English and History.

“I walked into the College with little education, not much confidence and no academic strengths. I skipped out with lifelong friends, a degree in English and History and the confidence to pursue the career I really wanted.”

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