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    Did you know...? Some FAQs about NCI

    | Gerard McQuillan |



    It’s that time of year again when second and third level students are contemplating their future options, and careers and jobs fairs are popping up everywhere.

    NCI’s school liaison officer Karen recently attended this year’s Irish Times Higher Options Expo in the RDS to answer prospective undergraduate student’s questions about the range of courses available at NCI. Secondary school students and guidance counsellors flocked to NCI’s stand over the three days, with students keen to find out more about the range of courses on offer at NCI.

    Given the nature of the event, Karen was inundated with questions about NCI and the range of courses on offer. So we thought we’d put together some frequently asked questions for prospective students, parents and teachers.

    Q1. Do you need a second language to attend NCI?

    No, unlike some other colleges, students are not required to have a language other than English to obtain entry to our courses. 

    Q2. When is your Open Day?

    NCI’s next full-time open day is on Wednesday 23rd November at our city-centre campus in the heart of the IFSC, from 10am to 3pm.

    Q3. Is NCI a private college?

    In essence no, NCI is not a private college. Students who enroll on our undergraduate courses are eligible for the free fees initiative and student grant scheme. However, the BA (Hons) in Psychology at NCI does not qualify under the Free Fees Initiative. Students who enrolled on this programme in the past, and were eligible for a grant, received funding from SUSI to cover either 100% or 50% of the course tuition fees.

    Still confused? Have a look at our recent blog post which should clear up any questions you have regarding funding for the BA Hons in Psychology at NCI.

    Q4. What are the entry requirements for your courses?

    The minimum entry requirements for all our level 7 and 8 courses at NCI are a grade H5 and above in two higher level subjects, together with a minimum of O6/O7 in four other subjects. A minimum of grade O6/H7 must be also be obtained in English and Maths. Students who meet these requirements are eligible for entry to all our courses at National College of Ireland, provided they also achieve the required CAO points.

    However students who wish to undertake the Higher Certificate in Science in Computing and the Higher Certificate in Business will only need a grade O6/H7 in 5 subjects with a minimum grade O6/O7 or above in English and Mathematics.

    Q5. Can you tell me more about the Psychology course at NCI?

    The BA (Hons) in Psychology at NCI is a three year full-time level 8 degree accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI). Students who undertake this course will gain a solid understanding in all the core areas of psychology including Clinical psychology, Organisational psychology and Forensic psychology. Upon completion of the course graduates can progress to postgraduate programmes at level 9 in clinical, educational, occupational and counselling psychology.


    If you have any further questions about undergraduate education at NCI, please drop our school liaison officer, Karen, an e-mail on If you are considering postgraduate education you can catch the NCI team at GradIreland’s Graduate Careers Fair in the RDS on Wednesday 5th of October.

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    Did you know...? Some FAQs about NCI