Trinity Access Programme (TAP)- Liberal Arts

On successful completion of the course, students can progress to 1st year degree courses in Arts and Social Sciences in TCD

Trinity Access Programme (TAP)

Rathmines College is one of only 3 colleges offering this course in partnership with Trinity College Dublin.  Graduates of The Trinity Access Programme (TAP) can apply directly for entry to a degree course in  Arts, Social Science & Humanities in TCD. It will provide a second chance for many school leavers who aspire to Third Level.

The course gives students a foundation in writing and research skills as well as introduceing them to a wide range of academic subjects in the Arts and Social Sciences in a friendly and supportive environment led by highly experienced teachers.  Rathmines College has an excellent progression record. Here’s what one of our former students has to say:

“…I am the first person in my family to attend university so it feels very special to me. I accessed Trinity through the QQI access route after completing my level 5 in Rathmines College. I can’t thank the teachers there enough for encouraging me and believing in me, giving me the necessary motivation and inspiration to see this journey through…”
Jane Gerks | Level 5 Graduate

Key Information
QQI Level 5
1 Year
Full time
QQI Level 5 5M3114
September - May
Course requirements
  • Applicants should have completed the Leaving Certificate or equivalent
  • All applicants whose first language is not English will be tested at entry
  • Use of a computer / laptop and Wi-Fi connection is desirable
Course modules

Students will be offered the following subjects:

  • English Literature
  • History/ Cultural and Social History
  • Psychology
  • Social Studies
  • Research and Study Skills
  • Communications
  • Work Experience / Personal and Professional Development
  • Word Processing
  • Maths (Optional)
  • European Language (Optional)

Students also choose one of the following subjects:

  • Creative Writing
  • Political Studies
What is TAP?

Trinity Access Programme (TAP) offers students facilitated entry to degree programmes in Trinity College Dublin

Rathmines College students can avail of this opportunity to study degrees in Trinity College Dublin using the TAP facilitated entry route allowing students avoiding the mainstream points race.

Who Can apply? Students studying the Trinity Access Programme (TAP) QQI Level 5 course  are eligible to apply.  The Facilitated Entry process has been designed by TCD to target and prioritise admission of socio-economically disadvantaged students and is means tested (similar to the HEAR Scheme or the SUSI grant). Also similar to the HEAR scheme, other social indicators are taken into account such as parent’s/guardian’s occupation, school attended, address etc.

Academic Requirements: Applicants to TAP Facilitated Entry Scheme must pass the overall QQI award and gain distinctions in a minimum of three academic modules. There may be other degree specific requirements for TAP entry.

Extra Curricular Activities

Students are invited to take part in extracurricular activities and attend talks by guest speakers. Extracurricular events are linked to the material studied in class and give participants the opportunity to experience and consider course content under a different light.  Activities and talks change from year to year to suit the curriculum. Below is a list of recent events enjoyed by our students:

  • Guided visit to EPIC exhibition
  • Guided tour of James Joyce’s Dublin
  • Guided visit to the Tenement Museum
  • Visit to the National Museum of Archaeology
  • Performance of Sean O’Casey’s Shadow of a Gunman in the Gaiety Theatre
  • Workshops on the Short Story, Haiku Poetry and Screenwriting
  • Guided Visit to Dáil Éireann


I had a very positive experience doing this course. The teachers are very supportive and welcoming. I feel it has given me a good basis to work off in university. The mixture between assignments and exams make achieving a good result very accessible and I really enjoyed the topics covered in the different modules. I am now studying Religion and English in DCU"
Rachel Byrne (Liberal Arts student, 2022-23)
The teachers in this course are wonderful as they all have a passion for their subject, which makes the experience of learning more interesting. This course gave me good preparation for third level, and I plan to pursue a degree in Social Care next year.
Precious Oladipo (Liberal Arts student, 2022-23)
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