GMIT offers second chance for students who don’t get the needed Maths grade

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GMIT and the Galway and Roscommon Education and Training Board have introduced a new maths course for students who fell short of what they needed in their Leaving Cert.

The “Enabling Maths” course is meant to assist CAO applicants who didn’t reach the required grade for entry into a number of GMIT courses.

It comprises of a preparatory course and an entrance examination based on the Ordinary Level Leaving Certificate syllabus and of a comparable standard to the Ordinary Level LC Maths examination.

Students who achieve a pass mark in this examination are deemed to have met the minimum mathematics entry requirements for most GMIT programmes. No additional CAO points are awarded.

Jacinta Ryan, Admissions Officer at GMIT, said that this new approach aims to deliver a more inclusive model of access to higher education, as well as increase the “diversity and social mix” of the student body.

“This pre-entry project targets students who might otherwise miss out on the opportunity to progress to higher education”/

The preparatory course will be run online by GMIT from September 14 – 16, with the examination taking place in person there on the morning of September 17.

Students who pass and meet all other entry requirements for their chosen course will receive an offer of a place in Round 2 of CAO offerings.

The course fee is €50 and exam fee €30. Full details are available on

Students who have received confirmation from CAO of eligibility for the Higher Education Access Route (HEAR) or the Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) entry schemes can undertake the course and the exam at no cost.

Eithne NicDhonnchadha, Director of Further Education and Training at GRETB, said that getting into a 3rd level course is a “significant milestone” in a young person’s life.

“However from time to time entry requirements can be challenging.  Having a Maths pre-entry opportunity for those who may not have achieved the required result first time around is very important as it can change one’s career path in such a positive way.”

“I am delighted that GRETB is working in collaboration with GMIT in providing this opportunity.”