The mature student access certificate (msac) is a one year full-time pre-degree course designed for mature students who wish to develop or refresh key learning skills, and to undertake some foundation level academic studies, before applying directly for a degree programme. they do this by supporting young adults and mature students to study at third-level colleges. Students attending access or foundation courses that are on the department of educations approved list of post-leaving certificate courses may be eligible for funding under the student grant scheme. mature students often balance their studies alongside work or caring responsibilities. Some mature students may have few or no previous qualifications, and may be taking access to he diploma courses, or enrolling on their first degree course based on their work or life experiences. The access course is a 1 year full-timepart-time daytimeevening course that aims to provide mature students (aged 23 or over on year of entry to a degree programme) with the opportunity to prepare, personally and academically, for an undergraduate course of full-time study of at least three years duration at nui, galway. This course prepares mature students, personally and academically, to study for a degree. Whatever your reason for coming back to education, updating your skills, gaining a new qualification, achieving a personal goal or ambition, dit welcomes all mature students. We know it can be daunting, but you are not alone and dit has a range of supports in place to help you decide what course to take, get through the application process and get settled into college life. Have you ever thought about doing that thing youve always wanted to do? Studying for a degree later in life can be highly rewarding and our mature students are among some of our most successful. However, we appreciate that it is a big step for you to take,. Nui galway currently deliver a number of access programmes for school leavers (22 or under) and mature students (23 or above) on campus in nui galway, as well as in our outreach centres in st. Angelas college, sligo and the ballinasloe college of further education.