Competence in English

Classes for full-time programmes are generally taught in English. If English is not your first language you must demonstrate to IT Tallaght that you speak and write English competently. This will ensure that you will get the best out of the programme you join. There are a number of ways you can show you are competent in English:

If you have studied English in school:

When completing your CAO application form provide evidence that you have studied and passed English as part of a school Leaving Certificate or matriculation programme
• Provide the original of your school or matriculation certificate.
• If the certificate is not English you must also provide a certified English translation.

If you have not studied English in school:

Provide evidence that you have successfully completed a recognised examination in English competency. The recognised English competency examinations are listed in Table 1. If you have completed an examination in English competency that is not listed here you should:

• Provide the original of your certificate or transcript. The document should state the qualification obtained, the level of the award and the awarding body.

• If the certificate is not in English you must also attach a certified English translation of the certificate or transcript. IT Tallaght  will consider your evidence and may ask you to complete a test to determine how well you speak and write English. If you require any further information please contact Student and Academic Affairs


Access English Test offered at IT Tallaght

If you would like to register for a programme at IT Tallaght, but you cannot provide any evidence that your English is at the required standard for entry then you have the option of completing the IT Tallaght Access English Test.  The test consists of a listening test and grammar test and lasts approximately one hour.  The cost of the test is €100 which is deducted from the programme fee if you pass the test and are accepted on your chosen programme.

The dates of the English tests for those wishing to gain entry in September are as follows:

  • Wednesday 21 June
  • Wednesday 16 August
  • Wednesday 6 September

Each test is run from 18:00 to 19:30.  The dates and times of the tests are subject to change.  Please check back for updates.

If you require any further information please contact the Department of Lifelong Learning:

Email:     or please CLICK HERE 


English as a Foreign Language Part-time Programme

IT Tallaght offer this 1 year programme to prepare those whose first language is not English, but have a good knowledge of English, for examination leading to a Higher Certificate in English as a Foreign Language (EFL) which is recognised internationally.

If you require further infroamtion on how to apply, programme content and cost of programme, please CLICK HERE 


​​​​​​​Competence in English Table

This table below provides guidance to a Minimum standard required in English Language Examinations. In certain circumstances results in examinations other than those outlined above may be accepted as proof of competence in the English language. For example

(i) students who have successfully achieved a grade in an examination which is deemed by an Institute to be the equivalent of the Irish Leaving Certificate and
(ii) non native speakers of English who have completed their education through the medium of English.

(Achievement of the minimum standard in EFL tests satisfies the English minimum entry standard, but it is not used to compute points).

english competence table


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