English Competence, Head Start English

Competence in English

Classes for part-time programmes are taught through English. Every registered student of TU Dublin - Tallaght Campus who does not have Leaving Certificate English must provide evidence of equivalent competence e.g. FETAC Level 5 in a Communications module or a similar level qualification examined through English.

If English is not your first language you must demonstrate to TU Dublin - Tallaght Campus 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:

Provide evidence that you have successfully completed a recognised examination in English competency. The recognised English Competency examinations are listed here


If you have completed an examination in English competency that is not listed here you should:

  • Attach the original of your certificate or transcript when you apply for the programme you want to complete. (This 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

TU Dublin - Tallaght Campus will consider your application and may ask you to complete a test to determine how well you speak and write English.


Access English Test

If you would like to register for a programme at TU Dublin - Tallaght Campus, but you cannot provide any evidence that your English is at the required standard for entry then you have the option of completing the TU Dublin - Tallaght Campus 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 for the Access English test in 2019 are:

25 June

23 July

20 August

10 September

The test time is 17:00.

To apply for the test please complete the Access English Test Application Form and return to the Department of Lifelong Learning.

Each test is run from 17:00 to 18:30.  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:


Head Start Academic English Programme 

The Head Start Academic English programme aims to allow prospective to develop a good foundation for the academic writing they will need for studying at third level. 

Who is this course for?

The course is for all full time and part time prospective students of TU Dublin - Tallaght Campus. The course will act as a refresher for those who have recently left school or for mature students that have been out of the education system for some time. 

Entry Requirements 

The course is open to all prospective students who meet the English language entry requirement to the Institution.

Course Cost

The course is free to all mature full time students who have applied to TU Dublin - Tallaght Campus through the CAO.

The course is free to all prospective students who have applied based on an FET qualification for entry to TU Dublin - Tallaght Campus through the CAO.

The course is free to all unemployed prospective part time students.

The cost for all employed prospective part time students is €100 payable on application (Postal order or Bank Draft -  NO CASH is accepted)

Course Timetable

The course runs on 5 consecutive Saturday mornings.

The  next course will start on 22 June (Cohort 1) at 10:00 and runs until 13:00 each week.

Cohort 2 will start on 10 August at 09:30 and runs until 12:30 each week.

Cohort 1Start Date 22 June 

22 June 10:00-13:00

29 June 10:00-13:00

06 July 10 10:00-13:00

13 July 10:00-13:00

20 July 10:00-13:00

Cohort 2 Start Date 10 August

10 August 09:30-12:30

17 August 09:30-12:30

24 August 09:30-12:30

31 August 09:30-12:30

07 September 09:30-12:30


Course Summary

The course will provide you with opportunities to cover the following topics:

  • Punctuation
  • Common misspelt words
  • How to paraphrase
  • How to write a summary
  • Plagiarism and referencing
  • Software used to detect plagiarism
  • How to write an essay
  • How to write a report
  • Writing laboratory reports
  • Developing the technical language of your discipline
  • How to tackle an assignment
  • Reviewing words used in assignments and what they require you to do
  • Evaluating the quality of online information


For further information or enquiries

To apply for this course please fill in the Head Start Academic English Form and return it to the Lifelong Learning Department in TU Dublin Tallaght.  For further information please contact  



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