Enrolment Procedures

North Kerry College welcomes applications from all, regardless of previous educational experience. The College is committed in providing an inclusive learning environment where all learners have the opportunity to develop, learn and reach their potential. All applicants are invited to attend for an interview, where an opportunity is provided to assess their suitability for a course place. Mature applicants may be accepted without meeting minimum entry requirements, if the College is satisfied that they have the necessary ability to take the course. Further details are available at the interview or by contacting the college.

Admissions & Enrolment Procedure

Step 1 – Application
Application is open from January 15th to August 31st. To apply Online click HERE. Information on the availability of course places is regularly updated on the website. Application is acknowledged by email. There is an application fee of €10.

Step 2 – Interview
All applicants are invited for an interview. Most Creative Studies courses require applicants to bring samples (portfolio) of their work to the interview. This information is included with the interview notification. If in doubt, please contact the College office. Places are offered on a first come, first-served basis, based on suitability.

Step 3 –Letter of Offer
A letter will be sent to the applicant after the interview process offering a place on the course.

Step 4 – Registration
On receiving the letter of Offer, the applicant must pay a non-refundable Registration fee of €135 on certain courses (fees do not apply to all courses) which must be paid on-line to secure their place.

Step 5 – Induction Day
After acceptance of a place and payment of the €135 registration fee (see step 4), learners are invited to an Induction day at North Kerry College. Induction usually takes place in early September, and written notification of Induction day requirements is sent out in August. Where course places become available during August/September, late registration is offered up to the end of September.

Step 6 – Commencement
Classes usually commence in mid-September, and all learners are notified at Induction of commencement arrangements.


There are no tuition fees, however, there are costs attached to most courses. These include a Registration fee - payable after a place has been offered and accepted, a PLC government levy, course material fee, examination fees, payable at induction or by arrangement with the College. Details of course charges are available on the North Kerry College website.

International applicants (Non-EA)

SCFE welcomes applications from international learners. Non-EA applicants (from outside the EU, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland) are required to comply with Irish immigration requirements, and are required to pay the economic cost of the course, as determined by the Department of Education & Skills, in addition to North Kerry College course charges.

For further information see www.education.ie and www.garda.ie

Please note:

  • All admissions to North Kerry Colege are subject to the regulations and policies of North Kerry College and the Kerry ETB.
  • Application is made online at wwwnorthkerrycollege.ie
  • All applicants are called for interview.
  • Entry requirements for each course are set out in the relevant course pages in this site & Brochure
  • Interviews are held between May and September each year, and courses run on an academic year basis, from September to May.
  • Places are limited on all courses and are allocated on a strictly first-come first- served basis, to learners who fulfil entry requirements and who have completed the application and interview process.
  • Early application and prompt acceptance of places is recommended, due to the limited number of places available.
  • Acceptance of a place at North Kerry College implies acceptance of all policies and procedures of the College.
  • North Kerry College reserves the right to refuse a place on the grounds that the course applied for is not suited to or appropriate for the applicant. All applicants may avail of the College appeals process.
  • After offer and acceptance of place, a non-refundable Registration fee of €135 is payable on some courses (see brochure for courses that are exempt from fees).

Bonus Points Scheme:

The Institute of Technology, Tralee (ITT) have agreed a Bonus Points Scheme which extends progression routes for North Kerry College Students to ITT.

Under this scheme bonus points are awarded to CAO applicants from schools who have achieved specific QQI awards and who meet prerequisites for entry to specific Institute of Technology Tralee programmes. The scheme guarantees a quota of reserved places in the specified programmes for qualifying applicants from schools.

Students will apply as normal to the CAO and submit an application form to the Admissions Office, ITT. The Institute will liaise with CAO to apply the bonus points.

Further details available at: www.ittralee.ie

Equal Opportunities

North Kerry College of Further Education is committed to a policy of equal opportunities for all students.

Students with Disability

North Kerry College of Further Education is committed to the provision of equal opportunity in education and to ensuring that students with a disability have complete access to all aspects of College life as can be reasonably accommodated. Applicants who may have special requirements should contact the College or email info@northkerrycollege.ie

International Students

English Competence Test for International Students, whose first language is not English, will be required to sit an English competence test in May or September prior to being accepted on a course. This test will be one hour long. Students complete a written exercise and an English comprehension reading task. It is not possible to re-sit their test. Management decisions are final.

Entry Requirements & Admissions Policy

Places on courses are offered on the basis that each of the following requirements is met:

    • There is a place available to be offered, i.e. the course is not full.
    • The applicant demonstrates at the interview the capacity to successfully participate on the course for which he/she has applied. This includes both the academic and work experience placement (where applicable) elements of the course.

Please see the individual course pages for the specific entry requirements for each course.

As part of the processing of an application, an applicant may be referred for careers information session and/or learning support for further information.

If deemed appropriate, applicants may also be referred for an educational assessment.

These arrangements are in place to help learners to successfully participate in further education.

Additional Educational Support

Students who have a learning support need are encouraged to provide the College with any relevant information at the time of application. Any information provided is treated confidentially and does not prejudice the application. Applicants must bear in mind that, while the College will make every effort to provide reasonable accommodation for their needs, the resources available are limited. All enrolments are subject to the rules and regulations of Kerry Education & Training Board.

School Leavers

CAO/CAS does not apply to our extensive range of courses. Students who have passed Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Applied or Leaving Cert Vocational Programme are eligible to apply.

Applicants will be interviewed. Entry requirements may be waived, in some instances. Our Admission policy procedures meet the requirements of child protection regulations.

Mature Students

The College welcomes applicants from mature students. Entry requirements may be waived for mature students depending on their life experience.

Higher Education Links Scheme: The Higher Education Links Scheme enables learners who have achieved a QQI Level 5 and/or QQI Level 6 certificate to apply for a higher education place in a range of higher education institutions. Details of scheme available from Guidance Service.

PLC Maintenance Grants Scheme

Students attending full-time PLC courses at North Kerry College may be eligible to apply for PLC Maintenance Grant. Check out the student grant online system. www.studentfinance.ie

Grant Applications

All grant applications are handled by SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland). SUSI is the single Awarding Authority for all new student grant applications.

Additional Certification

Many courses offer additional training opportunities that are related to their field of study. For example, First Aid Certification is offered to many courses.

Visits & Class Excursions

Course co-ordinators also organise class visits and excursions for their students.

Art Exhibition

The students of Art, Craft & Design will organise an end-of year Art and Design exhibition displaying their year’s work.

Annual Awards Ceremony

Every year North Kerry College hosts an Awards ceremony where students receive their QQI Certification.

Open Learning Centre

North Kerry College has an Open Learning Centre. Its main aim is to provide support to all the PLC and VTOS learners studying in the college. Many learners returning to education as adults experience stress and anxiety when confronted with academic exercises and tasks. This can be caused by many factors, including leaving education early, resulting in a lack of the skills required to complete projects and assignments, poor time management and study skills. The Open Learning Centre seeks to address these difficulties through supporting the learners to achieve their full potential, successfully complete their programmes of study and graduate successfully with QQI certification.


The purpose of this document is to outline North Kerry College's policy on the payment and refund of fees for full time courses. North Kerry College wish to have a fair and equitable system in place for the collection and refunding of fees.

Categories of Fees

There is no tuition fees payable by EU Nationals. However, applicants are required to pay:

  • Application Fee
  • A student registration charge,
  • PLC government levy and exam fees.

In addition, students are required to pay materials fees which will cover the cost of essential materials, workshops, guest speakers etc if applicable, that may be needed for certain courses.

Non EU nationals who do not meet the exemption requirements are required to pay an additional tuition fee, determined by the Department of Education and Skills, in addition to other fees.

Payment Methods

Payment of Application fee and Registration fee is on line via the college website www.northkerrycollege.ie. Further payments can be paid by cash in the college.

Payments by Third Parties

In this case, the third party organisation (e.g. Social Welfare) must pay fees for the applicant before s/he can be registered on the course.

Fee Schedule/ Stage Payment

Fee Type Due Date

  • Application Fee - On Application
  • Registration Fee - On Registration
  • Students Materials Fee - 30th September
  • PLC Government Levy - 30th September
  • Exam Fees 30th January of their academic Year

Fee in relation to NON-EU nationals

SCFE welcomes applications from international learners. Non-EA applicants (from outside the EU, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland) are required to comply with Irish immigration requirements, and are required to pay the economic cost of the course, as determined by the Department of Education & Skills, in addition to North Kerry College course charges.

For further information see www.education.ie and www.garda.ie

Refunds Policy

The Application Fee and Registration fee is non-refundable. The government levy is only refundable before 30th October of their current academic year. The student materials fee and is refundable in the following sliding scale:

Student Materials Fee Refund

  • Within 2 weeks of course Commencement 90%*
  • Within 4 weeks of course Commencement 50%*
  • Within 7 weeks of course Commencement 25%*
  • From November 1st 0% *(* of materials and service fee).


The following exemptions apply:

Category Medical Card PLC BTEA VTOS
PLC Government Levy * * * *
QQI Exam Fees * *    
Non QQI        
Exam Fees        
Materials Fee        

Exemptions will be applied when applicants provide appropriate documentary evidence of their exempt status. Exemption from the PLC Government Levy will only be applied to applicants who produce a current medical card at course commencement or no later than 30th October

Exemption from QQI exam fees will be applied to those who provide a current medical card at day of registration or before 30th October of their current academic year. Exemptions based on maintenance grants must be requested within 30 days of the date of confirmation of grant approval.

Claiming Refund

An applicant wishing to request a refund must complete a student refund request form, whether it is for materials, government levy or otherwise and must sign it, and return it to their Programme Coordinator with proof of fee payment. Refunds for payments made by cheque will be processed on request subject to confirmation that the cheque has cleared. Payments made by third parties will be refunded to the third party. The onus is on the student to produce evidence that s/he is entitled to a refund as outlined in the table below:

Please note all refunds are paid into the Learner’s bank Account by Kerry ETB.

Fee Evidence Required
PLC Government Levy (Only before 30th Oct of current academic year ) Copy of medical card
Copy of grant approval letter
Copy of letter confirming Back to Education Allowance (BETA).
Copy of letter confirming acceptance on VTOS.
QQI Certification Fee Copy of medical card.
Materials Fee Copy of receipt.
Copy of material refund request form.

Please note that failure to pay all College Fees will result in the student’s college user accounts being frozen, disabling access to the IT facilities. If full payment of all fees is not received by 30th January students will not be entered for certification purposes. Any course assessments that have been completed and/or submitted for correction will be returned to the student if full payment of all fees has not been received. Students will not sit examinations at the College until full payment is received.

The College reserves the right to disallow students sit examinations if fees have not being paid in full.

The College charges an online application fee of €10 (non-refundable) on all courses. There is a registration fee of €135 (non-refundable) for some courses, see each course individually in our brochure for stated fee. Additional fees will apply for course materials.(See each course individually for stated fee.)

QQI Exam Fees of €50 per course (Level 5) or €80 (Level 6) will apply (may change). Medical card holders and social welfare are exempt from this fee.

First Aid: Any student taking First Aid as a module in any of the courses will be required to pay an exam fee .

Work Experience

Work experience is an integral part of all our courses. The work placement provides students with an opportunity to apply newly acquired skills and greatly enhances their employment prospects.

Career Guidance

A Guidance and Counselling service is available to all students. It aims to facilitate each student in deriving maximum benefit, both personally and vocationally, from his/her stay in the College

Student Services

North Kerry College of Further Education has a number of services available to students