How to Apply

How To Apply

The Adelaide Health Foundation, through the Adelaide School of Nursing, has the responsibility, under the Charter of Tallaght Hospital, of selecting students for nurse education at the Adelaide School of Nursing. In selecting applicants the Foundation has regard to its particular obligation to applicants from the Protestant community and other minorities. It has regard also to the multi-denominational and plurist character of the hospital.

Applicants who put the Adelaide School of Nursing on their CAO list (TR093 or TR094) will be sent a Supplementary Application Form in mid March. Applicants should complete the form carefully and fully.

The latest date for receipt of the completed Application Form will be shown on the form. Late applications are not accepted.

On the basis of the completed Application Form the Adelaide Health Foundation will create a list of nominees and will advise Trinity College and the Central Applications Office which applicants are eligible for an offer of a place in The Adelaide School of Nursing. Offers of places will be issued by The Central Applications Office based upon the points obtained in the Leaving Certificate or upon performance in the selection procedures in the case of mature applicants. The offer will be based on the expressed preferences of the applicant for particular schools of nursing as far as places are available.


How are Students Selected for The Adelaide School of Nursing?

In conjunction with the Central Applications Office (CAO), The Adelaide Health Foundation operates selection procedures which result in offers of places in The Adelaide School of Nursing each year.

The selection steps are as follows:

Step 1

The applicant indicates a preference for The Adelaide School of Nursing (Courses TR093 Standard, and TR094 Mature) on their CAO Application Form.

Step 2

The Adelaide Health Foundation will send a Supplementary Application Form to those applicants who put TR093 or TR094 on their CAO Form

The Application Form is for completion and return to the Foundation by a specified date. The completed Application Form is used to assess the applicant in respect of the qualities required by student nurses and gives the applicant the opportunity to state their reasons for applying to The Adelaide School of Nursing.

Step 3

On the basis of The Adelaide School of Nursing Application Forms the Foundation will decide which applicants are to be nominated for a place in the Adelaide School of Nursing

Step 4

The applicant will be required to secure the necessary points and educational qualifications in their Leaving Certificate/FETAC required by Trinity College, Dublin, for entry to nurse education or in the case of mature applicants to fulfil the requirements of An Board Altranais and Trinity College, Dublin

Offers will be made by the CAO on this basis for those nominated by the Adelaide Health Foundation for The Adelaide School of Nursing.

Please Note: Applicants who are not deemed eligible for nomination to The Adelaide School of Nursing by the Foundation are considered by the CAO for offers to other Schools of Nursing on the same basis as all other candidates.

Mature Code Applicants:

It is vital to study the section on Mature Code in Nursing, A Career For You, produced by An Board Altranais

Educational Requirements – The Leaving Certificate

Trinity College Dublin

To be considered for admission to the University you must have the following qualifications

Present six subjects, three of which must be at grade C or above on higher Leaving Certificate papers or at least grade C in the University Matriculation examination.

The six subjects above must include:

  • A pass in English
  • A pass in mathematics and a pass in a language other than English OR A pass in Latin and a pass in a subject other than a language.


  • A pass means grade D or above on ordinary or higher papers in the Leaving Certificate and Grade D or above in the University Matriculation examination.
  • Irish at foundation level is not acceptable for matriculation, course requirements or for scoring purposes. Mathematics at foundation level is not acceptable for nursing or midwifery courses
  • Students may combine grades achieved in different sittings of their Leaving Certificate/Matriculation examinations for the purpose of satisfying matriculation and/or course requirements, but not for the purpose of scoring
  • Combinations of Leaving Certificate subjects not permitted: Please see the Trinity College Undergraduate Prospectus for full details of matriculation requirements and combinations of subjects not permitted
The above is for your guidance only and you are strongly advised to study information provided by the University on all admission / matriculation requirements including course specific requirements.

University prospectus available at

Applicants presenting other second level qualifications should consult the Trinity College Prospectus at or contact the College Admissions Office

Guidance on points for Adelaide School of Nursing: Details of minimum points are available on the TCD website at and on CAO website at

Entry Route for students presenting FETAC qualifications

There is an entry route to a number of degree programmes in Trinity College for applicants presenting appropriate FETAC (level 5) qualifications. Applicants presenting distinctions in five modules can be considered for admission to General Nursing (TR093). Further details may be found at

How to Find Out More

This booklet should be read in conjunction with Nursing, A Career for You published by Nursing Careers Centre, An Board Altranais, 31/32 Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin 2 Tel: 01 6398500