Carlow Institute & Further education: Your less stressful route to university, career and apprenticeships

Carlow Institute is one of the largest Further Education providers in the South-East. We provide full-time courses to over 800 students at Level 5 and 6, with certification from four different awarding bodies: QQI, City and Guilds, ITEC and CIDESCO. We provide over 50 courses across a wide variety of areas of study, grouped into five faculties: Business, Creative Arts, Humanities Social & Health, Sports & Service Industries, Technology & Science.

Our students come to us from a variety of starting points. Many come from post-primary school having completed either the Leaving Certificate or the Leaving Certificate Applied. Other students have achieved a Level 4 or Level 5 qualification elsewhere and are moving up to a Level 5 or a Level 6 programme. We have many mature students joining our courses be they upskilling for work, retirees or changing career direction. We also have a great number of students from Youthreach programmes.

We are delighted to see our graduates advance to an equally diverse range of next steps on their educational or career journeys. We have a large number of students who progress to Level 7 and Level 8 degree courses in Higher Education every year. Many more go directly into employment using their industry standard certification which they gain with us while many more are employed as apprentices. The qualifications and certifications achieved lead many entrepreneurs to progress on to start their own businesses.

At Carlow Institute, we are renowned for our welcoming and supportive environment. From the induction programme to graduation, students benefit from the work of our dedicated, highly qualified and committed staff. With very strong industry links, we ensure that students not only study in our new state-of-the-art facilities opened in 2019, but also gain extensive experience and knowledge from the high quality of education which they receive.

Carlow Institute are proud of our learners, our teachers and our facilities and we look forward to welcoming new students to share in the experience at Carlow Institute.

For students who are thinking about the next step in their educational journey, Carlow Institute offers the very best choice of further education courses in the South-East.

Its not all about Leaving cert to University or not at all. We are here to provide an alternative route to University and your career, with less stress and a far better chance of success.

There are still places remaining on many courses with interviews now on.

So whether you are looking at options as a school leaver, deferring a CAO offer so you can develop academic and personal skills, Upskilling for a change in employment or to start your own business, or you might be learning for your own personal fulfilment.

Make the smart choice with a course at Carlow Institute.

See the full range of courses and options open to you and apply now at


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