Application Procedures

The Process

Monaghan Institute operates a policy of selection and admission of learners that is, at all stages and in all ways, equitable, transparent and accountable and respects the rights and dignity of applicants. The process for gaining access to full time courses at Monaghan Institute consists of several sequential stages:

  • Application
  • Interview (where applicable)
  • Selection and notification
  • Registration
  • Induction (where applicable)
  • Garda Vetting (where applicable)

Documentation Required

All applicants must include the following:

  • A Completed Application Form. 
  • Personal Public Services Number (i.e. RSI No.)
  • Copy of most recent school report/ examination results, if applicable.
  • Two passport photographs.


Applications should be submitted to the Institute by 31st May. All application forms will be date stamped on receipt. Late applications may be considered, where vacancies exist on courses. Interviews (where applicable) will only be allocated on the basis of the receipt of a completed application form.

Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate with 5 passes or equivalent is the standard entry requirement for Level 5 courses. Leaving Certificate Applied or QQI Level 4 Award are also acceptable on the majority of Level 5 courses. Some courses have subject specific requirements. A QQI Level 5 award or equivalent in a relevant subject area is the standard entry requirement for Level 6 Advanced Certificate courses. Please refer to the prospectus for further information.


Applicants who do not meet the standard entry requirements for particular courses will be interviewed. Interviews for places on courses are held at various times throughout the academic year. Following interview, you will be notified in writing of the outcome. Provisional offers will issue to successful candidates. Once you receive an offer it is important that you read all documentation carefully and comply with any requests.

English Language

All courses are delivered through English.  Learners are advised that to benefit from their chosen course they should be proficient in written and spoken English. Applicants who do not have English as their first language may be required to do an English Language proficiency assessment as part of the interview process. N.B. English language proficiency tests take place on set dates in May and September only. Alternatively applicants who have obtained an internationally recognised English language qualification should enclose a copy of the certificate with their application form.

Leaving Certificate Results

Leaving Certificate results (where applicable) should be forwarded by applicants upon receipt in mid August. The Institute will confirm course offers when results are submitted. As course places are limited, early application and prompt acceptance of places is recommended.


Applicants must attend Registration in late August – you will be notified of the date. Failure to complete the Registration process will result in the withdrawal of any conditional offer. Courses commence at the end of August/early September – you will be advised of the exact start date for your chosen course area at Registration. The formation of courses is subject to a minimum enrolment. Monaghan Institute reserves the right of admission to any course it provides.


If you register for a place on any of the Childcare or Healthcare courses, an induction process will apply. This involves two weeks (at the start of the first term) of activities and experiences which help you explore the key caring skills required for a range of settings. All learners on Childcare and Healthcare courses will be asked to complete Garda Vetting application forms on registration. These will then be forwarded to the Garda Central Vetting Unit. Monaghan Institute reserves the right not to offer places on caring courses if induction, including Garda Vetting, is not satisfactorily completed by the learner.

Assessment Procedure

There are a variety of assessment methods used, depending on your chosen course area. Some modules involve continuous assessment of project work, while others may involve oral presentations, practical skills tests and/or examinations. This allows you to build up credits throughout the year towards final results/award.

Work Experience Links

Monaghan Institute has developed close links with local business/industry/ commerce. Employers across a wide range of sectors (e.g. hairdressers, childcare providers, offices, beauty salons, healthcare facilities, etc) provide work experience on a regular day release basis or on block placement. Relevant work placement is an integral part of each vocational course. Many learners secure permanent employment from their period of work experience. The Institute requires that all learners carrying out work placement, which involves contact with children/ vulnerable adults, are vetted by the Garda Central Vetting Unit.

Course Content

The course information outlined on this website is subject to continuing development.  QQI award structures are subject to change and as a result modules listed may vary. The Institute reserves the right to change any or all of the modules listed in the course descriptors or to change, cancel or limit in size any course, class or subject. Programmes are subject to validation by QQI.

Attendance and Progress

Monaghan Institute reserves the right to ask any learner to leave the course as a result of unsatisfactory punctuality, attendance, academic performance or conduct.


If you will be living away from home while attending Monaghan Institute, a list of local estate agents can be provided. There is a range of good quality accommodation available at affordable prices within walking distance of the Institute and the town centre.

Application & Enquiries

Monaghan Institute of Further Education & Training
Armagh Road, Monaghan.
Tel. 047-84900/30888
Fax. 047-81564