Application Process- During COVID 19

1. Selecting your course.

We are accepting applications online for courses commencing in September 2021. 

Select a course of your choice or contact our Adult Guidance and Information Service:

Contact Information:

Majella Callaghan – Guidance Counsellor/Coordinator (Swords)

Phone: 01 8408946

Anna Groome– Information Officer (Swords)

Phone: 01 8408946

Orla Hicks-Adult Guidance Counsellor (Balbriggan)

PH: 018417763

Kevin McCabe – Information Officer (Balbriggan)

Phone: 01 8417763


Our phone lines are open for calls!

2. Submit Application

Submit your application

  • Online – (Via, Location: Dublin North County- Fingal)
  • In person- Call us and we can fill out your application over the phone
  • By Post- We can post out applications

If you wish to discuss a course option please contact by email our Adult Guidance and Information Service via the following contact information:

Contact Information:

Majella Callaghan – Guidance Counsellor/Coordinator (Swords)    Phone: 01 8408946

Anna Groome- Information Officer (Swords)     Phone: 01 8408946


Orla Hicks- Adult Guidance Counsellor (Balbriggan)  Phone 01 8417763


Kevin McCabe – Information Officer (Balbriggan) Phone 01 8417763



3. Receipt of Application

Once we receive your online application via your application is processed. You will receive acknowledgement of your application via:

  • Email
  • Text Message
  • Letter- Suspended during COVID 19

Response times to applications vary depending on the time of year and the recruitment period for specific courses. All applicants to all courses are assessed for their suitability for the course.

4. Assessment

All applicants are invited to complete an assessment prior to being offered a place on a course. The purpose of the assessment is to ensure that you are offered a place on a course which is at the right level for you and appropriate to your needs.

This assessment will help identify an applicant’s level of literacy, numeracy, language and IT Skills.

The assessment will include:

  • Reading and Comprehension
  • Writing
  • Maths
  • IT Skills

The process takes approximately 2 hours. The results of the assessment will indicate options open to learners.

These assessments will take place when the service is fully open to the public.

5. Option/Results of Assessment

There are a number of possible outcomes/options to the assessment depending on individual results.

  • An applicant is deemed suitable for the course and is invited to register or attend interview prior to placement on the course they applied for or
  • An applicant is identified as requiring to build their skills at a lower level to their original application. These applicants are informed of their options and invited to register for a different course at a lower level to develop their capacity to progress to a higher level or
  • Applicants are identified as having a literacy issue (Reading, Writing or Maths). These applicants are invited to meet with the Adult Literacy Co-ordinator to discuss their learning options or
  • Applicants are identified as having an English Language issue as English is not their first language. These applicants are referred to our ESOL service to access a course to suit their learning needs regarding English Language. or
  • Referred to Adult Education Guidance and Information Service to explore options