Careers in Nursing and Midwifery

Applying as a mature applicant

Mature applicants must be 23 years of age or over by 1 January in the year of entry to be considered for a place.
 
If you choose to apply as a mature applicant, you must be successful in the current year of the assessment tests. However, due to the number of places available on the programme, success at the assessment tests does not guarantee an offer of a place and the results may not be carried forward to a future year (unless a deferred entry has been granted by an education body). The onus is on you to apply for the assessment tests in addition to your application to the Central Applications Office (CAO).

The application process

  • Step 1: Complete an application to the CAO
  • Step 2: Using a valid CAO number, register for the assessment tests
  • Step 3: Complete the suite of assessment tests within the timeframe 


The assessment tests

The current assessment comprises of three separate tests: 

  • understanding of basic instructions  
  • numeracy
  • job simulation exercise

Assessment test results

On passing the assessment test, applicants will be placed on order-of merit lists for the programmes you have applied for (see CAO Handbook 2022 for more information).  

Please note that success in the assessment tests does not guarantee you an offer of a place owing to supply and demand for places. The assessment tests are year specific and results may not be carried forward to a future year (unless a deferred entry has been granted by an education body). 

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