GMIT Prospectus 2021/22

Garda Vetting Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) offers a number of educational and training programmes that require students to undertake placements, with external agencies, which will bring them into contact with children and vulnerable adults and in which they will assume positions of trust. GMIT requires applicants for the programmes listed below (this list is subject to review as deemed necessary) to be Garda vetted before they fully complete their registration as students of the Institute. • BEd (Honours) Art, Design and Graphics • BSc (Honours) in Education (Design Graphics and Construction)

• BSc (Honours) in General Nursing • BSc (Honours) in Psychiatric Nursing • BA (Honours) in Applied Social Care • BA in Applied Social Care • BA (Honours) in Early Childhood Education and Care • BA in Early Childhood Education and Care • HC in Early Childhood Education and Care • BA (Honours) in Community Development and Youth Work • BA in Community Development and Youth Work

QQI FET CAS Scoring The national qualification system across further education and training (FET) in Ireland is known as the ‘Common Awards System’ or CAS. The scoring system applies where all the requirements for the major award are met, i.e. when the specified component awards have been achieved, totalling 120 credits. (To calculate your own score, you must know the credit value of your component awards.) Achievement of each component award is graded as Distinction, Merit or Pass. Distinction grade is weighted at 3, Merit at 2 and Pass at 1. Multiply the credit value by the grade weighting to a maximum of 120 credits. (For components with a credit value of less than five credits, multiply the credit value by 15.) Then multiply the total by 13 and divide by 12 to calculate actual score. The maximum score achievable is 390. Components leading to the best 120 credits are scored and applicants are ranked accordingly. The best 120 credits come from minor awards achieved with the highest grades. (QQI will forward all relevant QQI FET award results achieved by applicants to the CAO.) A QQI FET Major award may be accumulated over more than one academic year. QQI FET awards achieved before the introduction of CAS, will be referenced to and scored using the CAS scoring. Full details of the CAS, programmes and progression to the Higher Education Links Scheme are available on the QQI website ( Full details of the QQI FET awards Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS) Entry Requirements and Scoring systems are also available on . For further information, please contact the Admissions Officer, Office of Academic Affairs, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Dublin Road, Galway. Tel: + 353 91 74 2305. Email:

• BSc (Honours) in Medical Science • BA (Honours) in Outdoor Education • BA in Outdoor Education and Leisure Prior to undertaking work placements, the following programmes may also require Garda Vetting: • BSc (Honours) in Physics & Instrumentation • BSc in Physics & Instrumentation • BSc (Honours) in Sport and Exercise Science • BSc (Honours) Public Health Nutrition Offers of places on these designated programmes will be provisional and contingent on the applicant’s satisfactory completion of GMIT’s Garda vetting procedure. In some instances, re-vetting may be required prior to the commencement of the placement. Students from other programmes can be vetted prior to commencing their work placement if their specific work placement requires Garda vetting. Any student who acquires a relevant conviction during any of the above programmes will be subject to consideration in accordance with the GMIT’s Garda vetting policy available at academic-policy-no3.pdf


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