Participating colleges

Waterford Institute of Technology

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WIT has 9,000 students across five campuses in Waterford city, with education delivered from higher certificate to doctoral level. Prospective CAO applicants have 70 CAO courses to choose from across a range of disciplines including business, engineering and architecture, sports and nursing, law, social sciences, arts and psychology, the creative & performing arts, languages, tourism and hospitality, science and computing. The Institute has continued to make a huge contribution to the educational, societal, and economic health of the region.

WIT has been hugely successful over the last 50 years, with close to 2,500 students graduating each year, and acts as a catalyst for positive change in the south east and further afield.

Over the last 10 years, the Institute has been granted in excess of €150 million in external research funding, leading the field of research in the institute of technology sector, and similar to some smaller universities.

Entry Requirements

Students who are eligible under HEAR must satisfy the minimum entry requirements for admission to Waterford Institute of Technology and the specific subject requirements for the courses to which they are applying. Entry requirements to all WIT undergraduate programmes are available here. Candidates can only be considered for admission to Waterford Institute of Technology where they have included a WIT course on their CAO application.

All students are encouraged to check the entry requirements of their chosen course, for example the level of maths required or the number of honours subjects required etc.  Students are also encouraged to contact the relevant academic department to discuss the demands of the course they are interested in.

How HEAR offers are made

HEAR applicants are informed by the CAO at the end of June if they are eligible or not for the HEAR scheme. Full details of the HEAR review and appeals process can be found here

WIT offers HEAR eligible candidates a reduction of up to 30 points on all courses. WIT does not restrict places for HEAR applicants on its courses, with the exception of the following:



WD116 General Nursing


WD117 Psychiatric Nursing


WD120 Intellectual Disability Nursing


WD149 Early Childhood Studies


WD191 Agricultural Science


Contact details of the HEAR advisor

Robin Croke Access Officer

T: 051 306192
E: hear@wit.ie
W: HEAR: Higher Education Access Route – Waterford Institute of Technology (wit.ie)