NUI Galway is offering a second chance for students who hope to do an engineering or IT degree but do not meet the Leaving Cert maths grade requirement.
The College of Engineering and Informatics will be offering the special maths entrance exam for students who have already applied through the CAO and achieved enough points for their course, but fallen short in maths.
NUI Galway will hold an intensive preparatory course for applicants intending to sit the exam.
I’ve seen many students in the past who were weak in some subjects which lead them to fail criteria to get into a course that they had to get into via some “scenic” route (i.e. do a weaker course first for a year or two before entering). After that they excelled. This idea encourages students who had weak second-level teachers, or were just weak at enough subjects to not get enough points for their desired IT/engineering course to go right in and get dirty with third level. It promotes college as an open forum for learning and encourages “high skill” workers to be moulded in this economy.
I can’t see a single bad point here.