Applications are made on-line  through the College website

Our application system will acknowledge receipt of your application.

If you have any questions relating to entry requirements please contact the College 


In general Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied or equivalent standard is required. Individual programmes may have specific additional entry requirements. These are outlined in the programme descriptions for each programme. Mature adults returning to learning are also welcome to apply.  Entry to two-year programmes depends on successful completion of year one or equivalent programme. CDETB has adopted the Garda Vetting Process for recruitment of all staff, and students who register for programmes where programme activities involve working with young children and vulnerable adults.

All European Union (EU) citizens, and persons with designated refugee status, can access FET programmes in the same manner as Irish citizens.  Applicants from outside of the EU must meet all of the visa requirements of the State before enrolling on a course.  It is the applicant’s responsibility the engage with the State agencies in relation to visa requirements.  CDETB and its Colleges and Centres do not engage with the visa process.

Early application and enrolment is advised on all programmes due to restricted availability or places and level of demand. Order of application is therefore taken into account.


All our programmes are funded under the National Development Plan and therefore there are no programme fees. However, students are liable for the payment of a college charge. This covers the costs of student services, all examination and certification fees and charges for membership of professional bodies where applicable. Examination and Certification costs vary from programme to programme. Full details of these are available on each course page. Fees payable to professional bodies are subject to alteration or increase. These changes are outside of our control and students will be advised as soon as the information is available. Non EU Nationals are charged fees as set by the Department of Education and Science - in addition to the programme charges. Details are available from the college. Students are expected to bear the cost of their own textbooks and class materials.

In March 2021, the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research Innovation and Science and the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth jointly announced that, from the start of the 2021/22 academic year, international protection applicants who have permission to work and are seeking to access PLC courses will no longer have to pay international fee.  The effect of this announcement is that where an international protection applicant, who has permission to work, is accepted onto a PLC course, no international fees will apply.

A €50 deposit is required on acceptance of a place in the college. This is non-refundable. Balance of charges is due for payment before registration and will not be refunded except where a class does not form.

Admissions Policy

Whitehall College of Further Education is governed by the rules and regulations of the City of Dublin Education and Training Board.

Admission to a particular programme/activity in Whitehall College is subject to places being available at the time of application and is governed by three principles:

  • That, in the professional judgement of the School Authority (the term 'School Authority' as in these regulations, indicates the Chief Executive Officer or an officer delegated to act on her behalf), and following an interview the student/participant is deemed suitable for a particular programme/activity.
  • That, in the professional judgement of the School Authority, the student/participant, because of previous education, training or experience, is considered likely to benefit from attendance on the programme.
  • That the participant will contribute positively to the programme/activity and in no way infringe upon the opportunities or rights of other students and/or staff.

A minimum number of participants are required for a programme to proceed. Notice of cancellation of a programme will be notified at the earliest time possible. All disputes in relation to admission will be referred to the Chief Executive Officer. In advance of this programme of action, unsuccessful applicants who feel dissatisfied with the process may appeal their situation, in the first instance, to the Principal.

The college operates an inclusive Admissions Policy, in line with CDETB policy. Inherent, in our Admissions policy is the principle of equality, particularly of access and participation. Students with learning support needs are encouraged to provide the college with the relevant information at the time of application. Such disclosure does not prejudice any application. The college will try to provide appropriate supports and services, within the resource allocation, for those students accessing our programmes.

Places on programmes are offered on the basis that:

  1. they are offered on a first come first served basis
  2. there are places available on the programme
  3. the applicant meets the entry requirements for the programme

Suitability for enrolment on a programme is determined by the college, based on application and interview.

Eligibility for VTOS is determined by the Department of Social and Family Affairs.

Only VTOS eligible students can be registered on a Core VTOS programme. See: VTOS Places For core VTOS programmes you must be VTOS eligible and receive a VTOS place to be able to do the programme.