Applications are made on-line. 

The college will acknowledge receipt of all application forms received. All applicants will receive written notification of dates and times of interviews for places on programmes. In exceptional cases notification will be by phone.

Interviews are scheduled as follows:

  • First Round - March
  • Second Round - May/June
  • Third Round - September

Please note that it may be necessary to arrange other interview dates apart from those outlined above, depending on the level of demand for particular programmes.

All applicants will be notified of the interview outcome within 21 days of completion of the interview, subject to all relevant available information being supplied.


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. All applicants are interviewed. 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.

Non EU applicants who wish to apply for a student visa should read the Student Visa Requirements on the website and complete the questionnaire to accompany student visa applications. 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.

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.