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Leaving Cert FAQs 2020

We understand that there is a lot of uncertainty this year compared to other Leaving Cert years.

We have put together a list of some FAQs to help ease answer some questions you may have.

If you have other questions or queries please contact us at Schools@lit.ie

  • How does COVID-19 affect my CAO application to LIT?

    Your application to LIT will not be affected by COVID-19. The CAO will continue to process applications in the normal fashion. In the case of applications to programmes where presentation of a portfolio forms part of the assessment and admissions process, applicants will be notified directly of any changes to the assessment procedure. All LIT staff are working remotely and are available to answer programme queries. 

  • Have the CAO dates changed?

    Currently, the CAO dates remain unchanged, meaning the CAO’s Change of Mind facility is now currently open and is expected to close on July 1st at 5:15pm. However, CAO closing dates may be reviewed. All updates to the CAO schedule will be posted on www.cao.ie and applicants will be notified. 

  • How will my SUSI grant application be affected?

    If you intend submitting a student grant application to SUSI, this will be processed as normal by SUSI. The application system for the 2020/2021 academic year opened on April 23rd. Grant applications for the 2020/2021 academic year will be assessed based on income earned in 2019. Specific questions about the status of your application should be directed to support@susi.ie 

  • Are scholarship applications affected?

    LIT offers a broad range of scholarships for students – both academic and sporting. If you intend applying for or have already applied for a LIT scholarship, the selection process is unchanged. For more information on scholarships at LIT, see www.lit.ie/scholarships 

  • Will LIT be limiting intakes on programmes this year owing to the Covid19 situation?

    LIT will not be limiting intakes to our programmes owing to the Covid19 situation. There may however be changes to programme structures and timetables.

  • When will first year students begin college at LIT?

    LIT is planning on commencing term for new first years on Monday, September 28th. This is the planned start date for first years in all Institutes of Technology in Ireland.

  • What combination of classes/labs/tutorials/lectures will be online or on campus?

    We will be using a blended model of delivery.  LIT courses are made up of practical content (lab work or studio work), as well as theoretical content (lectures).  In practice, we expect that lectures will predominantly be delivered online, but that students will most likely do their practical work on campus.  

    As timetables emerge in the coming weeks, we will make them available online.  At all times, the safety of staff and students is our priority, and we will be adhering to the advice of the CMO, NPHET, the HSE, the Department of Education and Skills and the HSA.   

  • I’m trying to decide on an accommodation booking for next semester. Can you advise me?

    We understand that decisions around programmes and accommodation this year will be influenced by timetables in a way that has not happened before.  We are currently planning our delivery of the next semester, and our timetables will emerge from this process in the coming weeks.  As soon as they do, we will make them available in order to help people make informed choices.  LIT does not operate its own accommodation, so our students stay with private providers.

    The following private accommodation is within walking distance of our campuses, and the providers can be contacted for further details on their arrangements regarding Covid-19:

    Moylish
    Clare Street
    Thurles & Clonmel

    Please contact our accommodation office for more information

  • Will I be obliged to come on campus next year even with an underlying condition?

    We adhere to all advice from the CMO, NPHET, the HSE, the Department of Education and Skills and the HSA.  We will be making the environment in LIT as safe as possible for staff and students, and this includes putting certain supports in place for those who are immune-compromised or otherwise at risk.  Our nurses have arrangements in place to work with you on a one-on-one basis where appropriate.  Further information is available at https://lit.ie/student-health

  • Can I defer?

    Yes.  If you are an incoming CAO student you can do this through the CAO.  Returning LIT students should do this through the Admissions Office.

  • Will CAO points go up or down this year?

    The setting of CAO points is independent of LIT and will depend largely on demand experienced through the CAO. 

  • What if I didn’t apply for the CAO but I want to go to college now because my circumstances have changed because of the pandemic?

    LIT operates Direct Entry undergraduate programmes that you can apply for outside of the CAO process.  These programmes will open for application in late summer.

  • Will it be busy on campus?

    We expect that the volume of people who will be on campus at any given time next semester will be very substantially reduced.  The precise level of this will become clearer as our planning progresses. At all times, LIT adheres to advice from the CMO, NPHET, the HSE, the Department of Education and Skills and the HSA.  

  • Will I have to sign in / out when presenting on campus?

    We anticipate that staff, students and visitors will be required to provide information necessary to facilitate contact tracing.  Precisely how we will operate this will become clearer as our planning progresses. 

  • How will canteen and library services work on campus?

    We adhere to all advice from the CMO, NPHET, the HSE, the Department of Education and Skills and the HSA at all times. Our libraries, canteens and other facilities will operate to ensure the safety of staff and students.

  • How will my assessments and exams take place at LIT in 2020/21?

    We will be adhering to all relevant advice to keep our staff and students safe in all circumstances, including exams and assessments.  Where this means conducting assessments through alternative and remote means, we will do so. These are the methods adopted for the summer 2020 exams and the autumn 2020 repeats.

  • Do I have to pay full fees for the academic year 20/21?

    Yes.

  • Will there be on-campus orientation for first years this year?

    We are planning on delivering on-campus orientation for all incoming first year students.

  • Is my SUSI grant affected for the academic year 20/21?

    The grant system is administered by SUSI, and is independent of LIT.  You can get further information at www.susi.ie

  • What if I do not have access to a laptop / tablet?

    We do have measures in place to ensure that students are not disadvantaged through technical issues associated with blended delivery.  Where you have difficulty in this regard, please inform your lecturers as soon as possible so that your situation can be addressed.  There will also be opportunities as part of your induction process to address these issues.

  • What if I live in an area without access to quality broadband?

    We do have measures in place to ensure that students are not disadvantaged through technical issues associated with blended delivery.  Where you have difficulty in this regard, please inform your lecturers as soon as possible so that your situation can be addressed.  There will also be opportunities as part of your induction process to address these issues.

  • When will my class timetable be available?

    We are currently planning our delivery of the next semester, and our timetables will emerge from this process in the coming weeks.  As soon as they do, we will make them available online.  

  • Will I be provided with Personal Protective Equipment to use on campus?

    We adhere to all advice from the CMO, NPHET, the HSE, the Department of Education and Skills and the HSA, including on face coverings and PPE.  Where we are required to supply PPE, we will do so, though it is expected that all staff, students and visitors also exercise personal responsibility.