The levels of education in Ireland are primary, secondary and higher (often known as “third-level”) education. In recent years further education has grown immensely. Growth in the economy since the 1960s has driven much of the change in the education system. Education in Ireland is free at all levels, including college (university).
The Department of Education and Skills, under the control of the Minister for Education and Skills, is in overall control of policy, funding and direction, whilst other important organizations are the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland, the Higher Education Authority, and on a local level the Education and Training Boards are the only comprehensive system of government organization. There are many other statutory and non-statutory bodies which have a function in the education system.
Ireland offers a vast range of bachelor degree programs for students. Each of the courses is carefully designed to ensure that students develop strong foundation knowledge in their desired chosen subjects. Each department is managed by a team of competent teachers, so that students can expect the best out of their selected courses. All the universities in Ireland have a vibrant and active community that gives students a chance to gel with students from other countries. The bachelor degree programs are not only focused on academics. The universities also give students opportunities to take up voluntary services and encourage them to take part in cultural activities as well.
The entry requirements for postgraduate study differ from university to university, course to course. However, most courses require an undergraduate degree, usually a minimum of a 2:2, in a related discipline.