People in the following categories are eligible to apply for courses on the HCI Pillar 1 2020/2021 academic year (subject to the applicant meeting all residency and nationality/visa requirements and any academic requirements):
(Level 8 qualification holders 2020 Graduates) Please note that under the HCI Pillar 1 2020/2021 Initiative, 90% of the fees are funded by HEA and 10% of the fees are payable to the college for this category of applicants.
The fees for the Full-time Higher Diploma in Science in Digital Marketing is €7,250, of which you pay 10% = €725
Note: These fees must be paid prior to enrolling on your HCI programme.
People in Employment
Please note that under the HCI Pillar 1 2020/2021 Initiative, 90% of the fees are funded by HEA and 10% of the fees are payable to the college for this category of applicants. They may apply to all courses if they meet the nationality/visa requirement and residency criteria. Either the applicant or their employer can pay these fees. Should you require a company sponsorship form for invoicing, please let us know. The fees for the Full-time Higher Diploma in Science in Digital Marketing is €7,250, of which you pay 10% = €725 Note: These fees must be paid prior to enrolling on your HCI programme. This category of applicant will also be required to provide a copy of a relevant revenue documentation or a letter from their current employer to confirm employment or self-employment.
To be eligible for a HCI Pillar 1 course, a person must be in receipt of an eligible DEASP payment or be signing for social insurance contribution credits, have a previous history of employment or self-employment and be actively seeking work.
Note: Applicants must be in receipt of any of the following social welfare payment for 9 of the previous 12 months and hold at least a Level 8 qualification.
One Parent Family
Qualified Adults of Working Age
Farm Assist/Fish Assist
Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's Contributory or Non-contributory Pension
Deserted Wives Allowance
Courses are fully funded for these applicants. They may apply to all courses if they meet the nationality/visa requirement, the residency criteria and the course specific criteria.
People with at least a level 7 qualification who may require new qualifications to return to self-employment or to enter employment. The course is fully funded by HEA for those in receipt of DEASP payment. For those who were previously self-employed and not in receipt of a DEASP payment 90% of the fees are funded by HEA and 10% of the fees are payable to the college.
Returners are those who are not in receipt of a payment from the Department of Social Protection but who have been out of the work environment due to childcare or other caring obligations. Courses are fully funded for these applicants. They may apply to all courses if they meet the nationality/visa requirement and residency criteria.
To be eligible the applicant must have been;
Ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA/Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding their entry to the programme. In addition, the applicant will need to provide supporting documentation to confirm their status as a Homemaker.
Applications must swear a declaration before a Commissioner for Oaths attesting to their status. A form to complete this process is available here.
Note: It should be noted that acceptance on to a Springboard+ course does not confer any entitlement to DEASP payments or childcare supports.
Returners, employed and new graduate participants will be required to meet the residency requirements for HCI Pillar 1; that they must have been ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA/Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding their entry to their course.
No participant on an HCI Pillar 1 course in 2020 will be eligible for support under the Department of Education and Skills Higher Education Grants Scheme.
All applicants are required to provide the following documentation;
Academic Transcripts (this is the yearly breakdown of the modules studied and results received) and we require the transcripts for each year of study completed from any previous studies/courses attended. If these transcripts are in a language other than English, than please be aware we require official translated copies as well as the originals.
Recently updated CV including your education and experience to date
If applying through APEL, we require a personal statement outlining your reasons for applying for the course and why would you be a suitable candidate. Please be aware that your personal statement should be sent as a word document and the average length should be between 500 - 700 words.
Copy of your passport or driver’s licence.
For applicants whose first language is not English and who have not previously undertaken a degree taught through English, evidence must be provided of proficiency in English language equivalent to B2+ or above on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL). This must be evidenced through a recognised English Language test such as IELTS, Cambridge Certificate, PTE or DBS English Assessment. Test certificates should be dated within the last two years to be considered valid • For Non-EU applicants currently residing in Ireland - a Copy of your Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) Card or proof of residency is required, to demonstrate that you have been residing in the EU for 3 of the last 5 years.
Note: The period of residency for holders of Stamp 4 or Stamp 4 EU FAM is calculated from the date of receipt of the Stamp 4. Any period of residency in the state before this date will not be taken into consideration.
For applicants who are in employment (including Self-Employment), we require the following documentation;
Copy of their Tax Credit and Universal Social Charge Certificate 2020, or a letter from their current employer/accountant to confirm employment/self-employment.
Please note that under the Springboard+ HCI 2020/21 initiative, 90% of the fees are funded by HEA and 10% of the fees are payable to the college for this category of applicants. Either the applicant or their employer can pay these fees, should the employer sponsor the applicant. Should you require a company sponsorship form for invoicing please let us know.
For applicants who are unemployed and in receipt of Social Welfare payment, we require the following documentation;
A recent payment slip, a copy of an application for PTEO/BTEA or a letter from DSP confirming your social protection status (signing for credits, any other form of social welfare etc.) would be suitable.
For applicants who are homemakers, we require the following documentation;
Letter/statement signed by a Commissioner for Oaths confirming their status. Please see Springboard+ form on the Springboard+ website
Please note that there are limited places available on all programmes. Those applicants who provide all the relevant supporting documents will be allocated places on their chosen programme on a first come-first served basis, subject to fulfilling the eligibility criteria.
Should we not receive all of the above information, your application will not be progressed and you could potentially miss out an offer of a place.
In the meantime, should you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact the DBS Admissions Office on 01 4177500 or by email on Springboard@dbs.ie
Note: All applications must be submitted online via the Springboard+ website.
Please visit the Springboard+ website for further information on participant eligibility and funding eligibility requirements.
Springboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020. Human Capital Initiative Pillar 1 is funded by the National Training Fund.