How do you apply for a course or a college?
All applications for Springboard courses must be made on-line through the Bluebrick/Springboard website, says Jill Barrett
To research the course options available to you on Springboard all you have to do is click on "How to apply". You will then be given options to:
View all courses
Search by type
Here you can choose your preferred mode of study and your options include:
Online and distance
Here you can select "all locations" or a county of your choice.
In this you have an option to choose a particular provider (maybe a college near you) or search "all course providers".
www.bluebrick.ie/ springboard allows you to apply for any programme using a single on-line application process. You can select up to fifteen Springboard courses to apply to but you must make a separate application for each.
You will be invited to open a personal BlueBrick.ie user account when you apply, where you enter your email address and your unique password. You have the option of saving all the details that you enter on the application form to your BlueBrick.ie user account.
If you then come back to apply for a different course, your details are prefilled in the form, saving you from entering them in again.
As part of the application process course providers may ask you for some additional information, such as a birth certificate; certificate(s) of previous educational awards and/or photographic identification.
Once you submit your completed application through www.bluebrick.ie/ springboard the course providers you've chosen will correspond with you regarding the progress of your application. In the event that you don't hear from them in the timeframe expected be proactive and contact them directly.
Apply for your chosen programme(s) as early as possible through www.bluebrick.ie/ springboard Many programmes are filling quickly. Don't wait until the closing date to apply as if the course is over-subscribed the course provider may stop accepting applications much earlier than you expect.
You can log into your profile at any time to see if you have been offered a place by logging into your profile account and clicking on "My Offers" at the top of the page on www.bluebrick.ie/ springboard If you find that you have been made multiple offers, as soon as you accept one all others will be withdrawn. So you will need to think carefully about your choice. If necessary seek further advice from the course provider, local adult guidance officer or other local advice source to make sure that you are making the best choice for your needs.
If you change your mind about an offer you have accepted you will need to contact the course provider immediately to withdraw your interest. You are then free to apply for any other courses for which there are places available.
Once you have accepted any offer you must send in your completed UP51b form to the course provider and also the SB611 form if that applies to you.
These forms must be submitted to demonstrate your eligibility for the course and you will not be registered without them. Both can be downloaded from the "Am I eligible" section of www.bluebrick.ie/ springboard
Springboard courses are free-of-charge, as is using www.bluebrick.ie/ springboard to search for and apply for courses.
There may be some additional costs, for necessary items of equipment or books, while participating on the course.
The majority of Springboard courses are starting in September 2011. See www.bluebrick.ie/ springboard for more details on start dates of individual courses.
Irish Independent Supplement