Dáil Éireann - Volume 492 - 09 June, 1998
Written Answers. - Higher Diploma in Education.
Mr. N. Ahern Mr. N. Ahern
239. Mr. N. Ahern asked the Minister for Education and Science the numbers accepted for the Higher Diploma in Education in UCD, Trinity College and Maynooth College for each of the past five years; the number who were unsuccessful in gaining a place on each occasion; and the likelihood of a student gaining a place on the H.Dip (Ed) where that student has qualified with a BA (Hons) Degree in 1993 and whose application has been unsuccessful in each year since graduation. [13436/98]
Minister for Education and Science (Mr. Martin) Micheál Martin
Minister for Education and Science (Mr. Martin): The higher diploma in education is offered by the education departments of Trinity College Dublin and the four universities of the National University of Ireland at Cork, Dublin, Galway and Maynooth. The information requested by the Deputy in relation to the number of applicants and places available in Trinity College, Dublin and Maynooth in the past five years is as follows. It is important to have regard to the fact that the applications figures would include candidates who have applied to a number of institutions.
Applicants for a place on a higher diploma in education course are assessed according to academic achievement, the subjects taken in their degree programme, teaching experience, other relevant experience, e.g. social-voluntary work and in the cases of Trinity College and the National University of Ireland, Maynooth performance at an interview. In the case of the National University of Ireland, Dublin, 50 per cent of places are offered at random to qualified applicants. The universities are autonomous institutions which set their own admission requirements regulations and it would not be appropriate for me to become involved in such matters in the case of an individual student.
Number of applicants for the higher diploma in education and the number of places provided by Trinity College Dublin, National University of Ireland, Dublin and the National University of Ireland, Maynooth for the last five year.
*First year of the quota system 
Dáil Éireann 492 Written Answers. Higher Diploma in Education.