Carlow College

College Street, Carlow, Ireland

Carlow College is the second oldest third level institution in the country. However, our energy is focused on the future. Carlow College is a third level institution with courses that are exciting and rewarding, where lecturers know students by name and offer one to one guidance and support and where the student community is welcoming and inclusive.

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Carlow College, St. Patrick's is situated in its own grounds on an eighteenth-century parkland and is known locally as St. Patrick’s College. As such, Carlow College is ideally located in the heart of Carlow town. With Tullow Street only one hundred meters away our students have access to banks, shops, food outlets and a wide variety of social venues on the doorstep. Pedestrian access from the town centre is on College Street and is flanked by the Cathedral to the South and by the magnificent VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art to the North.

We offer degrees in Humanities, Arts, Social Care or Community Studies at Carlow College. Our students have the potential to secure careers in the fields of education/teaching, politics, conflict resolution, social care, the media, arts, libraries and archives, health care, community work, special education and the judicial services.

The Humanities and History and English degrees are recognised by the Teaching Council of Ireland for the purposes of teaching English, History and Religion. All our programmes are accredited by QQI and are constantly revised to provide the very best learning experience for our students.

Carlow College's ratio of doctoral level lecturers to students is the highest in the south-east of Ireland. We offer both an accessible education and an elite education to whoever wishes to avail of it. Our student retention rates are among the best in the country.

Carlow College is proud of its long history and it maintains its strong tradition as a student friendly campus where students and lecturers work together to create the optimum atmosphere for student and personal development.

Over the years Carlow has educated generations of politicians, priests, writers and public officials who were leaders in the society of their time. Today's students find employment in education, community work, the civil service, media and the social care field. A high percentage of our students proceed to postgraduate studies in the fields of Philosophy, English, History, Theology and Social Studies.

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Programs / Degrees at Carlow College


  • B.A. & B.A. (Hons) Applied Social Studies in Social Care
  • B.A. (Hons) Citizenship & Community Studies
  • B.A. (Hons) English & History
  • B.A. Humanities
  • B.A. (Hons) Humanities
  • Part-Time Study (A.C.C.S.)

Evening Courses

  • Irish Local History - Fees: €125
  • The Introduction to Psychology - Fees: €1..


  • M.A. in Therapeutic Child Care
  • The International Centre for Therapeutic Care, Ireland Network

Student Life

  • 51-200
  • Private
    Control type
  • Religious affiliation

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