Return to campus

NCI All full-time students are now scheduled for time on-campus and the library and study spaces are open without prior booking.


National College of Ireland is delighted to welcome students back on campus.


Timetables can be viewed on the NCI website. We are following Government guidelines and prioritising the health and safety of our students and staff. This means that, currently, we are limited in the number of people we may have on campus at any given time. To this end, you must only attend on campus for timetabled classes, or for other appointments. However, you can pop into the library to pick up a hard copy text or access a study space at any time.


Initially, we are prioritising attendance on campus for Full-Time students, both undergraduate and postgraduate, with up to 2 days each week of on-campus activity. Part-Time programmes will predominantly remain online for 2021/22: opportunities to meet on-campus with classmates will be notified well in advance.

The timetable you have received integrates on-campus and online events. This means that you can establish a good habit of attendance as, even if the mode of delivery of your class changes in response to changing COVID-19 restrictions, it will still take place at the same time. This should make it easier to transition seamlessly back to fully on-campus as conditions and government guidelines allow.

Your on-campus learning events are essential to completing your course; however, dual delivery provides those who can’t attend on campus, e.g.; students who are at high risk, or who are self-isolating, etc. These students will be able to join the lecture online as it happens.

At all times, student health and safety and adherence to Government direction and HSE advice regarding COVID-19 will guide on-campus attendance. Any general changes to on-campus access as currently planned will be clearly communicated via Moodle, to your college email address and on our website.

Students are asked, at this time, not to attend on-campus except as timetabled by their programme, by pre-arranged appointment, or to access library/study facilities. Note Library services remain available online


In line with QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland) guidance, provision for alternative assessment and delivery arrangements remain in place. You will be assessed on a mix of continuous assessment, traditional assignments and/or online examinations. Group projects will operate as normal, as these can easily be managed in an online mode of delivery. You will not be required to undertake any in-person examinations on-campus.

Students may repeat an assessment taken under these alternative assessment arrangements without academic or financial penalty. Students may also defer an assessment until terminal in-person examinations are reinstated. You can find more information about assessment and exams at NCI on the exams section of our site. We also encourage all students to keep up to date with information from their Programme Coordinator.

Work Placement

For current students due to take up work placement this year, it is intended for these to be carried out where possible. Each work placement will be considered on a case-by-case basis, with its suitability assessed in light of the latest advice from government and the HSE.


NCI is consistent in following HSE advice and Government direction. Should we need to restrict access to campus in response to an increase in COVID-19 restrictions, we will do so, however our intention will always be to return to the plan above as soon as possible. 

Please check our FAQs for the most up-to-date information. Students will receive direct communication of updates via college email and Moodle.