We offer a supportive friendly education in a beautiful historic setting.
At Carlow College, St. Patrick’s, our students are at the centre of everything we do! Our class sizes are small and inclusive, meaning you receive more personal attention than at larger colleges, and we have great support and resources available to all our students.
We are committed to equality, diversity, and inclusion. We aim to create an educational experience where each student feels valued for their individuality, and can reach their full potential in a supportive environment.
Our college is situated in the heart of Carlow Town. As a student, you will be on the doorstep of a vibrant, friendly, and bustling town with shops, restaurants, and an exciting nightlife. On the grounds of Carlow College is VISUAL, a world class centre of arts and theatre, giving our students access to a variety of cultural events and projects.
Carlow College, St. Patrick’s, is the second oldest third-level institution in Ireland, and has been serving the educational needs of students across Ireland since 1793. We’re proud that 91% of our recent graduates are in employment or further study.
Carlow College specialises in Arts, Humanities, and Social Science courses, and students can choose from a range of complementary subject areas, such as English, History, Psychology, Philosophy, Theology, Social Care, Sociology, Politics, Community Development, Creative Arts, and Media Studies. All students are immersed in a dynamic, interactive, engaging, and supportive learning experience that encourages independent thinking, practical research, and communication skills geared towards the 21st century workplace.
Carlow College programmes also focus on personal and professional development through work placements, internships, and career
practice modules, which are essential for future employment.
Our degrees have a reputation for producing highly skilled and successful graduates. The Arts and Humanities and English and History programmes are both recognised by the Teaching Council, and the Social Care programme fulfils the requirements for CORU, the professional body for the regulation of professional health and social care workers. Our graduates have progressed to a diverse range of careers in teaching, social care, health care, psychology, civil service, public administration, journalism and social media, marketing, community development, advocacy, libraries and archives. Graduates are also well placed to undertake M.A. and Ph.D. programmes in their specialised fields of study.
Our small classes allow for more personal attention from your lecturers, and for a much closer-knit student group!