Minimum entry requirements


Five (5) CSEC (CXC)/GCE O’Level subjects, inclusive of English A and Mathematics, Grades 1,2,3* or A,B,C.


*Grade 3 accepted if attained in June 1998 or beyond


Applicants who possess CAPE or A’Level qualifications may be considered for advanced standing (the award of credits towards your degree programme). Find out more.

Alternate Routes


Applicants who do not possess the minimum requirements for entry into a degree programme may be eligible for admission via the following:


Mature applicants (25 years and over) with relevant experience, who do not possess the minimum entry requirements, may be considered on the basis of experience and demonstrable competence.


COMPASS is designed to help students gain the qualifications needed to access the degree programme of their choice at COSTAATT. The duration of study in COMPASS depends on students’ entry-level competencies; performance on the placement tests in English, mathematics and, where relevant, science; and the admission requirements of the programme they wish to pursue.

To qualify for the COMPASS programme, applicants MUST have completed five years of secondary school and:


  • Possess 3-4 CSEC (CXC)/GCE passes
  • Possess 5 CSEC (CXC)/GCE passes without mathematics or English or
  • Be 25 years or older (mature student) with academic literacy acquired through work or life experiences.


Upon successful completion of the COMPASS programme, students may apply to the college programme for which they would then have gained the necessary entry requirements.


Persons interested in pursuing the Nursing programme must be guided by the registration requirements of the Nursing Council of Trinidad and Tobago.



It’s important to submit your application, test scores, and related materials as soon as possible — ideally, before the deadline. Your application materials will be reviewed once all of them have been received. Although deadlines vary by semester, here are some general deadlines to keep in mind:


We normally accept applications in the following periods unless otherwise stated.


Application Period: mid-February to June


Application Period: October to Mid-December



DISCLAIMER: COSTAATT reserves the right to cancel or modify any programme advertised.

Programme Specific Requirements


School of Nursing, Health and Environmental Sciences:

Applicants to the BSc and AAS in Occupational Safety and Health programmes must be 16 years or older.


Applicants to the Nursing programme must be between 17½ and 45 years old.


Applicants to programmes in the School of Nursing, Health and Environmental Sciences must possess one or more science subjects. See list below for more details.

Subject Specific Programmes

at least one science subject
Biology and Physics

Medical Laboratory Technology
Biology and/or Human and Social Biology and Chemistry

Environmental Health
Biology or Human and Social Biology

Environmental Management
Biology and Chemistry

Occupational Safety and Health
Biology or Human and Social Biology

Water and Wastewater Management, Services and Technology
Chemistry and Physics

Biology and Chemistry

Biology Pre-Med
Biology, Chemistry and Physics

To be admitted to the following programmes, short-listed applicants must be successful at an admissions interview: Nursing, Medical Laboratory Technology, Radiography, Environmental Health.


School of Liberal Arts and Human Services:


To be admitted to the music programme (bachelor’s and associate degree), short-listed applicants will be required to successfully complete the audition process.

To be admitted to the following programmes, short-listed applicants must be successful at an admissions interview: BSW Social Work, Early Childhood Care and Education and BSc Applied Psychology.