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Further Education

What are our goals? 

The goal of the Further Education Transition Support Programme is to help you progress in your studies.

This will mean different goals for each person and goals and aspirations may change along the way. For example your progression goal may be:

  • progress to UCC
  • progress to MTU or another HE provider.
  • completion of the year of study at FET college and a Level 5 award
  • progression within FET to a Level 6 course for the following year,
  • employment, work, an apprenticeship

Whatever your goal may be, our role is to help you get there. There will be many challenges along the way, there will be changes of mind, new ideas or realisations or maybe personal circumstances where life gets in the way of your studies.  This programme aims to provide the student with additional support in those circumstances.


Who do we support?

  • students who have attended one of the Cork City DEIS Schools listed below that are linked to the PLUS Programme
  • students who have attended one of the Cork County DEIS Schools in the list below
  • students who have attended a Youthreach centre in Cork city or county 
  • students who are members of the Traveller or Roma Community
  • students from Cork Life Centre
  • students who are under 23 years old at the end of the calendar year in which they commence their Further Education studies

It involves working with students during secondary-level education as they make decisions about their future. If they pursue the Further Education pathway of progression to:

  • Cork College of Further Education Tramore Road Campus (formerly CSN)
  • Morrison’s Island Campus (formerly College of Commerce) or
  • Douglas Street Campus (formerly St. John’s College)

the FE Transitions Programme will work with these students throughout their time in FE and on towards Higher Education.


Do I need to register?

No, if you are from one of the listed schools or centres (below), the Cork Life Centre or a member of the Traveller/Roma community then you will be invited to engage with this support when you accept a course place at one of the FE Colleges. You will be contacted about coming to an induction event after you enroll

The UCC Access PLUS FET team will arrange an information session during the school year at the following Cork City Linked DEIS Schools, and provide support to their school leavers after enrollment at their chosen Cork-City FET. 

  • Bishopstown Community School, Bishopstown, Cork
  • Coláiste Dabhéid, CorkColáiste  Eamann Ris (formerly Deerpark CBS), St Patrick's Road, Cork 
  • Gaelcholáiste Mhuire, North Monastery Road, Cork
  • Mayfield Community School, Mayfield, Cork
  • Nagle Community College, Mahon, Cork
  • North Mon CBS, North Monastery Road, Cork
  • North Presentation Secondary School, Farranree, Cork
  • Presentation Secondary School, Ballyphehane, Cork
  • St. Aidan's Community College, Dublin Hill, Cork
  • St. Patrick's College, Gardiner’s Hill, Cork
  • St. Vincent's Secondary School, St. Mary's Road, Cork
  • Terence MacSwiney Community College, Hollyhill, Cork
  • Ursuline Secondary School, Blackrock, Cork
  • Cork Life Centre
  • Any Youthreach centre in Cork City

UCC Access PLUS also offers supports to any School Leaver (under 23) from the following Cork County DEIS Secondary Schools an institutions, after enrollment at their chosen Cork-City FET. 

  • Cobh Community College, Carrignafoy, Cobh, Cork 
  • Coláiste an Chraoibhín, Fermoy Co. Cork
  • Coláiste Fionnchua, Mitchelstown, Co. Cork
  • Coláiste Mhuire,  Buttevant , Co. Cork
  • Davis College, Mallow, Co Cork
  • McEgan College, Macroom, Co. Cork
  • St. Brogan's College, Kilbrogan, Bandon, Co. Cork 
  • St. Colman's Community College, Midleton, Co. Cork
  • Any Youthreach Centre in Cork County 

What kind of support does Access UCC provide?

The following is the support that Access UCC can provide students before and during their study with us. 

  • Meetings with 6th Years, Q+A in schools to be fully informed about the FET options, future progression routes and requirements
  • Attendance at Careers Events, Parent evenings, and open days
  • HEAR Advisory sessions
  • Traveller and Roma outreach in Junior Cycle
  • Course shadowing support at FE Colleges
  • Induction event: meet fellow students, advance visits to the FE college, familiarise yourself with rooms, names and timetables, attend social events
  • One-to-one meetings to discuss challenges, progress and goals
  • Advocacy between you and your tutors and course director
  • Signposting and referral to internal and external support agencies
  • Connection to UCC and MTU and opportunity to visit campus and lectures
  • Course shadowing opportunity in UCC
  • Info and support to apply for CAO and HEAR
  • Study skill supports and signposting
  • Access to resources
  • Welfare and budgeting information
  • Social events

Who do I contact?


Guidance Counsellors and Secondary Schools and all other enquiries can contact


Students can make a one-to-one appointment using the link below or email

Cork College of FET Douglas Street Campus

Appointments at Douglas Street Campus are typically held on Mondays and on Wednesday afternoons, with additional online appointments available based on the schedule.

Please follow the link below to book an appointment with us and learn about the FE to HE Transitions Programme.

Cork College of FET Tramore Road Campus

Appointments at the Tramore Road Campus (CSN) are usually available all day Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, with additional online appointments available based on the schedule.

Please follow the link below to book an appointment with us and learn about the FE to HE Transitions Programme.

Cork College of FET Morrison's Island Campus

Appointments at Morrison's Island Campus are typically held Monday to Friday, with additional online appointments available based on the schedule.

Please follow the link below to book an appointment with us and learn about the FE to HE Transitions Programme.

Access UCC

First Floor, The Hub, Main Campus, UCC, T12 YF78,