- Access UCC
- Community Outreach
- Secondary School
What schools are the activities aimed at?
All our activities are organised via our linked schools only and not direct with members of the public. For Non-DEIS schools interested in a campus visit, please get in touch with UCC's Visitor Centre.
Junior Cycle Outreach Activities
PLUS Programme Homework clubs run in a selection of Cork City-linked schools. For eight weeks each term University students go out to schools and assist Junior cycle students with their homework. This is an excellent opportunity to learn study tips from college students and hear about college life. On the final week, school students are brought on campus for a tour with their tutors.
PLUSProgramme in collaboration with CIT Access Service offer a joint two-day camp ‘Xperience CIT & UCC Camp’ to first-year students in our linked . Having successfully transitioned to second level and completed first year, this camp offers students a unique, interactive and fun introduction to their local third-level colleges and the UCC PLUSProgramme. Students enjoy interactive workshops from each of the 4 colleges in UCC, a campus tour and activities in the Mardyke Arena. Each school decides which students it puts forward to participate.
PLUSProgramme Student Achievement Awards acknowledges the Potential, Endeavour and Effort of 2nd-year students in key subject areas. Class teachers nominate two students in each subject area for the award. The subjects are Maths, English, Gaeilge and European Languages. The students are then invited with their parents/guardians and teachers to a prestigious Awards Ceremony at UCC.
This 1-day camp brings science learning to life in UCC. Students apply their science knowledge in hands-on practical laboratory sessions in the purpose-designed Eureka Centre. Students enjoy using state-of-the-art facilities and experiencing college life as science students. The day ends with the amazing Chemistry Magic Show. Each school decides which students it puts forward to participate.
PLUS Programme offer resources to our linked to provide extra academic support to students in advance of their Junior Cert exams. These small group classes are free to students who may need extra help with exam subjects and can ensure they achieve their best academic performance in the exams. The school decides what subjects/resources are needed and which students may participate.
Senior Cycle Outreach Activities
The purpose of the PLUS Programme Gaeltacht Scholarship Programme is to encourage students’ interest in the Irish language and to enhance their academic performance in the subject. Schools can avail of a Gaeltacht Scholarship to organise a small group visit to the Gaeltacht, facilitate student’s participation in Irish revision programmes or a similar effective initiative to support student learning in Irish. The school itself decides what resources are needed and which students may participate.
Easter School is an activity-packed, fun-filled 5-day university taster programme where 200 TY and 5th year students in our linked enjoy a real UCC student experience. Spending each day on campus, students attend a variety of interactive workshops, lectures and participate in a host of activities that give them a real feel for student life. The purpose of the week is to offer students a taste of the many aspects of UCC that will inspire and encourage them to progress to third level. The school itself decides which students may participate.
In preparation for the Leaving Cert Irish exams, UCC PLUS offers high-quality intensive oral Irish revision classes. The purpose of the classes is to boost students’ confidence in their ability to speak Irish and fully prepare them for the oral exam.
PLUS Programme in conjunction with the Eureka Centre, UCC offers students 1-day intensive premium quality revision classes, including laboratory practicals, to Leaving Cert students studying higher level Chemistry, Biology and Physics. The sessions are exam-focused and are delivered by highly experienced lecturers and teachers.
PLUS Programme offer our linked resources to provide extra academic support to students in advance of their Leaving Cert exams. These small group classes are free to students who may need extra help with exam subjects and can ensure they achieve their best academic performance in the exams. The school itself decides what resources are needed and which students may participate.
PLUS Programme Project Coordinator visits linked schools each year to meet with Leaving Cert students and tell them about the fantastic degree programmes UCC has on offer. A class is also spent explaining the benefits of the Higher Education Access Route Scheme and how students can apply.