Returning to Education


Returning to education is no doubt a big, and often difficult decision for anyone considering the leap.  


Overcoming Barriers

Numerous practical barriers exist for adults returning to education such as fees, childcare, work schedules, and time pressures. At ACE, our programmes are structured to work around those barriers. All of our courses are offered on apart-time basis, allowing students to maintain their work/family schedules while still pursuing further education. 


Adjustment Period

The period of transition and adjustment when returning to education can often be intimidating. The disruption to our normal routines can be off-putting, and is reason enough for some not to make the transition. However, it is important to remember that these concerns are both normal, and shared. At ACE, we have a great team of programme coordinators with substantial experience in supporting students during this time of transition. The programme coordinator assigned to your particular course can support you and help alleviate any concerns or pressures you may have as you begin your new journey into adult education.



“Those people who develop the ability to continuously acquire new and better forms of knowledge that they can apply to their work and to their lives will be the movers and shakers in our society for the indefinite future.”

― Brian Tracy, International Advocate for Lifelong Learning


Like most journeys, returning to education can be both exciting and terrifying, but it can also open up numerous possibilities to gain new knowledge, confidence, and control over your future. Adult education provides learners with an opportunity to pursue both their personal and professional goals, amongst a community of fellow learners with whom they can share both the learning and the student experience. The benefits of returning to education are limitless, and can assist learners in not only improving their employability, but also in gaining new experiences and friendships. Should you decide to take the leap, our team at ACE will make sure that it’s a decision you won’t regret!



Helpful Links:

Adult Education courses on offer - 2015/2016

UCC Mature Student Office

Mature Student Guide


Interesting Facts:

AONTAS reports 94% of all part time new entrants in universities are mature students 

The Central Statistics Office reported an 81% employment rate for people in Ireland with a third-level education

Third level graduates have a 21% increased employment rate over second level at-most graduates

3rd Level Education Graph

Central Statistics Office Quarterly National Household Survey, December 2011

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