Sanctuary Scholarships

The ACE Sanctuary Scholarships are due to open shortly for the 2022/2023 intake. Please contact Ann Marie Atkins for more details. The courses below were offered last year, courses offered for 2022/2023 may differ.

Applications are welcome from asylum seekers and refugees whose status in Ireland has not been determined and who are not eligible for typical social welfare entitlements. If you are interested you are advised to contact Ann Marie Atkins the ACE Sanctuary Coordinator 

A limited number of fully paid places are available on the following part-time programmes commencing in UCC in autumn 2021:                                                                                                                      

Level 6 Programmes
Certificate in Mental Health in the Community 
Certificate in Disability Studies (Limerick)
Certificate in Youth and Community Work (Limerick) 


Level 7 Programmes
Certificate in Process and Chemical Engineering
Diploma in Disability Studies
Diploma in Environment, Sustainability and Climate
Diploma in Learning and Development Practice **
Diploma in Social Studies
Diploma in Youth and Community Work


 Level 8 Programmes
Certificate in Procurement Management
Higher Diploma in Safety, Health and Welfare at Work


Level 9 Programmes
Postgraduate Certificate in (Bio) Pharma Processing 
Postgraduate Certificate in Personal and Management Coaching 
Postgraduate Certificate in Trauma Studies (Online)
Postgraduate Certificate Mindfulness Based Practice and Research
Postgraduate Diploma in Trauma Studies (Online)
Postgraduate Diploma in Irish Food Culture 
Postgraduate Diploma in (Bio) Pharma Processing
MSc Personal and Management Coaching


*Potential applicants can view full programme details including programme entry requirements for each of the programmes listed here at 
*Programmes will run subject to viability                    

**Contact Ann Marie Atkins directly regarding the Diploma in Learing and Development Practice for further details. 

Who should apply?

Applications are welcome from asylum seekers and refugees whose status in Ireland has not been determined and who are not eligible for typical social welfare entitlements. Applicants must also:

• Meet the programme entry requirements for the chosen course including English language requirements;
• Be living within commuting distance to Cork during the course of their studies.

How are courses delivered?

Courses are usually delivered on a part-time basis (typically evenings and weekends) in UCC from September to June. However, given the current context of Covid-19 and the prevailing public health guidelines, there will be a blended
online approach for ACE programmes for the 2021/22 academic year. This will mean that for semester 1 all teaching will generally be delivered online. We will endeavour to provide more classroom-based teaching in semester 2, however this is dependent on the progression of the virus and public health advice in this very fluid situation.

What will it cost?

ACE Sanctuary Scholars will receive a fee waiver for the relevant programme fees. The scheme does not include accommodation or any other financial support.

How can I apply?

Before applying, potential applicants are encouraged to discuss their application with Programme Coordinator, Ann Marie Atkins (email: The application process involves the following steps:

1. Applications must be submitted online through the chosen programme webpage.
2. Applicants must submit a 300 word statement outlining why they wish to study the chosen programme at UCC.
3. Applicants whose first language is not English may be required to complete a language check in order to provide evidence of English language proficiency.
4. Applicants need to ask a minimum of one referee to write a reference to accompany the application. A maximum of three references are permitted. Referees can be a community leader or other person who can confirm your commitment as a part-time student, and your potential for independent study and reflective thinking. The reference(s) should be emailed by referee(s) to before 5pm, 1st September 2021.

Closing date for completion of applications is 5pm, 1st September 2021.
**No applications will be accepted after this time**.


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