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Sanctuary Scholarships

The ACE Sanctuary Scholarships will open for the 2024/2025 academic year in March. If you would like further information about the Sanctuary Scholarships please contact Ann Marie Atkins:  email: or phone number: 0860752955

List of Part Time Courses

A limited number of fully paid places are available on the following part-time programmes commencing in UCC in Autumn 2024.                                                                                                                

Level 6 Programmes
Certificate in Arts (Psychology) 
Certificate in Mental Health in the Community 
Certificate in Mythology


Level 7 Programmes
Continuing Professional Development Certificate in Project Management
Certificate in Safety, Health and Welfare at Work 
Diploma in Autism Studies Online
Diploma in Disability Studies
Diploma in Environment, Sustainability and Climate 
Diploma in Food and Science Technology
Diploma in Heritage and Folklore Studies
Diploma in Learning and Development Practice
Diploma in Management Practice
Diploma in the Psychology of Criminal Behaviour 
Diploma in Social Studies
Diploma in Youth and Community Work Cork


 Level 8 Programmes
Higher Diploma in Facilitating Inclusion
Higher Diploma in Safety, Health and Welfare at Work


Level 9 Programmes
Certificate in Continuing Professional Development in Building Work-Placed Resilience * 
Postgraduate Diploma in Further, Adult and Community Education
Postgraduate Certificate in Mindfulness Based Practice and Research 
Postgraduate Certificate in Personal and Management Coaching
Postgraduate Diploma in Personal and Management Coaching
Certificate in Continuing Professional Development in Trauma-Informed Care: Practice and Theory 
Certificate in Continuing Professional Development in Trauma-Informed Practice in Education
Postgraduate Certificate in Trauma Studies (Online)
Postgraduate Diploma in Trauma Studies (Online)
Masters in Trauma Studies

* Potential applicants interested in the Certificate in Continuing Professional Development in Building Work-Placed Resilience and Diploma in Learning and Development Practice must contact Ann Marie Atkins in the first instance at: e-mail: or phone number: 0860752955

Please note that programmes will run subject to viability       

Who Should Apply

Applicants must:

(1) Be an international protection applicant, asylum seeker or a refugee who is not eligible for the state Free Fees scheme, SUSI grants and/or the International Protection Student scheme (documentation of status will be required);*

(2) Meet the academic eligibility criteria for their chosen programme (including English language requirements);

 (3) Be living in the Republic of Ireland;

(4) Be able to live in commuting distance to course delivery location during the course of their studies for courses not delivered wholly online.

*Please note that for the 24/25 cycle, applications are also welcomed from displaced Ukrainian citizens.

**As places are limited, first time Sanctuary Scholarship applicants will be prioritised, but if there are places available we will try to support progression for past scholarship holders

How are Courses Delivered

Courses are usually delivered on a part-time basis (typically evenings and weekends). A variety of in-person, online and blended courses are available. Please check course webpages for up-to-date delivery information.

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. The application process involves the following steps:

1. Applications must be submitted online through the chosen programme webpage. Please contact Ann Marie Atkins for the fee waiver code to be used at this stage.

2. Applicants must submit a 300 word statement outlining why they wish to study the chosen programme at UCC. This should be uploaded as part of your online application.

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 August 2024


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