Sanctuary Scholarships

Courses for Autumn 2021 to be announced in June. Please see below the courses that were available last year.

We have just launched our ACE Sanctuary Scholarship scheme for the 2020/21 academic year. We have a broad range of courses available at various levels. Applicants may apply online through their chosen Programme until 28th August 2020. 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 2020:                                                                                                                      

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


Level 7 Programmes
Certificate in Safety, Health and Welfare at Work
Certificate in Management Practice
Certificate in Operator Development (Pharma Manufacturing)
Certificate in Process and Chemical Engineering
Certificate in Psychology of Criminal Behaviour
Diploma in Autism Studies
Diploma in Development & Global Human Rights
Diploma in Disability Studies
Diploma in Environment, Sustainability and Climate
Diploma in Food Science and Technology
Diploma in Learning and Development Practice **
Diploma in Social Studies
Diploma in Youth and Community Work


 Level 8 Programmes
Higher Diploma in Facilitating Inclusion (Disability Studies)
Higher Diploma in Safety, Health and Welfare at Work


Level 9 Programmes
Postgraduate Certificate in Project Management**
Postgraduate Diploma in Trauma Studies (Online)
MSc in Mindfulness Based Wellbeing
MSc in 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 Postgraduate Certificate in Project Management and 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 2010/21 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, 7th September 2020.

Closing date for completion of applications is 5pm, 7th September 2020.
**No applications will be accepted after this time**.

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