Springboard +

 Why complete a Springboard+ course at UCC?

  • Academic expertise combined with industry focus
  • Dedicated support for adult learners
  • Individual career coaching
  • Courses rated highly by employers and graduates alike

Who should apply

All those in the categories listed below who wish to progress their careers by studying at an internationally recognised 5 star university on a part-time basis. Courses are free for jobseekers and returners – those in employment receive a 90% fee subsidy from the HEA.

· Jobseekers - Those in receipt of an eligible payment from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, and the formerly self-employed.

· Returners - Those not in receipt of a payment from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection that have been out of the work environment for a number of years but who may require upskilling or reskilling to transition back to the workforce.

· Those in employment who wish to upskill or reskill.

How to apply

In advance of applying for this course, please familiarise yourself with the programme entry requirements detailed on this page, as well as the Springboard+ eligibility criteria outlined at https://springboardcourses.ie/eligibility

To take a course through Springboard+ you will need to:

1. be living full-time in the Republic of Ireland
2. have your own, valid PPS Number
3. meet the nationality/visa requirement
- You are an EU/EEA/UK/Swiss national or:
- You have permission to remain in Ireland as a family member of an EU citizen or;
- You have Stamp 4 or Stamp 4 EU FAM on your GNIB residence card or;
- You have official refugee status in Ireland / are here on the basis of refugee family reunification or;
- You have been granted Humanitarian Leave to Remain in the State (prior to the Immigration Act 1999) or;
- You have permission to remain following the Minister’s decision not to make a deportation order.
4. have lived in either the EU, the EEA, the UK or Switzerland for at least 3 out of the last 5 years
- If you are a Stamp 4 or Stamp 4 EU FAM holder, residency is calculated from the date you received your stamp. Any time before this cannot be counted.
- If you have refugee status in Ireland, residency is counted from the date you applied for International Protection.

Please ensure that you have ALL of the following documentation available at the time of application:

1. Copies of transcripts and parchments for any previous educational qualifications that demonstrate how you meet the programme entry requirements.

2. Application statement - please describe in a maximum of 500 words why you wish to study this course at UCC and explain how you meet the programme entry requirements. Applicants should also reflect on their ability to commit to the course's delivery method - whether on campus in UCC or online.

3. Detailed and up-to-date CV.

4. Proof of selected category of applicant, i.e. employed, self-employed, unemployed, or returner. Please see https://springboardcourses.ie/eligibility for acceptable documentation for each category.

5. Copy of IELTS/TOEFL/Duolingo certificate for non-native English speakers demonstrating level required by programme entry requirements.

6. Proof of meeting the nationality/residency requirement if applicable (Relevant applicants must provide evidence of residency for 3 out of the last 5 years).

PLEASE NOTE: Documents must be combined into one zip file and uploaded. Uploading of multiple documents is currently not facilitated. To create a zip file in Windows:

1. Select the files you want to add to the zip file. Selecting files.
2. Right-click one of the files. A menu will appear. 
3. In the menu, click Send to and select Compressed (zipped) folder. 
4. A zip file will appear. If you want, you can type a new name for the zip file.


Candidates are advised to apply early as high demand is anticipated and places are limited.

Closing date for Applications is 4th August 2023. 

All unsuccessful applicants will be informed asap to afford them the opportunity to apply for alternative courses. 

Eligibility for Springboard+ course will be checked at application stage and at course registration - proof of status must be provided on each occasion. Further verification checks will occur at least twice during the year where students will be expected to confirm their registration and status on the Springboard+ website.



No fees are applicable for jobseekers (unemployed and formerly self-employed) and returners (homemakers, carers, etc.) as these fees are subsidised by the Springboard+ scheme.

Those currently in employment will incur a 10% fee which will be collected by UCC prior to the commencement of the course.

Want to know more

Email Lorna Moloney, UCC Springboard Coordinator, at ace.springboard@ucc.ie or telephone 087-6931100

Springboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund. 

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