HEA Funded Courses


A selection of medical and business course are being offered fully funded by the HEA. Find out more below


Find your Future Career with HEA Funded Courses

UCC are offering numerous free or heavily-subsidised places on CPD Modules (5 & 10 ECTS Credits) to those seeking to upskill or reskill under the Government's new Postgraduate Skills Provision initiative. Fees are subsidised by 90-100%.

These industry-focused courses offer opportunities to enhance your skills in a broad range of industry sectors e.g. Business, Food Science, Medicine (Gerontology), Nursing and Midwifery, and Social Studies.

These courses are ideal job seekers, returners, employed, former self-employed and recent graduates.

Modules to be opened

Modules listed below are currently open for applications and there will be an additional 4 for Food Science coming shortly.  Please register your interest using the form at the bottom of the page if you would like to be notified when Food Science modules open for applications.

Am I Eligible For a Funded Space

Read the below in detail to see which category you may fall under. Some applicants will be eligbible for full fee subsidy, while others will be required to pay only 10% of the module fee upon application.

  • Those Unemployed

People in receipt of PUP or a jobseekers payment (for 9 of the previous 12 months) can participate on approved July Stimulus CPD Modules.  These applicants will not pay any course fees once evidence of the PUP or jobseekers payment is provided with the application. Such participants must remain available for employment while attending the course. Those in receipt of jobseekers payments for less than 9 months will pay 10% of the Irish/EU module fee as detailed on the individual module page.

  •  Returners

Returners are those who are not in receipt of a payment from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection but who have been out of the work environment for a number of years due to childcare or other caring obligations. They have a previous history of employment but may require upskilling, reskilling or cross-skilling to transition back to the workforce. To be eligible the applicant must have been:

  • A Homemaker or on other caring duties for a minimum period of 9 of the previous 12 months prior to their application
  • Ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA/UK/Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding their entry to the programme
  • In addition, the applicant will need to provide supporting documentation to confirm their status as a Homemaker.
  • Applicants must swear a declaration before a Commissioner for attesting to their status (form will be provided upon request).

Returners will not pay any course fees. 

  • Those Employed

Applicants who are employed will need to meet the residency requirements, i.e. that the applicant has been ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA/UK/Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding their entry to the programme. This category of applicant will also be required to provide a copy of their most recent ‘Employment Detail Summary’ or other relevant revenue documentation. These applicants will be required to pay 10% of the course fee.

  • Formerly Self-employed

To be eligible those who are formerly self-employed must provide a letter/statement from Revenue confirming that the applicant is no longer trading or a similar letter from the applicants (former) accountant should be sufficient. Alternatively, a participant can swear a declaration stating that they are no longer self-employed.  These applicants will be required to pay 10% of the course fee upon application.

  • Recent graduates

CPD Modules are open to recent graduates. However, to participate in these courses, 2020 graduates will be required to pay 10% of the course fee upon application.

How to Apply

To apply for a module, please read all of the instructions below.  Then proceed to completing your application.  Each module page will have a link to a module application form and any other required documents.  You can list more than one module on the application form.

You will need to email the following attachments to cpd@ucc.ie:

  1. Your completed CPD application form
  2. Any further documents required for specialised modules (these are detailed on the individual module pages)
  3. Funding eligibility document (list of appropriate documents below)
  4. Attach your birthcertificate or passport (ID is required so that we can register you on our student records system)

 Note: Some additional documents may be required depending on your nationality and native language:                                    

  1. If you are not an Irish/EU/EEA/UK/Swiss citizen, you must provide confirmation that you have been ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA/UK/Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding application for the module (Stamp 4 Visas accepted)
  2. If you are not a native English speaker, you will also need to provide language proficiency documentation (details here)

Application submission dates will be based on receipt of complete submissions, including applicable documentation above.  

 

In order to secure a funded place, you will be required to provide confirmation of your status (this is a requirement of the HEA).

Please ensure that you have the correct eligibility document attached to your application email to avoid any unnecessary delays in processing your application:

If you are:

1) Unemployed - confirmation of the duration of your DEASP benefits (statements are available for download from the DEASP).  Those in receipt of payments for 9 of the previous 12 months will be entitled to a 100% subsidy.  If you have fewer than 9 months of contributions, you will be required to pay just 10% of the Irish/EU module fee (listed on the webpage)

2) Returning - completed Returner Declaration document (available here: Declaration Form For Returners)

3) Employed - you can either provide:

            3a. Letter from your employer/HR department confirming that you are employed

            3b. Recent payslip (sensitive information can be redacted if you so wish)

4) Formerly Self-Employed - letter from your accountant advising that you have ceased trading

5) Recent Graduate (unemployed and not in receipt of benefits) - transcript from 2020 or 2019 you will be required to pay just 10% of the Irish/EU module fee (listed on the webpage)

 

Applied Social Studies CPD Modules

 

Module CodeModule TitleCreditsStart Date Programme
SS6020 Principles and Practice of Youth Work 10 ECTS 14/12/2020 Postgraduate Diploma in Youth Work 
SS6036  Youth Work: Skills for Working with Individuals and Groups 10 ECTS  14/12/2020  Postgraduate Diploma in Youth Work  

Business and Law CPD Modules

 

Module CodeModule TitleCreditsStart Date Programme
AC6301 Innovation Finance 5 ECTS 16/12/2020 MSc Innovation, Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship and others
MG6704 Internationalisation and Sales 5 ECTS 16/12/2020 MSc Innovation, Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship and others
IS6306 Technology Business Planning 5 ECTS 16/12/2020 MSc Innovation, Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship 
LW6619  Alternative Dispute Resolution 5 ECTS Dec 2020 Elective on many PG Diplomas in Law
LW6639  Fintech: Law and Regulation 5 ECTS 14/12/2020 Elective on many PG Diplomas in Law

Food Sector CPD Modules

 

Module CodeModule TitleCreditsStart Date Programme
FS6626 Career Management Skills for the Food Sector 5 ECTS 14/12/2020 Certificate in CPD AgriFood Development
FS6627 Science Writing for the Agri-Food Researcher 5 ECTS 14/12/2020 Certificate in CPD AgriFood Development
FS6634 Leadership for Agri-Food Research Students 5 ECTS 14/12/2020 Certificate in CPD AgriFood Development
PE6001 Analysis and Interpretation of Experiemental Data with Mathematical and Statistical Tools 5 ECTS 14/12/2020 Certificate in CPD AgriFood Development

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