SEFS for Schools

Regrettably, it is unlikely that the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science will be in a position to offer Transition Year Programmes in 2020/2021, due to the pandemic restrictions.  

If this situation should change, any information on programmes to which we are alerted will be added here.

At present, only the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences is planning to run its TY programme in this academic year, see here for information.


SEFS for Schools and Communities

Through outreach programmes, the UCC College of Science, Engineering and Food Science aims to make the entire Science area fun, interactive and educational for our future budding scientists.

Through engagement with school children at an early age, we want to light that fire of curiosity and passion for exploring and learning about the amazing world which is all around us!

Take a look at all the work that UCC is currently doing to bring Science into your community.


February – Postgraduate Open Day

April – Spring Open Day

Easter - Leaving Certificate Chemistry Revision Day

MaySalters Festival of Chemistry, Chemistry Magic Shows

JuneUCC Plus Chemistry Camp Summer Academy

October – Autumn Open Day, Student Information Fairs

NovemberNational Science Week, Chemistry Magic Shows

December - Leaving Certificate Chemistry Revision Day

Computer Science activities

The Department of Computer Science at University College Cork works very hard to provide outreach programmes to primary, secondary school pupils and teachers in Munster. Our programmes are designed to promote computer science education prior to entry into third level.  We liaise closely with students, teachers and parents which helps us offer programmes that are relevant to the student needs.  Our current outreach activies include:

School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences activities

The School of BEES Transition Year Programme gives secondary school students the chance to discover science at UCC in a structured way.

The students get the opportunity to study and work alongside BEES staff and students for a week and get a feel for areas like Plant Science, Zoology, Environmental Science and Geology. The week also sees the students visiting the Eureka Centre, the Boole Library and getting a guided tour of the UCC campus. Speaking about the programme, Dr. Grace Cott (co-ordinator) said: "It aims to deliver a comprehensive experience of working in the area of Zoology, Ecology, Geology, Plant Science and Environmental Science through a series of lectures and practicals. It also offers the students a chance to participate in various degree courses and avail of the facilities in UCC. We hope the students enjoy their time here and benefit from the different activities, ultimately assisting them in choosing their future careers!” Read how the 2012 and 2013 TYP students enjoyed the programme on the BEES Blog.



The School of Mathematical Sciences at University College Cork runs outreach activities for primary and secondary school pupils throughout the year, through its Maths Circles and UCC Mathematics Enrichment Initiatives. More information can be found online at:

MATHENR  for UCC Mathematics Enrichment (UCC Mathematics Enrichment Programme)

Maths Circles for Maths Circles

Through the Maths Circles initiative we hope that we all can:

  • Offer an outlet for young students with an interest in Mathematics
  • Improve mathematical abilities in a relaxed, non-classroom environment
  • Engender and foster an enjoyment of Maths for Junior Cycle students

College of Science, Engineering and Food Science

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