Frequently Asked Questions

What is the UCC PLUS+Programme?

Working with linked schools, the UCC PLUS+ Programme (formerly the Access Programme) seeks to target students and to provide motivational and educational assistance to them throughout their secondary schooling in order to enhance their ability to compete for third level places.

Having achieved entry to third level, UCC PLUS+ enables students to participate fully in student life and reach their full potential.

Where is the UCC PLUS+ Programme located?

The UCC PLUS+ Programme is located at Access & Particiaption, 1st Floor, The Hub, UCc Main Campus, College Road, Cork  

 What supports are provided?

The UCC PLUS+ office visits linked schools for information talks on applying for the HEAR Scheme and invites primary and secondary students on campus for a taste of college life.  

Once a HEAR eligible Student arrives at UCC as a new first year, the UCC PLUS+ office provides a huge range of academic, financial and social supports. See our full list of Supports for Current UCC Students

What is the Higher Education Access Route (HEAR)?

The Higher Education Access Route (HEAR) is a third level admission scheme for school leavers from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

For more information visit the HEAR page and www.accesscollege.ie

 How do I become a tutor with the UCC PLUS+ Programme?

There are a variety of different ways to work with us please click here for more details.

 What and when is the UCCPLUS+ Orientation for HEAR Entrants?

Please see our orientation page http://www.ucc.ie/en/uccplus/hear/orientation/ for more details.

 What is the SUSI Grant?

SUSI ( Student Universal Support Ireland) provides financial support to all full time, third level students for fees and / or living costs.  To apply for this grant visit www.susi.ie .  This is separate from any financial support that UCC PLUS+ may offer you as a HEAR eligible student at UCC and we recommend all HEAR eligible students apply for SUSI before  attending UCC PLUS+ 1st YEAR Orientation.    You do not need to be HEAR eligible to apply for the SUSI grant.

 How do I organise student accommodation for the year?

You will need to register with the dedicated Accommodation Service for all UCC Students.

Other than the few nights that new incoming UCC PLUS+ / HEAR, first year students usually spend with us for Orientation in August when not operating under Covd-19 Lockdown restrictions, we do not book or organise accommodation for the full academic year for our students.


ACCESS UCC PLUS, First Floor, The Hub, UCC, T12 YF78