Orientation for UCC PLUS+

Orientation for UCC PLUS+ (HEAR) Students

Orientation for UCC PLUS+ (HEAR) Students

2020 HEAR Entrants Orientation Programme

This information page is for HEAR Students only.
The UCC PLUS+ Programme looks after HEAR Scheme entrants to UCC. 

All other incoming first years should click this link https://www.ucc.ie/en/study/undergrad/orientation/orientation/for information on the main University Orientation dates for All First years, organised by the Admissions Office.

All incoming UCC PLUS first year students (HEAR Scheme Entry only) will also complete a mandatory HEAR Orientation programme in UCC  in September before course lectures start.

Once you get your UCC offer via the CAO and are HEAR eligible you will receive an email (to your email address that you registered with the CAO) from UCC HEAR a few days later, outlining the steps required to register for this UCC PLUS+ / HEAR Orientation programme. 

HEAR Orientation will be online for 2020 due to Covid-19 restrictions. Attendance is mandatory. All incoming HEAR eligible first year students will receive important communication from the UCC HEAR office on Monday 14th September. It is essential you read this email and respond accordingly.

HEAR Orientation 2020 - What to do before you arrive

Once you get your CAO course offer, its really important to:

  1. Accept your CAO offer of a UCC course on www.cao.ie
  2. Check the email you will receive from HEAR/UCC PLUS+ on Monday 14th September and immediately follow the instructions to confirm your attendance at UCC PLUS+ Orientation on either Thurs 24th September (CK401 to CK740 inclusive) or Friday 25th September (CK101 to CK307 inclusive).
  3. If you need  Accommodation advice for living arrangements for the academic year 2020/21 in light of Covid-19 restrictions, visit this website and register as soon as possible. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the UCC PLUS+ Programme located?

The UCC PLUS+ Programme is located on the 1st floor, The Hub Building, UCC Main Campus, College Road, Cork  UCC.


Due to COVID-19 restrictions campus is currently closed and all staff are working from home.  Please contact hear@ucc.ie with your full name, surname and CAO number if you have any queries and we will get back to you within 1-2 working days.  See maps https://app.ucc.ie/maps/

 What supports are provided?

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. Whether your course offer was above or below the points required, all HEAR eligible UCC Students can avail of these supports. 

Do I need to have completed UCC Registration Part 2 before coming to the UCC PLUS+ Orientation?

Yes and this is a separate process that you will have to complete along with all other UCC students –Details will be emailed to you directly from the UCC in September.  for more information visit: https://www.ucc.ie/en/study/undergrad/orientation/orientation/

 What is the difference between UCC PLUS+ Orientation and Main College orientation /Registration for first years?

HEAR Eligible students are called UCC PLUS+ Students when they come to UCC.  UCC PLUS+ students will need to complete both the UCC PLUS+ Orientation in September and the main college Orientation and Registration part 2, designated for their course. Please see the following link for exact dates for your course.  https://www.ucc.ie/en/study/undergrad/orientation/orientation/

 How do I organise student accommodation for the year?

UCC PLUS+ do not book or organise accommodation  for our students.  You will need to register with the dedicated Accommodation Service for all UCC Students at their website and register as soon as possible for updates on booking accommodation in light of the current covid-19 restrictions to acadmic life.

In general times, UCC has a Centralised Placement Service online for incoming first years who wish to avail of bed in a student complex.  Only students living at least 45kms away from the university will be prioritised via the service. To register for the service, students should complete the Accommodation Enquiry Form on their website .Although there is no guarantee that accommodation will be sourced, Accommodation staff will endeavour to assist where possible.  The following student complexes will be working with UCC as part of our placement service: 

  • Copley Court, Copley Street
  • Deans Hall, Crosses Green
  • Farranlea Hall, Victoria Cross
  • UCC Castlewhite, Western Road
  • UCC Victoria Lodge, Victoria Cross
  • UCC Victoria Mills, Victoria Cross


Do UCC PLUS+ arrange pay for my accommodation for the year?

UCC PLUS+ may provide you with a financial Bursary however this will not cover accommodation costs for the year.  You will need to apply for the SUSI Grant for assistance with accommodation costs.

 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.   You do not need to be HEAR eligible to apply for the SUSI grant.


UCC PLUS+ Programme

UCC PLUS+, Access and Participation, First Floor, The Hub, UCC, T12 YF78