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Access to Cultural & Heritage Studies

Course Description

Cultural Anthropology
Bachelor of Arts Degree Preparation (Foundation)

The course is identical in every respect to the programme of Cultural and Heritage Studies (see listed). However, this particular programme is specifically orientated to more mature students, many of whom have been out of education for some time. We use the disciplines of archaeology, folklore, history and the Arts to build students’ confidence and slowly increase their competencies in new learning. This is an interesting and highly stimulating course of study and students receive one-to-one mentoring and support. Many students who have attended this course may have been unemployed for some time; may be on a career break or recently retired; may have seen their children progress to school or college and now wish to do something for themselves. Many students progress to the Bachelor of Arts in UCC while others secure work in the Heritage Industry.

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Standing Stones

This course has traditionally been of great interest to mature students who have retired from the world of work or who are at a stage in life where they wish to reinvest in themselves. The course prides itself on its ability to deliver the course content in areas of Irish culture in an enjoyable and entertaining fashion, easing the participants back into full-time education.

Subject areas such as history, archaeology, folklore and the arts provide interesting and challenging talking points whereby the participants are encouraged to engage in open discussion and to develop their confidence in asserting their opinions. This is an exciting, entertaining, deep exploration of Irish culture that provides students with the skills, knowledge and practical know-how to progress on to further education or indeed to enter the workplace.

Many students look upon this course as an excellent foundation course for the Bachelor of Arts Degree (in UCC and other universities) and those who successfully complete this programme, not only attain their places at university, but go on to have outstanding careers there.

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