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Access to Cultural & Heritage Studies

Course Description

Cultural Anthropology
Bachelor of Arts Degree Preparation (Foundation)

This highly stimulating and exciting course covers the subject areas of Irish archaeology, folklore, local history, genealogy and the arts. This is the first and longest running QQI approved programme, in these fascinating studies, in the country with over 25 years of professional experience and expertise.

This specific Access programme differs in no way from the other Cultural & Heritage Studies course, save that it often contains a higher percentage of mature students, many of whom may have been out of education for some time.

Many students progress to the Bachelor of Arts Degree (in UCC and other universities while many secure work in the Heritage Industry. During the couse, students are bolstered by personal attention and one-to-one motivation.

The course incorprates an extensive off-campus field-trip programme, visiting national monuments; archaeologial sites and excavations; museums, libraries and archives; and private heritage enterprises.

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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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