Dear Parents and Guardians, 

We hope you are keeping well and we look forward to communicating with you throughout the year. As you may be aware the Department of Education has implemented a full return to school. Plans have already commenced for Transition Year and we ask for your support and understanding while we attempt to navigate these unchartered waters. Some useful documentation can be found here: https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/a128d-back-to-school/?referrer=http://www.gov.ie/backtoschool/ . We intend to proceed with TY with the same spirit and determination as we did the Pre Covid programme but of course there may be changes, losses and a lot of positive and creative thinking required. 

The cost for the TY Programme 20/21 is €230, I have spent the last two weeks restructuring the programme in order to keep the costs of TY as low as possible. Many of our workshops and courses have switched to online delivery (see below) and we have replaced or included certain modules to ensure COVID compliance. We are pleased to offer the reduced cost of TY at €230 per student for the 2020/2021 programme.  Payments should be made via Way to Pay with Ashling in the office and no later than 30th September 2020. Most materials and course providers will be paid for in advance by the school so it is vital that we ensure that we have the budget to supplement it. Any families experiencing financial difficulties or concerns about payment should send an email in confidence to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and arrangements will be made. 

Updates for the 2020/21 TY Programme (So Far….) 

NB: For the 2020/21 Programme The TY Portfolio will now be digital and would suit our needs in the event of further school closures 

We will include a brand-new MEDIA BROADCASTING course from TINPOT MEDIA. Facilitated by  expert trainers and using interactive online video tutorials, students will learn by doing – working through modules covering areas like radio presentation, editing, audience engagement, scriptwriting, and music playlisting, to name a few. https://www.tinpot.ie/training/ty-transmission/ 

We will also include a fully certified First Aid Course, Manual Handling and HCCAP Food Safety Course from www.firstaidcoaching.ie  These certificates are valid for 2 years.  

 

 

Transition Year offers pupils a broad educational experience. It provides a bridge to help 

pupils make the transition from a highly structured environment to one where they will take 

greater responsibility for their own learning and decision making. Pupils participate in 

learning strategies which are active and experiential, and which help them to develop a range 

of transferable critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills. 

TY also gives students an opportunity to reflect on and develop an awareness of the value of 

education and training in preparing them for the ever-changing demands of the adult world of 

work and relationships. 

Please find a list of some external TY specific programmes – many of these can be found on the 

following wesites: 

www.ty.ie and www.careersportal.ie  

Business Programmes 

IBM TY Student Workshop for students interested in Maths/Science (1 week in Autumn and Spring): 

https://careersportal.ie/workx/employer_search_result.php?offer_id=63  

Ericsson Ireland TY Work Experience Programme 

National Gallery of Ireland TY Work Experience: https://www.nationalgallery.ie/transition-yearwork-experience  

College Programmes 

Centre for Talented Youth of Ireland 

https://www.dcu.ie/ctyi/index.shtml  

Centre for Talented Youth Correspondence Courses 

January - May 

Dublin City University's CTYI offers a number of correspondence courses for students in 

Transition Year. Students may apply directly to CTYI and need not have taken a prior 

assessment. The course runs from January to May, with assignments due every 3-4 weeks. 

http://www.dcu.ie/ctyi/correspondence-secondary.shtml  

University of Limerick 

http://scieng.ul.ie/news-centre/events/transition-year-science-programme  

Trinity College, Dublin 

https://www.tcd.ie/study/other-courses/ty-programmes/  

My Health Transition Year Royal College of Ireland Programme 

https://www.rcsi.com/dublin/undergraduate/meet-rcsi/myhealth-transition-year-programme  

Cooking, Catering and Hospitality  

Dublin Barista School 

World Barista Association (WBA) Courses 

Dublin Barista School offers over 20 different coffee related courses. Specialise in training 

students with no experience to a level whereby they can get a full time or part time job in the 

coffee industry. A valuable addition to any CV. This skill is recognised around the world and 

can be transferred to any country. 

https://dublinbaristaschool.ie/course/barista-workshop/  

Barista School Ireland 

Courses nationwide and a dedicated training centre in Cork 

Structured barista workshops by trainers who have years of experience training, competing, 

managing and consulting in the hospitality sector with a primary focus on specialty coffee. 

https://www.baristaschoolireland.ie/  

Hospitality Skills Ireland TY Hospitality Workshop 

Hospitality Skills Ireland provide a six hour hospitality training course to Transition Year 

students where you can gain experience for employment in the hospitality industry. The 

programme covers personal hygiene, what makes good service, different departments in 

hotels, customer service, food and beverage and housekeeping. 

The course consists of basic theory and the students will be taking part in practical situational 

training learning at first hand basic skills required for the industry. 

http://www.hospitalityskillsireland.com  

Music and Drama 

Cork School of Music TY Work Experience Week 

CIT Cork School of Music offers a special work experience week for students who wish to 

gain a real insight to the professional demands and working routine of the orchestral 

musician. Suitable for young musicians in TY who have achieved at least grade five on an 

orchestral instrument. 

Transition year musicians from any school in Ireland are welcome to apply for this weeklong, full-time work experience opportunity at the CIT Cork School of Music. There is no 

charge for this course and all materials will be provided. 

http://csm.cit.ie/tyop  

Sárscoil Fíbín Irish Drama Course 

Residential course in the Connemara Gaeltacht 

Students improve their spoken and written Irish through drama, games and team building 

activities. A 2-3 day residential course in Connemara with Drama workshops during the day, 

Music workshops during the evening and games and activities in between, all in Irish. 

https://sarscoilfibin.ie/  

Nursing and Medicine 

Mini Med TY Programme 

Applications close in Sept so apply early. Programmes run in Dublin (January) and Waterford 

(February) 

The Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland (RCSI) offers a five day experience for Transition 

Year students interested in a career in Medicine. The programme covers a wide variety of 

topics and introduces students to both undergraduate and postgraduate aspects of a career in 

medicine 

http://www.rcsi.ie/dublinty  

Try Nursing TY Programme 

2- day programme in October/November. Apply early through Eventbrite 

The programme takes place at WIT over two days and activities will include talks on nursing 

as a career, student presentations, nursing laboratory skills, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, 

first aid, clinical scenarios and a tour of WIT facilities 

https://www.eventbrite.ie/d/ireland--waterford/try-nursing/  

Nursing and Health & Social Care Professionals Study Day 

Apply 8 weeks prior to course. Queries; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

A 1- day study incorporating nursing and health and social care professionals that allows TY 

students to explore the many healthcare career paths available. Students must apply 

timeously. Course is run at Tallaght Hospital and students receive a certificate of attendance 

on completion 

http://www.amnch.ie/Departments-Clinics/Departments-A-Z/Centre-for-Learning-andDevelopment/Transition-Year-Information-Study-Day.html  

Science and Engineering 

Compute TY Programme 

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 01-7005237 

DCU's School of Computing runs programmes covering the following; Web design, App 

Inventor and Introduction to Programming. Students may elect to do only one stream. The 

overall content offers a broad range of computing skills. 

http://www.computing.dcu.ie/event/computety  

Intel TY Programme 

Communication and (early) applications via email 

Intel offers 3 programmes aimed at TY students; "Social innovation & Entrepreneurship" 

(contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), "The Intel Experience Program" and "Cutting Edge 

Careers" (both at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

http://www.intel.ie/content/www/ie/en/education/secondary-school-program.html 

Engineering Your Future Transition Year Programme 

Hosted by a number of colleges around the country, the Engineering Your Future programme 

provides a week of exposure to the various engineering disciplines. Attending students gain a 

meaningful, practical insight into engineering at third level and as a career - interacting with 

lecturers and graduates, taking part in workshops and meeting engineers during industry 

visits. Applications open in January and programme runs in May 

EYF is a week-long, hands-on programme, for TY students who have an interest in science and 

maths. It is designed to introduce them to the exciting and diverse world of engineering. The event 

is supported by STEPS and hosted by a number of third-level institutes throughout Ireland. 

http://steps.ie/students/engineering-your-future.aspx  

TCD School of Physics TYPE TY Programme 

The School of Physics in Trinity College Dublin runs two programmes for Transition Year 

Students; a week in November and two one-day events in February. TYPE is the Transition 

Year Physics Experience at Trinity College Dublin and is a programme of events that 

introduce TY students to physics and the physicists at Trinity. 

http://www.tcd.ie/Physics/outreach/type/  

IWish Cork & Dublin 

I Wish is an initiative to inspire, encourage and motivate young secondary school female 

students to pursue careers in STEM. I Wish (inspiring women in STEM) features a 

conference and interactive exhibitions. The conference consists of workshops, daily keynote 

and engaging talks by women who are at the top of their field in STEM. The showcase event 

combines talks and interaction with female role models ( superstars and graduates ) with 

interactive exhibition spaces where companies engage with the students directly with 

experiments and demonstrations of what they actually do 

http://www.iwish.ie/  

Trinity College Zoology TY Week 

Would you like to know what it is like to be an undergraduate student of zoology? 

Experience the life of a scientist, come face to face with an elephant who travelled with 

Queen Victoria’s son? Learn how vultures hunt and how to use insects to solve crime? If so, 

you may be interested in a TY week in the Department of Zoology, TCD. 

This year there are 24 places available. We have a varied and fascinating programme of 

activities for your week with us. There is no fee involved for the programme, all you need to 

bring is your enthusiasm. 

https://www.tcd.ie/Zoology/TYweek.php  

NIBRT Biopharma TY Programme 

NIBRT have launched the first dedicated biopharma transition year placement program. This 

program is open to all students currently in transition year with an interest in STEM. 

The 5 day placement in NIBRT will allow students the opportunity to experience the state-ofthe-art facilities and learn from scientists and engineers working in the research and training 

teams. The placement will conclude with a dedicated group project presented to management 

by the students. 

http://www.nibrt.ie/index.jsp?p=104&n=289  

Biochemistry & Immunology TY Work Experience Programme 

Applications close early, so apply early 

TCD's School of Biochemistry & Immunology runs work-experience weeks for Transition 

Year students. Students spend half their week in a research lab with students & researchers. 

The rest of the week involves group activities with talks, quizzes and visits to scientifically 

relevant sites on campus 

https://www.tcd.ie/Biochemistry/outreach/transition-year.php  

Chemistry TY Programme 

Applications close when capacity is reached, so apply early 

TCD School of Chemistry hosts a week-long programme for 60 Transition Year students. 

The programme includes introductory lectures, experiments, presentations and a college tour. 

Programme usually runs near end of February but places fill up very early. 

Physics TY Programme 

A week in November and two one-day events in March 

Information is sent out to Schools in early September 2016. The deadline for receipt of 

Applications will also be announced in early September. For any queries please contact Helen 

O’Halloran on (01) 896 4141 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

https://www.tcd.ie/Physics/outreach/type/  

National Architects in Schools Initiative 

Online Resource for Students interested in Architecture 

My Architecture Design Journal; Download a copy of the Student Design Journal and follow 

the step-by-step guidelines. There are supporting resources for each of the briefs in the 

Student Design Journal including research links and “how to” guides 

http://www.mydesignjournal.ie/students/  

The Bar of Ireland TY Programme 

Full week programme that runs early February. Applications close early December, one entry 

per school. 

A one- week programme giving insight into a career as a barrister. 100 participants will be 

selected by process of a lottery and only one name to be entered per school. Costs are 

covered, except accommodation and transport to and from The Bar of Ireland’s office each 

day. 

https://www.lawlibrary.ie/SpecialPages/Transition-Year-Programme.aspx  

Exploring Materials TY Programme 

Applications close early, so apply early 

TCD's Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research (AMBER) lets TY students from 

around the country experience what it's like to work in AMBER for a week. Students are 

selected for their particularly interest in pursuing science as a career. Due to high demand, 

only one student is accepted from each school 

http://www.crann.tcd.ie/Education-Outreach/School-s-Programme/Exploring-Materials.aspx  

Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Studies TY Programme 

Experience during one week what studying Pharmacy is all about 

TCD's School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Studies runs two programmes for Transition 

Year Students, in October and in February. Application deadline for these are in September 

and December respectively. Formal applications should be sent to the transition year 

coordinator, Asst. Prof. Fabio Boylan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

http://pharmacy.tcd.ie/news/TY_Programme.php  

Science Gallery TY Programmes 

Apply early for TY Mentoring weeks in Oct/Nov and Feb/March 

Science Gallery (Dublin) runs a number of education programmes for TY students 

throughout the year including Mentoring Weeks, Cool Jobs, and an 8-week long course, 

Science, Technology and Society: Idea Translation Lab. Programs are supported by Intel and 

form part of two European Commission projects. 

https://dublin.sciencegallery.com/education/ty  

Language Programmes 

Alliance Francaise Transition Year French Course 

One hour per week, full year 

Working on your language development at this crucial stage, under the guidance of our native 

French- speaking teachers, you will enhance your understanding, as well as your written and 

oral expression over a year-long programme. 

http://www.alliancefrancaisecork.com/french-courses/courses-for-teenagers/transition-year  

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