TY Parent / Student Info
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
IBM TY Student Workshop for students interested in Maths/Science (1 week in Autumn and Spring):
Ericsson Ireland TY Work Experience Programme
National Gallery of Ireland TY Work Experience: https://www.nationalgallery.ie/transition-yearwork-experience
Centre for Talented Youth of Ireland
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.
University of Limerick
Trinity College, Dublin
My Health Transition Year Royal College of Ireland 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Nursing and Medicine
Mini Med TY Programme
Applications close in Sept so apply early. Programmes run in Dublin (January) and Waterford
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
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
Nursing and Health & Social Care Professionals Study Day
Apply 8 weeks prior to course. Queries; email@example.com
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
Science and Engineering
Compute TY Programme
Contact Christine.Stears@computing.dcu.ie / 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.
Intel TY Programme
Communication and (early) applications via email
Intel offers 3 programmes aimed at TY students; "Social innovation & Entrepreneurship"
(contact firstname.lastname@example.org), "The Intel Experience Program" and "Cutting Edge
Careers" (both at email@example.com)
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
The Bar of Ireland TY Programme
Full week programme that runs early February. Applications close early December, one entry
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
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
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 (email@example.com)
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.
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.