Sean Gaine testimonial

I really enjoyed my time studying at Cork College of Commerce. The small class sizes and approachable teachers meant that I had great support over the two years. In second year, I had one day a week work experience and I was lucky enough to get a full time job from it. I started in June with CHK Partnership Accountants and am currently studying my CPA accountancy exams at night. Thank you Cork College of Commerce!

Sean Gaine

Shannon Watson

I applied for Level 5 Police and Security Studies as I did not get my points for the CAO.  I enjoyed the course so much I did the Level 6 Advanced Certificate.  I am now in 1st year in WIT studying for a degree in Criminal Justice.  I would encourage others to do this course as it is a great stepping stone to many careers-I hope one day to join An Garda Síochána.

Shannon Watson

Repeating the Leaving Cert was one of the toughest decisions I made, it was so difficult especially with most of my secondary school friends all heading to college, but I soon made new friends on the same boat, and they along with all my teachers and director encouraged me throughout the year to keep going and made repeating my best decision yet.

Repeating has given me that second chance to achieve my ambition and to study dentistry. It was tough to keep studying to achieve the points I needed, but the excellent facilities and help from teachers and my director made it significantly easier.

I would highly recommend repeating the leaving cert in the Cork College of Commerce to anyone in order to achieve that goal they’ve always wanted. It really is worthwhile. It’s better to sacrifice that one extra year then to sacrifice the rest of your life doing some job you don’t enjoy.

Anne Marie O’ Connor, Leaving Cert 2014/2015

Anne Marie O Connor

I started my Further Education with College of Commerce doing my FETAC Level 5 as it was known back then. The dedication of the teachers and  material covered with College of Commerce spurred me on to do my Level 8 Honours degree at Cork Institute of Technology. Now, today, I am back where I started here at the college doing teaching practice for my Higher Diploma in Further Education. This could not have been achieved without College of Commerce for without it, things would have worked out very differently for me. I cannot praise the college highly enough for starting me on my educational journey.

Chris Howard

Having received my Leaving Certificate points, I realised that I hadn’t gotten enough to study Chinese in UCC. I then looked for another route to go down as staying in education was my priority. I soon applied for a Level 5 QQI Business Certificate in Cork College of Commerce as it had the option to study Chinese as part of the year, as well as the opportunity to progress to a course in UCC which included the course I had originally intended to do.

The facilities in the college are fantastic and the teachers are second to none, helping me and my classmates achieve the best possible grades we could. I also received the amazing opportunity to go and study in Shanghai University for two weeks as part of UCC’s Confucius Institute programme. I now have my Level 5 Business certificate and am studying Chinese and French as part of Arts International in UCC and have College of Commerce to thank for it.

Craig O'Leary

Mairéad Murphy RLC 2014 2015

The minute I opened my Leaving Cert results last year, I knew I had no option but to repeat. Of course at first I was very hesitant, but now I couldn’t think of a better place to do it than at the Cork College of Commerce. From day one, I knew that the teachers were very exam focused, and they work hard to help you maximise your points, and the excellent support I received from the Study Advisor and Guidance Councillors really helped me to reach my full potential. Their range of study facilities also benefitted me in the long run throughout the year, and gave me a whole new approach to study. It was hard to see my old friends move on to college without me, but I have made so many new friends, whom I hope to keep for a very long time as we continue our journey into college. I would like to thank everyone at the CCOC for giving me both a beneficial and pleasant year here, and I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to repeat their Leaving Certificate.

Mairead Murphy

Angela Eninš, Marketing and Event Management 2015

I loved my marketing and event management course in CCOC. It is a great college where you get a lot of support and help from your tutors. It gave me the confidence to pursue higher education, which I am currently studying a degree in Marketing and Multimedia at the University of Roehampton.

Angela Ennis

Dylan Lee


I studied Language and European studies at the Cork College of Commerce from 2014-2015, and it was the best choice I ever made. I am now studying in UCC and I definitely wouldn’t have got here without this amazing course. The best year of my life was spent at the Cork College of Commerce!

Dylan Lee