The Access Programme provides assistance to students from DEIS schools and Youthreach Centres in Cork City and County in preparing for interviews for each of the Further Education Colleges within Cork ETB with the Student Support Forms and allows students to become familiar with a day in the life of a student in Further Education through Course Shadowing.
In Course Shadowing at Cork College of Commerce prospective students gain a valuable insight into both their chosen course and what it is like to study at Cork College of Commerce. It provides information, advice and support to students who are interested in a particular course. As well as getting to shadow the classes of their chosen course they have the opportunity of meeting subject teachers and sampling the facilities that the College has to offer.
On the morning that the students arrive at the College to do Course Shadowing they are met, made feel at ease and introduced to the College. This is a very important stage as most students are very nervous and apprehensive when they fi rst come into the college. An itinerary is given to students who are then escorted to their first class. The subject teacher of all their scheduled classes will be aware of their arrival, they will be introduced and welcomed into the class. A Cork College of Commerce student will guide them to their classes for the rest day. The students are met at the end of the visit and chat regarding course, interview etc. From this feedback it is evident that students are much more relaxed about progressing further in their education. Going to College is not as daunting as when they first arrived.
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