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TY Opportunities

Below you’ll find a number of resources that can give Transition Year students the chance to experience STEM, relevant subjects and careers.

If you have a STEM-related TY programme or resource you would like us to add here, please get in touch with us through our 'Contact Us' page.

The best way to work out what you want to study or work in, is to try and experience as much as you can, talk to lots of people and do your research about what is required. Information is power! is a comprehensive website where you can find advice about TY interviews, mini-companies and work experience. There's plenty of STEM related work-experience opportunities; so check out the website now!


‘Engineering Your Future’ TY programme 2018

Engineering Your Future (EYF) is a week-long, hands-on programme for Transition Year 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, supported by STEPS and hosted by a number of third-level institutes throughout Ireland, offers Transition Year students the opportunity to:


  • Gain a better understanding of the skills required of engineers and the career opportunities available to qualified engineers.
  • Learn about the disciplines and technologies making up the exciting world of engineering.
  • Meet engineers at various stages in their careers and hear about their experiences.
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of the diversity of engineering at third level and its subject content.
  • Experience what engineers do on a daily basis through industry visits.

Details for the 2019 programme will be available at very soon!


Smart Futures WorkXperience

The WorkXperience programme links employers with teachers, parents and students to encourage successful and rewarding work placements, giving them a real sense of what working life is like. 

Search for work placements in career areas involving science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). New companies will be joining the programme over the year so check back regularly for updates.

All employers are welcome to participate - and it’s completely free.

The WorkXperience programme provides employers with a range of resources to manage the daily activities of students, with lots of ideas on activities that can benefit both. Teachers are also provided with resources. Go to and register your organisation now or contact (01) 440 2314 for further information.

APC Cork – TY Experience Programme

The Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre (APC) Biosciences Institute in University College Cork is running it’s Budding Biologists Programme for secondary schools to promote an understanding and appreciation of science in young people and highlight career opportunities in science. It includes a Transition Year Experience Programme and students are advised to visit the website to download an application form. Applications for the 2018 programme is closed, but keep an eye out for next year!

Laboratory workshops are also often available at UCC’s Microbiology Department in areas such as microbiology, genetics and immunology.

Science For Schools Free Transition Year Programme

Science for Schools is a free resource for secondary school teachers, designed in conjunction with Professor Emma Teelings’ Bat Lab in UCD, to support them in using genetics, biochemistry and molecular biology to show students that biology is an exciting and progressive areas of science.  Co-developed by teachers, it explores key biological concepts in comparative genomics, evolution, ecology, ecosystems and speciation.

The resource is suitable for mixed ability Transition Year biology students and assumes only Junior Certificate science prior knowledge, giving students an insight into why we study molecular biology and how this science is used on a daily basis in biological research. Check out teaching materials here.

CRANN / AMBER: Exploring Materials TY Week

The CRANN / AMBER Exploring Materials TY Week runs twice during the school year, with students visiting PhD researchers in their labs in CRANN, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, St James's Hospital and the Advanced Microscopy Laboratory, where they have an opportunity to operate some of the world’s most advanced microscopes.

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. Details are sent to schoolas at the beginning of the academic year.

For enquiries relating to TYPE please contact Helen O’Halloran on (01) 896 4141 or by email


HighTechElec TY Programme

The HighTechElec TY work experience programme gives students an insight into opportunities in high tech careers. The programme is running from the 18-22 April in UCC and CIT as well as in high tech companies in Cork.

For more information please visit or email


Syndic8 is a non-profit organisation whose goal is to introduce students from secondary schools across the country to the world of Technology and Engineering. They host a global competition encouraging students to develop and learn practical skills in sectors such as aerospace, automotive, robotics and programming alongside boosting their entrepreneurial skills under our year-long challenge. This programme involves the students learning key skills such as being part of a team, research and design skills, manufacture, presentation skills creating a portfolio as well as evaluating and modifying the car or drone they have designed. This is a great opportunity for students to engage in and learn key skills with the ultimate goal of going to represent Ireland at the global event.. 


Check out for more information and how to get involved.

Future Leaders-Transition Year Programme

The “Future Leaders Transition Year Programme” is a joint initiaitive from the GAA and the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST). It is a cross-curricular programme comprising of a series of modules designed to encourage maturity, initiative, responsibility and leadership skills in pupils. The Programme gives pupils the knowledge and skills to support all roles required in the effective staging of Gaelic Games. As part of the programme pupils are challenged to organise and run a GAA Super Games Blitz or set up a Super Games Centre for younger students and/or support coaching of younger players in their school or community. 


For more information click here 

Intel Transition Year Oppourtunies

Intel's Women in Techonolgy Scholarships

Intel’s success in Ireland has been built on the quality of highly skilled and educated people available in the country. Through the ‘Women in Technology’ scholarship program, Intel hopes to increase awareness and encourage a new generation of high-achieving women to take up the challenge of a career in science and technology.

Intel works closely with local schools and colleges to help ensure that our educational system continues to produce the exceptional quality of graduates that has helped to make Intel in Ireland so successful.

With that in mind, Intel is pleased to this year continue, and indeed grow, the Women in Technology scholarship program for females who have just embarked on third level education

Further information and selection criteria can be found here:  

Transition Year Program

Intel offers a week-long interactive program which gives students the opportunity to experience a number of workshops and facilitated sessions which will provide them with an insight into the world of engineering and science as well as some of the business functions evident at Intel.

This program is split between two locations; the Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin and the Intel Campus, Leixlip, offering students the opportunity to see many aspects of what we do at Intel. The week long program can accommodate up to 12 students per week. If you would like to receive an application form to take part please e-mail

Further information and selection criteria can be found here:  

Mini Med - Transition Year Programme RCSI

The RCSI MyHealth Transition Year programme takes place annually in RCSI Dublin and RCSI Waterford and offers transition year students with the opportunity to experience what it is like to train and work as a doctor.

All sections of the programme are carried out by leading professionals in their respective areas with a wide variety of topics – including human anatomy, forensic medicine, surgery, obstetrics and paediatrics, psychiatry, emergency medicine, cardiology, respiratory disease, renal disease and family practice – being covered during the programme.

Places for both the Dublin and Waterford programmes are allocated by a schools lottery system and student selection is at the school’s discretion; RCSI takes no part in the selection process.

For more information on the course and how to apply click here

Transition Year Programmes - Universities in Ireland

Trinity College Dublin

Trinity College Dublin offer a wide range of TY programme for students who wish to gain some experience in the Science courses they have to offer. Click here to find our what courses they have to offer.


Dublin City University have  offer a range of TY programme for students who wish to gain some experience in the Science and computing courses they have to offer. Click here to find our what courses they have to offer.

University of Limerick

UL offer a range of TY programme for students who wish to gain some experience in the Science courses they have to offer. Click here to find our what courses they have to offer


WIT offer a range of TY programme for students who wish to gain some experience in the Science courses they have to offer. Click here to find our what courses they have to offer


UCD offer a wide range of TY programme for students who wish to gain some experience in the Science courses they have to offer. Click here to find our what courses they have to offer.


NUI Galway’s SIMMED Schootakes place annually in the university’s School of Medicine and in the Nurses’ Home in Galway University Hospital.  Going into its fifth year, SIMMED School is an innovative and unique programme for Transition Year students who are interested in exploring medicine as a career.


The School of BEES Transition Year Programme gives secondary school students the chance to discover science at UCC in a structured way.The students get the opportunity to study and work alongside BEES staff and students for a week and get a feel for areas like Plant Science, Zoology, Environmental Science and Geology. The week also sees the students visiting the Eureka Centre, the Boole Library and getting a guided tour of the UCC campus.


Transition Year Programmes at ESERO European Space Centre

ESERO European Space Centre offers transition year students around the country who have an interest in space a number of different opportunities from the Cansat Competition to placement oppourtunies with the Institute of Physics. Click here to find out more information.

Science Gallery TY Mentoring Weeks

The Science Gallery Dublin offer TY Students oppouritunies in Science. These are week-long programmes, which run on 7 separate weeks throughout the school year, with 20 students from different schools nationwide participating in each week. Throughout a week students will explore the current exhibition housed in Science Gallery as well as developing projects and creating content - this can range from making podcasts or building robots to making post-apocalyptic movie posters. Students have the opportunity to explore design, art and scientific practices as well as the chance to meet with leading researchers, engineers, artists and entrepreneurs, granting them a unique TY experience like no other.


WhizzKids In-School Course for Transition Years.

Transition year is a great opportunity for second level students to try a range of different subjects and explore options for a career. Ireland Inc. has positioned itself as a country with a highly skilled workforce, yet there are thousands of unfilled IT positions, due to the lack of suitably trained candidates. Our TY programme is again based on the NCCA's ICT Framework and exposes students to the world of multimedia. Designing websites, programming video games and digital video production are some the very popular modules we offer that instil skills that can be very rewarding as a creative outlet but are also very much sought after by employers. Contact Whizzkids ( 339178)  if you would like us to deliver an IT TY programme in your school.