Three-Day Transition Year Event

Three-Day Transition Year Event

The School of Applied Psychology recently held a three-day Transition Year Event for secondary school students to provide a broad overview of what a degree in Applied Psychology entails and an idea for the type of research that is carried out in the School. Some of the students have written summaries of their experiences of the event, take a look below!


Rosie Murphy, Christine Coughlan, Yomna Waleed, & Enrica Farmer

Hello everyone!

Before we can for the 3-day psychology course for TY’s, we all imagined that psychology was simply sitting with an elderly man and discussing your feelings. None of us really knew what to expect, and we were surprised to find that there was more to it than just that. Attending the lectures opened our eyes to the life of a college student and we had the opportunity to observe this new environment.

Throughout the three days, we interacted with new people and learned about human behaviour through presentations and social experiments, such as social peer pressure and authority over morality. We learned multiple things including our different stress triggers and how to manage your own personal stress.

We discovered how your senses can cause your brain to perceive things incorrectly and make wrong judgements on the world around you. Overall, we had an enjoyable experience that was very informative and has heightened our interest in psychology!





















Alina Mayer Whit & Dillon McAuliffe

These three days have been a great introduction to psychology! Before attending this programme, like most people, we assumed that it was mostly centred around clinical psychology. We were proven wrong. We were shown countless other areas behind the science including cognitive psychology, stress triggers, attention and numerous career options associated with psychology. It was great to discover new ways to include psychology in our careers. We were given tours of the facilities including research labs in the School of Applied Psychology and UCC’s main campus.

On our second day we got to try the driving simulator which tested levels of attention on the road in different conditions. We received insight and positive feedback from PhD students in the School to highlight the difference areas of psychology and we received presentations on these areas by teachers and lecturers.

Overall the programme gave us a lot to take away and hopefully we will pursue psychology careers in UCC!












Tara Geraghty, Arianne Reidy, & Cathy Corr

On the 28th of February, we attended a psychology course for three days here in UCC. This course allowed us to explore the different branches of psychology. On the first day of the course, we were welcomed at the Boole library at 9:30 and got to meet new people. It gave us an outlook of what life was like as a college student in UCC. We received a tour of the campus and learnt about its history. At the end of the day we came to the School of Applied Psychology where we attended a lecture about Cognitive and Biological Psychology.

On the 2nd day, we started with the driving simulator in the School. We had the opportunity to drive a car with a screen simulator which was part of a stress task. Following that we carried on with the stress test by getting 4 volunteers to wear heart monitors. They had to make a speech on their dream job in front of everyone, which led candidates to become extremely stressed. Using these monitors, we got to see the stress levels of each candidate. After lunch, five PhD students talks to us on which part of psychology they studied. This gave us a better understanding of how broad psychology is. It was interesting to learn about the different areas they researched.

On day three, the final day begun with a careers talk presented by a guidance counsellor in UCC. We also received a lecture on triggers for stress and this was extremely interesting and helpful. We finished our day with a lecturer who studied the brain.

We really enjoyed the experience and were presented with certificates of participation at the end.