Secondary School

The aim of APC’s Budding Biologists Programme for secondary schools is to promote an understanding and appreciation of science in young people and to highlight career opportunities in science. The programme provides students with the opportunity to conduct ‘hands-on’ experiments and to carry out their Transition Year work placement in university laboratories. APC scientists also travel to schools to give talks related to the curriculum and to give STEM careers talks as part of the Smart Futures initiative.  The programme encourages students to study science at third level, illustrates scientific career opportunities and enhances their science awareness.



Budding Biologists activities for students and teachers include:

  • Transition Year Experience Programme  The Programme took place from 24-28th April 2017.  Please check back in September for details of the 2018 programme.
  • NEW in 2017 APC is a partner in SFI Research Centres Transition Year Programme which took place from 20-24 March 2017  – providing experience right across the sciences – from photonics to renewable energy, pharmaceutical chemistry to neonatology to the microbiome! Please check back in September for details of the 2018 programme.
  • Laboratory workshops at UCC’s Microbiology Department in areas such as microbiology, genetics and immunology.
  • Smart Futures STEM Careers talks coordinated by SFI Discover– see


  • School visits by APC scientists giving presentations related to the secondary school Biology curriculum on the digestive system, the immune system, Genetically Modified Organisms(GMOs), Gut Health and Nutrition (SPHE) Download postprimary_school_talks_application_form_2016

For all schools’ activities please contact Eimear Ferguson; tel 021 4901313




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