Coming to college for the first time can be both an exciting and a worrying prospect. You’re probably wondering how you’ll make friends, what’s involved with your course, how you’re going to write assignments and organise your time effectively. PASS is designed to help you cope better with all aspects of life at third level. 

For the 2022/23 academic year all PASS sessions will be delivered in person.

Second year students from your programme have been trained to help you to support each other and learn to solve your problems in weekly group sessions called PASS. If PASS is available, it will appear on your timetable. Check your timetable here

Make sure you enrol on the PASS Moodle page for your programme to get the most from sessions with your Leaders. Find your Moodle page here

Select the following links for more information:

PASS is intended to help first year students:

  • adjust quickly to third level;
  • acquire a clear view of course direction and expectations;
  • develop their independent learning and study skills to meet the requirements of higher education;
  • enhance their understanding of the subject matter of their programme through collaborative group discussion;
  • prepare better for assessed work and examinations;
  • increase cohesion of the student group;
  • increase confidence.


  • teaching by students.
  • targeted at weak or problem students – all participants should benefit.
  • a means of reducing lecturer-student contact class time.
  • an environment for social chatting.