UCC Adult courses

Arts (Italian) - Cert

About This Course

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Course Outline

Italian is a world language, a means of access to a rich cultural tradition and to a dynamic, modern industrialised economy.  The course will therefore provide the opportunity to learn the foundations of good, modern Italian for practical use, involving intensive study of basic Italian grammar, commonly used vocabulary and idiomatic language. In language classes, students are encouraged to develop both written and spoken skills. Students will also be introduced to key notions in post-Unification Italian culture and to the critical study of texts, images and film: this module is complementary to the language module, providing an understanding of Italian culture and society, developing students critical and analytical skills and introducing them to carefully selected authentic texts in order to reinforce language acquisition.

This Certificate course will provide a broad foundation for the discipline of Italian through an introductory module on Italian language (15 credits) and a text-based course (5 credits) designed to provide an understanding of modern Italian culture and to develop critical and analytical skills.

Additional Teaching Mode Information

One evening per week from October to May.

Course Practicalities

The certificate provides a foundation for a degree course in Italian. Italian is not widely taught in irish schools and consequently our student numbers are small compared, for example, to those in french. Demand by employers in Ireland for graduates of italian, with the strong language and analytical skills you can acquire with us, is currently greater than supply, but many of our graduates also choose to work in italy or other countries. see http://www.ucc.ie/en/italian/ourgraduates/ for examples of the career paths taken by graduates. UCC Italian graduates also have an exclusive linkedin group, where information on vacancies is exchanged.


Assessment of the language module is by continuous assessment including two one-hour in-class tests, and oral/aural assessment. Continuous assessment for the culture module involves two written commentaries, in which students will develop skills to be used subsequently in a more sustained piece of written assessment (essay). The aim in both cases is a progressive assessment of skills as students develop through the course.

Who teaches this course?

Staff and doctoral students of the Department of Italian, ucc.

Why Choose This Course

Holders of the Certificate in Arts who subsequently apply for and are offered a place on the BA degree will automatically receive exemptions in the relevant subject(s) providing that entry to the BA is undertaken within 5 years from the completion of the Certificate programme.

This course provides a stand-alone foundational qualification in Italian language and culture.


This course is open to adult learners who have an interest in the language and culture of modern Italy.  Minimum entry age: 18.

Fees and Costs


For further information on fees and financial supports please click here

How Do I Apply

During your online application you will be required to upload the following documents:

  • Birth Cert or Passport
  • Passport Photograph 
  • English Language Test Report [if applicable]



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Year 1 Modules

  • IT1150: Italian Language (Beginner Level) (15 credits)
    Intensive study of basic Italian grammar, commonly used vocabulary and idiomatic language, in small group tutorial classes, to Level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
  • IT1250: Post-Unification Italian Culture and Society (5 credits)
    Study of a variety of texts, images and recordings within the framework of post-Unification Italian history.

Year 2 Modules

Year 3 Modules

Year 4 Modules

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