UCC Adult courses

Languages - Cert

About This Course

Fact File

Course Outline

The programme is designed to appeal to three main groups of students: (i) post-Leaving Certificate students who, in advance of embarking on their chosen degree programme, wish to gain a stand-alone qualification in languages, which will, for example, provide them with the language skills needed to exploit to the full the opportunities for Erasmus mobility in their degree programme: language skills and the maturity and independence acquired through study abroad are recognised by prospective employers as an important part of the educational experience; (ii) mature students who wish to improve existing language skills and/or learn new languages for personal development or career reasons; (iii) students currently registered on UCC degree programmes may apply for permission to take the certificate over two academic years, as an additional 10 credits per academic year (i.e. one language per year).

Students take 20 credits as follows (10 credits each from two languages):

CH1001 Chinese Language (Mandarin) 1 (10 credits)
CH2001 Chinese Language (Mandarin) 2 (10 credits)
CH3000 Chinese Language (Mandarin) 3 (10 credits)

FR1101 Foundation Course in Written and Oral French (10 credits)
FR1105 Threshold French (5 credits) and FR1107 French for Reading Purposes I (5 credits) 
FR2101 Advanced French Language I (10 credits)
FR2105 Towards Vantage French (10 credits) and FR2107 French for Reading Purposes II (10 credits)
FR4101 Advanced Use of French (10 credits)

GE1101 Integrated Language Course (10 credits)
GE1103 Integrated Written and Oral Language Course for Beginners (10 credits)
GE2101 Integrated Language Course (10 credits)
GE2801 Integrated Language Course (10 credits)
GE3101 Advanced Integrated Language Course (10 credits)
GE3801 Advanced Integrated Language Course (10 credits)
GE3901 Advanced Integrated Language Course (10 credits)

IT1101 Introduction to Written and Spoken Italian (10 credits)
IT1109 Introduction to Written and Spoken Italian (10 credits)
IT2101 Intermediate Italian Language (10 credits)
IT3101 Advanced Italian Language (10 credits)


PU1101 Portuguese Beginners Language (10 credits)

HS0028 Spanish Language (Beginner Level) (10 credits)
HS0128 Spanish Improvers (10 credits)
HS1102 First Year Spanish Language for Non-Beginners (10 credits)
HS2101 Second year Spanish Language Course (Ex-Beginners) (10 credits)
HS2102 Second Year Spanish Language Course (Ex non-Beginners) (10 credits)
HS3001 Final Year Spanish Language (10 credits)

Additional Teaching Mode Information

The programme will broaden participants’ horizons by allowing them to engage with different cultures. It will also prepare them to play their part in the national strategy to up-skill the work force, with specific reference to the need for the linguistic skills which will contribute to export-driven economic recovery, and which are a specific regional skills requirement for the expanding Global Shared Services sector.

Course Practicalities

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • read texts at an appropriate level in each of the languages studied and perform tasks based on their comprehension
  • communicate in writing at an appropriate level and in a range of registers in each of the languages studied
  • perform tasks based on aural comprehension at an appropriate level in each of the languages studied
  • communicate orally at an appropriate level and in a range of registers in each of the languages studied
  • demonstrate awareness of aspects of non-linguistic communication relevant to each of the languages studied


  • Applicants must have a minimum Grade HC3 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at H or O level in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, another language and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.
  • Those who will be 23 years of age on or before 1st January of the year of proposed entry may be recommended for entry on the grounds of mature years even if they do not meet the entry requirements specified above.
  • Students who are registered in Universities outside Ireland may apply for admission to this programme provided they meet equivalent entry requirements.

Fees and Costs

€700 if taken over 1 year; €350 per year if taken over 2 years

Students who are registered on this programme are eligible to apply for the Financial Aid Fund for Part Time Students. Eligibility criteria applies. For more information see https://www.ucc.ie/en/finaidpt

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]

NOTE: Once you have selected your course your application saves automatically.  If you don't complete your application in one session you can access your draft application in the "My Applications" section of the UCC360 application portal. The My Applications section will also keep you updated on the status of your application.



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Year 4 Modules

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