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UCC Adult courses

Languages - Cert

Course Fact File
Duration1 year or 2 years
Teaching ModePart-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.
NFQ LevelLevel 6
NFQ Award TitleSpecial Purpose
Fees€700 if taken over 1 year; €350 per year if taken over 2 years See Fees and Costs for full details.
Closing Date31 May 2024
Next IntakeSeptember 2024

UCC Campus

Start DateSeptember 2024

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)


FR0105 Introduction to French: Complete Beginners (5 credits) and FR1005 French for near Beginners (5 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 (5 credits) and FR2107 French for Reading Purposes II (5 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)

Course Queries

For Academic Queries and Course Content Queries please contact the Programme Coordinator Margot Spencer at

For Online Application Support please click here. 

If you require further assistance with your online application please contact the Programme Administrator Deborah Kerrisk at 

Important Notice: Course Registration Deadlines

Please take note of the following deadlines for this course:

Round One Application Deadline: Friday, May 31st, 2024

  • If the course fills by this deadline, there will be no round two application process. Early application is advisable as there are limited numbers of places for this course. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications by this date to guarantee consideration.

Final Registration Deadline: August 31st, 2024

  • In the event that there are additional places available, round two applications will open. Round two applications will close on August 31st, 2024.

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

For further information on fees and financial supports please click here.

How To Apply

To Apply for this course please follow the steps below:

When you log into the Application Portal:

Click Apply Online

Select Start a new Adult & Continuing Education Application 

On the 2nd tab Academic Level 
Select the following options:
Academic Level: Adult Continuing Education (ACE at UCC)
Course Type:  ACE Part-time Courses
Academic Programme: The course title you are applying for.

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

Year 2 Modules

Year 3 Modules

Year 4 Modules

For queries regarding course content or timetables please contact