Academic English

Academic English is listed on the Interim List of Eligible Programmes, ILEP No. 0341/0011

This course helps you develop the academic skills and knowledge you need for study and life in an English-speaking university.  You will grow in confidence using English in both academic and general situations in UCC and Cork.  You will receive regular advice and guidance to help you reach your personal targets in education.

Who is this programme for?

Academic modules focus on the academic skills and literacies to allow you to study further in English-medium Higher Education (known as Third Level in Ireland).  Skills covered will include, for example, referencing/paraphrasing, critical thinking/textual analysis and academic word list/nominalisation.

The programme follows UCC’s connected curriculum principles to foster real-world usage of the English language in contexts relevant to students’ interests and aims. Students take part in project work, listen to university lectures and undertake some research as part of their programme.

Learning outcomes

To help students develop their English speaking, listening, reading, writing and communication skills in a practical and focused manner to achieve their English-language targets.

It is student-focused and aims to

  • engage students in improving their language skills through targeted skills classes and associated self-study.
  • give students the chance to grow in confidence using English in both academic and general situations.
Programme Summary


*This course can be taken fully online. When you apply for the course please choose the online option only.

Language Level

CEFR B1 – C1

(IELTS 4 – 6.5)

Length The minimum is 4 weeks

20 hours per week

09:00 – 13:00 plus independent study.

Class Size Maximum 15 students, minimum of 6 students.
Age 18 years +
Start Dates

Begin your course any Monday for the academic year. 

6 September – 17 December 2021 (Cycles 1 - 4)

10 January – *17 June 2022 (Cycles 5 – 9)

*Start and finish dates are flexible for the above programmes and students can continue to register for and attend these courses throughout the summer.  

Contact with your preferred start date

Hours of study 20 hours per week 09:00 – 13:00 plus independent study.
End of Course Assessment IELTS examination.

University Language Centre Pre-sessional course and/or directly to a UCC undergraduate or postgraduate course.

How to Apply

Full-time course application form


4 €1,000
8 €1,920
12 €2,760
16 €3,520
20 €4,200
24 €4,920
28 €5,600
32 €6,400
33 €6,600

IT Requirements:

All students attending classes on campus will be required to bring a fully charged laptop or another suitable device with them to class along with headphones to allow full participation, as some materials may be provided digitally rather than on paper.  You should also download Microsoft Teams to your device as you may need this to interact with students taking the class remotely.


If you have any further queries on this course please email

Language Centre

Lárionad Teanga

Main Office, G36, O'Rahilly Building, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland

External Accreditation