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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
Language Level

CEFR:  B1+ to C1

(IELTS:  4.5 to 6.5)

Length The minimum is 4 weeks

20 or 16 hours per week

09:00 – 13:00 plus independent study.

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

Start Dates

Term Dates 2023-24

28 August – 15 December 2023 (Cycles 1A - 4)

08 January – 07 June 2024 (Cycles 5 – 9)

*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


Weeks Price 20 hours/week Price 16 hours/week
4 €1,000 €800
8 €1,920 €1,560
12 €2,760 €2,220
16 €3,520 €2,800
20 €4,200 €3,400
24 €4,920 €3,960
28 €5,600 €4,480
32 €6,400 €5,120
33 €6,600 €5,280

IT requirements to join our courses: 

All students are required to bring to class a fully-charged laptop (with audio and video) and headphones to ensure full participation and access to course materials and a more valuable student experience.  A reliable internet connection is required (this is provided by UCC for on-campus students). You should download Microsoft Teams to your laptop before starting your course. UCC recommends the use of Chrome browser for best interaction with all its applications.  Please note that a laptop is a device that is suitable for study purposes and students who use another device such as a tablet will not be able to access some functions. A smartphone is not considered to be a suitable device for study purposes.

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