Academic English

This course helps you develop the academic skills and knowledge you need for study and life in an English-speaking university and it also prepares you to take the IELTS exam. 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.

  • Academic English is listed on the Interim List of Eligible Programmes (ILEP) number 0341/0011

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). These modules also help you prepare for the IELTS exam. Skills covered will include, for example, referencing/ paraphrasing; critical thinking/textual analysis; academic word list/nominalisation.

The programme follows the principles of UCC’s connected curriculum 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.




  On Campus                   *This course can be taken fully online. When you apply for the course,

please choose online option only.

Language Level

CEFR B1 – C1

(IELTS 4 – 6.5)

Length Minimum is 4 weeks

20 hours per week

09.00 – 13.00 plus independent study

Class Size Maximum 15 students. Minimum 6 students
Age 18 years +
Start Dates

Every four weeks during 34 week academic year 28 September 2020 – 28 May 2021

  • 28 September 2020
  • 27 October 2020
  • 23 November 2020
  • 11 January 2021
  • 08 February 2021
  • 08 March 2021
  • 19 April 2021
  • 17 May 2021
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

Application Form is the following link


IELTS exam fee included

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

A computer, tablet or smartphone with audio and video. Reliable internet connection. You will need to be able to access MS Teams, Zoom or Canvas for your classes (dependent on course applied for)

On Campus, students may be expected to have their laptop or smartphone available to them in class


If you have any further queries on this course please email


Language Centre

Lárionad Teanga

G 36, O'Rahilly Building,University College Cork, Cork, Ireland

External Accreditation