'Gateway to University Programme' Academic English with IELTS

Academic English with IELTS "Gateway to University Programme" is listed on the Interim List of Eligible Programmes: ILEP No. 0341/0010

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.

Who is this programme for?

This course helps you develop your English for academic study, prepare for IELTS and supports you to progress to your chosen undergraduate or postgraduate programme at an English-speaking university.  

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 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.

A dedicated ‘Gateway to University’ tutor will help you manage your development and will guide you through the university application process.

At the end of the course, should you wish to stay at UCC, you may wish to transfer to one of our pre-sessional approved English language routes to undergraduate or postgraduate programmes.  Should you wish to take up a place at a different university, you will leave us with an IELTS qualification and a set of skills that will enable you to succeed.

Programme Summary
Delivery

                    

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

Language Level

CEFR B1 and above.  See General English Programme, if the current level is CEFR A2.

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

In addition to the below intake dates, you can now begin your 'Gateway' course any Monday.  Contact academicenquiries@ucc.ie with your preferred start date.

6 September – 23 December 2021 (Modules 1 – 4)

10 January – 27 May 2022 (Modules 5 – 9)

The ‘Gateway’ programme finishes on 27 May 2022. 

All students stay on the programme from their chosen start date (chose a module start date) to the end of the ‘Gateway’ programme (27 May 2022).

Cycle/Module start dates for all full-time English language courses above:

  • Cycle/Module 1:  6 September 2021
  • Cycle/Module 2:  4 October 2021
  • Cycle/Module 3:  1 November 2021
  • Cycle/Module 4:  29 November 2021
  • Cycle/Module 5:  10 January 2022
  • Cycle/Module 6:  7 February 2022
  • Cycle/Module 7:  7 March 2022
  • Cycle/Module 8:  4 April 2022
  • Cycle/Module 9:  9 May 2022
End Date

The 'Gateway' course finishes on the 27 of May 2022 but you can continue your studies by following a pre-sessional course if you are progressing to a place on a UCC degree programme and need further English language study.

Hours of study

22 hours per week, integrated classes on five mornings + a ‘Gateway to University’ tutorial on one afternoon + a choice from the weekly ‘Extra Option’ list.

End of Course Assessment IELTS examination.
Progression University Language Centre pre-sessional course and/or directly to a UCC undergraduate or postgraduate course.
How to Apply

Full-time course application form

Fees

IELTS exam fee included

WeeksCost
30 €6,900
26 €6,440
22 €5,280
18 €4,410
14 €3,500
10 €2,650
6 €1,590
 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 infolang@ucc.ie.

Sample Class Timetable

 

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