Academic English with IELTS 'Gateway to University Programme'

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

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; 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.

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

Learning outcomes

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 which will enable you to succeed.




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

please choose online option only. 

Language Level

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

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

Every 4 weeks to end of programme - 28 May 2021

  • 28 September 2020
  • 27 October 2020
  • 23 November 2020
  • 11 January 2021
  • 08 February 2021
  • 08 March 2021
  • 19 April 2021
End Date
  • 28 May 2021
Hours of study

22 hours per week, integrated classes on five mornings + a ‘Gateway to University’ tutorial on one afternoon + a choice from 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

Application form is following link


IELTS exam fee included

30 €6,900
26 €6,440
22 €5,280
18 €4,410
14 €3,500
10 €2,650
6 €1,590


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

Sample timetable - Academic English with IELTS ‘GATEWAY TO UNIVERSITY PROGRAMME’ 





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