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English for Work and Life (General English)

English for Work and Life (General English)

English for Work and Life (General English)
General English is listed on the Interim List of Eligible Programmes
Course Overview:
English for Work and Life (General English) courses help you, using an individual learning plan, to develop the English language skills needed to live and/or work in an English-speaking environment and follow your chosen career.   Interactive and communicative classes with specialised tutors focus on improving both fluency and accuracy while integrating the practice of speaking, listening, reading and writing as well as grammar and vocabulary.
Language skills (listening, reading, speaking, writing) and systems (discourse, functions, grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary) are taught using a combination of published materials and supplementary resources. Significant classroom time is dedicated to communicative practice and development of skills based on the students’ specific needs. Materials are specially designed and selected to suit the topic of each lesson and include authentic materials which highlight the unique cultural setting of UCC Language Centre. UCC's Connected Curriculum is integrated into these lessons and covers such diverse areas as employability, sustainability, civic engagement and global reach.

ILEP Number

Course Name

Exit Exam


General English





General English


Cambridge First (FCE)



General English


Cambridge Advanced (CAE)



General English


Cambridge Proficiency (CPE)

Who is this course for?

Full-time courses in General English are for all levels from Elementary (A2) to Proficiency (C2).  The General English courses aim at developing students' overall ability to communicate confidently in English.  Students also prepare for international exams such as IELTS and Cambridge English.

Learning outcomes

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





Course Summary
Language Level

Classes are available at Levels CEFR A2 and above

Length Minimum 2 weeks

20 or 16 hours per week

09.00 – 13.00 plus independent study

Class Size Maximum 15 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

Course Content
  • English language skills and systems teaching
  • Formative and summative assessment to ensure clear progress
  • Project work
  • Cultural, university and community sessions
  • Tuition based on student language needs
  • Guest lectures

End of course assessment

There will be no exit exam requirement for this course when taken during the Summer


Transfer to the Academic English with IELTS if preferred and if of a suitable level

How to Apply

Full-time course application form


(Exam fee is extra)

Number of weeks Price 20h/week Price 16h/week































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.


“This online programme was very effective for those living in other countries"

Misa Shimone, from TUFS University in Japan

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Lyaysan Khusainova from Russia

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Language Centre

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

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