General English

General English classes develop your accuracy and fluency, with a focus on grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation, as well as the development of reading, writing, speaking and listening. We also offer a Communicative Focus Class (CFC) each week which is based on topics relating to Irish life and culture.

  • General English is listed on the Interim List of Eligible Programmes  

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 for all levels from Elementary (A2) to Proficiency (C2).  The General English courses place emphasis on developing students' overall ability to communicate confidently in English. Students also prepare for international exams such as IELTS and Cambridge English.

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.





  On Campus

Language Level

Classes are available at Levels CEFR A2 and above

Length Minimum 4 weeks up to 36 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
  • 28 September 2020
  • 27 October 2020
  • 23 November 2020
  • 11 January 2021
  • 08 February 2021
  • 08 March 2021
  • 19 April 2021
  • 17 May 2021
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 lecture

End of course assessment

Students can choose their exit exam options


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

How to Apply

Application Form is the following link


(Exam fee is extra)

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 If you have any further queries on this course please email


10 hours per week option can also be taken wholly online. Please check General English part-time course.

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)

IT requirements on campus, students may be expected to have their laptop or smartphone available to them in class.



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Language Centre

Lárionad Teanga

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

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