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Business and Professional English

Programme 3

Develop your ability to use English successfully for professional purposes. This course takes a 21st century skills approach, focusing on the competencies of creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, communication, and digital literacies.

As well as excellent language input, authentic business texts, and opportunities for classroom interaction, each week of the course concludes in a collaborative project which gives students the opportunity to put what they have learned into practice. Completed projects will be published on a dedicated class website and can include tasks such as:
• multimedia webpages that communicate information to potential customers through text, video, images, audio, or infographics.
• recorded presentations or meetings.
• tip sheets for job applications and interviews.
• articles discussing a business issue from a range of perspectives.
Our highly skilled and dedicated tutors will give you focused advice and feedback to help you thrive in your current or future professional career.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, you will:
• have developed confidence in your speaking skills through role plays, presentations, and dynamic conversation.
• be better able to flexibly and appropriately use formal and semi-formal language in a range of professional situations, such as meetings, emails, phone and video calls, interviews, and presentations.
• be equipped with communication and language strategies to successfully manage collaborative teamwork, decision-making, negotiations, training, and networking.
• have increased your awareness of key business vocabulary and professional practice across cultures.
• be better able to comprehend, summarise, and evaluate information from business texts you read or listen to.
• have received expert feedback on the accuracy and effectiveness of your speaking and writing skills in terms of content and language in a business setting.​

Programme 3 Summary



Language Level

CEFR B1+ – C1

Minimum 2 weeks but shorter stays may be possible, please enquire
20 or 16 hours per week
09.00 - 13.00 plus independent study
Class Size Maximum 15 students, minimum of 6 students.
Age 18 years +
Start Dates

Begin your course any Monday from 17 of June with the exception of week commencing Bank Holiday Monday 5 August when classes will instead start on Tuesday 6 August.

Contact with your preferred start date

Hours of study 20 hours per week 09:00 – 13:00 plus independent study.
End of Course Assessment

IELTS examination.  

There will be no exit exam requirement for this course when taken during the summer.  However, all students will receive a Certificate on completion of the summer course.


Students can extend their registration to continue with this course after the summer (during our new academic year).


Summer 2024 

20 hours / weeek

2 wks €630

3 wks €945

4 wks €1200

5 wks €1500

6 wks €1740

7 wks €2030

8 wks €2320

9 wks €2610

10 wks €2900

16 hours / week

2 wks €520

3 wks €780

4 wks €1025

5 wks €1280

6 wks €1515

7 wks €1765

8 wks €2020

9 wks €2270

10 wks €2520

How To Apply

Open for applications Summer School 2024 application form

Queries please to: 

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.

Language Centre

Lárionad Teanga

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

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