English for Work and Life FT (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

General English classes develop your accuracy and fluency with an emphasis 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.  

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

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
Age 18 years +
Start Dates

Begin your course any Monday, with the exception of week commencing Bank Holiday Monday 7 August when classes will instead start on Tuesday 8 August.

Contact eflsummerschool@ucc.ie 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.

However, all students will receive a Certificate on completion of the summer course.


Transfer to the Academic English programme if preferred and if of a suitable level, students may also continue their programme into the new academic year from the summer (flexible finish dates).

 How to Apply

Summer School 2023 application form


(Exam fee is extra)

€570        (2 wks)

€785        (3 wks)

€999        (4 wks)

€1225      (5 wks)

€1455      (6 wks)

€1665      (7 wks)

€1880      (8 wks) 

€2080      (9 wks) 

€2300      (10 wks)


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 the 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.

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Language Centre

Lárionad Teanga

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

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