Pre-sessional Course

UCC provides a range of Pre-Sessional courses for students who need to improve their academic and general English language skills in order to complete their chosen course of study at UCC.

The Pre-Sessional courses are suitable for students who;

  1. have not achieved their required level of English for acceptance onto their Undergraduate or Postgraduate course.
  2. feel they do not have the academic or general English language skills necessary to succeed at University.

 

How to apply 

To apply for any of these programmes, please click on the following link

  http://www.ucc.ie/en/esol/applynow/http://www.ucc.ie/en/esol/applynow/

The pre-sessional course leaflet can be downloaded from here

Pre-sessional Information Flyer 2020

 

Course Dates and Prices
  • 10 week course
June 15th to August 21st  

22 classroom hours per week

& 6 hours of guided self-study

€2764

  • 6 week course
July 13th to August 21st  

20 classroom hours per week 

& 6 hours of guided self-study

€1630

  • 2 week course
August 17th to August 28th   22 classroom hours per week €550

 

Aim of Pre-Sessional:

The aims of the Pre-Sessional are:

  1. To raise your overall level of English
  2. To improve your ability to write academic essays and papers
  3. To develop your listening skills, in particular when listening to lectures
  4. To develop your confidence in spoken English, while giving presentations and attending both seminars and tutorials
  5. To improve your reading skills and to encourage critical thinking
  6. To provide methods for independent study and research
  7. To introduce students to life in Ireland and UCC

 

Who is each course suitable for:

 

Course

Current English Language level

English language requirement

  • 10 week course

 

IELTS Overall 5.5 (with no skill less than 5.0)

 

6.5

IELTS Overall 5.0 (with no skill less than 5.0)

 

6

  • 6 week course

 

IELTS Overall 6.0 (with no skill less than 5.5)

 

6.5

IELTS Overall 5.5 (with no skill less than 5.0)

 

6

  • *2 week course

suitable for students who have attained their required level of English and have an unconditional offer from UCC

 

Course Content

There are 6 modules in the course:

  • Academic Writing Skills
  • Academic Reading Skills
  • Academic Listening Skills
  • Academic Speaking Skills
  • Intercultural Communication Skills
  • Independent Learning Skills

To see more detailed descriptions, please click Pre-sessional Course content for 2/6/10 weeks.

Within these modules, students will study areas such as writing coherently, developing critical thinking skills, improving active listening skills and giving effective presentations (please see Pre-Sessional Timetable 2020). 

Students will have regular face-to-face tutorials throughout the programme.

 

Learning Outcomes

Academic writing skills

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to write a coherent and cohesive research paper of 1,500 words using both accurate and appropriate grammar and vocabulary.

Academic reading skills

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to understand academic texts, will have developed their knowledge of academic vocabulary and will have improved their ability to read critically.

Academic speaking skills

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to interact appropriately and effectively with both lecturers and peers. They will also be able to give an academic presentation.

Academic listening skills

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to recognise key points from a lecture and will have developed their note-taking skills.

Inter-Cultural Communication skills

On successful completion of this course, students will be aware of the culture of UCC and will be able to integrate into their new environment more effectively.

Independent Learning skills

On successful completion of this course, students will have the skills and strategies needed to become autonomous learners and therefore succeed in a university environment.  

 

Assessment

For both the 6 and 10-week programme there are a number of continuously assessed tasks throughout the course. In addition to this, there is an assessed written task and a spoken presentation at the end of the course. There is also a final test of academic skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. Results of all 3 methods of testing are combined to give an overall score.

In order to successfully complete the 6 and 10-week courses students need to achieve the following:

  1. 90% attendance
  2. 60% on all 3 testing methods i.e. continuous assessment tasks, summative tasks and end of course test.

There is no assessment for the 2-week course.

 


 

 

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

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