Pre-sessional Courses

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

Important notice 

  • English Language requirements for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes can be found at
  • UCC has approved the use of Duolingo English Test (DET) for intake to degree programmes.
  • All pre-sessionals will be delivered online.
  • Successful completion of an online pre-sessional will satisfy the English language entry requirements for your chosen degree programme.

"The online pre-sessional course was very effective, I really feel I am live face to face, it feels like a real class, with my teachers and classmates"

Amal Al Bahoshi, from Oman

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"The scheduled time is reasonable, and I can learn useful knowledge, though It was challenging"

Zhuyao Gao from China

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2021 Pre-sessional Programme Dates

ProgrammeStart dateEnd date
6 week 5th July 2021 13th August 2021
12 week 24th May 2021 13th August 2021
16 week 26th April 2021 13th August 2021

*No classes on Bank Holiday Mondays - 7 June and 2 August 2021


  This programme is fully online.

IT Requirements

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.

How to Apply

**Closed for applications for 2020 pre-sessional courses** 

Details for 2021 pre-sessional programmes application to be posted shortly.


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