Pre-sessional Programmes

Who is this programme for?

Students who:

  • Have not achieved their required level of English for acceptance onto their undergraduate or postgraduate programme.
  • Feel they do not have the academic or general English language skills necessary to succeed at University.

Learning outcomes

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


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

2021 Pre-sessional Programme Dates

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

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

Extensive ProgrammeStart dateEnd date
15+ 1 week  1 February 2021 28 May 2021* ( Easter holidays from 5 April – 16 April)


 Suitable for students who have attained their required level of English and have a full offer from UCC.

2-week ProgrammeStart dateEnd date
2-week  TBC TBC
Prices for each of these programmes are shown via their link boxes below

"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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Applying with a Duolingo English Test (DET) result

  • Please see your application journey at UCC with a DET result document for information relating to applying with a Duolingo English Test.  
  • Applicants will be given a free, supportive Skills Check by a Language Centre teacher, and advised which modules they need to take.

Which Pre-Sessional Programme do I need to take?

How to Apply

Online group classes will be conducted on Canvas.  Students will be able to access material for self-study on this platform and will be able to upload assignments onto Canvas. 

The self-study element will be prescribed work from teachers which will focus on specific elements of the programme. Students will be provided with the necessary material and resources through Canvas to fulfil the learning outcomes of the programme. Tasks will include watching PowerPoint presentations, reading a range of texts and submitting answers, completing online grammar and vocabulary tasks, submitting guided written tasks, links to websites with prescribed tasks. 

If you have any further queries on this programme please email

IT Requirements  A web camera, microphone and access to reliable internet/Wi-Fi are required.  Also, keyboard is needed which has English language set-up or Pinyin (for China).

Language Centre

Lárionad Teanga

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

External Accreditation