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 the University

Learning outcomes

  •  To raise the overall level of English
  •  To improve the 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 the 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 05 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 07 June and 02 August 2021**

Extensive ProgrammeStart dateEnd date
15+ 1 week  01 February 2021 28 May 2021* ( Easter holidays from 05 April – 16 April)


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

2-week and 1-week ProgrammeStart datesEnd dates
2-week or 1-week

Monday 16 August for two weeks or just one week


Monday 23 August 2021 for one week only

20 August


27 August

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 Information Document 2021-22 about 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 as well as 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, a keyboard that has an English language set-up or Pinyin, for China.

Language Centre

Lárionad Teanga

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

External Accreditation