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 https://www.ucc.ie/en/study/comparison/english/
  • IELTS and other internationally-recognised exams are accepted for intake to the Pre-sessional programmes. Please contact us if you are unsure about your exam equivalency. 
  • 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

2023 Pre-sessional Programme Dates

No classes on Public/Bank Holiday Mondays 01 May, 05 June, 07 August 2023

Intensive Programme Start date End date Price
16-week 24 April 2023 11 August 2023 €4,410
12-week 22 May 2023 11 August 2023 €3,245
6-week  03 July 2023 11 August 2023 €1,870

"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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Which Pre-sessional Programme do I need to take?

Pre-Sessional Programme Entry Requirements 

Target: IELTS 6.5 (6.0 individual bands) 

Your current IELTS score 

Programme length 

 

6.0 - no skill less than 6.0 

6 weeks  

 

6.0/5.5 - no skill less than 5.5 

12 weeks 

 

5.5 - maximum 2 skills at 5.0 and none lower 

16 weeks 

 

 

Target: 6.5 (6.5 individual bands) 

Your current IELTS score 

Programme length 

6.0 - no skill less than 6.0 

6 weeks  

 

6.0/5.5 - minimum 1 skill at 6.0 and none below 5.5 

12 weeks 

 

5.5 - all skills at 5.5  

16 weeks 

 

Target: IELTS 7 (6.5 individual bands) 

 

Your current IELTS score 

 

Programme length 

6.5 - no skill less than 6.5 

6 weeks 

 

6.5/6.0 - no skill less than 6.0 

12 weeks 

 

6.0 - maximum 2 skills at 5.5 and none lower 

16 weeks 

 

 

Target: IELTS 7 (7.0 individual bands) 

Your current IELTS score 

Programme length 

6.5 - no skill less than 6.5 

6 weeks  

 

6.5/6.0 - no skill less than 6.0 

12 weeks 

 

6.0 - Speaking & Writing must be 6.0 with min 5.5 in Listening & Reading 

16 weeks 

 

 

Modular approach  

Did you know you may be eligible to take our modular programme? 

Reading & Writing or Listening & Speaking can be taken as separate modules. Modules are 6 contact hours per week and 6 hours per week of non-contact, guided self-study. Bi-weekly/Weekly tutorials will also be part of the programme. 

.5 IELTS or equivalent increase in one skill = 6-week modular programme 

1.0 IELTS increase or equivalent increase in one skill = 12-week modular programme 

 

There are a number of other exams that are recognized by UCC. Please see here for further information. Please inquire to: academicenquiries@ucc.ie for entry to Pre-sessional programmes with one of these exams. 

 

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 academicenquiries@ucc.ie

IT requirements to join our courses: 

All students are required to have a fully-charged laptop or a Desktop computer (with audio and video).  A reliable internet connection is required and also a quiet space where you can attend class undisturbed. You should download Microsoft Teams to your laptop before starting your course. UCC recommends the use of Chrome browser for 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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