16-week Pre-sessional Programme

Language Level See  do I need to take?
Length 16 weeks
Hours of study 15 classroom hours (3 hours per day Monday-Friday) + 15 hours guided self-study per week + Reading week (week 9 of programme, with no online classes)
Class Size Maximum 15 students. Minimum 6 students
Age 18 years +
Start Dates 26 April 2021 – 13 Aug 2021
Programme Content/ Assessment

There are several continuously assessed tasks throughout the programme- an assessed written task and a spoken presentation at the end of the programme.

There is also a final test of academic language skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Results of all 3 methods of testing are combined to give an overall score.

To successfully complete this programme students, need to achieve the following:

  • 90% attendance
  • 60% on all three testing methods i.e. continuous assessment tasks, summative tasks, and end of programme test.
There will be no need to re-take an IELTS exam on successful completion of either this pre-sessional programme. Both programmes are on the approved list of entry routes for UCC undergraduate, postgraduate, and joint programmes.
How to Apply
  • Please email academicenqueries@ucc.ie quoting ‘Pre-sessional’ followed by your name in the subject line.
  • Please forward a copy of the UCC Conditional Acceptance + a copy of current IELTS certification/DET result  + Pre-sessional application form.


Language Centre

Lárionad Teanga

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

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