16-week Pre-sessional Programme

Programme Summary
Language Level See https://www.ucc.ie/en/esol/courses/presessional/#which-pre-sessional-programme-do-i-need-to-take for information on which Pre-Sessional programme 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 of 6 students.
Age 18 years +
Dates 24 April - 11 August 2023
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 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.
Note: There will be no need to re-take an IELTS or other approved exam on successful completion of this pre-sessional programme.  UCC Language Centre Pre-sessional courses are on the approved list of entry routes for UCC undergraduate, postgraduate and joint programmes.
How to Apply
  • Please email academicenquiries@ucc.ie quoting ‘Pre-sessional’ followed by your name in the subject line.
  • Please forward a copy of the UCC Conditional Offer Letter + a copy of your current English language certification  (IELTS or equivalent) + Pre-sessional application form
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