H.Dip. in Advanced Languages and Global Communication 2020/21

Higher Diploma in Advanced Languages and Global Communication

This course is aimed at people hoping to return to the job market with modern language and intercultural communication skills along with competencies relating to managing global relationships, ICT, translation and localisation skills. 

It offers advanced specialism in one language (from French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish) and 10 credits of an additional foreign language from an expanded range including Chinese, Korean and Japanese.  The programme will equip students with the necessary language competence, as well as intercultural skills, to be able to do business with markets of particular strategic interest to Ireland, both in Europe and beyond. By the end of the course, students in French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish will have reached a minimum of CEFR level B1. 


Applicants for this programme are expected to hold a level 8 degree or equivalent qualification (incl. relevant professional qualifications). Individual language level requirements will apply for students wishing to choose French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. Candidates may be required to complete a brief language proficiency test.  As Chinese, Japanese and Korean are available as beginner languages, no prior knowledge is required.

Modules:   60 credits to be taken as follows:

Core Modules (30 credits):

LL5001 ICT of the Localisation Industry (5 credits)

LL5002 Translation and Professional Communication (5 credits)

LL5003 Mobility, Plurilingualism and Intercultural Communication in a Globalized World (10 credits)

AD5006 Work Placement Module (10 credits)

20 credits from Advanced Language Skills in either French, German, Italian, Portuguese or Spanish
10 credits from a Second Language chosen from French, Chinese, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese or Spanish at beginners level.  


CH5001 Chinese Language - Level I (Mandarin) (10 credits)

CH5002 Chinese Language - Level 2 (Mandarin) (10 credits)


FR0105 Introduction to French (5 credits)

FR1005 French for Near Beginners (5 credits)

FR1101 Foundation course in written and oral French [10 credits]

FR2101 Advanced French Language [10 credits]

FR4101 Advanced Use of French (10 credits)

FR4409 Translating Literature: Methods, Practices and Theories (5 credits)

FR4410 Translation Studies with French (5 credits)

FR5004 Theory and Methodology of Advanced Translation (10 credits)

FR5006 Theory, Methodology and Practice of Consecutive and Simultaneous Interpreting (5 credits)

FR5702 Advanced French Intercultural Communications (5 credits)


GE1101 German Integrated Written and Oral Language Course [10 credits]

GE1103 German Integrated Written and Oral Language Course for Beginners [10 credits]

GE2101 German Integrated Language Course [10 credits]

GE2131 German Business and Culture Today: Theory and Practice (numbers permitting) (5 credits)

GE3101 Advanced Integrated Language Course (10 credits)

GE3108 Teaching German as a Foreign Language (5 credits) 

GE3807 Commercial Language: German (5 credits)

GE5013 Translation Project (German) (5 credits)


IT1101 Introduction to Written and Spoken Italian [10 credits]

IT1102 Non-Beginners' Written and Spoken Italian [10 credits]

IT1109 Introduction to Written and Spoken Italian [10 credits]

IT1110 Italian Language (Beginner Level) [5 credits]

IT1120 Italian Language (Beginner Level) [5 credits]

IT2101 Intermediate Italian Language [10 credits]

IT2101F Lower-Intermediate Italian Language [B1] [5 credits]

IT2101S Upper-Intermediate Italian Language [B2] [5 credits]

IT2102   The Language of the Italian Media [5 credits]

IT2103  Lower-Intermediate Italian Language [B1] [5 credits]

IT2104  Upper-Intermediate Italian Language [B2] [5 credits]

IT2310   Issues in Contemporary Italian Society through Film and Documentaries [5 credits]

IT3101 Advanced Italian Language (10 credits)

IT3103 Business Italian (5 credits)

IT3110 Introduction to Translation (Italian to English)

IT5001 Translation Project (5 credits)

IT5002 Translation: Methods and Practice (10 credits)


AS1501 Japanese Level 1 [10 credits]

AS1502 Japanese Level 2 [10 credits]


AS1601 Korean Level 1 (10 credits)

AS1602 Korean Level 2 (10 credits)


HS1009 Spanish Language (Post Leaving Certificate) (10 credits)

HS1102 First Year Spanish Language for Non-Beginners [10 credits]

HS1103 First Year Spanish Language for Beginners [10 credits]

HS2101 Second Year Spanish Language (ex-beginners) [10 credits]

HS2102 Second Year Spanish Language (ex-non beginners) [10 credits]

HS3001 Final Year Spanish Language [10 credits]

HS3004 Translating Business, Culture and Society in the Hispanic World (5 credits)

HS3012 Year Abroad Spanish Language Programme (10 credits)

HS5007 Advanced Spanish Translation Skills (10 credits)

HS5008 Advanced Spanish Language for Professional Purposes (10 credits)

HS5014 Spanish Translation Project (5 credits)

HS5016 Interrogating Iberia (10 credit)


PU1101 Portuguese Beginners Language

PU2201 Portuguese Language II

PU3301 Advanced Portuguese Language


The Timetable will involve daytime lectures and small group classes. Timetable details depend on the language specialism chosen given the wide range of modules available.

For further information on the course please contact:

Dr. Marco Amici, Academic Programme Coordinator; Email: mamici@ucc.ie

Janet Milner, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures; Email:  j.milner@ucc.ie 


Applications should be made via the Springboard website:  https://springboardcourses.ie/

School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures

Teangacha, Litríochtaí agus Cultúir

College Road, Cork