Undergraduate

Teaching in Irish Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) is normally through the medium of English; therefore all applicants are required to demonstrate a high level of competence in the English Language.

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of equivalent competence in English Language, through their school leaving examination or matriculation examination or by achieving the minimum standard (there may be higher levels for matriculation and/or particular programmes in individual institutions) in a recognised English language test, as specified below.

Certain tests (e.g. IELTS, TOEFL and Pearson PTE) have a three year time limit in their validity and these will be applied. English language tests must be undertaken no more than three years prior to commencement of a programme.

Please note that the Secure English Language Test (SELT) scores must be achieved from one sitting of the relevant qualification (e.g. IELTS and TOEFL). We will not accept a combination of individual component scores from multiple tests.

 

Recognised English Language Tests:

  

UCC English Language Centre Pre-sessional Courses:

Successful completion of either the 6-Week Pre-sessional or 10-Week Pre-sessional course at UCC Language Centre. https://www.ucc.ie/en/esol/courses/presessional/

 

IELTS Indicator Test

UCC has approved the IELTS Indicator Test for the 2020 intake. https://www.ieltsindicator.com/ See minimum requirements below under IELTS / IELTS Indicator Test 

 

TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition Test

UCC has approved the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test for the 2020 intake. https://www.ets.org/s/cv/toefl/at-home/ See minimum requirements below under TOEFL / TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test

 

Duolingo English Test (DET)

UCC has approved the use of the Duolingo English Test (DET) as a temporary measure for the 2020 intake.  Students presenting with certain scores will be required to undergo a UCC Language Centre Skills Check (LCSC) and in some circumstances, a 6- or 12-week pre-sessional programme.

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College Programmes  Duolingo English Test
College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences All Programmes 

DET 110-115 + Skills Check

DET 120 or more eligible for full offer

College of Business and Law Business Programmes

DET 100-110 + Skills Check

DET 115 or more eligible for full offer

Law Programmes

DET 110-115 + Skills Check

DET 120 or more eligible for full offer

College of Science, Engineering and Food Science All Programmes (Except Architecture)

DET 100-110 + Skills Check

DET 115 or more eligible for full offer

Architecture

DET 110-115 + Skills Check

DET 120 or more eligible for full offer

College of Medicine and Health All Programmes (Except Speech and Language Therapy and Nursing Studies)

DET 110-115 + Skills Check

DET 120 or more eligible for full offer

Speech and Language Therapy

DET 120 + undergo Skills Check

DET 125 or more eligible for full offer

Nursing Studies

DET 110-115 + Skills Check

DET 120 or more eligible for full offer


  

IELTS - International English Language Testing System:

IELTS Academic / IELTS Indicator Test Minimum Requirements

College Programmes  IELTS
College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences All Programmes  6.5  
Minimum individual sections 5.5
College of Business and Law Business Programmes 6.0  
Minimum individual sections 5.5
Law Programmes 6.5 
Minimum individual sections 5.5
College of Science, Engineering and Food Science All Programmes (Except Architecture) 6.0  
Minimum individual sections 5.5
Architecture 6.5  
Minimum individual sections 6.0
College of Medicine and Health All Programmes (Except Speech and Language Therapy and Nursing Studies) 6.5  
Minimum individual sections 6.5
Speech and Language Therapy 7.0  
Minimum individual sections 6.5
Nursing Studies 6.5  
Minimum individual sections 6.0

 

TOEFL - Test Of English as a Foreign Language:

TOEFL / TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition Test  Minimum Requirements

College Programmes  TOEFL
College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences All Programmes  TOEFL 90  
Listening - 17; Reading - 18; 
Speaking - 20; Writing 17
College of Business and Law Business Programmes TOEFL 80  
Listening - 17; Reading - 18; 
Speaking - 20; Writing 17
Law Programmes TOEFL 90 
Listening - 17; Reading - 18; 
Speaking - 20; Writing 17
College of Science, Engineering and Food Science All Programmes (Except Architecture) TOEFL 80  
Listening - 17; Reading - 18; 
Speaking - 20; Writing 17
Architecture TOEFL 90  
Listening - 20; Reading - 19; 
Speaking - 21; Writing 20
College of Medicine and Health All Programmes (Except Speech and Language Therapy and Nursing Studies) TOEFL 90  
Listening - 23; Reading - 21; 
Speaking - 22; Writing 23
Speech and Language Therapy TOEFL 100
Listening - 23; Reading - 21; 
Speaking - 22; Writing 23
Nursing Studies TOEFL 90  
Listening - 20; Reading - 19; 
Speaking - 21; Writing 20

 

 

CPE Cambridge Proficiency:

CPE Cambridge Proficiency Minimum Requirements

College

Programmes 

CPE Cambridge Proficiency

College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences

All Programmes 

176 overall with not less than 162 in each element of the test 

College of Business and Law

Business Programmes

169 overall with not less than 162 in each element of the test 

Law Programmes

176 overall with not less than 162 in each element of the test 

College of Science, Engineering and Food Science

All Programmes (Except Architecture)

169 overall with not less than 162 in each element of the test 

Architecture

176 overall with not less than 169  in each element of the test 

College of Medicine and Health

All Programmes (Except Speech and Language Therapy and Nursing Studies)

176 overall with not less than 176 in each element of the test 

Speech and Language Therapy

185 overall with not less than 176 in each element of the test 

Nursing Studies

176 overall with not less than 169  in each element of the test 

 

 

 CAE Cambridge Advanced:

CAE Cambridge Advanced Minimum Requirements 

 

College

Programmes 

CPE Cambridge Proficiency

College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences

All Programmes 

176 overall with not less than 162 in each element of the test 

College of Business and Law

Business Programmes

169 overall with not less than 162 in each element of the test 

Law Programmes

176 overall with not less than 162 in each element of the test 

College of Science, Engineering and Food Science

All Programmes (Except Architecture)

169 overall with not less than 162 in each element of the test 

Architecture

176 overall with not less than 169  in each element of the test 

College of Medicine and Health

All Programmes (Except Speech and Language Therapy and Nursing Studies)

176 overall with not less than 176 in each element of the test 

Speech and Language Therapy

185 overall with not less than 176 in each element of the test 

Nursing Studies

176 overall with not less than 169  in each element of the test 

 

 

Pearson PTE Academic:

Pearson PTE Academic Minimum Requirements

College

Programmes 

Pearson PTE Academic

College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences

All Programmes 

63
Minimum individual sections 51

College of Business and Law

Business Programmes

59
Minimum individual sections 51

Law Programmes

63
Minimum individual sections 51

College of Science, Engineering and Food Science

All Programmes (Except Architecture)

59
Minimum individual sections 51

Architecture

63
Minimum individual sections 59

College of Medicine and Health

All Programmes (Except Speech and Language Therapy and Nursing Studies)

63
Minimum individual sections 63

Speech and Language Therapy

72
Minimum individual sections 63

Nursing Studies

63
Minimum individual sections 59

 

University of Cambridge:

First Certificate, Grade A (CEFR Level C1)

 

ETAPP - English Test foAcademic and Professional Purposes:

Grade C1 or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2)

 

UK Examining Boards/Bodies:

GCE O Level English Language at Grade C or above
GCSE English Language at Grade C or above
GCSE English Literature at Grade C or above
CSE Grade 1 Pass in English

 

University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES):
with English at grade C or above (incorporating the Oxford Examining Body’s English as a Foreign Language (Higher Paper)



EU Countries’ Matriculation Examination:

Matriculation Examinations from European Countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved. Where the examination has been taken more than 2 years previously candidates may be required to take a proficiency test. Where an English proficiency test which is scored on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) is presented as part of a school-leaving qualification, grade must be C1/C2.



Trinity ISE:

Trinity ISE III with at least merit in each skill category



QQI FET ESL:

Merit in the module “English as a Second Language” or “Communications” (level 5)

 

UCC English Language Centre

The UCC Language Centre can help you to acquire the English language skills you will need in your undergraduate studies. For more information on the English courses which are offered at the Language Centre, please follow the link: http://www.ucc.ie/en/esol/ 

University College Cork

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