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 for Undergraduate full degree programmes:

  

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 accepts the IELTS Indicator Test for the 2021 intake. https://www.ieltsindicator.com/ See minimum requirements below under IELTS / IELTS Indicator Test 

 

TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition Test

UCC accepts the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test for the 2021 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):

College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences; College of Business and Law; College of Science Engineering and Food Science:

  • Undergraduate Degree Programmes:  DET score of 120 or better

College of Medicine and Health:

  • All Programmes (except SLT and Nursing Studies): 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 score of 120 or better

 

Please note: UCC has approved the use of the Duolingo English Test (DET) for the 2021 intake.  Applicants scoring DET 110 or 115 will be required to undergo a UCC Language Centre Skills Check (LCSC) and in some circumstances, a 6- or 12-week pre-sessional programme. duolingo.com/applicants

 

IELTS - International English Language Testing System:

College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences; College of Business and Law; College of Science Engineering and Food Science:

  • Undergraduate Degree Programmes: Minimum overall score of 6.5 and minimum of 6.0 in each band

College of Medicine and Health:

  • All Programmes (except SLT and Nursing Studies): Minimum overall score of 6.5 and minimum of 6.5 in each band
  • Speech and Language Therapy: Minimum overall score of 7.0 and minimum of 6.5 in each band
  • Nursing Studies: Minimum overall score of 6.5 and minimum of 6.0 in each band

 

TOEFL - Test Of English as a Foreign Language - TOEFL iBT:

College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences; College of Business and Law; College of Science Engineering and Food Science:

  • Undergraduate Degree Programmes: Minimum overall score of 90 and minimum of 20 in each section

College of Medicine and Health:

  • All Programmes (except SLT 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: Minimum overall score of 90 and minimum of 20 in each section

 

University of Cambridge:

College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences; College of Business and Law; College of Science Engineering and Food Science:

  • Undergraduate Degree Programmes: 176+ on Cambridge English scale with no less than 169 in each skill and use of English i.e.
    • Proficiency Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2)
    • Advanced Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2)
    • First Certificate, Grade A (CEFR Level C1)

 College of Medicine and Health:

  • All Programmes (except SLT 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:

College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences; College of Business and Law; College of Science Engineering and Food Science:

  • Undergraduate Degree Programmes: Minimum of 63 (with at least 59 for each item in the Communicative Skills section)

College of Medicine and Health:

  • All Programmes (except SLT and Nursing Studies): Minimum of 63 (with at least 63 for each item in the Communicative Skills section)
  • Speech and Language Therapy: Minimum of 72 (with at least 63 for each item in the Communicative Skills section)
  • Nursing Studies: Minimum of 63 (with at least 59 for each item in the Communicative Skills section)

 

ETAPP - English Test for Academic 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/ 

Other tests/qualifications may be accepted as equivalent to the qualifications listed above. Please contact the relevant Admissions Office for further information.

 

University College Cork

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