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Academic English Courses - Preparation for University 2017/18

The English Language Preparation for University courses cater specifically for the language needs of students who intend to study for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree at the University of Limerick. They are aimed at students who have reached the academic entry requirements for their chosen degree, but need to improve their English in order to meet the English language entry requirements.  They are very suitable for students who have received a conditional offer from the University of Limerick.  Students should be aware of the minimum English language requirements for the degree programme of their choice.

Course Outcomes

It is expected that by the end of the course students will have

  • developed their communication skills
  • reached the English language requirements for entering a degree programme at the University of Limerick
  • developed the language and study skills needed for university course work, whether for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree
  • have a greater knowledge of how to learn independently
  • expanded their knowledge of Irish culture
  • more awareness of university life

Students who achieve a final passing grade will have met the English language requirements for entry to the majority of programmes at the University of Limerick (equivalent IELTS 6.5).  It will not be necessary for such students to take an external English language test at the end of their course.  Before starting the course students should check that their academic qualifications will allow them to enter a programme at the University of Limerick.  


The courses will consist of modules on:

  • Integrated English Language Skills
  • Academic Reading
  • Academic Writing
  • Academic Listening
  • Academic Speaking
  • Academic vocabulary and grammatical structures
Start Date Finish Date Hours per week1  No. Of Weeks

Minimum IELTS 
starting level2

Fees3 

Last date to apply 
03 Jan 2018  01 Jun 2018* 22 22**

5.04

€5250 04 Dec 
16 July 2018 31 Aug 2018 30 7***

5.55

€2800 15 Jun
07*** Aug 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 4

6.06

€1300 06 Jul 
03 Sep 2018 31 May 2019*

22 + 22

16 + 22** 4.57 €8700 23 Jul
  1. an hour equals an academic hour i.e. 50 minutes 
  2. students should be aware of the minimum English language requirements for the course of their choice at the University of Limerick
  3. an administration fee of €50 is payable for these courses.  The administration fee of is separate from the tuition fee and is non-refundable
  4. the entry requirement for this course is a minimum IELTS score of 5.0 with no less than 4.5 in any skill
  5. the entry requirement for this course is 5.5 with no less than with no less than 5.0 in any skill
  6. the entry requirement for this course is 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any skill
  7. the entry requirement for this course is 4.5 with no less than 4.0 in any skill

*students will need to sit an external exam during the week
**includes a reading and project week
*** includes additional study at the weekend on 11 and 18 Aug 2018
****Monday is a public holiday so class will start on Tuesday 07 August 

ULLC is closed on all Irish public holidays and during Christmas.

22 Week Course 
2018

Monday

01 Jan  - 28 May 

Tuesday

02 Jan - 29 May 

Wednesday

03 Jan - 30 May 

Thursday

04 Jan - 31 May 

Friday

05 Jan -   01 Jun 

09.00-10.45 No Class 01 Jan  Class 02 Jan  Class Begins 03 Jan  Class Class
10.45-11.15 Break Break Break Break Break
11.15-12.50 Class Class Class Class Class

14.00-14.50
15.00-15.50

Class Class Class Class Class

 

7 Week Course 
2018 

Monday

16 Jul -27 Aug

Tuesday

17 Jul -28 Aug

Wednesday

18 Jul - 29 Aug

Thursday

19 Jul - 30 Aug

Friday

20 Jul - 31 Aug 

Saturday

11+ 18 Aug 

09.00-10.45 Class Class Class Class Class Class
10.45-11.15 Break Break Break Break Break Break
11.15-12.50 Class Class Class Class Class Class 
12.50-14.00 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch 
14.00-16:05 Self Study Class Social Trip Class Self Study  -

 

4 Week Course 
2018

Monday

06 Aug -27 Aug

Tuesday

07- 28 Aug

Wednesday

08- 29 Aug

Thursday

09 - 30 Aug

Friday

10 - 31 Aug 

09.00-10.45 Class Class Class Class Class
10.45-11.15 Break Break Break Break Break
11.15-12.50 Class Class Class Class Class
12.50-14.00 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
14.00-16.05 Class Class Trip Class Self Study 

Christmas Holidays 

The last day of class in 2018 will be Friday 15 December. 

To gain entry to the English Language Preparation for University Programmes students must produce evidence of their English language level in the form of a recent IELTS band score or equivalent.  The band score required will depend on the length of the course for which the student is applying.    See minimum entry requirements for each course above.

Assessment will be continuous, i.e. there will be a number of assessments during the course rather than one final examination.  Students will be expected to attend and participate in all classes.  It will not be possible to complete this course successfully without an excellent attendance record.