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Academic English Courses - Preparation for University 2020

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 
06 Jan 2020 29 May 2020* 22 21

5.04

€5,425 02 Dec 2019 
13 July 2020 28 Aug 2020 30 7**

5.55

€2,900 12 Jun 2020
04*** Aug 2020 28 Aug 2020 26 4

6.06

€1,400 03 Jul 2020
07 Sep 2020 29 May 2021

22

22

15

21

4.57 €8,700 31 Jul 2020
  1. An hour equals an academic hour, i.e. 50 minutes.
  2. Students should be aware of the minimum English language requirements for entry into the UL study programme of their choice.
  3. An additional administration fee of €50 applies to all courses.
  4. The minimum entry requirement for this course is an IELTS score of 5.0 with no less than 4.5 in any skill.
  5. The minimum entry requirement for this course is an IELTS score of 5.5 with no less than 5.0 in any skill.
  6. The minimum entry requirement for this course is an IELTS score of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any skill.
  7. The minimum entry requirement for this course is an IELTS score of 4.5 with no less than 4.0 in any skill. 

* Students may need to sit an external English exam during this course

**includes additional study at the weekend on the 15 and 22 August 2020

***Monday 03 August is a public holiday so class will start on Tuesday 04 August

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

21 Week Course 

2020

Monday

06 Jan - 25 May

Tuesday

07 Jan - 26 May

Wednesday

08 Jan - 27 May

Thursday

09 Jan - 28 May

Friday

10 Jan - 29 May 

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

14.50-14.50

15.00-15:50

    Class    

 

7 Week Course 

2020

Monday

13 Jul - 24 Aug

Tuesday

14 Jul - 25 Aug

Wednesday

15 Jul - 26 Aug

Thursday

16 Jul - 27 Aug

Friday

17 Jul - 28 Aug 

Saturday

15 + 22 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 

2020

Monday

03 Aug - 24 Aug

Tuesday

04 Aug - 25 Aug

Wednesday

05 Aug - 26 Aug

Thursday

06 Aug - 27 Aug

Friday

07 Aug - 28 Aug 

09.00-10.45 No Class 03 Aug Class Begins 04 Aug 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 Social Trip Class Self Study 

Christmas Holidays 

The last day of class in 2020 will be Friday 18 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.