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Certificate in Foundation Studies with Intensive English

This programme is designed for students who:

    • Have just completed their secondary (high school) education in their home country.
    • Speak English as a second language.
    • Need a programme that prepares them for year 1 in higher education.
    • Need an intensive English language programme to improve their language skills to the standard needed for year 1 of their Bachelor programme.
    • Need to build the skills needed for study in an English-speaking college, e.g., Study Skills, IT, and Western Culture.

Duration: 1 year (2 semesters)

Start Dates: September – June, or January – August each academic year.

Qualification Received: NFQ Level 6 Certificate (60 Credits)

English Entry Requirement: IELTS 4.5 or Grade C in iGCSE/GCSE English (or equivalent grade in an internationally recognised English exam)

Tuition Fees: €7,545 (including mandatory health insurance and sports facilities fee)

Progression Pathway: Successful completion of this programme will enable students to progress to Year 1 of their selected Bachelor programme, subject to achieving the following grades in Foundation:

  • 40% (entry to Year 1, Level 7 Bachelor programme)
  • 60% (entry to Year 1 of Level 8 Bachelor programme)
  • 65% (entry to Level 8 Higher Diploma programme)

Programme Outline:

Semester 1:

  • English Foundation Level 1 (10 ECTS – 12 hours English)
  • Introduction to Research & Study Skills (5 ECTS)
  • Intercultural Competence (5 ECTS)
  • Orientation (5 ECTS)
  • Information Technology Skills (5 ECTS)

Semester 2:

  • English Foundation Level 2 (10 ECTS – 12 hours English)
  • Introduction to Communication Skills (5 ECTS)
  • Essential Mathematics (5 ECTS)
  • Exploring Western Culture (5 ECTS)
  • Introduction to Business (5 ECTS)

Download Our International Mini Guide:

For more information please download the International Foundation Programme Booklet or the International Students Mini Guide.


Contact us for more information

  • International Office