Higher Diploma (Major Award)
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School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
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Adult Continuing Education (ACE),
University College Cork,
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS OFFICE IS CURRENTLY CLOSED AS A RESULT OF COVID-19.
UCC Springboard+ Programme Coordinator
The Higher Diploma in Advanced Languages and Global Communication is aimed at jobseekers and those in employment who wish to upskill in language and intercultural communication, ICT, translation and localisation. It specifically addresses the need highlighted by employer reports for language skills in the workforce, as well as Ireland's Foreign Languages Strategy launched in Q4, 2017, where one of the aims is to increase the number of students learning a foreign language in higher education by 20%.
The programme offers advanced specialism in one language (from Spanish, German, Portuguese, Italian and French) and 10 credits of an additional foreign language from an expanded range including Chinese, Korean and Japanese. It will equip students with the necessary language competence, as well as intercultural skills, to be able to do business with markets of particular strategic interest to Ireland, both in Europe and beyond. By the end of the course, students in Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, German and French will have reached a minimum of CEFR level B1.
Applicants for this programme are expected to hold a level 8 degree or equivalent qualification (incl. relevant professional qualifications).
Individual language level requirements will apply for students wishing to choose German, French, Italian, Spanish or Portuguese. Candidates may be required to complete a brief language proficiency test when being placed beyond beginner's level.
The course comprises of the following:
- Advanced Language Skills in either French, German, Spanish, Italian or Portuguese (20 credits)
- Additional 10 credits in a second language chosen from Chinese, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Korean and Japanese (10 credits)
- Translation and Professional Communication Skills (5 credits)
- ICT of the Localisation Industry (5 credits)
- Mobility, Plurilingualism & Intercultural Communications (10 credits)
Language teaching is conducted in small group classes allowing maximum student interaction, which is crucial to advancing the students' learning across the four skills of speaking, writing, reading and listening. To favor those in employment, two of the three academic core modules of the programme will be fully delivered online, while the third one will be made available (on request) to students unable to attend classes via online recordings. Assessment of learning is done through various modalities, including continuous assessment through student presentations and written assessments, as well as end-of-semester written and oral examinations and term papers in the form of essays and reports.
Students will also complete a 12-16 week work placement which will offer them the opportunity to practically apply their learning in a live work environment.
he Higher Diploma in Advanced Languages and Global Communication is anchored in the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, UCC ranked in the top 100 institutions worldwide. It offers a vastly experienced teaching team, cutting-edge technology and superior facilities in which to build your language skills and enhance your employability.
Students are encouraged to attend the many cultural events scheduled throughout the year and there are also opportunities for progression. Students graduating from the Higher Diploma can apply for a range of MA courses in languages including Translation Studies, Applied Linguistics or Languages and Cultures should they wish to continue their studies.
We have already had success with Springboard courses over the past few years, here’s what one of our previous graduates said about their experiences:
“Since graduating, I got a job at Voxpro in Mahon working at Google Technical Support. I chose the Springboard course because I thought it would be a chance to give my CV the extra edge it needed in this economy. Personally, I don't think I would have gotten the job if had not been for the course because it showed commitment and versatility.”
Employers and graduates report on the importance of language competence in securing employment and in career development. The Cork region has an expanding GSS sector, with EMC, Apple and McAfee, for example, locating such services here. Munster-based companies like Kerry Foods are expanding globally, particularly in Brazil and Mexico. Since the 1990s, collaboration between the School of Languages in UCC and the IDA has succeeded in bringing call centres to the region by highlighting the availability of a core local workforce with the necessary language skills. People with experience in financial services will benefit from improved language skills, as vacancies and opportunities for promotion exist at national level that require these combined competencies. Provision of teaching in Portuguese and Spanish will facilitate the expansion of Irish companies into expanding global markets: this, in turn, will generate further demand for competence in these languages. Competence in German is highly sought after by employers and Germany remains the most important trade partner of Ireland along with the UK. French remains in high demand from our industry partners, a point recently highlighted by two important stakeholders, VMWare and VoxPro.
A dedicated UCC CAREER COACH will work with students and provide a tiered approach to supporting the participants with:
• Selecting the most suitable course and transitioning into university;
• The development of their job readiness;
• Their ultimate transition into employment/furthering existing careers.
The activities of the Coach will be structured to meet the differing needs of the eligible applicants for the 2021 Springboard+ call: those unemployed and previously self-employed; returners; and those in employment.
The University will provide both online and one-to-one guidance and support to prospective and incoming students in relation to potential career options and outcomes for their course(s) of interest prior to registration. The dedicated Springboard Careers coach will assist individuals in selecting a course that is closely aligned with their own skills, strengths, and personal career goals and objectives.
In terms of job readiness training, main activities will include:
1. ONE TO ONE CAREER COACHING to formulate Individual CAREER ACTION PLANS leading to employment: Individual career coaching will be provided for each participant to reflect on:
• Where they are now in their careers;
• Where they want to be;
• Strategies for gaining employment on completion of their Springboard+ course.
These individual coaching sessions will be customised to the needs of the student within the three categories of Springboard+ 2021 applicants.
2. JOB READINESS WORKSHOPS to compliment individual coaching sessions will be delivered focusing on positioning oneself for job readiness and moving forward into a job. Small group workplace skills training will also be delivered to help individuals with barriers to employment to gain confidence, and to develop the people skills and the insights needed to transition to the world of work.
3. Participants will be given the opportunity to MEET EMPLOYERS by:
• Attending UCC organised recruitment fairs, jobs roadshows and other events where employers will be invited on campus to meet students;
• Attending employer-led events on building workplace competencies. Past UCC Springboard students attended talks delivered by Voxpro, Biomarin, Cork Local Enterprise Office, among others.
• Meet with employers for informational interviews.
TRANSITION INTO EMPLOYMENT/FURTHERING CAREER
Students will be enrolled on an online 5 credit module entitled CAREER MANAGEMENT SKILLS. The objective of this module is to provide essential training in professional career management skills to assist students in actively planning and preparing for their future careers – whether that involves returning to the workplace after a period of unemployment/absence, or changing role/company for those who are already in employment. Module Content will include:
• Assessing job readiness;
• Exploring self-awareness and setting realistic career objectives;
• Understanding your strengths, development needs, opportunities and threats;
• Developing a career-management strategy and identifying career goals;
• Creative job-hunting both online and offline;
• Written applications, CVs and interview preparation;
• Implementing career plans.
Part-time in-person classes and online classes delivered Sept to April, followed by work placement.
Two of the three academic core modules of the programme will be fully delivered online, while the third one will be made available (on request) to students unable to attend classes via online recordings.
Applicants need to be aware of the IT student checklist below before applying:
* You will need access to a laptop or desktop computer running a modern supported operating system with all software updates.
* Some of UCC’s services (e.g. the Canvas Virtual Learning Environment) link to an external site and also have mobile apps for iOS and Android Devices that you may wish to use as part of your studies. However, we recommend using your desktop web browser for submission of assessments.
* You should always use the most current version of your preferred browser. In general, we recommend the Chrome Web browser (Important Note: Internet Explorer will not work with Canvas).
* We recommend a reliable broadband connection with at least 2Mbps or more.
* You will require an Office suite of software (Microsoft Office or equivalent) and a PDF reader. You should always use the latest version of this software. All UCC students will have access to Office 365 which includes software such as Word/Excel/Powerpoint etc. once registered.
Adult Continuing Education (ACE),
University College Cork,
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS OFFICE IS CURRENTLY CLOSED AS A RESULT OF COVID-19.
In advance of applying for this course, please familiarise yourself with the programme entry requirements detailed on this page, as well as the Springboard+ eligibility criteria outlined at https://springboardcourses.ie/eligibility.
To take a course through Springboard+ you will need to:
1. be living full-time in the Republic of Ireland
2. have your own, valid PPS Number
3. meet the nationality/visa requirement
- You are an EU/EEA/UK/Swiss national or:
- You have permission to remain in Ireland as a family member of an EU citizen or;
- You have Stamp 4 or Stamp 4 EU FAM on your GNIB residence card or;
- You have official refugee status in Ireland / are here on the basis of refugee family reunification or;
- You have been granted Humanitarian Leave to Remain in the State (prior to the Immigration Act 1999) or;
- You have permission to remain following the Minister’s decision not to make a deportation order.
4. have lived in either the EU, the EEA, the UK or Switzerland for at least 3 out of the last 5 years
- If you are a Stamp 4 or Stamp 4 EU FAM holder, residency is calculated from the date you received your stamp. Any time before this cannot be counted.
- If you have refugee status in Ireland, residency is counted from the date you applied for International Protection.
Please ensure that you have ALL of the following documentation available at the time of application:
1. Copies of transcripts and parchments for any previous educational qualifications that demonstrate how you meet the programme entry requirements.
2. Application statement - please describe in a maximum of 500 words why you wish to study this course at UCC and explain how you meet the programme entry requirements. Applicants should also reflect on their ability to commit to the course's delivery method - whether on campus in UCC or online.
3. Detailed and up-to-date CV.
4. Proof of selected category of applicant, i.e. employed, self-employed, unemployed, or returner. Please see https://springboardcourses.ie/eligibility for acceptable documentation for each category.
5. Copy of IELTS/TOEFL/Duolingo certificate for non-native English speakers demonstrating level required by programme entry requirements.
6. Proof of meeting the nationality/residency requirement if applicable (Relevant applicants must provide evidence of residency for 3 out of the last 5 years).
PLEASE NOTE: Documents must be combined into one zip file and uploaded. Uploading of multiple documents is currently not facilitated. To create a zip file in Windows:
1. Select the files you want to add to the zip file. Selecting files.
2. Right-click one of the files. A menu will appear.
3. In the menu, click Send to and select Compressed (zipped) folder.
4. A zip file will appear. If you want, you can type a new name for the zip file.
PROGRAMME FEE INFORMATION:
No fee applicable for jobseekers (unemployed and formerly self-employed) and returners (homemakers, carers, etc.).
Fee applicable for those currently in employment - €597. This fee will be collected by UCC prior to the commencement of the course.
Candidates are advised to apply early as high demand is anticipated and places are limited.
Applications will NOT be assessed until all supporting documentation has been received.
We envisage three rounds of offers for successful applicants on July 14th, July 28th and August 16th. All unsuccessful applicants will be informed asap to afford them the opportunity to apply for alternative courses.
Eligibility for Springboard+ course will be checked at application stage and at course registration - proof of status must be provided on each occasion. Further verification checks will occur at least twice during the year where students will be expected to confirm their registration and status on the Springboard+ website.