Foundation Course
Adult Courses

Foundation Course

Foundation Course

Why should I choose foundation course?

Students who wish to study at university in Ireland, or elsewhere in the English speaking world, usually need to provide proof of their English language proficiency. This course is designed to help students meet the standard required by their chosen university and / or course.

Our Foundation course will give students the English language skills they need to complete university degree in English. As well as preparing students to write academic essays and listen to longer lectures, students also learn about Irish culture to ensure they know what to expect when starting university.

The foundation course is designed to take students to an IELTS band 7.

What are the classes like?

From 9.30 to 12.45 or from 13.15 to 16.30 daily students focus on academic skills, general language skills and cultural items.

Course Content

Courses at ALL follow a set syllabus so we can ensure that there are no gaps in your learning. Classes have a core text, which you can buy in reception. All of our courses are linked to the Common European Framework, which means that your final level and certificate will be clear and understood throughout Europe. Your teacher will explain the learning outcomes of the course upon your arrival and there are regular assessments to ensure you are keeping up with the class.

Students on the foundation course will take IELTS at the end of their course.

Extra activities

Here at ALL we believe that the best way to improve your English is to use it all the time! With this in mind, we organise social activities every week to create lots of opportunities for students to get together socially to speak English outside the classroom. We have conversation class twice a week, so you can chat with different teachers, as well as students at different levels. We run sports events such as football and rugby afternoons. We also organise different themed school parties so you can chat socially. Cultural excursions are also offered weekly and encouraged as part of the school ethos, where using your newly developing English skills are brought into real practice.


Key Information

  • 20 hours tuition per week
  • + 2 hours conversation class
    per week
  • Monday to Friday
    09.30 – 12.30 or 13:15 – 16:30
  • Start Date: Any Monday
    (excluding Bank Holiday)
  • Minimum stay:
    6 weeks
  • Minimum age:
  • Maximum class size:
    10 Max (except high season)
  • Levels available:
    Students on this course must have a minimum level of IELTS band 5

What’s Included

  • Welcome pack (maps, local information)
  • Level test & teaching materials
  • 20 hours’ tuition per week
  • + 2 hours conversation class
  • Free internet access, WIFI throughout the building
  • Resource Room, Study & Library facilities, Canteen
  • Certificate & skills report on course completion
  • Social programme (excluding entrance fees)

We get very good education at school. The school is spacious, clean and has good teaching staff. I would definitely recommend. 🤗


Really good school, very good location, good teachers and team of staffs!


One of the best experiences of my life, without a doubt! Excellent school, great teachers, friendly atmosphere and wonderful people! In addition, Dun Laoghaire is such a unique and fascinating place! It’s been an extremely precious journey and I will always be grateful for this opportunity! Thank you ALL, for everything!