What will I learn?
The programme teaches you the language and other academic skills necessary for you to gain the maximum benefit from your future academic course. You will develop these skills in a content-based approach to learning involving critical thinking, questioning, discussion, reflection and analysis. You will also develop the ideas and concepts necessary to participate in the global academic community.
By the end of the course you will feel confident to research your subject, deal with a range of academic texts, attend lectures, take part in seminars and tutorials, and produce extended written academic assignments.
How long will I need to study?
We offer two courses depending on your current language level and your proposed course of study (undergraduate or postgraduate). You will study for 6 weeks or 12 weeks.
How will I study?
Teaching and learning takes place in seminars, lectures, tutorials and workshops. In addition, students engage in independent study involving directed and self-directed learning.
You will study in groups averaging no more than 16 in number (maximum 18). Each class will have 16 or 18 50-minute sessions each week, depending on intake, Monday to Friday including individual and group guidance tutorials and one-to-one academic tutorials. You will also be expected to do at least an equal amount of out-of-class study.
Each week classes focus on a topic of global importance and include a lecture and a seminar based on assigned readings as well as other skills classes in speaking, listening, reading, writing and grammar based on the topic and the reading texts.
How will I be taught and assessed?
A particular emphasis is placed on reading and writing academic English and you will be supported in producing extended writing as part of your assessment. Pre-Masters students also work in teams to engage in research projects using a range of methodologies and present their findings both orally and in the form of a written research report.
Teaching on this programme is delivered through seminars, lectures, tutorials and workshops, totaling between 16-18 50-minute lessons per week, depending on intake. You will also be expected to engage in independent study involving directed and self-directed learning, between 32-36 hours per week.
Assessments take place through a mix of coursework and a final exam.
Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is embedded throughout the course with tools such as the ‘Blackboard’ eLearning Portal and electronic reading lists that will guide your preparation for seminars and independent research.
You will be assigned your own Guidance Tutor who will provide academic and pastoral support and be your first point of contact if you have questions or problems.
How will I progress?
Progression on to your chosen academic course depends on a mix of continuous assessment and end-of-semester examinations (not IELTS).