20 week course

This course is for students with scores of IELTS (Academic) for UKVI 5.0 overall (with 4.5 in writing and all other sub-scores at 4.0 or higher) who have an academic course entry requirement of IELTS 6.5.

These Academic Schools accept this programme for courses with IELTS 6.5 entry in 2017.

  • Architecture
  • Biosciences*
  • Chemistry
  • Geography and Planning
  • Computer Science & Informatics
  • Earth and Ocean Sciences
  • Engineering
  • English, Communication & Philosophy
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Languages
  • Music
  • Physics & Astronomy
  • Social Sciences

*UG and PGT only

The course will start on 2 May and finish on 15 September 2017. There will be a Reading Week from Monday 17 July to Friday 21 July 2017.

Course Content

The course syllabus includes English language skills, study skills and the academic information and training you need to successfully complete your chosen degree programme.

It consists of a programme of full-time study of up to 18 hours (between 0900 and 1600) in part one and up to 21 contact hours between 0900 and 1515 in parts two and three.

Students will follow our established English for University Study syllabus for 6 weeks, receiving tuition aimed at improving their linguistic competence and confidence in use of the English language. Areas covered will include English for Academic Speaking, Writing, Listening and Reading as well as English Usage.

Following progress testing in week 6, students will progress to Part 2 of the course: a five-week teaching block where the primary focus is to quickly develop your language resource, followed by a Reading Week.

This component of the course will focus on intensive study of the vocabulary and grammatical features common to academic discourse. As a result, you will practise and develop both receptive and productive skills which are required in an academic context.

There is a language test at the end of Part 2.

(Students who score below 40% in the language and skills test you will follow a further tailored programme in order to prepare for a resit at a later point in the course).

There is a Reading Week in week 12, allowing you to take a break from intensive classes, but with tasks to complete to ensure that language levels are maintained.

The final eight weeks of the programme are designed to develop your general study and research skills. These weeks will focus on providing you with the ability to improve the structure and style of your academic work in line with university expectations and conventions.

The course will further assist you in developing your analytical and collaborative skills. In these classes, you will learn and practise the core skills needed to complete your chosen degree programme.

These include skills such as:

  • note-taking
  • summarising
  • text structure
  • referencing
  • data analysis
  • understanding lectures
  • making presentations
  • participating in seminars and tutorials.

Academic orientation

Throughout the course you will be introduced to the campus and academic facilities. You will also be provided with a basic introduction to using the computer operating systems and resource centres. You will also learn about the conventions and expectations of the academic community and how these should be met


The course fee is £5,450.