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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.

Applications for the 20 week course are now closed.

These Academic Schools will accept this programme for courses with IELTS 6.5 entry in 2019.

  • Architecture
  • Biosciences (undergraduate and postgraduate taught only)
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science and Informatics
  • Earth and Ocean Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Geography and Planning
  • Healthcare Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Languages
  • Music
  • Optometry (undergraduate only)
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Social Sciences
  • Welsh.

The course will start on 29 April and finish on 13 September 2019.

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, usually between 09:00 and 15:15. This will include up to 21 contact hours per week, plus assignments.

The course structure has been designed to provide an initial seven-week teaching block where the primary focus is to quickly develop your language resource. It 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.

At the end of this seven-week period you will be tested to ensure that your language level has been raised to a standard required to undertake pre-sessional study in the remaining part of the programme.

If you do not pass the language and skills test you will follow a further tailored programme in order to prepare for a resit test at a later point in the course.

The final part of the programme is 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.

It 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.

There is a reading week in week 13, after the mid-course test, which provides an opportunity for you to start researching for the long essay due later in the course.

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 £6,500.