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Pre-sessional English

Course Overview

This full-time programme is ideal if your academic qualifications meet the requirements for your chosen undergraduate or postgraduate course, but your English language level falls below the entry requirements of the academic course you wish to join.

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.

Key information

    Course name

    Pre-sessional English

    Course provider

    Northumbria University

    Study mode

    Full time

    Duration

    1.5-3.0 months

    Tuition fees

    £1,500 (6 week course); £3,000 (12 week course)

    Course location

    London

Academic entry requirements

Relevant target degree admissions requirements and minimum age 17 if birthday falls in first year of study.

English entry requirements

0.5 to 1.0 below your target degree’s English language requirements overall, and/or in one or more bands.

Progression route

Progression on to your chosen academic course depends on a mix of continuous assessment and end-of-semester examinations (not IELTS).

Modules

The pre-sessional English programme consists of one module, which is core:

  • English and Study Skills (0 credits)

 

Teaching methods

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 18 50-minute sessions each week 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.

 

Assessment methods

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.

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.

 

Aims of the Pre-sessional English course

By studying this pre-sessional English course you will:

  • Develop your English language skills to meet university requirements
  • Improve your academic study skills, in addition to your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills
  • Introduce yourself to life in the UK and to British culture
  • Develop your understanding of university systems, services and facilities