Overview You should take this course if you need to take a foundation course before starting undergraduate study and have an English level of IELTS 4.5 or equivalent. In your first semester you will improve your academic English skills and you will then continue onto foundation modules for your second and third semesters. You will only need to make one application and you can apply for a visa for the whole three semester programme. The programme will help you to meet the English language and academic entry requirements for undergraduate degrees in a range of subjects.See our full range of international foundation courses if you have a higher IELTS level, including our integrated four-year degrees that combine your foundation and undergraduate degree. Teaching learning and assessmentThe programme fully prepares you for university study at a UK university. You will experience all the teaching and learning methods used in British universities, such as lectures, seminars and tutorials. You will develop your listening and note-taking skills and learn how to take part in seminars. You will also develop your own ideas through group discussions and class presentations. You will gain practice and training in the different kinds of assessment that are common in higher education, for instance essays, reports, individual and group presentations, learning journals, project work and examinations. You will be taught by highly qualified academic staff. They are specialists in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) who have many years of teaching experience in the UK and overseas. Class sizes are small, with a maximum of 16 students for skills classes. You will be allocated an academic adviser to help you with academic issues and guide you through your progression to the undergraduate course.There will be a maximum of 18 students in a class in your compulsory modules. Your subject specialisation modules may be larger.Teaching hoursYou will have 18 class hours in semester 1, 18 class hours in semester 2 and 15 class hours in semester 3 per week. Classes are held Monday to Friday (except Bank Holidays), usually between 9am and 5pm. Some subject modules may be between 5pm and 8pm.You will need to spend at least 20 hours per week on independent study which includes homework, assignments, tutorials, reading and preparation for classes (in groups or individually). Accreditation and qualityWe are accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English as a foreign language. The report from our last inspection stated:The British Council inspected and accredited Oxford Brookes International in October 2009. The Accreditation Scheme assesses the standards of management, resources and premises, teaching and welfare and accredits organisations which meet the overall standard in each area inspected (see www.britishcouncil.org/accreditation for details).The large English language teaching department of this university offers courses in academic English for adults.Points of excellence were noted in aspects of general management, academic resources, course design and learner training.The inspection report stated that the organisation met the standards of the Scheme.