Prepare for postgraduate study
The Pre-Master's Certificate will fully prepare you for your future master's course.
You will improve your study skills and use of academic English - the essential skills you will need for your master's course. You also have the opportunity to specialise in a subject of your choice through a module from the range of subjects offered at Oxford Brookes.
Your chosen subject specialism module will improve your knowledge of the area you wish to study in the future, and allows you to gain experience of studying at a UK university. You can choose your module from a range of subjects that include business, tourism, hospitality and leisure, law, social sciences, arts, humanities, computing and technology.
You should choose this course if:
your undergraduate qualifications do not meet the level required for postgraduate study
- you wish to take a master's in a subject that is different from your undergraduate degree
- you wish to improve your study skills before starting your master's course
- you want to better understand what is required at master's level in the UK
- you have had a break from education and want to build your confidence before starting your master's
The course runs three times each year starting in January, May and September. If you choose to start this course in May you will study through the summer so you can progress directly to a master's course starting in September. Students starting this course in September can progress to a range of master's degrees starting in January.
Teaching learning and assessment
You will be taught by highly qualified academic staff who have many years of teaching experience in the UK and overseas.
Learning methods include:
- lectures, seminars and tutorials
- group and individual project work and presentations
- supervised independent learning
- critical thinking tasks.
There will be a maximum of 18 students in a class in your compulsory modules. Your subject specialisation modules may be larger.
You will have 18 class hours each week, with approximately 20 hours per week of additional time needed for homework, projects, assignments and independent study. Classes are Monday to Friday (except Bank Holidays), usually between 9am and 4pm. Some subject modules may be 5pm and 8pm. Most classes are 3 hours long including a 10 minute break.
Assessment is by means of a range of coursework, including essays and papers, in-class writing tasks, project work and presentations, listening and summary assignments, and the compilation of reflective portfolios.
Accreditation and quality
We 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.