Prepare for postgraduate study
If you are a native or near-native speaker of English, this course will improve your academic knowledge and study skills for your future master's course.
You can specialise in a subject of your choice from a wide 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 once a year from January to May. There is then a summer break before starting your master's degree in September.
This course is also available part-time which runs over two semesters starting in January. This option would suit UK-based/EU students without visa issues, who prefer the flexibility of part-time study due to other commitments.
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.
Your teachers will familiarise you with the range of techniques that are used in postgraduate study. 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 16-18 class hours each week, with approximately 20 hours per week 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 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. You subject modules may also be assessed by formal exams.