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Pre-Master's Certificate - English Language and Study Skills
If you are a non-native speaker of English, and want a short course to prepare you for your future Master's course, this course will suit you. You will develop your study skills, academic language level and subject knowledge in your chosen area. You will understand the demands of British postgraduate higher education so feel confident to start your degree.
Native and near-native speakers of English who would like to study in the summer semester (May-August) also have the option of taking this course. The individual needs of all students, including their language proficiency, will be taken into account on the programme.
All students who study in the summer semester will develop an independent study supervised by a subject specialist as part of their preparation for their Master's, in addition to modules in academic writing, reading and seminar skills. Please contact us if you would like to discuss this course and whether it is suitable for you.
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Deposits and refunds
A non-refundable £3,000 deposit is required to secure your place on this course.
In the unlikely event that you decide to leave within the first four weeks of the course we will refund the tuition fees minus the £3,000 deposit. No refunds are available after the fourth week of the course. For more information see our terms and conditions.
The fees that EU/EEA students starting courses at UK universities after the UK has formally left the EU are required to pay will depend on what is agreed as part of the UK's exit negotiations. Please see www.brookes.ac.uk/about-brookes/news/brexit-faqs/ for the most up-to-date information.
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Learning and assessment
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 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 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 Pre-Master's Certificate is a recognised qualification. Most students who complete the course go on to study a Master's degree at Oxford Brookes or other universities. A Pre-Master’s Certificate enables you to progress to the subject areas listed below.
- Arts, Publishing and Humanities
- Biological and Medical Sciences
- Computing and Information Technology
- Health and Social Care
- Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure
- Real Estate, Construction and Built Environment
- Social Sciences
You must reach the level entry requirements of the Master’s programme. Normally, you can progress to your chosen Master's by achieving an average grade of 60% (55% for business/hospitality degrees) on the Pre-Master's Certificate. If you would like to check your eligibility for a Master’s course, contact the admissions team on firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 (0) 1865 483040 for further information.
Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.
For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.