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University English

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Key facts


Start dates

June 2020 / September 2020 / January 2021 / June 2021 / July 2021

Location

Headington

Course length

Full time: 12 weeks or 6 weeks (the 6 week option is only available in the summer)

Overview


This pre-sessional English course helps you to improve your academic English for successful study at an English-speaking university. You will meet the language requirements for your Oxford Brookes degree by passing this course with required grades at the right level.

Important update

Due to the current restrictions caused by Covid-19, we have moved our summer 2020 course online. We will shortly be making a decision about the September 2020 course mode of delivery, so please check back for more information soon.

If you have any queries in relation to your application or next steps, please contact our Admissions team on admissions@brookes.ac.uk.

How to apply


Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements

You will need to take a recognised English language test before applying for this course. This will enable the admissions staff at the university to place you on the most appropriate course and level. A list of acceptable language tests can be found on our English Language requirements page.

Applicants are welcome from any academic discipline. The minimum entry requirements for each level are:

  • Level 1: IELTS 4.5 (minimum 4.0 in all skills)
  • Level 2: IELTS 5.0 (minimum 4.5 in reading and writing)
  • Level 3: IELTS 5.5 (minimum 5.0 in reading and writing)
  • Level 4: IELTS 6.0 (minimum 5.5 in reading and writing)

(IELTS tests must be a UKVI-approved SELT taken at an approved test centre)

For details of entry levels using other UK Visas and Immigration approved English language tests, please contact us via pathways@brookes.ac.uk.

Our admissions team will make the final decision on the most suitable level for you taking into account your scores in each element of your English language test and your overall academic performance.

Minimum age

The normal minimum age for this course is 18. We will admit 17-year-olds on a case-by-case basis if they turn 18 during the academic year in which the course runs.

Under 18s are only admitted to the University if they live in student accommodation. Find out more about the university's policy on the safeguarding of children.

More information for students aged under 18.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Oxford Brookes operates the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Application process

For assistance with your application contact our admissions team on admissions@brookes.ac.uk

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Tuition fees


Please see the fees note
Home/EU full time
£4,000 (12 weeks) £2.120 (6 weeks)

International full time
£4,000 (12 weeks) £2.120 (6 weeks)

Home/EU full time
£4,050 (12 weeks) £2.170 (6 weeks)

International full time
£4,050 (12 weeks) £2.170 (6 weeks)

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees


2020 / 21
Home/EU full time
£4,000 (12 weeks) £2.120 (6 weeks)

International full time
£4,000 (12 weeks) £2.120 (6 weeks)

2021 / 22
Home/EU full time
£4,050 (12 weeks) £2.170 (6 weeks)

International full time
£4,050 (12 weeks) £2.170 (6 weeks)

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

Learning and assessment


The pre-sessional University English (UE) course helps you to improve your academic English for successful study at an English-speaking university. You will not need to retake a language test (like IELTS) to progress to your degree at Oxford Brookes.

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Learning and teaching

Teaching is organised into modules covering the essential academic English skills of writing, reading, listening and speaking; language and vocabulary development; and study and research skills.

Teaching takes place in small groups with no more than 18 students in a class. You will have access to learning materials on our online learning environment to build on this teaching.

You will gain experience of the assessment techniques used in UK universities. Each module contains assessment tasks including research essays, in-class tests, presentations and discussions, group assignments and portfolio assignments.

You will be taught by highly qualified academic staff who are specialists in English for Academic Purposes (EAP). Our teaching and research expertise includes intercultural communication, IT-enabled learning and academic reading.

You will be allocated an academic adviser to help you with academic issues and guide you through the progression to your next course.

Assessment

Assessment methods used on this course

Each of the four modules contains several different assessment tasks including research essays, in-class tests, seminar presentations and discussions, group assignments and portfolio assignments.

Progression


Whatever your dreams and ambitions after completing your English course, our teaching, admissions and support teams will help you achieve them.

You can progress to further levels of University English, or onto foundation, undergraduate, pre-master’s or postgraduate level courses in a wide range of academic subjects.

Undergraduate

You will satisfy the English language requirements for entry to most Oxford Brookes undergraduate courses if you complete:

  • Level 2 with an average mark of 60%, plus 60% in reading and writing
  • Level 3 with an average of 50%
  • Level 4 with an average of 50%.

Postgraduate

You will satisfy the English language requirements for entry to most Oxford Brookes postgraduate courses if you complete:

  • Level 3 with an average mark of 60% (50% for business master's)
  • Level 4 with an average of 50% (some courses ask for an average of 60% at Level 4)

Entry onto a foundation, undergraduate, pre-master’s or postgraduate programme will also require appropriate academic qualifications. Please check the specific language and academic entry requirements of the course.

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.