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 assessment
The 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.
You 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