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English Language Programmes


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English Language Support Class Part-time

Suitable for International Students?

Yes

Award Tuition Fees Attendance Mode Length of Course
English Language Support Class Free

(A small increase can be expected for the subsequent year)

Part-time 4 hours per Semester
Variable
Study mode Flexible

Course Introduction

If your first language is not English, you will have to reach a level of English approved by the University before you can be admitted onto any of our postgraduate courses. You can show you have reached the required level in either of two ways.

1. By taking an international English language test such as:               

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

This is administered by the British Council and is the University’s preferred English language test. The University normally* requires a score of 6.0*, with at least 5.5 in each of the four sub-tests (speaking, listening, reading, writing). Testing facilities are available at most British Council overseas offices. When you take your test, you should ask for a copy of your Test Report Form to be sent to the University.

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

This is administered by the Educational Testing Service in the USA. You will need to score at least 80 on the internet-based test. If you take this test, you should enter the University’s code 0828 on your answer sheet.

* Students wishing to apply for most postgraduate courses in the School of Management (MSc, MBA) should have a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 94 (internet-based), for MSc courses in the School of Health Studies a minimum of IELTS 6.5 with some courses requiring IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL 100 (internet-based), and certain postgraduate courses in the School of Social and International Studies also require scores of at least IELTS 6.5. Please check the requirements with the appropriate academic School.

The IELTS and TOEFL tests are the most common, but there are other English language qualifications which may be accepted. For example, the University also recognises the Cambridge Advanced Certificate; Cambridge Proficiency Certificate; and GCE/GCSE English language – all at grade C or above.

2. By successfully completing a University of Bradford Preparatory English Programme: 

  • the Summer Pre-Sessional Course (six or ten weeks)
  • the International Foundation Programme (one or two semesters)
  • the IELTS Preparation Course (15 or 30 weeks)

If you have lived in Britain or Ireland for at least three years before you start your course, you may not need to do any preparatory English.

Course Syllabus

Any students exceptionally accepted by the University without the normally required level of English will be obliged to take an English proficiency test. Any of these students with a level of English below the required level will be expected to attend a programme of support classes. They will need to demonstrate satisfactory performance in English before being permitted to progress to the next stage of their degree course or to graduate from the University of Bradford.

All students have access to free English language support classes for the duration of their studies at the University of Bradford to enable them to improve further.

Students can take a short test after enrolment on their degree course to establish whether any additional language classes would be helpful. The free English classes begin soon after registration, continuing throughout the academic year and at no extra cost to the student. There are also drop-in sessions for students at specific times.

Why choose this course?

  • Develop your English language skills.
  • Improve communication.
  • Classes available throughout the academic year (September-May).
  • Free of charge!

All international and EU students are entitled to take up to 4 hours of English classes for free during the semester. There are classes on a wide range of relevant topics from Academic Writing to Effective Listening and Speaking, Integrated Academic English Skills to General Advanced English. Classes are taught by highly qualified teachers using the latest interactive communicative methods to make learning easy and fun. Teachers will discuss with you what aspects of English you want to improve and tailor the classes to your learning needs.

This semester new classes like Pronunciation and Clear Speech and English for Business and Finance have been added in response to requests.

Classes are run throughout the week at times to suit students and everyone will be able to attend one or more classes. Please see the timetable of classes offered here and come to room C101 in the University Language centre the basement of the Richmond Building to enrol or to get further information and advice on choosing classes. 

For more information visit www.bradford.ac.uk/ulc

 

 

IELTS Preparation Course

Suitable for International Students?

Yes

Award Tuition Fees Attendance Mode Length of Course
IELTS Preparation Course

(A small increase can be expected for the subsequent year)

15 or 30 Weeks
September/October (30-week course), February (15-week course) - May/June

Course Introduction

If your first language is not English, you will have to reach a level of English approved by the University before you can be admitted onto any of our postgraduate courses. You can show you have reached the required level in either of two ways.

1. By taking an international English language test such as:               

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

This is administered by the British Council and is the University’s preferred English language test. The University normally* requires a score of 6.0*, with at least 5.5 in each of the four sub-tests (speaking, listening, reading, writing). Testing facilities are available at most British Council overseas offices. When you take your test, you should ask for a copy of your Test Report Form to be sent to the University.

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

This is administered by the Educational Testing Service in the USA. You will need to score at least 80 on the internet-based test. If you take this test, you should enter the University’s code 0828 on your answer sheet.

* Students wishing to apply for most postgraduate courses in the School of Management (MSc, MBA) should have a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 94 (internet-based), for MSc courses in the School of Health Studies a minimum of IELTS 6.5 with some courses requiring IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL 100 (internet-based), and certain postgraduate courses in the School of Social and International Studies also require scores of at least IELTS 6.5. Please check the requirements with the appropriate academic School.

The IELTS and TOEFL tests are the most common, but there are other English language qualifications which may be accepted. For example, the University also recognises the Cambridge Advanced Certificate; Cambridge Proficiency Certificate; and GCE/GCSE English language – all at grade C or above.

2. By successfully completing a University of Bradford Preparatory English Programme: 

  • the Summer Pre-Sessional Course (six or ten weeks)
  • the International Foundation Programme (one or two semesters)
  • the IELTS Preparation Course (15 or 30 weeks)

If you have lived in Britain or Ireland for at least three years before you start your course, you may not need to do any preparatory English.

Course Syllabus

The main aim of both courses is to help you to reach the standard of English required for higher education in the UK and to enable you to participate effectively in higher education programmes.

There are two IELTS courses:

  • 30-week course: September/October to May/June
  • 15-week course: February to May/June

Why choose this course?

  • It is specially designed for students who want to reach the standard of English required for higher education in the UK
  • It will help you to achieve the IELTS score you need to get an offer of a place in a UK university
  • It will prepare you thoroughly for academic study by improving your Academic English and your English-medium Study Skills
  • The course prepares you for the kind of academic English tasks used in the IELTS and covers all the skills most relevant to your future studies in the UK such as :
    • Academic Listening
    • Academic Speaking
    • Academic Reading
    • Academic Writing
    • General English Language Improvement
    • Introduction to UK University Study
    • Independent Learning Strategies
    • Effective Study Skills

There is a normally a maximum of 16 students of different nationalities per class. Students have 16 hours in class and 4 hours of guided self-study and subject-related project work. All course materials are included in the price.

Students take the IELTS test in May/June. The cost of the first test is included in the course fees. Students also get a Certificate of Attendance from the University Language Centre.

Students who fail to achieve the required IELTS score can enrol on the summer Pre-Sessional programme. Students who successfully complete this programme are considered by the University of Bradford to have an acceptable level of English. Students will be made an offer of a place at the University and it will not be necessary to re-take the IELTS test.

Our Course leaflet with more information can be found here:- IELTS Courses Leaflet

Entry Requirements

  • For the 30-Week Course, students need a level of English competence approximately equivalent to IELTS 4.5 or lower intermediate level
  • For the 15-week course, students need a level of English approximately equivalent to IELTS 5.0 or intermediate competence
  • You do not need to have taken an IELTS test to be accepted on the course, though you will need to show some evidence that that you are at the correct level

To register on our IELTS courses please email: P.E.Frost@bradford.ac.uk

Our students say...

"Most of the international students come to the UK  to study  academic courses which has  the condition of  achieving a specific  IELTS score. This IELTS preparation course will prepare the students to achieve high score in IELTS exam and this is  because  of the considerable  teaching methods of this course  and the  tutors  who  will make use of snowballing strategies, sorting exercises and create a learning climate full of visual and auditory teaching.

As a student, you will probably be hoping the course will prepare you to achieve a high score in the IELTS exam. I would advise you to expect it to do much more than that. It has given me strategies to study and learn about English that I want to continue and as a student has studied in this course I would like to say that this course has helped me to learn English which helped me to finish my academic study in MSc Networks and Performance Engineering with high marks which will allow me to continue my study in order to achieve PhD degree in the next few years.

My experience comes with a recommendation and a warning. The recommendation is for anyone deciding whether to join the course. The warning: you might enjoy it much more than you are expecting to." Amnah Fadil

"When I joined the IELTS preparation course in January at the University of Bradford, my IELTS score was 5. After the course I got a score of 6. I really would like to thank the helpful staff for their efforts."  Mustafa Albakoosh

International Foundation Programme (IFP)

Suitable for International Students?

Yes

Award Tuition Fees Attendance Mode Length of Course
International Foundation Programme (IFP)

(A small increase can be expected for the subsequent year)

One or two Semesters
October (two-Semester duration) or January (one-Semester duration),

Course Introduction

If your first language is not English, you will have to reach a level of English approved by the University before you can be admitted onto any of our postgraduate courses. You can show you have reached the required level in either of two ways.

1. By taking an international English language test such as:               

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

This is administered by the British Council and is the University’s preferred English language test. The University normally* requires a score of 6.0*, with at least 5.5 in each of the four sub-tests (speaking, listening, reading, writing). Testing facilities are available at most British Council overseas offices. When you take your test, you should ask for a copy of your Test Report Form to be sent to the University.

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

This is administered by the Educational Testing Service in the USA. You will need to score at least 80 on the internet-based test. If you take this test, you should enter the University’s code 0828 on your answer sheet.

* Students wishing to apply for most postgraduate courses in the School of Management (MSc, MBA) should have a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 94 (internet-based), for MSc courses in the School of Health Studies a minimum of IELTS 6.5 with some courses requiring IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL 100 (internet-based), and certain postgraduate courses in the School of Social and International Studies also require scores of at least IELTS 6.5. Please check the requirements with the appropriate academic School.

The IELTS and TOEFL tests are the most common, but there are other English language qualifications which may be accepted. For example, the University also recognises the Cambridge Advanced Certificate; Cambridge Proficiency Certificate; and GCE/GCSE English language – all at grade C or above.

2. By successfully completing a University of Bradford Preparatory English Programme: 

  • the Summer Pre-Sessional Course (six or ten weeks)
  • the International Foundation Programme (one or two semesters)
  • the IELTS Preparation Course (15 or 30 weeks)

If you have lived in Britain or Ireland for at least three years before you start your course, you may not need to do any preparatory English.

Course Syllabus

If your first language is not English, you can choose to undertake the one-semester (January - May) or two semester (October - May) International Foundation Programme. The course is available for postgraduate students who are already academically qualified for their chosen degree course but need to increase their competence in English language. The programme improves students’ general and academic English and familiarises them with the study skills necessary for studying at a UK university.

The course comprises small group classes, independent study tasks and subject-related projects. Students are formally assessed in each module, through both coursework and final tests. Successful completion of the International Foundation Programme is accepted by the University of Bradford as evidence of competence in English for enrolment on degree courses. No further test such as IELTS is required.

Summer Pre-Sessional Courses

Suitable for International Students?

Yes

Award Tuition Fees Attendance Mode Length of Course
Summer Pre-Sessional Courses

Please contact the School

(A small increase can be expected for the subsequent year)

6-10 weeks

Course Introduction

If your first language is not English, you will have to reach a level of English approved by the University before you can be admitted onto any of our postgraduate courses. You can show you have reached the required level in either of two ways.

1. By taking an international English language test such as:               

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

This is administered by the British Council and is the University’s preferred English language test. The University normally* requires a score of 6.0*, with at least 5.5 in each of the four sub-tests (speaking, listening, reading, writing). Testing facilities are available at most British Council overseas offices. When you take your test, you should ask for a copy of your Test Report Form to be sent to the University.

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

This is administered by the Educational Testing Service in the USA. You will need to score at least 80 on the internet-based test. If you take this test, you should enter the University’s code 0828 on your answer sheet.

* Students wishing to apply for most postgraduate courses in the School of Management (MSc, MBA) should have a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 94 (internet-based), for MSc courses in the School of Health Studies a minimum of IELTS 6.5 with some courses requiring IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL 100 (internet-based), and certain postgraduate courses in the School of Social and International Studies also require scores of at least IELTS 6.5. Please check the requirements with the appropriate academic School.

The IELTS and TOEFL tests are the most common, but there are other English language qualifications which may be accepted. For example, the University also recognises the Cambridge Advanced Certificate; Cambridge Proficiency Certificate; and GCE/GCSE English language – all at grade C or above.

2. By successfully completing a University of Bradford Preparatory English Programme: 

  • the Summer Pre-Sessional Course (six or ten weeks)
  • the International Foundation Programme (one or two semesters)
  • the IELTS Preparation Course (15 or 30 weeks)

If you have lived in Britain or Ireland for at least three years before you start your course, you may not need to do any preparatory English.

Course Syllabus

The University Language Centre offers three Pre-sessional Courses for international students enrolling in the University of Bradford in  the coming academic year:

  • Ten-week English for Academic Purposes (starts July)
  • Six-week English for Academic Purposes (starts August)
  • Six-week Academic English for Business and Management (starts August)

English for Academic Purposes

(Six-week or ten-week course)

This programme aims to prepare international students for life and study at a British university and to provide an effective and enjoyable way for students to improve their English language and study skills.

The programme includes:

  • academic listening, speaking, reading and writing skills
  • seminar discussion techniques
  • examination techniques
  • giving effective oral presentations
  • building academic vocabulary
  • developing grammatical accuracy
  • understanding lectures
  • effective note-taking and note-making
  • improving pronunciation and spoken fluency
  • using the Library and Computer Centre, including using sources and references
  • getting to know the area around the University and Bradford city
  • cultural orientation and programme of social events

The classes are structured to suit the academic teaching styles and kinds of learning projects that you will encounter during your studies at the University of Bradford.

Academic English for Business and Management

This six-week English language and study skills programme is designed for international students who plan to study for a Master’s degree (MSc or MBA) at the School of Management. The course comprises five days of tuition each week on academic and general English using specially developed courseware and other material and includes lectures by School of Management staff.

Student Quotes

"I improved a lot during the year. I joined most of the English support classes: writing, speaking and pronunciation. I really like these classes and they were really helpful for me to improve my English". Fang-Chi Tuan

"This place (Room 101) is the first point of contact for integrating non-English speakers within the multicultural environment which makes this University uniquely different from the surrounding unis."

"In Room 101 I can get English help, I feel accepted and comfortable, I can talk to people from all over the world. I improved my English a lot from coming here and it really helped me get through my studies and appreciate the UK."

Contact Details

Email: ulc@bradford.ac.uk or learning@bradford.ac.uk

Download Prospectus

Lifelong Education and Development School Prospectus 2012 (PDF 1.8MB)

Please note that these PDFs are correct as at time of print (September 2011). For the most up to date course information please use the web page.

Cognate Course

Yes