Learning and assessment
- The course is made up of four blocks. You should start the course at the block which matches your IELTS score.
- There will be 20 hours of timetabled classes and learning activities each week.
- There will be a maximum of 16 students in each group and the focus will be on group and pair work as well as task-based sessions.
- All classes will concentrate on improving English vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation and language skills as well as English for Academic Purposes (EAP).
- As well as studying reading, writing, listening and speaking skills, other classes will include seminar discussions, note-taking, essay and report-writing and exam techniques.
- There will be sessions on how to use the library resources and IT services.
- There will be a programme of social and cultural orientation events organised by staff in the International Study Centre.
- There will be more emphasis on EAP as students progress through the blocks.
- The final block will focus on the research and writing of academic texts, as well as presentation skills and the development of critical thinking skills.
You will be assessed at the end of each block, and must have successfully completed a block before progression to the next is permitted.
You should be a minimum CEFR Level B2 in all skills by the end of the course.
Which visa should I apply for?
Tier 4 visa
If you have a minimum overall IELTS score of 4.0 (with no sub-tests less than 4.0), you should apply for a Tier 4 visa. You can obtain a visa that covers the duration of your English language course and degree programme. However entry on to the degree programme is conditional upon successful completion of the English language course.
Upon successful completion of the English language course, you may apply in the UK for the Tier 4 visa for your degree course, as long as there is not a gap of more than 3 months in between courses. The gap between the end of your current visa and the start of your new course must not be more than 28 days.
Short term student visa
If you have an overall score of IELTS 4.0 (with sub-tests less than 4.0) you could apply for a short term student visa and you may study 30 weeks of English.
Upon completion of the English language course, you must leave the UK to apply for the Tier 4 visa for your degree course from your home country.
Further information on the differences between a Short term student visa and Tier 4 visa.