English for Academic Purposes Pre-sessional Course A Foundation Certificate

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Improve your English language skills. Build up to academic skills such as taking notes, contributing to seminars, making presentations, handling reading assignments and writing essays and reports. Reach the correct level of English for your university course.

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Course overview

‘English for Academic Purposes Pre-sessional Course A’ is aimed at people with an IELTS or equivalent score of 4.0, the course aims to improve students level of English by the University of Sunderland equivalent of 2 IELTS bands. If your level of English is higher than IELTS 4 you can study this course and achieve a score 2 bands higher than your entry score. However, you might find one of these alternative courses more appropriate:

If your score is IELTS 4.5: English for Academic Purposes Pre-sessional Course B
If your score is IELTS 5.0: English for Academic Purposes Pre-sessional Course C
If your score is IELTS 5.5: English for Academic Purposes Pre-sessional Course D

All of our English for Academic Purposes Pre-sessional courses have an important cultural and social programme which is an integral part of the course. This improves your knowledge and understanding of UK culture through visits to local and national places of interest and also provides practice in using English socially.

If you pass the course you will receive a Foundation Certificate of Achievement in English for Academic Purposes. This fulfils the University of Sunderland’s standard requirement for English language competence, allowing you to progress to your chosen university course.

Why us?

  • For people who do not speak English as a first language, and who have an IELTS or equivalent score of 4.0 with no individual skill score (speaking, listening, reading and writing) lower than 3.5
  • You will be taught within a small group by experienced tutors, with additional out-of-classroom activities during British Studies time
  • You will have access to our modern facilities that include a language laboratory and a well-equipped centre for self-access language work

Course structure

We use a variety of teaching and learning methods including small group learning, tutorials, workshops, lectures, project work and out-of-classroom activities.

Throughout the course you will build up a portfolio of work, which will form the basis of your assessment.

You will complete four modules which focus on improving your English and developing your English skills for academic study, including listening and note-taking, reading and summarising, writing essays and reports, conducting research and making presentations in English.

The typical contact time for this course is approximately 440 hours over 20 weeks. By the end of the course we expect you to have a level of English that is the University of Sunderland equivalent of an IELTS score of 6.0. This is the English language requirement for most University of Sunderland courses.

The David Goldman Informatics Centre,
Sir Tom Cowie Campus,
St Peter's Way,
Sunderland,
SR6 0DD

54.912323,-1.373368

  • The University of Sunderland’s Language Centre is a dedicated space for language learning and teaching. It includes:

    • Two digital language laboratories for teaching with Sanako Study 1200
    • Open-access language laboratory for independent study
    • TVs, DVDs, textbooks, magazines and dictionaries
    Language Centre

Facilities

The University of Sunderland's outstanding facilities include our Language Centre, which is located on the Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter's.

 

 

 

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from those with an IELTS or equivalent score of 4.0 or above with no individual skill score (speaking, listening, reading and writing) lower than 3.5. If your level of English is higher than IELTS 4 you can study this course and achieve a score 2 bands higher than your entry score.

After 6 April 2015, you must take your IELTS exams at one of the test centres listed on the UKVI website. If you took your IELTS exam before 6 April 2015 this does not apply, and your qualification is still valid regardless of which test centre you used.

You can apply to study this course if your IELTS or equivalent level is higher than this and you need to reach a higher level than IELTS equivalent 6 at the end of the course.

If your IELTS score is higher than 4.0, you can join this course although you can also choose one of these alternative courses to improve your English language skills:

IELTS 4.5: English for Academic Purposes Pre-sessional Course B
IELTS 5.0: English for Academic Purposes Pre-sessional Course C
IELTS 5.5: English for Academic Purposes Pre-sessional Course D

Fees and finance

The fee for this 20-week course is £3,600.

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This information was correct at the time of publication.