English for Academic Purposes Pre-sessional Course B Foundation Certificate

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Improve your English language skills. Build on 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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This course will help you improve your English language and academic skills and develop your knowledge of life at university in the UK. You will build on your existing knowledge of English and develop academic skills such as taking notes, contributing to seminars, making presentations, reading strategies and writing essays and reports. You'll gain a head start by learning about the University before you start your main course and reach the required level of English to be successfully accepted to the University.

Upcoming start dates
26 May 2020
22 June 2020

Why us?

  • You will be taught in 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
  • You will meet other international students who will be studying at the University
  • You will have a head start and know your way around the University before your main course begins

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. All these activities provide an insight into learning at university in the UK. Throughout the course you will build up a portfolio of work, which will form the basis of your assessment.

You will complete two modules, one of five weeks and one of ten weeks long, which will focus on 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 335 hours over 15 weeks. By the end of the course we expect you to have a level of English that is the University of Sunderland equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.0. This is the English language requirement for most University of Sunderland courses.

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

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


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

This course is for people who do not speak English as a first language to help you improve your English and be successfully accepted to a main course at the University of Sunderland.

We welcome applications from those with an IELTS or equivalent score of 4.5 or above with no individual skill score (speaking, listening, reading and writing) lower than 4. If your level of English is higher than IELTS 4.5 you can study this course and achieve a score 1.5 bands higher than your entry score.

If your IELTS or equivalent score is higher or lower than 4.5, you can choose one of these alternative courses to improve your English language skills:

IELTS 4.0: English for Academic Purposes Pre-sessional Course A
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 course is £2,700.

This information was correct at the time of publication.

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