English for Academic Purposes (UNC)

We offer a full-time, intensive 4-week course in September for students who have already met the English language requirements related to their academic course and hold an unconditional offer.

Course content

You will have 15 hours and 30 minutes of tuition (or 19 classes of 50 minute lessons). Each 50 minute class is followed by a 10 minute break. Classes are scheduled between 9.00 am and 6.00 pm, Monday to Friday. You will also be expected to do between 12-14 hours of independent study a week.

Our maximum class size on the English for Academic Purposes Intensive UNC Presessional is 18 students, so tutors can give you individual attention and regular tutorials to help you meet your progression requirements. All our tutors are qualified and experienced.

Academic English is different from the 'general' English you may have learned before. Our experienced and qualified tutors know how to break up academic English into chunks which can be taught and learned in an effective way from the beginning of the course to the end. You will be supported along the way by personal tutors and a welfare tutor, who can help with both academic and welfare issues.

Classes are Monday to Friday. All classes are university standard 50 minutes in duration.

There is no teaching on Saturday or Sunday.

Public  holidays are on:

27 August 2018

 

What you will study

There is a different topic focus each week which provides a foundation for classes in the skills mentioned above.  These provide input for a weekend homework assignment written using standard academic conventions.

The course aims to develop:

  • Accuracy and fluency in English for academic study

  • The ability to write academically using accurate referencing and avoiding plagiarism

  • A range of reading skills for academic texts

  • Grammatical competence

  • Vocabulary and study skills

  • Seminar and presentation skills

  • Critical thinking skills

  • The ability to listen to lectures and discussions and take notes

  • Skills for working independently and with others

 

Length of course

4 weeks (unconditional offer holders only): 20 August 2018  - 14 September 2018

 

Course assessment

The course is assessed through weekly assignments, seminar tasks and speaking and listening activities.

Fees and funding

Fees

The fee for this course is £1,340.

How to pay this fee is detailed on the Methods of Payment for the Presessional English Courses page.

Entry requirements

You must be an international student and have an unconditional offer to study a course at the University of Birmingham.

How to apply

The following deadline for Presessional applications apply in 2018: 20th July

Before applying please read the following:

Important information about presessional courses at the University of Birmingham

Applicants are encouraged to apply as quickly as possible because course places will soon be full.  To apply for this course, you will need to send us the following:

admissions forms examples

You can send us these forms and documents:

  • By e-mail: e-mail scanned copies of the forms and your documents to presessional@contacts.bham.ac.uk.
  • By post: send us your forms and copies of your documents to: 
    Birmingham International Academy (BIA) 
    Priorsfield, The University of Birmingham
    BIRMINGHAM
    B15 2TT, UK

You will have 15 hours and 30 minutes of tuition (or 19 classes of 50 minute lessons). Each 50 minute class is followed by a 10 minute break. Classes are scheduled between 9.00 am and 6.00 pm, Monday to Friday. You will also be expected to do between 12-14 hours of independent study a week.

Our maximum class size on the English for Academic Purposes Intensive UNC Presessional is 18 students, so tutors can give you individual attention and regular tutorials to help you meet your progression requirements. All our tutors are qualified and experienced.

Academic English is different from the `general' English you may have learned before. Our experienced and qualified tutors know how to break up academic English into chunks which can be taught and learned in an effective way from the beginning of the course to the end. You will be supported along the way by personal tutors and a welfare tutor, who can help with both academic and welfare issues.

 

Student views Fabian (Austria)

'The course served as an excellent preparation for university studies in the UK. It focused on relevant topics and enhanced essay writing skills providing an insight into ideal structures of an essay. It provided me with the necessary skills to tackle assignments on my degree course and improved my English skills in general. I enjoyed the interactive classes and the friendly atmosphere of the course and interacting with students from different parts of the world.' 

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Our unique careers guidance service is tailored to your academic subject area, offering a specialised team (in each of the five academic colleges) who can give you expert advice. Our team source exclusive work experience opportunities to help you stand out amongst the competition, with mentoring, global internships and placements available to you. Once you have a career in your sights, one-to-one support with CV’s and job applications will help give you the edge. In addition, our employer-endorsed award-winning Personal Skills Award (PSA) recognises your extra-curricular activities, and provides an accredited employability programme designed to improve your career prospects.

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Leisure programme

At the BIA, we organise day trips for international students to places of cultural and historic interest. These day trips are organised throughout the year, during term-time and the summer.

The cost of day trips is included in your tuition fee; however, occasionally we may run a day trip where subsidised costs may apply. You will always be advised when costs to any of our day trips or social activities apply.

In addition to the day trips, we organise a full and lively social programme for all summer presessionals. This starts in July and includes sports activities, trips to the cinema and local museums.  Some extra costs may apply for local trips (up to £10).

All students have full access to the University library resources, IT and sports facilities and social opportunities.

 

Accommodation

Before your presessional starts, you can book self-catering accommodation on the University campus and obtain information on accommodation in the private sector through the University accommodation website. For under-18s, we offer a special level of support and house students in Mason hall or Shackleton. If you are under 18 at the start of the programme, this accommodation is compulsory.

 

Meal Plan (term-time only)

If you live at the Vale Village, you may be allocated into a Meal Plan room. The Meal Plan is not available during the summer.

During term-time, the Meal Plan gives you a flexible weekly allowance that you can spend on food in University catering outlets including Infusion, The Melt and Pizza Shack on the Vale, as well as 17 other cafés and snack bars across campus. It is a great opportunity to meet other residents and socialise over meals, and helps free up time for studying, as you don't need to worry about food shopping, cooking or washing up.

Most dietary requirements can be catered for.

Under the Meal Plan package, meals are available during term times:

  • 18 September 2017 to 10 December 2017
  • 8 January 2018 to 25 March 2018
  • 23 April 2018 to 24 June 2018

If you have further questions please contact: living@contacts.bham.ac.uk