FAQS Academic English and study skills

Please see some specific questions about the Academic English and study skills modules for the Foundation Pathways:  

What English language and study skills modules will I take?

You must take an Academic English language and study skills module as part of your pathway. Most students will take Academic English and Study Skills or Advanced Academic English and Study Skills. The modules will introduce you to academic English for undergraduate study and also to the development of specific language and skills related to your pathway:

  • Academic English and Study Skills - This module will equip you with the English required for academic study at undergraduate level. It will help you to acquire key academic vocabulary and to master key academic grammatical structures. The module will also help you to develop the necessary skills for reading academic texts and writing academic assignments. It will enable you to perform successfully across all modules of the Foundation Academy programme, as well as preparing you for study in your future undergraduate programme.
  • Advanced Academic English and Study Skills - This module will further prepare you for the academic demands of your future undergraduate programme, where you will be expected to employ an efficient and effective learning style. It will enable you to deepen your understanding of how texts are constructed and it will also help you to develop your critical thinking skills. Through class discussions, debates and individual presentations, you will also improve your fluency and command of the English language.

I already have good English language skills -do I still need to take these?

If you are a native or near-native English language speaker with an IELTS score of 8.0 overall or above (or equivalent) you can replace the Academic English and Study Skills modules with Advanced Academic Skills:

  • Advanced Academic Skills - You will develop advanced academic skills for undergraduate study in a range of disciplines. The emphasis will be on advanced literacy incorporating critical thinking and analytical skills such as the development and evaluation of academic argument and the synthesis of various sources of information. Students will have the opportunity to develop excellent communication skills for higher level studies.

This 20 credit module will enable you to extend your academic and communication skills intensively and to use your language flexibly for a wide range of academic purposes.This is subject to prior agreement. Please contact us if you think this applies to you.

Where are English language modules taught?

English language and study skills modules will be taught partly in lecture and seminar rooms across campus but mostly in the Foundation Academy Hub and English Language Centre based in Priorsfield. This is a dedicated study, social and welfare centre for Foundation students, based in a beautiful historic manor house on the Edgbaston campus.

What is the learning and teaching style? 

You will be learning in a supportive environment in small classes that are focused on individual needs. One-to-one tutorials are also available if you need them. These modules are taught by our specialist English for International Students Unit (EISU), which provides language and study skills programmes for all international students at the University. All its teachers have extensive experience in teaching English for Academic Purposes.