Our maximum class size on the English for Academic Purposes 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.
Teaching methods within the classes are interactive and student centred, combining teacher presentations and teacher led discussions; student presentations and student led discussions; language analysis, language practice and problem solving activities.
You will be supported along the way by personal tutors and a welfare tutor, who can help with both academic and welfare issues.
Please note that for summer EAP PG Presessional courses:
20-week /15-week - You will be in a mixed discipline and mixed nationality class. This will allow you to meet a range of other students. You will stay with this class for 10 or 5 weeks. You will have one teacher.
10-week /6-week - Generally speaking, you will be in a class of students from similar subject backgrounds. You will have one teacher and one teacher assistant (a postgraduate from your discipline).
Jia Sue (China)
"I developed my skills and learned how to write and reference a good essay, how to summarise and paraphrase ideas and how to collect information for an essay. It was all extremely useful for my current studies. The people on my course who had not done this Presessional found it more difficult so I would recommend doing a Presessional course instead of re-taking IELTS."
Violaine Bucchiotty (France)
"I’d recommend taking a BIA programme rather than re-taking an IELTS test because the Presessional is more interesting. We had some fascinating discussions in class and there is no better way to improve your English fluency than exchanging points of view with people from different cultures."
Further student testimonials
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 EAP Presessional is 15 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.
Classes are Monday to Friday. All classes are university standard 50 minutes in duration.
There is no teaching on Saturday or Sunday. There is a one week break between 6 to 10 July 2020. The University closes for 15 days in each academic year, from 1 October to the following 30 September. Eight of these days are public holidays: Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year's Day holidays; Good Friday and Easter Monday; May Day; Whit Monday; August Bank holiday Monday. For all bank holidays and University-closed days please click here.
To pass the EAP 1/UG or EAP PG you must achieve the appropriate mark in each assessed component of the course. Assessments will include the following: Reading exam, Writing exam, Academic Research Paper (ARP), Listening exam, an Oral Presentation as well as your speaking and listening skills in seminar discussions.
The requirements for successful completion of your EAP UG or EAP PG presessional programme are:
- The achievement of the appropriate final mark for all assessed work (examinations and assessed coursework)
- A minimum of 90% attendance
- Meet the appropriate Contact Points (a UKVI regulation) for your course
- Fulfilment of the university requirements for reasonable diligence