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 Foundation Pathways 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.
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.
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 2 to 6 July 2018.
Public holidays are on:
25 and 26 December 2017
1 January 2018
30 March 2018
2 April 2018
7 and 28 May 2018
27 August 2018
University closed days are on:
27, 28 and 29 December 2017
2 and 3 January 2018
3 and 4 April 2018
What you will study
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
- Vocabulary and study skills
- Seminar and presentation skills
- The ability to listen to lectures and discussions and take notes
- Skills for working independently and with others
Students who have studied on the EAP Presessional for Foundation Pathways have reported increased confidence in their use of the English language and academic study skills, which better prepares them for their main programme.
Length of course
We offer courses of between 6 and 20 weeks immediately before the January and September start dates. However, you may need a longer Presessional English programme, depending upon your current English language level. If this is the case, we offer longer courses of 31 weeks or 42 weeks. Upon successful completion of the programme, you can transfer to the Foundation Academy without needing to take another English language test.
If you're starting a Foundation Pathways programme in January 2018, the dates of available presessional programmes are:
- 11-week: 25 September 2017 – 08 December 2017
- 6-week: 30 October 2017 – 08 December 2017
If you're starting a Foundation Pathways programme in September 2018, the dates of available presessional programmes are:
- 42-week: 25 September 2017 - 14 September 2018
- 31-week: 08 January - 14 September 2018
- 20-week: 23 April - 14 September 2018
- 15-week: 29 May - 14 September 2018
- 10-week: 09 July - 14 September 2018
- 6-week: 6 August - 14 September 2018
- 4-week (unconditional students only): 20 August - 14 September
Find out what length of course you need
Your grade for the course will depend on grades for work you do during the course and your final score in exams.
The requirements for successful completion of your Foundation English presessional programme is:
- 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