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.
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.
“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.”
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
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
You must be an international student and have an unconditional offer to study a course at the University of Birmingham.
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.
The course is assessed through weekly assignments, seminar tasks and speaking and listening activities.
Preparation for your career should be one of the first things you think about as you start university. Whether you have a clear idea of where your future aspirations lie or want to consider the broad range of opportunities available once you have a Birmingham degree, our Careers Network can help you achieve your goal.
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.
Your Birmingham degree is evidence of your ability to succeed in a demanding academic environment. Employers target Birmingham students for their drive, diversity, communication and problem-solving skills, their team-working abilities and cultural awareness, and our graduate employment statistics have continued to climb at a rate well above national trends. If you make the most of the wide range of services you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.
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.
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:
- 01 October 2018 to 14 December 2018
- 14 January 2019 to 29 March 2019
- 29 April 2019 to 21 June 2019
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