In addition to your subject modules within your chosen pathway you will take a module in Academic English and Study Skills. These modules will be taught at the Foundation Pathways Hub and English Language Centre in Priorsfield.
You will be learning in a supportive environment in small classes (maximum 15 students) that are focused on your individual needs. Classes are dynamic, with many opportunities for you to practice your language actively in groups.
Regular one-to-one tutorials provide you with feedback on your progress throughout the module and e-learning workshops allow you to work on specific aspects of language such as grammar or building your academic vocabulary.
We will assess your language proficiency at the start of the programme and you will then follow one of two module structures: core or high-level English.
You will take either:
One of three 40-credit modules, or a 20-credit module depending on your current level of English:
IELTs 5.5 - 6.0 Academic English and Study Skills
This 40-credit 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.
IELTs 6.5 - 7.0 Advanced Academic English and Study Skills
This 40-credit module will 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 improve your fluency and command of the English language.
IELTs 7.5 or above (or native English speaker) - Advanced Academic Skills for Foundation, Science and Engineering (September start only)
This 40-credit module will develop advanced academic skills for undergraduate study in Science and Engineering. 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.
IELTs 7.5 or above (or native English speaker) - Advanced Academic Skills for Arts, Social Sciences and Law pathway only (September start only)
This 20-credit module 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.
The Advanced Academic Skills module allows you to choose an additional 20 credits of subject-specific modules.
You will take a module determined by your IELTS score and your initial placement test. The decision of the Birmingham International Academy (BIA) is final.
The skills modules will introduce you to academic English for undergraduate study and also to the development of specific language and skills related to your pathway.
These could be writing summaries of scientific texts or producing lab reports for science programmes, or academic essays, critical thinking and debating for arts, law and social sciences programmes.
We also offer Presessional English programmes for students who do not yet meet the English language entry requirements.
Presessional courses are offered during term-time and the summer with flexible entry and exit points depending on your current level of English (IELTS score) and the requirements of your main UoB offer for Foundation Pathways.
The length of course you need depends on your existing level of English, and on the score specified in your UoB offer letter.
All presessional courses are accredited by the British Council with strengths identified in three areas: Course Design, Teaching and Care of Students.