In addition to your subject modules within your chosen pathway you will take a module in Academic English and Study Skills. This will enable you to develop you academic communication. We are a British Council accredited language centre, so you can be assured of the quality of the English language teaching you will receive.
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 actively develop your communication skills 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 academic communication such as constructing arguments and communicating complex ideas. They will also allow you to develop the academic skills needed to thrive in an undergraduate programme at a top 15 UK university.
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.
Each module will equip you with the English required for your undergraduate degree. All modules will allow students to become familiar with what is expected from excellent Undergraduate students. The lower levels also include work on overall language proficiency.
Please note that all students take one of these modules as an integral part of their foundation year.
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.
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.