This programme is an English language content-based pre-sessional. You’ll study subject specific content to help develop your language and ability to communicate at an appropriate academic level within your chosen field of study. You will also produce an individual piece of work, involving some element of independent research.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
For more information on typical modules, read Language for Science and Engineering A in programme catalogue
Learning and teaching
The first 4 weeks focus on key language, skills and academic themes within the field of Science and Engineering. In the next 6 weeks you will explore your particular subject in more detail, focusing on the language and skills that you will need for your postgraduate programme. Each unit will be based around academic content. You’ll then work on understanding this content and the language used, alongside that of core texts, through a series of language classes and seminars. You’ll have the chance to work both individually and with others, and you’ll also produce pieces of independent work.
There is an average of 16 contact hours per week. Students are expected to study for around 35 hours per week including class time. Classes will typically take place between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday. Language classes have a maximum size of 16 students.
All programme and learning materials are included in the tuition fees.
The Language Centre provides a weekly programme of optional leisure activities during the summer, some of which are free, and some have a cost, typically no more than £30.
The final assessments will be based specifically on the core areas of academic language and subject specific literacy. They will ensure that all 4 skills of speaking, writing, reading and listening are covered appropriately for the discipline requirements and as required of a Secure English Language Test (SELT). We will also assess your developing ability to present a critical argument in the context of an independent academic study using appropriate language.