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Language for Social Science and Arts: Communication and Society (Full time) 2017 start

  • Overview

    If English is not your first language, this pre-sessional programme will aim to train you to perform effectively in the academic environment of the University of Leeds’ Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communication.

    You’ll develop the language skills, knowledge and understanding required for postgraduate study in the fields of arts, social sciences and communication, and assessments will be tailored to test the skills you’ll need in this context. Throughout the programme you’ll receive feedback on your progress in these areas.

    The first 4 weeks focus on more social science and arts related language and skills, with a closer focus on communication and society in the final 6 weeks.

  • Course content

    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.

    Course structure

    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 Social Science and Arts: Communication and Society in the course catalogue

    Learning and teaching

    The first 4 weeks focus on more social science and arts related language and skills; after that each 2 week unit will be based around an introductory content lecture. 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 produce a piece of independent work at the end of each unit.

    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. The minimum age for students studying on this course is 18 years old.

    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 Leeds University Union website provides helpful information about the cost of living in Leeds, which you may find useful.

    Assessment

    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.

  • Applying, fees and funding

    Entry requirements

    If your degree requires an overall IELTS score of 6.5, to study this language course you will need a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.0. You can have two components with scores below 6.0, but no scores below 5.5.

    If your degree requires an overall IELTS score of 7.0, to study this language course you will need a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.5. You can have two components with scores below 6.5, but no scores below 6.0.

    If your degree requires an overall IELTS score of 6.0, to study this language course you will need a minimum overall IELTS score of 5.5, but no scores below 5.0. You can have one score, other than writing, below 5.5.

    For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

    How to apply

    Students applying to study on a taught postgraduate programme

    If you have applied for a taught postgraduate programme and you are conditional on English language requirements, you may be contacted with details of your pre-sessional options. Please contact langc@leeds.ac.uk if you have any questions about this.

    Students applying to study on a research postgraduate programme

    Please apply to the Language Centre using the application form on the Applying for English language courses webpage.

    Fees

    UK/EU: £3,000 (total)

    International: £3,000 (total)

    Additional cost information

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs