This programme is an English language content-based pre-sessional on which you will study language in the context of your subject.
This will include reading reports and journal articles and listening to lectures about the current interdisciplinary global issue of food security. This will help you develop your English language and core academic skills.
You will also study texts from your particular discipline and work on tasks of the type you will encounter on your Masters programme, which have been specifically developed by your chosen department. This will help enhance your understanding of the academic requirements of studying in the U.K. and develop your ability to communicate at an appropriate academic level within your chosen field. These include:
Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
- typical coursework task
- laboratory session
Faculty of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Environment
- formative assessment task
- typical coursework task
Faculty of Medicine and Health
You will use the language you learn to express yourself through spoken and written assignments.
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: General Science in the course catalogue
Learning and teaching
The first 4 weeks focus on key language, skills and academic themes within the field of Science. 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.
You'll study for around 35 hours per week including an average of 16 contact hours per week. Classes will typically take place between 9am and 5pm from Monday to Friday (you can find out dates when the University will be closed at the Almanac). Language classes have a maximum size of 16 students. The minimum age for students studying on this course is 18 years old.
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.