Course content - 10-week Pre-sessional (online)
You will focus on the key academic skills and language you will need to succeed in your future studies with us.
After finishing the course, I did not feel unfamiliar or nervous at the beginning of my degree programme. The Pre-sessional course is a good way to adapt to university life when you are an international student.Lingxuan Meng From China / Online 10-Week Pre-Sessional Course.
The course aims to:
- raise your level of English language proficiency and academic skills;
- improve your confidence working in an academic environment;
- help to prepare you for studying at this University.
Your studies will include:
- 12 hours per week of tutor-led sessions in groups of up to 18 students;
- between 10-15 hours per week of interactive tasks to be completed either in study groups of up to five students or individually online;
- an individual 20-minute tutorial meeting with your tutor every two weeks.
Listening to a lecture
Discussion from the lecture
Reflecting on seminar performance
|8.00am - 9.00am
|B R E A K
Reading for main ideas
Navigating a journal article
Rewording information from sources
Referring to journal articles in a seminar
|10.30am - 11.00am
|B R E A K
Taking notes in lectures
Seminar preparation - reading journal articles
*All times are local, UK time
There is flexibility for you to choose when to complete the individual tasks, but you must attend the tutor-led sessions and study groups at the specified time. These times cannot be changed – it is important to consider the time difference between the UK and your home country when applying for this course. It is also important to know the time difference between the UK and your country before applying for the course.
Engagement with the course
In order for you to successfully complete the course, you must meet the required level in each academic skill - this will vary across degree programmes - and engage with the course.
Throughout the course, you will engage in 2 assessed projects: one will focus on using reading texts to produce a piece of writing; the other will focus on using video and audio recordings to produce a presentation. All assessments will be online.
During the course, your tutor will give you a set of academic texts to read and discuss and a question to answer using the texts. You will be assessed on the writing you produce and how well you support your answer using these academic sources.
Throughout the course, you will read and make notes on extracts from academic journals and books and you will be assessed on your understanding of these texts.
During the course, you will listen to and make notes on recordings, including academic talks, and you will be assessed on your understanding of these.
At the end of the course, you will give a small group presentation using the recordings you have listened to and reading texts you have been provided with.
Disengagement with the course will be reported to your academic School and will likely be taken into consideration at future exam boards.
Online tutor-led sessions will be delivered via Zoom, and online tasks and materials will be accessed via Blackboard, which is our virtual learning environment (VLE). There will be help accessing these, as well as technical support throughout the course.
You must ensure you have access to:
- access to a laptop or tablet - mobile phones are not suitable;
- a fast reliable internet connection (we recommend a broadband speed of 5mbps; and a minimum speed of 2mbps);
- a browser such as Google Chrome/Firefox/360 Secure Browser;
- a webcam;
- a microphone;