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Pre-sessional English programmes in English for Academic Purposes

Gain the relevant language and academic skills necessary for success on your future course
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Why choose this course?

  • Develop your general English language competence and communication skills
Pre-sessional Course in English - 30 weeks (January 2018): Applications open.

Pre-sessional Course in English - 18 weeks (May 2018): Please contact pre-sessional@aston.ac.uk for further details.
 
Pre-sessional Course in English - 12 weeks (June 2018): Applications open.

Pre-sessional Course in English - 6 weeks (End July 2018): Please contact pre-sessional@aston.ac.uk for further details.

Academic Skills for UK Study) - 4 Weeks (August 2018) : Applications open. (Preparatory Course in English for academic Purposes)

If you have any queries about how to apply please email pre-sessional@aston.ac.uk

PLEASE NOTE: The deadline for applications is two weeks prior to the start date of any course.
 
The 30-week Aston Pre-sessional runs for 30 weeks from 29 January to 29 March and then (after a two weeks break for Easter) continues from 16 April to 7 September 2018. All Pre-sessional programmes finish on this date.

The dates of the Pre-sessional programmes are as follows:
  • 30-week: 29 January - 7 September 2018
  • 18-week: 08 May - 7 September 2018
  • 12-week: 18 June - 7 September 2018
  • 6-week: 30 July - 7 September 2018
  • 4-week: 13 August 7 September 2018

2017/18 Fees:
  • Pre sessional Course in English (30 weeks) £8,900   
  • Pre sessional Course in English (18 weeks) TBC
  • Pre sessional Course in English (12 weeks) £4450
  • Pre sessional Course in English (6 weeks) TBC
  • Pre sessional Course in English (4 week) £1,300

Late arrivals - disclaimer
Please note that the University cannot be held responsible for late arrivals, including visa delays. For this reason, we do not refund any part of the Pre-sessional fees if you arrive later than the advertised start date.

Students requiring visas: You will now enter the UK with an official entry letter, and you will need to obtain your visa from an authorised Post Office. It is very important that you allow extra time for this. It could take two or three days.

You must have your visa in order to enrol on your university course.  When making travel arrangements, please make sure you arrive in good time for the final enrolment date.


Students who have already met the direct English language entry requirements can follow our new 4-week preparatory course in English for Academic Purposes.

To join one of the Aston Pre-sessional English programmes, you will need to have taken an IELTS test.
 
The tables below provide guidance on the minimum entry requirements for pre-sessional courses. The length of the pre-sessional course will depend on your current level of English, the required direct entry scores to your chosen degree programme and the nature of the programme. Once the university has made you an offer, your School will confirm which pre-sessional course is appropriate for your needs and the needs of your degree programme.

A table showing the IELTS requirements for the 30-week pre-sessional english course

MBA Programme:

Pre-Sess ABS PGT MBA

All Other Postgraduate Taught Programmes:

Pre-Sess PGT ABS

MSc Data Communication Networks, MSc Telecommunications Systems, MSc Wireless Communications and Networking:

Pre-Sess PGT EAS Certain Courses

All Other Postgraduate Taught Programmes:

Pre-Sess PGT EAS
Postgraduate Research applications are considered on a case by case basis and applicants who are interested should contact their school of study for information.
Our four Aston Pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes are intended for international students who plan to study at Aston University. Courses last thirty, eighteen, twelve or six weeks and it is usual for your future undergraduate/post-graduate department to decide the length of the pre-sessional course that you require. This is specified in the offer letter.

The Aston Pre-sessional aims to equip you with the language and academic skills necessary for success in your future chosen subject area. You will also develop your communication skills so that you feel more confident communicating in a cultural environment different to your own.

During your pre-sessional programme you will focus on:
  • developing your academic writing skills
  • practising effective reading strategies
  • understanding academic lectures and taking notes
  • expressing your ideas and opinions in seminar discussions
  • developing your presentation skills
  • improving your pronunciation of English
  • developing your grammatical accuracy and range of structures
  • extending your general, academic and subject-specific vocabulary
  • developing your research skills  
As a pre-sessional student studying at one of the UK’s leading universities, you will have access to all of our campus facilities and as Aston University is located very close to the city centre, it will be easy for you to go shopping, visit museums and art galleries, take a trip on the canals, and enjoy the international cuisine of Birmingham, Britain’s second city.

Students successfully completing our pre-sessional programmes will be awarded a module certificate.

Course Outline

The outline and design of the Aston Pre-sessional means that as a student you can join the course at different times of the year according to your individual language needs and personal skills objectives. Each entry point has a specific minimum English language requirement and students are generally guided by the offer that their progressing School provides when deciding on which length of Aston Pre-sessional to apply for. Students accumulate credits for each module they successfully complete and are required to demonstrate a learning progression by taking assessments at the end of each module completed. Some students will be required to complete all 4 modules as part of their conditional offer; some may only be required to successfully complete module 4 as part of their conditional offer. This will be dependent on your English language level at the time of your application.

CELCA Module Diagram

Module 1, LA2123 English Language Preparation (20 credits)

This module aims to develop students’ accuracy, fluency and overall communicative ability when using spoken and written English. As well as improving your overall English ability, the module will also introduce you to UK academic conventions and develop your proficiency in intercultural competence, group working, independent study and basic research. The classes have an integrated skills approach with practice in reading, writing, speaking and listening, as well as some work on lexis and grammar.

Assessment: all to be completed at the end of a twelve week teaching period (excluding holidays). Assessment includes reading, listening and grammar tests, essay writing, and group presentation.

Module 2, LA2122 English Language Development (15 credits)

This module aims to develop both your linguistic knowledge and skills in order to raise your general academic English language ability in preparation for an undergraduate or postgraduate programme of study at Aston University. Emphasis is given to building on spoken and written accuracy, fluency and overall communicative capability within the context of a British university setting. As well as developing your knowledge of UK academic conventions, intercultural awareness and group working skills, a more intensive focus is put on applying the principles of independent learning, managing your own language learning more effectively and refining your research skills.
The classes are delivered with an integrated skills approach to enhance practical learning with practice in reading, writing, speaking and listening, as well as some work on grammar and lexis.

Assessment:
all to be completed at the end of a six week teaching period. Assessment includes a class test, group presentation and reflective diary.

Module 3, LA2124 - Using English in Academic and Professional Contexts I (15 credits)

This module offers an intensive development of all English language skills for subject-specific academic purposes before starting an undergraduate or postgraduate programme of study at Aston University. Whilst practicing more content relevant reading, writing, speaking and listening skills and learning targeted vocabulary, you will become more aware of the language requirements and academic expectations of your chosen academic specialism. An emphasis is given to developing your proficiency and knowledge of UK academic conventions for writing case study/laboratory/technical reports and using appropriate referencing systems effectively, as well as extending your understanding of the nature and features of short academic texts and lectures in English, more specifically related to your future academic discipline. In addition, this module helps you to develop your overall communicative ability and contribution to academic discussions, your group working skills and intercultural knowledge.

Assessment: all to be completed at the end of a six week teaching period. Assessment includes case study/technical report, speaking test and essay.

Module 4, LA2125 - Using English in Academic and Professional Contexts II (20 credits)

This module aims to hone your linguistic competencies and skills in using English within an academic and professional context in order to meet the specific requirements of your future undergraduate or postgraduate programme of study at Aston. The integrated skills learning approach means that you will regularly practice reading, writing, speaking and listening within a subject-specific context as well as work on grammar and lexis.

On completion of the module, you will have developed understanding in the nature and features of full-length academic written texts and lectures in English, including those related to your future academic discipline, and will be able to critically evaluate sources of information. You will have gained experience in producing cohesively and coherently written research proposals and research reports, and have built up your confidence in delivering effective individual presentations in English.

Assessment:
all to be completed at the end of a six week teaching period. Assessment includes an individual project, individual presentation and reading and listening tests.

Our Pre-sessional modules are delivered by a team of qualified, experienced and dedicated staff at Aston University's Centre for English Language and Communication (CELCA). Your academic tutors and lecturers have a comprehensive understanding of the UK Higher Education environment and are there to support students through their learning process.

We use a variety of innovative and engaging teaching methods which include lectures, seminars, blended-learning, tutorials and interactive workshops as well as private and small-group work.  There are also opportunities for individual project work, presentation delivery, seminar participation and attendance of live lectures.

Aston Pre-sessional also provides an opportunity to meet and learn with students from a variety of cultural backgrounds and diverse nationalities and develop critical intercultural competence skills that will facilitate the transition onto your future Degree programmes.

Assessment and Feedback

These are intensive programmes which require commitment to studying and learning. The assessment of your performance on the courses will be based on attendance, punctuality, participation in class, team-working ability, written assignments, oral presentations, class tests, examinations and an individual research project.

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