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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
To apply for a place on a Pre-sessional programme, email: pre-sessional@aston.ac.uk 

Tel: +44 (0)121 204 3751


PLEASE NOTE
: The deadline for applications is two weeks prior to the start date of any course.

Dates:

  • 30-week pre-sessional: 26th January – 11th September 2015
  • 20-week pre-sessional: 27th April – 11th September 2015
  • 16-week pre-sessional: 26th May – 11th September 2015
  • 12-week pre-sessional: 22nd June – 11th September 2015
  • 8-week pre-sessional: 20th July – 11th September 2015
  • 4-week pre-sessional: 14st August – 11th September 2015

Fees:

  • 30-week: £8,500
  • 20-week: £6,100
  • 16-week: £4,900
  • 12-week: £4,100
  • 8-week: £2,900
  • 4-week: £1,850 


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.

2015: Last dates for Presessional enrolment:

Module                 Last day of enrolment
LA2111 20-week    Wednesday 6th May 2015
LA2108 16-week    Wednesday 3rd June 2015
LA2109 12-week    Wednesday 1st July 2015
LA2110 8-week      Wednesday 29th July 2015
LA2112 4-week      Tuesday 18th August 2015 

PLEASE NOTE:
These are final dates for enrolment and cannot be negotiated. 

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 academic skills

To join one of the programmes, you will need to have taken IELTS test. 

The following table provides guidance on the minimum entry requirements to pre-sessional courses. The length of the 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.

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IELTS: 

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Presessional English Language Entry Requirements

Our five Pre-sessional programmes in English for Academic Purposes are intended for international students who plan to study at Aston University. Courses last thirty, twenty, sixteen, twelve or eight 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.

These programmes aim 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 be entitled to use all of the facilities available on campus including the sports centre, the library, and the e-learning centre for languages. Because Aston University is 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 the Aston Certificate in English for Academic and Professional Purposes.

CELCA Module Diagram

1. LA2113 English Language Preparation  (20 credits)

The 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 help you to increase competence as measured by standardised English proficiency tests such as IELTS. 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 10-week period
2-hour reading and writing test (50%) 
10-minute speaking test (30%)

30-minute listening test (20%) 


2. LA2111 English Language Development  (10 credits)

This module aims to develop both your linguistic knowledge and skills in order to raise your English language proficiency before starting an undergraduate or postgraduate programme of study at Aston University. Emphasis is given to building on spoken and written accuracy, fluency and overall communicative ability within the context of a British university setting. In addition, the module helps to develop your knowledge of UK academic conventions, as well as your intercultural awareness. The classes have an integrated skills approach, 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 four week period
Class test (40%)
15-minute group presentation (20%)
Essay (40%)

3. LA2108 English Language Development (10 credits)

This module is designed to further extend your linguistic understanding and skills in English language in preparation for an undergraduate or postgraduate programme of study at Aston University. The classes have an integrated skills approach, with practice in reading, writing, speaking and listening, grammar and lexis. Students are required to complete practical tasks of an individual and group nature. 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 basic research skills.

Assessment: all to be completed at the end of a four week period
1.5-hour class test of short answer questions (30%)
10-minute individual presentation (20%)
Individual reflective diary (50%)

4. LA2109 Using English in Academic and Professional Contexts (10 credits)

This module offers an intensive development of all English language skills for academic purposes before starting an undergraduate or postgraduate programme of study at Aston University. With practice in reading, writing, speaking and listening, grammar and lexis, classes are delivered with an integrated skills approach. 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, including those 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 four week period
2-hour timed case study/laboratory/technical report (30%)
15-minute paired speaking test (20%)
Essay of 1000 words (50%)

5. LA2110 Using English in Academic and Professional Contexts (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 an undergraduate or postgraduate programme of study at Aston. Classes have an integrated skills approach, with practice in reading, writing, speaking and listening, 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: 
Individual project report of 2000 words (50%)
10-minute individual project presentation (20%)
Reading and Listening test (30%)

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).

We use a variety of innovative and engaging teaching methods which include lectures, seminars, tutorials and interactive workshops as well as private and small-group work.  There are also opportunities for individual project work, a chance to meet with students from a variety of nationalities and off-campus visits.

Click here for a list of useful online resources that can help to develop your English language skills.

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.

Your lecturers will provide you with support and guidance  throughout  your course  and you will receive detailed feedback on your progress at regular intervals in tutorials.

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