English and Study Skills (including Summer School)

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About this course

Who is the course for?

This full-time programme is ideal if your academic qualifications meet the requirements for your chosen undergraduate or postgraduate course, but your English language level falls below the entry requirements of the academic course you wish to join.

What will I learn?

The programme will provide you with the language and other academic skills necessary for you to gain the maximum benefit from your future academic course. You will develop these skills in a content-based approach to learning involving critical thinking, questioning, discussion, reflection and analysis. You will also develop the ideas and concepts necessary to participate in the global academic community. By the end of the course you will feel confident to research your subject, deal with a range of academic texts, attend lectures, take part in seminars and tutorials, and produce extended written academic assignments.

How long will I need to study?

You will be interviewed on arrival and will join one of two courses depending on your language level and your proposed course of study (undergraduate or postgraduate). You will study for one, two or three semesters.

How will I study?

Teaching and learning takes place in seminars, lectures, tutorials and workshops. In addition, students engage in independent study involving directed and self-directed learning.

You will study in groups averaging no more than 16 in number (maximum 18). Each class will have 16 50-minute sessions each week Monday to Friday including individual and group guidance tutorials and one-to-one academic tutorials. You will also be expected to do at least an equal amount of out-of-class study. Most learning materials will be supplied; however, you may be required to buy one textbook (£15-20). Each week classes focus on a topic of global importance and include a lecture and a seminar based on assigned readings as well as other skills classes in speaking, listening, reading, writing and grammar based on the topic and the reading texts. A particular emphasis is placed on reading and writing academic English and you will be supported in producing extended writing as part of your assessment. Pre-Masters students also work in teams to engage in research projects using a range of methodologies and present their findings both orally and in the form of a written research report.

You will be assigned your own Guidance Tutor who will provide academic and pastoral support and be your first point of contact if you have questions or problems.

How will I progress?

Progress to the next level or onto your chosen academic course depends on a mix of continuous assessment and end- of-semester examinations (not IELTS).

When will I start my studies?


Start date
(Induction and enrolment week)

 End date
(Assessment week)
 Summer School 2018 (11 weeks) Monday 18 June 2018 Friday 7 September 2018 
 Summer School 2018 (6 weeks) Monday 23 July 2018  Friday 7 September 2018 
 September 2018-19 (12 weeks) Monday 24 September 2018  Friday 21 December 2018 
 January 2018-19
(12 weeks)
Monday 21 January 2019 Friday 10 May 2019 

Please ensure you apply for visas in time to arrive at the University on the Saturday prior to the start date above at the latest.

The Summer Semester (Summer School)

In the summer we run an 11-week (10 weeks of study plus one week of assessment) or a 6-week (5 weeks of study plus one week of assessment) programme. The 11-week course is as described above with 2 additional teaching sessions per week. The 6-week course is similar but is only suitable for students who have already achieved, or are very close to, the English language entry requirement for their chosen degree course. We strongly urge only such students to apply for this course. Please contact us for further information.

Please note that if you start the course in June you must enrol for 11 weeks. There is no mid-point assessment.

Both courses offer you an opportunity to visit another city or local tourist attraction on a day trip. The countryside and coast of Northumberland is extremely beautiful and has a rich heritage while Newcastle is a vibrant city famous for its culture and nightlife. There is no charge for these trips but you may need to pay entrance fees to castles and museums etc

Course info

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study One, two or three semesters full-time

Department Social Sciences

Location Squires Building, Newcastle City Campus

City Newcastle

Start January 2019 or June 2019

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