Course information

Length

See table below

Course overview

This intensive programme is for international students about to start full-time study at a UK university.

This programme is more than just a language course, which is why it is longer than other pre-sessional programmes you might find elsewhere. It will also familiarise you with the British education system and will develop your study skills. And it is tailored to the arts and social sciences, so it’s ideal if you’re planning on studying these subjects in the future.

The programme covers:

  • English language
  • Academic study skills
  • Cultural background studies
  • Critical analysis

There is continuous assessment through regular assignments, especially listening exercises, presentations and essays. At the end of the programme, you receive a profile of your performance and progress and recommendations for your future language development.

Dates and Fees for 2020

15 June – 4 September 2020 (£4,200)
6 July – 4 September 2020 (£3,500)
3 August – 4 September 2020 (£2,130)

There are different UKVI IELTS requirements depending on the length of the programme you want to apply for. See below for details.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Programme Convenor, Marl'ene Edwin.

What you'll study

This programme consists of several entry points. You start the programme in either June, July or August, and finish in September.

Modules

  • Academic Reading and Writing Skills
  • Academic Listening
  • Academic Grammar and Vocabulary
  • Pronunciation Skills
  • Presentation and Seminar Skills
  • Modernity
  • Cultural Studies
  • Critical Thinking
  • Research and Study Skills
  • Postmodernity
  • Interpreting Images
  • Textual Analysis
  • Art History/Film/Postmodernities Lecture

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Structure

The 12 week, 9 week and 5 week programmes all follow a weekly timetable of 22.5 hours of intensive teaching, consisting of 21 hours of classes (including 3 hours of guided independent study and tutorials). There is also a 1.5 hour lecture.

Classes start every morning at 9:30am and afternoon classes start at 2.00pm. Each teacher-led class is 90 minutes.

In addition students are also expected to engage in a minimum of 10 hours of independent self-study outside of the programme hours each week.

Assessment

Students are required to complete formative written assignments throughout the programme.

The end-of-programme summative assessment includes:

  • An extended written essay on a question related to your future studies (40%)
  • An oral presentation assessment based on a creative content module (20%)
  • A reading examination (20%)
  • A summary writing task based on a lecture listening (20%)

Learner Outcomes

The overall aim of the Goldsmiths Pre-sessional Programme is to improve your Academic English to the level whereby you can participate in your chosen undergraduate or postgraduate programme.

Successful completion of the programme will mean that you have:

  • developed both independent and collaborative academic study skills, enabling you to both analyse issues and formulate questions;
  • developed your English for academic purposes and gained the ability to both listen to and communicate complex ideas to a variety of audiences;
  • developed as an autonomous learner, so that you can derive meaning from complexity using evidence;
  • increased your intercultural awareness, gained a better knowledge of Goldsmiths, London and the UK and developed your social and academic life.


This is achieved by:

  • the programme concentrating on increasing cultural and interdisciplinary knowledge through independent and collaborative learning;
  • focusing on the four language learning skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing;
  • the skills being practised within a genuine academic context; i.e. listening to lectures, reading academic texts, giving academic presentations and writing academic essays. Guided independent study will also focus on grammar and vocabulary development;
  • gaining confidence in academic writing conventions, including in-text citation, referencing, direct quotation and compiling bibliographies;
  • studying content with a discipline specific focus. This means that you will be developing your academic English through content that is challenging, dynamic, interesting, and often useful for your future studies;
  • the programme allowing you to develop creative thinking along with critical thinking skills through debating, and evaluating complex ideas.

Progression

Progression onto your degree programme will depend on achieving an overall pass mark of 50% for Postgraduate students and 40% for Undergraduate students.

Failure to achieve the required grade or not engaging appropriately with the Pre-sessional course will mean students have not met the conditions of their offer from the University and will therefore not be permitted to progress on to their degree programme.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Entry requirements

There are different IELTS requirements depending on which programme you join:

12 weeks full time

You can join the 12-week programme if your current overall UKVI IELTS score is 1.0 below the requirement for the degree you’re joining.

The table below indicates what this will be:

Degree entry requirement

Entry requirement for the 12-week programme

7.0

6.0 (with no individual score lower than 4.5)

6.5

5.5 (with no individual score lower than 4.5)

6.0

5.0 (with no individual score lower than 4.5)

5.5/5.0

4.5 (with no individual score lower than 4.5)

9 weeks full-time

You can join the 9-week programme if your current overall UKVI IELTS score is 0.5 below the requirement for the degree you’re joining.

The table below indicates what this will be:

Degree entry requirement

Entry requirement for the 9-week programme

7.0

6.5 (with no individual score lower than 5.0)

6.5

6.0 (with no individual score lower than 5.0)

6.0

5.5 (with no individual score lower than 5.0)

5 weeks full-time

You can join the 5-week programme if your current overall UKVI IELTS score is 0.5 below the requirement for the degree you’re joining.

The table below indicates what this will be:

Degree entry requirement

Entry requirement for the 5-week programme

7.0

6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and no individual score lower than 5.5)

6.5

6.0 (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and no individual score lower than 5.5)

6.0

5.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in writing)

International qualifications

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

Fees & funding

Dates and Fees for 2019

17 June – 6 September 2019 (£4,080)
8 July – 6 September 2019 (£3,400)
5August – 6 September 2019 (£2,070)

We ask for a £300 deposit when you accept our offer of a place. This amount is then deducted from your tuition fee when you begin the programme.

Additional costs

In addition to your tuition fees, you'll be responsible for any additional costs associated with your course, such as buying stationery and paying for photocopying. You can find out more about what you need to budget for on our study costs page.

There may also be specific additional costs associated with your programme. This can include things like paying for field trips or specialist materials for your assignments.

How to apply

To apply for the Pre-sessional programme, please fill out our online form.

Application deadlines

Entry date Application deadline
17 June 2019 5 June 2019
8 July 2019 26 June 2019
5 August 2019 17 July 2019

What our students say

Xueqing

"Goldsmiths has provided not only the answer, but also the way to see, to think and to do"

"I found Goldsmiths provides the original essence of things, which is more profound than I imagined.

When I was introduced by my friend who once studied in RCA but highly recommended me to study in Goldsmiths, I acknowledged that it would be theoretical. The exclusive form of pre-sessional courses helped me a lot to get prepared for the new term. It introduced the fundamental theories of postmodernism and globalisation.

We got on well with teachers and thanks to them for their patience.

Since I have 2-3 year work experience in music and contemporary art, I want to trace the cause of things in the industry. Goldsmiths has provided not only the answer but also the way to see, to think and to do."

Hanfang

"I have learnt the most important thing for me, the attitude to study"

“I found the Pre-sessional course through an online article written by a former student who has taken this course. My eyes were drawn to the curriculum of which postmodern theories were an intrinsic part. Then the experience itself was as enjoyable as the anticipation. During the course, not only I had the chance to speak in English A LOT on various topics from what I've done on the weekends to my understanding of Foucault's repressive hypothesis, but also I improved my writing through reading the challenging but thought-provoking essays in the well-organised handbooks.

Also, I was impressed by the professionalism of the teachers. Sabina's passion for telling us the nuance of conjunctive words; Richard's impromptu performance for us to remember the word 'dodgy' (it may sound dodgy but actually not); and Magnus' special master class on cockney. All of these let me be prepared for my following MA, because I have learnt the most important thing for me, the attitude to study.”

Jiaxuan

"I appreciate the setting of this course, which is quite unique, just like Goldsmiths itself."

“I am currently studying MA Photography: The Image and Electronic Arts at Goldsmiths. Before I enrolled in the official MA course, I had taken the Pre-Sessional English Language course run by the ELC at Goldsmiths. I feel lucky I made this choice, as my background of BA degree was Performance of Music, which is quite different from my future MA degree, so the pre-sessional course helped me to be more capable to achieve an MA degree at Goldsmiths in terms of not only English but also helping me to get used to the different education system and culture background.

Personally, I appreciate the setting of this course, which is quite unique, just like Goldsmiths itself. Instead of only focusing on improving your English ability level, it covers more about culture and art. Also, it includes some practical classes, for example, like course of 'Mapping the City', which needs students to actually walk out of school and explore the city in person, and finally transfer our feelings into an artwork.

Moreover, I am enjoying the overall environment at Goldsmiths, the relationship between students and teachers is very friendly and respectful. Also the passion of art from people here inspires me a lot. All in all, Goldsmiths is a great place for people who love to be creative and critical."

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