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Pre-sessional English Language

  • Length
    See table below
  • Department
    English Language Centre

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 2017

12 June – 1 September 2017 (£3,960)
3 July – 1 September 2017 (£3,300)
31 July – 1 September 2017 (£2,010)

There are different 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

Modules & structure

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

Please see the table above for details of the IELTS requirements for each course. 

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. There are no minimum skill score requirements:

Degree entry requirement

Entry requirement for the 12 week programme

7.0

6.0

6.5

5.5

6.0

5.0

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. There are no minimum skill score requirements.

Degree entry requirement

Entry requirement for the 9 week programme

7.0

6.5

6.5

6.0

6.0

5.5

5.5

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. There is also a minimum writing skill score requirement; details are below.

Degree entry requirement

Entry requirement for the 5 week programme

7.0

6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in writing)

6.5

6.0 (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing)

6.0

5.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in writing)

Department

The English Language Centre
specialises in teaching English language and academic writing

English Language Centre

Come and learn from a dedicated team of specialists. Some of our team have worked in this area for over 20 years.

We offer courses for:

  • students with English as a second language
  • native English speakers who are keen to develop their skills in academic writing

These courses range from standalone foundation years and pre-sessional courses right through to in-sessional courses that you complete during your degree programme.

It’s also possible to book an appointment with our resident Royal Literary Fund Fellows – professional writers who can help you improve your essay-writing skills.

Find out more about the English Language Centre.

Fees & funding

Dates and Fees for 2017

12 June – 1 September 2017 (£3,960)
3 July – 1 September 2017 (£3,300)
31 July – 1 September 2017 (£2,010)

How to apply

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

Application deadlines

Entry date Application deadline
12 June 2017 12 May 2017
3 July 2017  2 June 2017
31 July 2017  30 June 2017

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