The 10-week Pre-sessional course will cover discipline-specific academic skills and language, including presentation, academic writing and critical reading components. It will also include subject specialist lectures to prepare students for their related subject area.
Students will practise delivering presentations on a theme related to their future degree. Students will learn how to maximise the impact of their presentations by learning how to:
- structure the content
- select an appropriate style of language
- engage their audience
- pace their delivery
- use software to support the content.
Students will research and write critically on topics related to their future degree. You will develop your extended academic writing skills by:
- using sources appropriately and engaging with good academic practice
- organising the content of your essay or report
- improving your academic style
- using discourse markers
- confidently using English grammar.
To develop critical reading you will learn how to:
- source materials appropriately
- evaluate texts
- paraphrase and summarise.
To help you develop your spoken English, there will be classes focusing on pronunciation and speaking skills, and the opportunity to take part in structured debates.
To ensure you are getting the most from your degree teaching and to prepare you for your degree lectures, you will learn how to:
- improve your listening and note-taking skills
- become used to different styles of delivery
- gain confidence in your ability to operate within what may be a new or unfamiliar teaching method.
To successfully complete your course, you must attend all obligatory classes, lectures, seminars and workshops and complete all assignments (assessed and non-assessed).
For students with a conditional offer, you must achieve an overall score of 11 on the University's 20-point marking scale to fulfil the conditions of your offer. Further explanation of assessment and progression will be provided during orientation.