Pre-Sessional Foundation & Modules 1-3 Academic English & Study Skills 2018-2019

What does this course offer?

Each week of this course has 21 hours of task-based communicative and collaborative learning, during which you'll be monitored by a team of experienced tutors.

The focus is on real situations and tasks that you'll be likely to perform in your future studies.

Learning and Teaching

Your individual learning needs will be identified and you'll be helped to set up an effective self-study plan.

There will be opportunities to visit places of cultural, historical, and leisure interest in Glasgow and around Scotland.

You'll receive feedback on your progress and support for your learning in one-to-one tutorials. Your progress will be assessed regularly through coursework.

The final assessment for the course will give you the opportunity to meet the language requirement for your main degree at Strathclyde. 

Highlights of the course include:

  • use of the University's extensive library facilities, including its audio, video and interactive computer-based language learning materials;
  • access to the University's Centre for Sport and Recreation and the Students' Union; and
  • free access to the internet.

Course Content

The programme covers the following academic English and study skills areas, as well as work on general English language improvement as required:

  • strategies for understanding lectures and talks;
  • note-taking and summarising texts;
  • participating actively in seminar discussions;
  • giving effective presentations and talks;
  • improving reading skills and strategies
  • writing a variety of text types: reports, essays, annotated bibliographies, summaries, and reflections;
  • using the library and the internet for research;
  • developing reference and citation skills;
  • expectations of students in UK Universities; and
  • avoiding plagiarism and developing reference and citation skills.

The length of your course and the modules you need to take will vary depending on your current IELTS score and the language requirement for your main degree. Find out more information below.

If degree entry is IELTS 6.5 overall with no individual component below 6.0

IELTS 6.5 overall (with no individual component below 6.0)

Module 3 (four weeks)

IELTS 6.0 overall (with no individual component below 5.5)

Modules 2 and 3 (eight weeks)

IELTS 5.5 overall (with no individual component below 5.5)

Modules 1, 2 and 3 (12 weeks)

IELTS 5.5 overall (with no individual component below 5.0)
Modules 1, 2 and 3 plus Foundation 4 (18 weeks)
IELTS 5.0 overall (with no individual component below 4.5)

Modules 1, 2 and 3 plus Foundation 3 and 4 (24 weeks)

IELTS 4.5 overall (with no individual component below 4.0)

Modules 1, 2 and 3 plus Foundation 2, 3 and 4 (32 weeks)

IELTS 4.0 overall (with no individual component below 4.0)

Modules 1, 2 and 3 plus Foundation 1, 2, 3 and 4 (42 weeks)

Degree entry requirement is IELTS 6.5 overall with no individual component below 5.5

IELTS 6.5 overall (with no individual component below 5.5)
Module 3 (4 weeks)
IELTS 6.0 overall (with no individual component below 5.0)
Module 2 and 3 (8 weeks)
IELTS 5.5 overall (with no individual component below 5.0)
Modules 1, 2 and 3 (12 weeks)
IELTS 5.5 overall (with no individual below 4.5)
Modules 1, 2 and 3 plus Foundation 4 (18 weeks)
IELTS 5.0 overall (with no individual component below 4.0)
Modules 1, 2 and 3 plus Foundation 3 and 4 (24 weeks)
IELTS 4.5 overall (with no individual component below 4.0)
Modules 1, 2 and 3 plus Foundation 2, 3 and 4 (32 weeks)
IELTS 4.0 overall (with no individual component below 4.0)
Modules 1, 2 and 3 plus Foundation 1, 2, 3 and 4 (42 weeks)

Degree entry requirement is IELTS 6.0 overall with no individual component below 5.5

IELTS 6.0 overall (with no individual component below 5.5)
Module 3 (4 weeks)
IELTS 5.5 overall (with no individual component below 5.0)
Modules 2 and 3 (8 weeks)
IELTS 5.5 overall (with no individual component below 4.5)
Modules 1, 2 and 3 (12 weeks)
IELTS 5.0 overall (with no individual component below 4.5)
Modules 1, 2 and 3 plus Foundation 4 (18 weeks)
IELTS 4.5 overall (with no individual component below 4.0)
Modules 1, 2 and 3 plus Foundation 3 and 4 (24 weeks)
IELTS 4.0 overall (with no individual component below 4.0)
Modules 1, 2 and 3 plus Foundation 2, 3 and 4 (32 weeks)

IELTS/CEFR Equivalents

Test Level/Score      
CEFR C1 B2 B2 B2
IELTS (Academic) 7.0 6.5 6.0 5.5

Please note that it is a visa requirement to provide evidence of English language proficiency with a UKVI Secure English Language Test.

Course Weeks Dates Fees
Foundation 1-4, plus Modules 1-3  42 weeks

8 October 2018 - 6 September 2019
(F1 ends 14 December 2018)

£11,400
Foundation 2-4, plus Modules 1-3  32 weeks 14 January - 6 September 2019
(F2 ends 8 March 2019)
£9,100
Foundation 3-4, plus Modules 1-3  24 weeks *4 March - 6 September 2019
(F3 ends 3 May 2019)
£6,950
Foundation 4, plus Modules 1-3  18 weeks 6 May - 6 September 2019
(F4 ends 14 June 2019)
£5,850
Modules 1-3  12 weeks 17 June - 6 September 2019
(M1 ends 12 July 2019)
£4,050
Modules 2-3  8 weeks 15 July - 6 September 2019
(M2 ends 9 August 2019)
£2,800
Module 3  4 weeks 12 August - 6 September 2019 £1,500/FREE**

The deadline for applications for Pre-Sessional Course Module 3 is Friday 12 July, 2019. Applicants need to be aware that this is a deadline and that only those who apply on or before 12 July can be accepted for Module 3.

*Please note, teaching will begin on week commencing 11 March, 2019. Registration and induction events from English Language Teaching and Student Advice will be scheduled on Monday 4 March, 2019.

**The Module 3 component is offered free of charge to applicants from all courses who go on to register on a full-time course of at least nine months in duration and pay full overseas fees.

Applicants from Foundation courses plus Modules 1-3, and from Modules 1-3 and Modules 2-3, will be required to pay the Module 3 fees in advance (£1,500). The Module 3 fee will be refunded on confirmation of continued registration and payment of full overseas fees for a full-time course of at least nine months in duration.

Accommodation

For students on Pre-Sessional Modules 1-3, accommodation is available in one of the University's student residences. The residences are a short walk from Glasgow city centre and the Livingstone Tower, where the majority of your classes will be held.

Cost: approximately £125 per week

A separate booking is required for on-campus accommodation; fill out a booking form in our student accommodation section.

Permanent University accommodation is not available to Pre-Sessional Foundation 1-4 students. Please contact the Student Accommodation team for information and advice on where to stay.

Please note that students who live in rented flats in the private sector will have to pay Council Tax. The Council Tax is set by local authorities to help pay for certain services they provide. It is based on the value of the house, flat, or other dwelling in which you live.

All students (married or single) living in private rented flats should seek more information about payment of this tax when negotiating contracts for renting a room or flat. Contact the Information and Advice Team (infoandadvice@strath.ac.uk) for more information when you arrive in Glasgow.