EAP 1 - Academic English and Skills for International Undergraduates (Semester 1) EAS1001

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Modern Languages and Cultures
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course reviews essential English language and academic skills to support undergraduate study. Listening, reading and speaking are all practised with a strong focus on researching and writing academic assignments typically found in, but not exclusive to, Arts and Social Sciences.


5 hours of seminars per week (comprising 2x2hr and 1x1hr sessions) over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus.


2x30min individual sessions tba.

Requirements of Entry

Overall IELTS 6 or language proficiency at this level, or basic level of English adequate to cope with undergraduate study. Maximum score overall IELTS 7 with no sub-test less than 6.


The course is open to visiting students only, Erasmus or International, whose first language is not English.

Excluded Courses

EAP 1 (Semester 2) LANGCTR1024, EAP1 for MVLS LANGCTR1069




Essay (1,500 words) - 50%

Two x 20 minute seminar discussions - 50%

Main Assessment In: December

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. Where, exceptionally, reassessment on Honours courses is required to satisfy professional/accreditation requirements, only the overall course grade achieved at the first attempt will contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 


Seminar discussion is not available for reassessment.

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ develop students' understanding of UK academic culture and their knowledge of the written and spoken academic discourses typically found in Arts and Social Sciences;

■ strengthen interactional skills for effective participation in academic seminars, tutorials and intercultural group discussions;

■ develop English language and key academic skills to support students in their academic study.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ select, summarise and critically evaluate information form a variety of listening and reading sources;

■ write an academic essay presenting a clear argument supported by a range of academic sources and following referencing conventions;

■ contribute to seminar discussion by analysing and evaluating concepts and arguments with reference to a range of academic sources;

■ apply a range of interactional skills to negotiate meaning effectively in intercultural group discussions.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.