Pre-sessional Summer B

Pre-sessional Summer B

Pre-sessional Summer B is an intensive, 10-week advanced level course that gives you a solid grounding in core academic skills as well as more specialised preparation for your academic subject.

Entry Requirements

IELTS 6.0, minimum 6.0 in writing (or equivalent)

These are recommended scores to ensure that you will make enough progress to achieve your required Exit level.

NOTE: For the 10-week course

We do not normally accept applications with:

  • any skill at 5.0 or below
  • more than two skills at 5.5

If Writing is at 5.5, we require higher overall average scores to compensate: one 6.5, one 6.0, and two 5.5s, or higher.

 

It is your responsibility to check the English language conditions that you are required to meet, and to make sure that you enter the course at the right level.


Exit Level

At the end of the 10 weeks, successful students will be at a level equivalent to IELTS 6.5, minimum 6.0 in all skills.

You will receive a final report at the end of the course giving a grade for each skill: Listening, Reading, Writing & Speaking. If our grades match the English language conditions for your academic programme at the University of Glasgow, you will then receive an unconditional offer.

If you need to achieve an overall 6.5, with no skill below 6.0, then you will need at least an average of 6.25 (the .025 is rounded up to 6.5, as in the IELTS test). This means minimum scores of:

  • two 6.5s & two 6.0s
  • one 7.0 & three 6.0s

Higher Requirements

If you require a higher Exit level than overall 6.5, minimum 6.0 in all skills, then you must make this clear in your application, and we will adjust our entry requirements to match this. You will normally need to join the Pre-sessional at a higher entry level and/or join the course earlier.


Dates

18 June – 24th August 2018

Please tell us as soon as possible if you must withdraw from the course or if you think you may have to arrive late. Please note: we do not normally accept anyone onto the course who arrives after 1.00pm on the Wednesday of the first week.

 


Fees

FEE: £3,350

We prefer that students pay before they arrive. Please make sure you have arranged for sufficient money to be available before you arrive.


Application Deadline

Application deadline: 9th May 2018.

This deadline is for us to receive your application and all relevant documents such as English test scores etc.

For further information go to Applying for the Pre-sessional.


Course Content

The course is divided into two 5-week blocks. In the first 5-week block, you will learn the skills you need to

  • write an extended essay using source texts
  • undertake a group research project
  • participate effectively in lectures and seminars

In the second 5-week block, you move on to Summer C where you will learn about studying in your academic subject area.

Sample Timetable (actual topics & times may change)

 MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
9.00-10.30 Seminar: Features of academic writing Seminar: Evaluating online sources Seminar: Devising a research survey Lecture: Listening and note-taking Seminar: Using sources and referencing
11.00-1.00 Group Tutorial: Reading and note-taking Group Tutorial: Debate Group Tutorial: Feedback on Essay Plans Group Tutorial: Piloting your research survey Individual consultations

ENTRY

IELTS 6.0, minimum 6.0 in writing (or equivalent)

These are recommended scores to ensure that you will make enough progress to achieve your required Exit level.

NOTE: For the 10-week course

We do not normally accept applications with:

  • any skill at 5.0 or below
  • more than two skills at 5.5

If Writing is at 5.5, we require higher overall average scores to compensate: one 6.5, one 6.0, and two 5.5s, or higher.

EXIT

At the end of the 10 weeks, successful students will be at a level equivalent to IELTS 6.5, minimum 6.0 in all skills.

You will receive a final report at the end of the course giving a grade for each skill: Listening, Reading, Writing & Speaking. If our grades match the English language conditions for your academic programme at the University of Glasgow, you will then receive an unconditional offer.

If you need to achieve an overall 6.5, with no skill below 6.0, then you will need at least an average of 6.25 (the .025 is rounded up to 6.5, as in the IELTS test). This means minimum scores of:

  • two 6.5s & two 6.0s
  • one 7.0 & three 6.0s
Higher Requirements

If you require a higher Exit level than overall 6.5, minimum 6.0 in all skills, then you must make this clear in your application, and we will adjust our entry requirements to match this. You will normally need to join the Pre-sessional at a higher entry level and/or join the course earlier.

It is your responsibility to check the English language conditions that you are required to meet, and to make sure that you enter the course at the right level.

18 June – 24 August 2018

Please tell us as soon as possible if you must withdraw from the course or if you think you may have to arrive late. Please note: we do not normally accept anyone onto the course who arrives after 1.00pm on the Wednesday of the first week.

Application deadline: 9th May 2018

This deadline is for us to receive your application and all relevant documents such as English test scores etc.

FEE: £3,350

We prefer that students pay before they arrive. Please make sure you have arranged for sufficient money to be available before you arrive.

Overview

18 hours per week academic skills and language with regular one-to-one tutorials, and 4.5 hours structured independent study.

The first 5 weeks of the course consist of:

  • Listening to live academic lectures
  • Developing academic reading skills
  • Developing your academic vocabulary
  • Participating in seminars and discussions
  • Using the University library and the Internet for research
  • Writing essays using reading texts as source materials
  • Improving the accuracy of your writing
  • Working in a team to conduct a research project
  • Presenting your work to an academic audience
  • Supported independent study: tutor-guided sessions for further self-study on language and academic skills

In the second 5 weeks you move on to Summer C.

Sample Timetable (actual topics & times may change)

 MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
9.30-11.00 Essay Writing: Evaluating online sources Language Work: Writing in an academic style Academic Reading: Note taking from texts Essay Writing: Summarising source texts Language Work: Writing complex sentences
11.30-1.00 Lecture: Exploring cultural differences Group Research Project: Devising a research project Listening: Understanding different lecturing styles Group Research Project: Writing an introduction Introduction to Presentation Skills
2.00-3.30 Seminar Skills: Discussing the issues raised in a lecture Tutorials & Supported Independent Study Discussion Skills: Expressing your point of view effectively Tutorials & Supported Independent Study

Supported Independent Study