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Pre-sessional English (PSE)

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English for Academic Studies (EAS)

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International Foundation Programme (IFP)

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International Pre-Master’s (IPM)

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Pre-sessional English (PSE) Pre-sessional English courses are an excellent way to become acclimatised to studying at a UK university, to make friends before the beginning of the academic year and of course to improve your English ability. If you are a student whose level of English is not yet high enough to enter directly into your chosen undergraduate or postgraduate degree you will be required to take one or more Pre-sessional English courses in order to help you achieve the necessary standard. You are assessed both during and at the end of the course through coursework and tests. This course aims to: • develop your vocabulary range and improve your pronunciation and grammar • assist your understanding of university lectures and seminars and how to take notes effectively

• improve your academic reading and writing • improve your spoken ability in academic contexts • prepare you for studying in a UK university environment As a student of Pre-sessional English, you are taught by well-qualified lecturers with considerable experience in the teaching of English in the UK and overseas. Teaching takes place in small groups using modern teaching and learning methods. The courses are intensive and you will be required to do homework and out-of-class assignments to ensure improvement. You are also encouraged to take part in a social programme including trips to London and places of local interest.

Entry requirements Standard route for students whose chosen degree courses have an entry requirement of IELTS 6.0 Summer 2014 Autumn 2014

Standard July start, 11 weeks

Entry requirement IELTS 5.0

Standard August start, 6 weeks

Entry requirement IELTS 5.5

Standard October start, 11 weeks

Entry requirement IELTS 5.0

Standard November start, 6 weeks

Entry requirement IELTS 5.5

Higher route for students whose chosen degree courses have an entry requirement of IELTS 6.5 Summer 2014

Autumn 2014

Higher June start, 14 weeks

Entry requirement IELTS 5.0

Higher July start, 11 weeks

Entry requirement IELTS 5.5

Higher August start, 6 weeks

Entry requirement IELTS 6.0

Higher September start, 14 weeks

Entry requirement IELTS 5.0

Higher October start, 11 weeks

Entry requirement IELTS 5.5

Higher November start, 6 weeks

Entry requirement IELTS 6.0

Advanced route for students whose chosen degree courses have an entry requirement of IELTS 7.0 Summer 2014

Autumn 2014

Advanced June start, 14 weeks

Entry requirement IELTS 5.5

Advanced July start, 11 weeks

Entry requirement IELTS 6.0

Advanced August start, 6 weeks

Entry requirement IELTS 6.5

Advanced September start, 14 weeks

Entry requirement IELTS 5.5

Advanced October start, 11 weeks

Entry requirement IELTS 6.0

Advanced November start, 6 weeks

Entry requirement IELTS 6.5

Please see our website for start dates: go.herts.ac.uk/prep

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English for Academic Studies (EAS) If you are an international student with a high standard of academic qualifications, but with a low level of English, this is the perfect course for you as it prepares you for your studies in the UK. It is a one-year course (or one semester depending on the level of your English) which helps you develop both your English language and study skills and enables you to progress to a wide range of undergraduate and Master’s courses at the University. Progression to the course of your choice is conditional on successful completion of EAS. Your study during this year develops your general English language and study skills in the areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening. You also learn about how to clearly understand the academic language that will be used by your tutors and about how to study effectively at a UK university. At the end of this course among other things, you will be able to take responsibility for your own learning and be able to work independently as well as co-operatively with others.

You will also become confident in accessing appropriate learning materials available in the Learning Resource Centre and making effective use of our University’s managed learning environment, StudyNet, as an aid to learning. However, it is not only about studying! The course also introduces you to British society and culture and everyday life by using materials found in UK publications, recordings and broadcasts. The course is designed to improve your English skills whilst helping you to settle into a new country and to find out about differences in culture and approaches to studying.

IELTS 4.0

IELTS 4.5

IELTS 5.0

IELTS 5.5

EAS Standard (for students progressing to programmes with an entry requirement of IELTS 6.0)

September or January entry

September or January entry

January entry

January entry

EAS Higher (for students progressing to programmes with an entry requirement of IELTS 6.5)

N/A

September or January entry

September or January entry

January entry

In addition to the English language requirements, applicants for undergraduate courses must normally have satisfactorily completed high school or secondary school; applicants for postgraduate courses should hold an undergraduate degree equivalent to a UK second class honours degree. 4

On the Study and Research Skills module you will have ten hours of classes each week, allowing you to explore thoroughly all of the processes involved in producing an extended piece of writing, from the planning and note taking stages through to the writing of a final draft. You will prepare a portfolio of all of your work, including class and homework. This will also serve as a useful study guide when you progress to your degree programme.

For IELTS equivalences, please refer to: go.herts.ac.uk/international


I am now confident to conduct my own research and to find out new knowledge for myself

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International Foundation Programme (IFP) If you need to improve your English language and specialist subject skills then the International Foundation Programme (IFP) is for you. It is a one-year course specifically designed to prepare you for smooth progression to an undergraduate degree course at the University.

For advice on which route is more suitable, contact our admissions tutor e.m.wray@herts.ac.uk

Progression to the degree of your choice is conditional on successful completion of IFP. IFP students are taught at our University campuses and are guaranteed accommodation in University Halls. This gives you the opportunity to study and live alongside other undergraduate students, making you feel part of our community.

Arab countries: Tawajahiya, Thanawia, General Secondary School Certificate

There are two main routes of study designed to meet the specific language and study needs of applicants from around the world. The English Focus route which places a greater emphasis on the development of competence in the use of English language and the Subject Focus route which places greater emphasis on the development of existing English language and of academic subject skills.

Kenya: KCSE

This course develops the specialist knowledge that you need for your chosen degree course as well as developing your academic, communication, numeracy and presentation skills.

USA: High School Graduation Diploma

Entry requirements You must normally have satisfactorily completed at least two years at Senior High School. For the English Focus route you need IELTS 4.5 or equivalent with a minimum of 4.0 in each band For the Subject Focus route you need IELTS 5.5 or equivalent with a minimum of 4.0 in each band Both routes begin in September.

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The following are some of the recognised qualifications accepted:

China: Senior High School Certificate Cyprus: Apolytirion of Lykeion Hong Kong: HKCEE Japan: School Leaving Certificate Malaysia: SPM or MICSS Nigeria: WAEC Pakistan: Intermediate Certificate South Africa: Matriculation Certificate Taiwan, ROC: Senior High School Leaving Certificate

For further information visit: go.herts.ac.uk/ifp


International Pre-Master’s (IPM) This course will prepare you for Master’s degree study in the UK. The course normally lasts for one semester depending on your prior qualifications and English ability. Progression to the Master’s of your choice in Computer Science, Life Sciences or Engineering is conditional on successful completion of the Pre-Master’s course. This course is designed to develop your English language skills, improve your specialist knowledge and study skills for your chosen subject area and build your understanding of academic language. You will learn about how to study effectively at a UK university and how to work both independently as well as with others. You will also gain confidence accessing appropriate learning materials available in the Learning Resource Centre and making effective

use of our University’s managed learning environment, StudyNet, as an aid to learning. Entry requirements You should have the equivalent of a UK third class honours degree in a relevant subject area. You must also satisfy the University’s English requirement for this course, IELTS 5.5 or equivalent (with a minimum of 5.5 in each band). If you do not meet the English requirements for this course you will be placed on other preparatory English courses prior to progression to the IPM course.

I have a greater understanding of different cultures which will help me in my future work

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Preparatory Courses 2014/15  

Preparatory Courses 2014/15 Details the various courses offered through this route.

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