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English for University Study

English for University Study is a 41-week (4 September 2017 – 13 July 2018) intensive English language course designed for students who want to improve their English language communication and study skills over an extended period of time, prior to enrolling on an undergraduate degree.

By the end of the course students should be able to communicate in English to the minimum level required for enrolment on UWS degree courses (IELTS 6.0 with no individual skill lower than 5.5).

Prospective students with an IELTS score of 4.5 can join the course on 8 January 2018 and study for 26 weeks (to 13 July 2018).

About this course

English for University Study is delivered by experienced and expert tutors from our School of Education.

The focus of the course is to develop English language skills to prepare you for all aspects of academic study and will help you to make the transition to living and studying in the UK.

The course includes the following elements:

  • developing skills in the four key language skills – reading, writing, speaking and listening skills
  • developing fluency through group work and oral presentations
  • IELTS preparation and practice
  • grammar and vocabulary
  • English for academic study
  • study skills
  • pronunciation
  • undertaking research projects
  • Working collaboratively
  • living and studying in the UK – cultural awareness and global citizenship

The course lasts for 41 weeks, with 21 hours of instruction and four hours of directed independent study per week.

Each morning our tutors will work with you to develop your overall fluency and confidence in all four language skills (15 hours per week). Over three afternoons each week our tutors will work with you to develop your study skills, your understanding of university study in the UK, and develop your Academic English language skills (six hours per week).

Our taught classes are interactive and task-based to build your confidence when communicating in English.

Directed study will be agreed between you and your tutor, focusing on areas where you feel you need to improve.

Independent learning is an essential part of our degree programmes and the hours of directed study will help you to develop this skill.

You will also attend focused one-to-one tutorials to discuss your progress and identify any additional support you might need.

There are opportunities to participate in a vibrant social programme with events both on and off campus and excursions to explore Scotland. This will enable you to meet new people, broaden your horizons and practise your English outside the university Campus environment.

The course will introduce you to living in the UK and give you an insight into studying in a UK university.

In most cases, classes are small. And never more than 20 students to ensure that each student receives the support they need from our experienced staff.


During the 41 week course you will develop a portfolio of work including assignments, presentations, homework and project work which evidence your progression.

Your English language development will be assessed through regular English language tests.

To proceed to the main degree programme you must pass the final assignment in each skill and achieve an overall result comparable to IELTS 6.0, with no less than 5.5 in any skill. You are also required to meet the minimum attendance requirement.

Entry requirements

41 week course

International English Language Test System (IELTS): 4.0, with no single test score below 4.0.

26 week course

International English Language Test System (IELTS): 4.5, with no single test score below 4.0.

Course Fees

41 week course

The cost of the 41 week course is £6,900.

26 week course

The cost of the ten-week course is £4,750.

Additional Costs

The course fee does not include course materials, which you will need to purchase on arrival. The cost is approximately £45.

All other materials will be supplied as part of the course.

Social activities are normally free of charge. However, for some activities a small fee may be required (typically between £5 - £20).


If you require a visa to study in the UK please visit our Student Immigration and Tier 4 Visas section.

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Last updated: 08/08/2017