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Designed to improve your English language skills

English for University Study is an intensive course designed for students who need to improve their English over an extended period of time before enrolling on a degree programme at UWS. The course is designed to improve your English language skills, prepare you for academic study and introduce you to living in the UK.

  • The course lasts for 41 weeks, from 2 September 2019 to 17 July 2020, with 21 hours of taught classes per week.
  • A shorter version of this course lasts for 27 weeks runs from starts on 6 January 2020 to 17 July 2020; you can join if you have an appropriate level of English Language skills and competance at entry.

About this course

The course will be delivered by qualified and experienced lecturers from the School of Education. It will include general English, academic English and study skills to prepare you for academic study, and an introduction to living in the UK.

Course content includes:

  • Speaking and conversation practice
  • Seminars and discussion groups
  • Academic reading and writing
  • Understanding lectures and note-taking
  • Developing your grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation
  • Developing your study skills

Classroom work will include group discussions, presentations, listening, reading and writing exercises, and work on structures of the English language. Classes are small, usually with no more than 20 students. You will have to do regular independent work to consolidate what you have learnt in class and to prepare for classes. You will also have regular one-to-one tutorials to discuss your progress and any additional support you may need.


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Course assessments will include written assignments and presentations as well as tests of reading, writing, listening and speaking. At the end of the course, you must achieve a level of IELTS 6.0 overall, with no component below IELTS 5.5, in order to be able to proceed to your main degree programme.

Learning facilities

The UWS Languages Centre is an open-access learning centre equipped with individual student PCs and group work areas; it is available for all English language students. You can also use all the study facilities of the main University Library.

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Social programme

During the course, there will be opportunities to participate in a vibrant social programme with events both on and off campus and excursions to explore the landscape and heritage that Scotland has to offer. This will enable you to meet new people, broaden your horizons and practise English outside the university campus environment. Social activities are often free of charge, but sometimes there may be a small fee.

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Entry requirements

41-week course

International English Language Test System (IELTS): 4.0 in all four components

27-week course

International English Language Test System (IELTS): 4.5 overall, with no component below 4.0.

Course Fees

For details our course fees for both the 41-week and 27-week courses, visit the Tution Fee page and download the Tuition Fees for Scottish Campus Students 2019-20.

Additional Costs

The course fee does not include course books, which you will need to purchase after arrival. The cost for these materials will be approximately £ 150. Other materials will be supplied as part of the course.


If you require a visa to study in the UK please visit our Visas, Immigration & ATAS section.

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Last updated: 03/04/2018