English Language Online Courses

English Language Online Courses (ELOC) are for students who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and have been unable to take the IELTS (or equivalent) during the application period.

ELOCs are intensive English language courses for students who need to improve their English language and study skills prior to enrolling on their chosen degree programme at UWS. The courses are designed to help you achieve the University's English language entry requirement for degree level study (IELTS 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5).

About the courses

The ELOCs are designed to deepen your knowledge and understanding of the English language to help prepare you for full-time studies at UWS. The courses have a number of key features including:

  • teaching in small groups of up to 20
  • 60% live interaction with classmates and teacher
  • 1:1 live interaction with a teacher
  • guided learning tasks for you to complete in your own time
  • regular opportunities for personalised feedback on your work from your teacher and classmates
  • intended learning outcomes and assessments are the same

5 or 10 Weeks' Duration

There are two versions of ELOC runing this summer; 5 week and 10 week duration. Entry to these depends upon your level of English language competence when applying.

ELOC - 5 Week duration

  • Entry requirements: IELTS 5.5 / CET6 500 / CET4 550 / TEM4 61 / TEM8 55 (China)
  • Course dates: Monday 17th May - Friday 18th June 2021 / Monday 28th June - Friday 30th July 2021 / Monday 12th July - Friday 13th August 2021

ELOC - 10 Week duration

  • Entry requirements: IELTS 5.0 / CET6 400 / CET4 480 / TEM4 57 / TEM8 51 (China)
  • Course dates: Monday 12th April - Friday 18th June 2021 / Monday 24th May - Friday 30th July 2021
UWS student studying

Technical Requirements

  • Laptop or computer (a smart phone will be too small)
  • A webcam (if not inbuilt in the computer)
  • Access to fast broadband
  • Access to Moodle (our online Virtual Learning Environement)
  • Microsoft Office 365
  • Microsoft Teams and Zoom (video conferencing and online meeting) applications

Course outline

We provide a full-time programme of tuition and language practice to help you prepare for your studies at UWS. The course covers:

  • Academic English skills: academic writing, academic reading, academic listening and academic speaking
  • Authentic and interactive everyday English: interesting topics including current affairs and your specific main course of study
  • Presentation and Seminar Skills: you will be assisted with the preparation of short presentations on topics you are interested in. Presentations are followed by group discussion
  • Extended Writing: you will research a topic of your choice and will be guided with the writing of a report on your findings
  • Lecture Programme: a weekly lecture or a TED talk on a range of different academic/general topics providing an insight into different aspects of British and Scottish life, culture and study methods which provide you with the opportunity to practise your listening and note-taking skills
  • 1-1 tutorials and live workshops: regular meetings with your class tutor and class mates providing you with the opportunity to discuss your work and progress
  • Interactive virtual social programme: virtual inductions to UWS facilities, live webinars about living and studying in the UK, Scotland, Paisley, virtual socials and games including ice-breakers and quizzes

Our online teaching software platforms and technologies (Moodle, Microsoft Teams, Zoom and interactive ebooks) will enable you to join a virtual classroom for the live sessions. You will be able to send messages and files, interact via audio and video link, and work in groups on shared notebooks. We have taken different time zones into account when planning the schedule for the live sessions.

Provisional Timetable

Each version of the course involves a combination of number of hours direct teaching and self-study per week covering a total of 25 hours effort hours. These are estimated as follows:

  • Direct teaching: 3 x 5 = 15 hours per week
  • Self-study: 2 x 5 = 10 hours per week

Whilst some minor alterations are possible, the following table outline the expected daily breakdown and activity timetable for each course:

Table 1: ELOC Provisional Timetable
Activity Local Time (China) Local Time (UK) Monday (Hours) Tuesday (Hours) Wedesday (Hours) Thursday (Hours) Friday (Hours)
Self-Study (Moodle, ebook) 2-4pm N/A 2 2 2 2 2
Live Lecture (Zoom or Microsoft Teams, ebook) 4-5pm 9-10am 1 1 1 1 1
Live group task (Zoom or Microsoft Teams, ebook) 5-6pm 10-11am 1 1 1 1 1
Live workshop (Zoom, Moodle, ebook) 6-7pm 11am - 12noon 1 1 1 1 1



During the courses, you will develop a portfolio of work, including assignments and project work, to evidence your progression. You will also be assessed through regular English language tests in all language skills. To pass the course, and to proceed to your main degree programme, you must achieve a level comparable to IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any skill.

Course Fees (GBP)

ELOC - 5 Week duration

  • Scottish/EU: £500
  • Other UK: £500
  • Non-EU/Non-EEA: £1855

ELOC - 10 Week duration

  • Scottish/EU: £500
  • Other UK: £500
  • Non-EU/Non-EEA: £3200

Talk to us

For specific queries related to your application for this course, please contact us at: englishlanguage@uws.ac.uk

Last updated: 08/08/2017