Academic Language Development
This component will ensure you are fully prepared to succeed at postgraduate level and can confidently interact with British and international students. The main areas of focus are:
- Describing processes and developments
- Writing descriptions which define, classify, compare and contrast
- Developing an argument supported by data and drawing conclusions
- Planning, drafting, writing and proof-reading essays in an appropriate style
- Summarising and referencing information sources
- Understanding and answering written examination questions.
- Reading effectively, using skimming and scanning techniques, to understand meaning and information
- Understanding important points, supporting detail, following an argument and evaluating a text
- Making notes, organising information and using abbreviations and symbols.
- Listening effectively for specific information to summarise
- Understanding meaning, a speaker’s attitude, importance markers and the use of emphasis, pause and intonation
- Evaluating information to distinguish main ideas from supporting material and recognise opinions.
In this component you will practise the study skills you will need for postgraduate study at a UK or English-medium university. You will engage in ways of studying which may be very different to those you have experienced in your own country. However, you will quickly become familiar with these approaches and gain the confidence to use them naturally. You will focus on developing:
- Research skills looking at conducting and reporting on your own research
- Note-taking skills to identify main ideas and make effective notes
- Seminar skills by preparing and delivering presentations and participating in discussions
- Critical thinking to evaluate arguments and develop essential strategies for an academic career.
In addition you will experience a wide range of academic lectures from ‘How to Achieve Success’ to ‘The Political Role of the Monarchy in the UK' or even ‘Reading Egyptian Hieroglyphics’. You will also go on field trips such as visiting law courts and reviewing a court case, attending events at the Cambridge Science Festival, or joining talks at the Cambridge Philosophical Society.
In this component you will receive intensive exam preparation and will develop the language skills and exam techniques to achieve improved test scores in the IELTS or GMAT examinations, which you will sit at the end of the course. The exam fee is included in your course. An overall IELTS band score of 6.5 or higher is usually required for entry to postgraduate programmes at universities in the UK.
This section of the course helps you to develop the additional skills you need to succeed in postgraduate study at a UK university or an English-medium university in another country. It also gives you all the help and advice you need to prepare your university application.
- Develop practical IT skills for university life
- Get 1 to 1 guidance on producing successful university applications to respected universities in your subject area.
Your assignments will be marked and you will receive detailed reports from your tutors at the end of each term. You will also take practice exams and an IELTS or GMAT exam.