Pre-Sessional English for Academic Purposes Programme

 

 

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The Pre-sessional is a full-time intensive 8-week course run in July and August each year, designed primarily for students who aim to go on to postgraduate study at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC).   

 

 

Who should take this course?

The Pre-sessional is designed for:

  • Students with conditional offers for UNNC postgraduate degree programmes, and who do not yet have the required level of English language ability for direct entry;
  • Students with unconditional offers for UNNC postgraduate degree programmes, and who are interested in improving their academic English language and study skills;
  • Students interested in improving their academic English language and study skills in preparation for study overseas*.

Please note that if the number of students enrolled exceeds the course quota, priority will be given to students who hold a conditional/unconditional offer from Nottingham.

* There is no guarantee that completion of the UNNC Pre-sessional will be recognised by other institutions. Applicants who intend to progress to study at an institution other than UNNC should check carefully all entry requirements relating to that institution. 

 

Aims

The Pre-sessional will:

  • Introduce you to the academic environment of a British university
  • Develop and improve your knowledge of academic English in order to reach the required level for your chosen disciplines
  • Prepare you for the kinds of tasks you will need to perform in your studies
  • Develop the necessary confidence and skills for you to succeed in an academic environment

 

Course content

The pre-sessional programme is designed to develop both academic English language ability and study skills and includes intensive sessions on:

  • Academic vocabulary
  • Reading skills
  • Research skills
  • Analysing figures and describing data
  • Essay / report writing
  • Understanding and using English grammar to support clear written and spoken communication
  • Planning and managing independent study time effectively
  • Listening and note-taking
  • Discussion and seminar skills
  • Academic oral presentations
  • Academic tutorials 

Pre-sessional entry requirements

Acceptance on the course is based on an applicant’s IELTS and academic scores. 

The course will normally only accept applicants who are within 0.5 of the required IELTS level for entry onto their degree programme:

 IELTS requirement for your PG degree course
 Your current IELTS score Pre-sessional course
Target 7.0 6.5 8 week
Target 6.5 6.0 8 week

 

If you have a different English language qualification, such as TOEFL, this may be considered equivalent to an IELTS score. The Centre for English Language Education will confirm these details with you after receiving your application.

 

Pre-sessional completion

To complete the Pre-sessional and be eligible to progress to their chosen degree programme, students are required to:

  • Attend all classes
  • Complete all course assignments
  • Pass the overall course assessment

Students will be awarded a Pre-sessional completion certificate if they successfully meet all these requirements.

Successful completion of the pre-sessional programme is recognised by UNNC as an IELTS equivalency. There is no need for you to retake the IELTS examination before you enrol for your degree programme at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China.

Please note, however, that Pre-sessional completion is no guarantee of an offer from a UNNC UG/PG programme, and is not valid for progression to UG/PG programmes in subsequent academic years.  

Applicants who intend to progress to study at an institution other than UNNC should check with that institution if completion of the UNNC Pre-sessional will be recognised as an IELTS equivalency. There is no guarantee that this is the case.

 

When does the Pre-sessional take place?

Course  Provisional DateApplication Deadline 

  

8-week

  

6th July 2020- 28th August 2020 

Mainland Chinese students 
Tuesday 16th June 2020

 

 Note: UNNC reserves the right to cancel the pre-sessional programme if there are insufficient participants or special circumstance. Specific dates may be changed according to the academic calendar. 

 

Pre-sessional fees

 Course lengthTuition and materials fee  Accommodation fee (optional)
8  Weeks
28,000  TBC

 

 

How to apply

1.Complete the Pre-sessional On-line Application Form.

2.Please refer to the table below and send relevant documents to Geoffrey.Gao@nottingham.edu.cn

  Conditional/Unconditional offer holder Non-offer holder
Relevant materials needed
  • scanned copy of conditional/unconditional offer
  • scanned copy of IELTS certificate
  • scanned copy of ID card/Passport
  • scanned copy of IELTS certificate
  • scanned copy of ID card/Passport

 

In addition, please send your original academic transcripts and copies of Graduation Certificate and Degree Certificate to the Admissions and Career Development Office (Admissions Centre, The University of Nottingham Ningbo China, 315100, Tel: +86 (0) 574-8818 0000 ext.8938) before the deadline for the programme you are applying for.

 If you have a problem with submitting any of these documents, please contact the Recruitment and Admissions Office (PGTAdmissions@nottingham.edu.cn) at your earliest convenience.

For all enquiries, please contact:

Geoffrey Gao

Tel: +86 (0)574 8818 0000 ext.8651

Email: Geoffrey.Gao@nottingham.edu.cn