Pre-sessional English online

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Before you study a degree programme, you can take an online pre-sessional academic English course to build your confidence in English and develop the study strategies to enable you to perform to the best of your ability on your degree.

In 2020, these courses will be taught and assessed online.

Achieving grade C in your assessments enables you to progress to your degree.

Online pre-sessional programmes

Choose the pre-sessional course that is right for you, depending on your English level and the language demands of the degree you plan to study.

Fee discount for Heriot-Watt students

Students who take a pre-sessional English language course and then go on to a Heriot-Watt degree programme will be given a 50% discount for their pre-sessional English language fees.

Please note students will pay the full fee for their pre-sessional English language course initially. This fee discount will then be deducted from the tuition fee paid for the degree programme.

14 weeks Project

  • Start date: Monday 11 May 2020
  • End date: Friday 21 August 2020
  • Recommended entry level IELTS 5.0 with no skill lower than 4.5
  • Deadline for applications: Friday 24 April 2020
  • Discounted fee: £2,510. (The normal full fee is £5,020 before the discount is applied)

10 weeks Passport

  • Start date: Monday 8 June 2020
  • End date: Friday 21 August 2020
  • Recommended entry level IELTS 5.0
  • Deadline for applications: Friday 22 May 2020
  • Discounted fee: £1,792. (The normal full fee is £3,585 before the discount is applied.)

6 weeks Portfolio

  • Start date: Monday 6 July 2020
  • End date: Friday 21 August 2020
  • Recommended entry level IELTS 5.5
  • Deadline for applications: Friday 19 June 2020
  • Discounted fee: £1,075 (The normal full fee is £2,150 before the discount is applied.)

Pre-arrival course

All applicants must study the pre-arrival course. This will help you to understand if you have a sufficient level of English and the ability to work independently for online study.

The Pre-arrival course can be accessed here: Heriot-Watt Pre-arrival course

Pre-sessional English Online – structure, timetable and learning outcomes

The first five weeks of all three programmes follow the same structure. You will use the coursebook Access EAP: Frameworks, which can be purchased from Garnet Education before the start of the course. You must buy the book to study the course.

Purchase Access EAP: Frameworks here: Garnet Education 

Two 15 credit courses at SCQF level 8, prepare for study at undergraduate level 9 & 10 postgraduate level 11 & 12. Each 15 credit course requires 120 effort hours

  • Academic Literacy – reading and writing
  • Academic Engagement – listening and speaking

Example timetable

Monday

  • 3 hours - Preparation of independent study tasks for Academic Literacy
  • 3 hours - Preparation of independent study tasks for Academic Engagement
  • 50 minutes - Interactive online seminar with teacher for Academic Literacy
  • 50 minutes - Interactive online seminar with teacher for Academic Engagement

Tuesday

  • 3 hours - Preparation of independent study tasks for Academic Literacy
  • 3 hours - Preparation of independent study tasks for Academic Engagement
  • 50 minutes - Interactive online seminar with teacher for Academic Literacy
  • 50 minutes - Interactive online seminar with teacher for Academic Engagement

Wednesday

  • 3 hours - Preparation of independent study tasks for Academic Literacy
  • 3 hours - Preparation of independent study tasks for Academic Engagement
  • 50 minutes - Interactive online seminar with teacher for Academic Literacy
  • 50 minutes - Interactive online seminar with teacher for Academic Engagement

Thursday

  • 3 hours - Preparation of independent study tasks for Academic Literacy
  • 3 hours - Preparation of independent study tasks for Academic Engagement
  • 50 minutes - Interactive online seminar with teacher for Academic Literacy
  • 50 minutes - Interactive online seminar with teacher for Academic Engagement

Friday

  • 3 hours - Preparation of independent study tasks for Academic Literacy
  • 3 hours - Preparation of independent study tasks for Academic Engagement
  • 2 hours - Post to a discussion board for formative assessment
  • 2 hours - Post to a personal blog for formative assessment

 

Aims of the course

To help students develop:

English language

Academic study competence

Purpose to achieve success on their degree.

Language learning outcomes – CEFR B2

  • Understand main ideas in lectures
  • Read complex texts related to a degree subject
  • Obtain information from these academic sources
  • Communicate spontaneously and appropriately
  • Present ideas and support with evidence
  • Use language clearly for an academic audience

Graduate attributes

  • Develop a sense of ‘research-mindedness’
  • Identify and address problems
  • Communicate complex ideas
  • Evaluate based on evidence
  • Collaborate with others
  • Be open to learning and new ideas
  • Tolerate ambiguity and unfamiliarity
  • Work independently in an online environment

Assessment

Formative assessment in first five weeks

  • Participation in online classroom
  • Participation in discussion board
  • Participation in personal blog

Summative assessment coursework

  • Annotated bibliography (all programmes)
  • Literature review (10 and 14 week programme)
  • Case study (14 week programme)

Summative assessment exams (all courses)

  • Reading into writing
  • Listening
  • Poster interaction.

Minimum requirement to progress

Achieving average grade C across your assessments enables you to progress to your degree at Heriot-Watt University.

Other institutions accept the outcomes for the Heriot-Watt pre-sessional course. Please check with the administrator for the university and degree you wish to study.

Key information

Academic English Admissions