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English Language Support

When your chosen course begins, as an International Student you may find that you need support because English is not your first language or would like to match the experience you have to the needs of your course. University College Birmingham therefore offers Additional English Classes and also Language Support.

Additional English Classes

You may enrol at the start of each semester for additional English classes of either one or two hours a week. These classes include skills and practice in grammar, academic and general listening, pronunciation and conversation and also interview techniques if you plan to undertake a placement in industry.

Final year undergraduate students can attend the Dissertation Writing Class to help with the preparation of their research project.

Post graduate students have an Academic English class on their timetable that aims to match existing experience with the skills required to study at University College Birmingham.

Students on courses such as Catering, Hairdressing, Beauty can attend the Vocation English course to support preparation of course work and placement in industry.

There is also an opportunity for you to gain additional qualifications with the English Speaking Board and the EDI Written English for Tourism awards.

Workshops are also held throughout the week for individual support on academic work.

Language Support

Language Support is a free proof reading service offered to students who do not speak English as their first language and who are attending or have attended additional English classes. This ensures that you produce the professional standards of written English required by your course. Additional support is also available on structuring written work, referencing, academic writing style, CV writing and job applications.

The Open Access Centre

The Open Access Centre is available for students to gain additional experience of English and the Hospitality and Tourism industries of the UK with the use of the Sanako language lab, digital materials and satellite television.


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