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English Development Centre

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 English Development Sessions and also Language Support.

English Development Sessions

You may enrol at the start of each semester for English Development Sessions for either one or two hours a week. These sessions include Academic Writing Skills, Academic Reading Skills, Grammar for Academic Writing and Listening Skills for Lectures.

Subject Advice Sessions run regularly throughout each semester – you do not need to enrol and can use these as drop-in sessions if you have a question about your writing or if you need more support.

We also run sessions in British Culture – covering topics as diverse as national identity, industry, literature and politics. You do not need to enrol, and can use these sessions as a chance to improve your speaking and listening skills.

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 English Development Sessions. This ensures that you produce the professional standards of written English required by your course. 

The Open Access Centre

The Open Access Centre is available for students to gain additional experience of English and the use of the languages in the industries served by UCB, offering the use of the Sanako language laboratory, digital materials and satellite television. 


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