Intensive English Course (EU and International Students)

Overview (NV)
Course length
Two or three semesters

Overview

The Intensive English course is designed for students who have met the academic requirements of their course at university but need evidence of the necessary level of English to succeed on their chosen course. UCB will accept the Intensive English course certificate as proof of your English level.  If you wish to study elsewhere after the Intensive English course, it is recommended that you check whether the particular institution will accept the certificate.

 In order to help you achieve the required level of English, UCB provides:

  • Small group tuition
  • Qualified lecturers with international experience
  • Teaching approaches which reflect what is expected in a UK HE environment
  • Varied assessment methods which assess language and academic skills development

When can I start?

Students can apply for entry to start the Intensive English course in September or February. The course consists of either one, two or three semesters offered at three levels according to your English language entry score. 

What is included?

Each 13-week semester course involves: 

  • 12 weeks of teaching with assessments in week 13
  • 16 hours of taught sessions each week
  • A two-hour academic success workshop each week to monitor progress and provide further support
  • A one-hour pastoral tutorial

At the end of the course, you will be assessed in the following skills areas: academic reading, academic listening, academic writing (assessed through a coursework assignment) and academic speaking (assessed through a portfolio of speaking tasks throughout the course). On successful completion of the course, students are awarded a UCB certificate. Having enrolled on the UCB Intensive English course, your progression onto courses at UCB will be based on the results achieved on the UCB Intensive English course only.

It is important that students demonstrate a commitment to their studies with high levels of attendance in order to achieve required results in order to progress.

 

Student profiles

Hear what are students have learnt and how they have improved through use of the Intensive English Course.  

 

 

Entry Requirements (NV)

Entry requirements

 Course

 Non-EU students

 EU students

IEC 1-semester

 IELTS 5.5 with no less than 5.0 in any  skill

  • UCB English test B2- with no less than B1+ in any skill 
  • IELTS 5.5 with no less than 5.0 in any skill 
  • Cambridge English Test overall 162 with no less than 154 in any skill 
  • TOEIC – overall 860 with no less than 600 in listening and reading and 240 in writing and speaking 
  • TOEFL iBT overall 72 with at least listening 15, reading 14, writing 16 and speaking 19 
  • Pearson PTE overall 51 with no less than 46 in any skill

For those students who require a visa to study in the UK, you will need to take Home Office approved exams. Information about these can be found here.

IEC 2-semester

IELTS 4.5 with no less than 4.5 in any skill

  • UCB English test B1 with no less than B1 in any skill 
  • IELTS 4.5 with no less than 4.5 in any skill 
  • Cambridge English Test overall 147 with no less than 147 in any skill 
  • TOEIC – overall 790 with no less than 275 in listening and reading and 240 in writing and speaking 
  • TOEFL iBT overall 54 with at least listening 12, reading 9, writing 15 and speaking 18 
  • Pearson PTE overall 41 with no less than 41 in any skill

For those students who require a visa to study in the UK, you will need to take Home Office approved exams. Information about these can be found here.

IEC 3-semester

IELTS 4.0 with no less than 4.0 in any skill

  • UCB English test B1 with no less than A2+ in any skill 
  • IELTS 4.0 with no less than 4.0 in any skill 
  • Cambridge English Test overall 142 with no less than 142 in any skill 
  • TOEIC – overall 790 with no less than 110 in listening, 115 in reading and 70 in writing and 90 in speaking 
  • TOEFL iBT overall 42 with at least listening 9, reading 4, writing 13 and speaking 16 
  • Pearson PTE overall 36 with no less than 36 in any skill

For those students who require a visa to study in the UK, you will need to take Home Office approved exams. Information about these can be found here.

 

Please note, the course is not intended for you if you simply want to improve your general English Language skills. The course is designed to help you improve your academic English skills in preparation for studying on a university course in the UK. 

Tuition Fees (NV)

Tuition fees 

Dates Tuition fees (excluding accommodation)
Non - EU Students from September 2019

Intensive English Programme 1: £3,500 for 13 weeks

Intensive English Programme 2: £7,000 for 26 weeks

Intensive English Programme 3: £9,700 for 36 week

EU Students from September 2019

Intensive English Programme 1: £1000 (£200 deposit followed by 4 x £200 installments)

Intensive English Programme 2: £1400 (£400 deposit followed by 4 x £250 installments)

Intensive English Programme 3: £1800 (£600 deposit followed by 4 x £300 installments)

 

International pre-payment policy 

Students’ tuition fees must be paid one week prior to enrolment. For Non- EU students, the University’s  pre-payment policy applies.

Can I still get Student Finance for the Intensive English Programme?

You will NOT receive any Student Finance whilst you are studying this programme. You will, therefore, need to be prepared to support yourself for living costs for the period of time you are studying these courses and you will need to be able to pay the fees yourself.

You can pay for your course in 5 installments, for more information about the installments please click here.

If you have any further questions, please contact our student finance department on 0121 604 1040.

Latest news for EU students

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for ‘home fees’ for entry in September 2020 and therefore WILL continue to have access to financial support via student loans for the duration of their course. Further information can be found here. 

EU nationals who start a higher education course in England in the 2020/21 academic year will remain eligible for undergraduate and postgraduate financial support, Advanced Learner loans as well as FE and apprenticeships support, whether a deal for leaving the EU is in place or not.

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