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Academic English

Academic English

Level of English required
IELTS 5.0 – 6.5

Develop your academic English skills and experience British life and culture at UAL when you take our English courses.

Audrey, Taiwan Studying Academic English at the Language Centre prepared me for my next step and gave me a glimpse into life at UAL. Not only have I hugely improved my English, but I got to experience what it’s like to study and live in this diverse city. Audrey, Taiwan

Hours per week


Choose between 15 or 20 hours of study per week.

Why choose this programme?


Academic English classes are ideal for you if:

  • you intend to study at a university or work in the UK or in another English-speaking country
  • you want to experience British life and culture before taking up your university place
  • you want to join your university programme with a level of English that will allow you to communicate with confidence and get the most from your studies
  • you want to improve your IELTS score through developing your academic English skills in order to gain admission to a university or for professional reasons.

Key features


  • Focus on academic language skills: research and study skills, presentation skills, listening to lectures, note taking, extended writing
  • A variety of delivery modes to prepare for a university learning experience: seminars, lectures, project work, tutorials, private study
  • Specialist language and vocabulary input.

Details


What is included?

  • 15 hours of Academic English classes each week
  • Option to add five extra hours per week of IELTS Preparation or Speaking Skills
  • Regular tutorials and reviews
  • Free Wi-Fi access across all UAL sites
  • Independent study facilities
  • Certificate of attendance
  • Insurance.

How long is the programme?

Four to 24 weeks.

When can I start?

Academic English starts every monthly during the year, on a Monday (except for UK bank holidays and public holidays). See dates and fees for  2019 below for more details.

What time are the classes?

15 hours per week: 9am - 12.20pm or 1.45pm - 5.15pm.

Your class may be in the morning or the afternoon depending on your level. You will be given your course timetable on your first day.

How many students in a class?

On average 12 - the maximum is 15.

What is the minimum age?

18.

What is the minimum level of English?

Minimum IELTS score of 5.0 - maximum IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent.

If your level is below this, we recommend that you start with a General English course and progress to Academic English once you have reached the required level. You will be provided with an online English test when you book your course.

For more information on English levels, see the Your Language Level page.

Academic English (20 hours per week) options

Academic English with Speaking Skills

  • 15 hours of Academic English classes
  • Extra 5 hours per week of Speaking Skills classes - including pronunciation, conversation skills and confidence building
  • Four weeks minimum, 24 weeks maximum length
  • Monthly start dates
  • Minimum level of English required: IELTS 5.0 - 6.5

Academic English with IELTS Preparation

  • 15 hours of Academic English classes
  • Extra 5 hours per week of IELTS preparation classes
  • Four weeks minimum, 24 weeks maximum length.
  • Monthly start dates.
  • Minimum level of English required: IELTS 5.0 - 6.5

Dates and fees 2019


2019 start dates

Academic English can be booked for between 4 and 24 weeks in 4-week block, and each course starts monthly on a Monday.

Course start dates are:

7 January 2019, 4 February 2019, 4 March 2019, 1 April 2019, 29 April 2019, 3 June 2019, 1 July 2019, 29 July 2019, 26 August 2019, 23 September 2019, 21 October 2019, 18 November 2019.

The Language Centre holiday is 27 - 31 May and there will no be any classes in that week.

Academic English (15 hours per week) 2019 Fees

Weekly prices:

  • 2-4 weeks: £280
  • 8-12 weeks: £270
  • 14-18 weeks: £260
  • 20-24 weeks: £250

Academic English with IELTS Preparation or Speaking Skills (20 hours per week) 2019 Fees

Weekly prices:

  • 2-4 weeks: £375
  • 8-12 weeks: £360
  • 14-18 weeks: £345
  • 20-24 weeks: £330

Any questions?


Please contact us on language-centre@arts.ac.uk.

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