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Academic English

Academic English will help you improve your English language skills to prepare you for study success at university.

This programme provides you with opportunities to develop your independent learning strategies and individual needs in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Depending on your preference, the programme can focus on university skills or IELTS preparation. You will develop the language and academic skills to help you progress to the next level of English, move to one of our pathway programmes, or transition to your destination programme.

A study programme for students interested in studying General English prior to their Academic English programme can be arranged.

Course length
Students can take more than one block of 10 weeks depending on their needs. Each block is 10 weeks; except Summer School, which is 7 weeks.

Total hours
200 hours; Plus optional workshops available in Blocks 1 - 4 (January - November)

Entry requirements

  • You will be tested on your first day to determine your class level. There are four levels of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) offered, from Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B1 to B2+/C1.
  • A recent IELTS score may be given as evidence of level, but if there is a significant difference between the placement test score and the IELTS score, the Academic English manager will determine the appropriate level for the student.
  • If you are below the level required for Introduction to English for Academic Purposes, your enrolment will be changed to the General English course to build your language foundations.


  • No late starts are allowed for this course – students must begin on the Monday of the first week of the course.

Repeating Students

  • Students repeating the course need to confirm their place with the Enrolments Manager no later than the first day of the course.
  • Students who have confirmed their place may commence their studies no later than the Friday of the first week of the course. 

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Maria Fernanda Prieto, ELA Student:

"Although Academic English is very demanding, it is also very close to a real university environment and helpful for students who are going to university. My teachers are awesome – they are very organised and everything they say is connected to the purpose of the course."

Dates and Fees

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