FCert in English for Academic Studies (Standard)
About the course
If you are an international student with good academic qualifications, but with a low level of English, this one year programme can help you to develop both your English language and study skills and enable you to progress to a wide range of degree courses at the University. The programme is designed to give you the confidence and knowledge that you will need in order to begin to study effectively in a new country. After successful completion of this programme you will be guaranteed a place on the degree course of your choice at the University.
During the EAS programme you will develop general English language and study skills in the areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening. You will also learn about how to clearly understand the academic language that will be used by your tutors and about how to study effectively at a British university. At the same time you will be introduced to British society and culture through the use of materials found in British publications, recordings and broadcasts. The programme is designed to improve your English skills whilst helping you to settle into in a new country and find out about differences in culture and approaches to studying.
Why choose this course?
- EAS will help you to develop both your English language and study skills and enable you to progress to a wide range of degree courses at the University
- The programme is designed to give you the confidence and knowledge that you will need in order to begin to study effectively in the UK
- EAS is equivalent to Common European Framework level B1
Standard EAS route: for students wishing to progress to degree programmes with an entry point equivalent to IELTS 6.0
If you have IELTS 4.0 , with no less than 4.0 in each band or equivalent* you will need to study for two Semesters (September-May or January-July)
If you have IELTS 5.0, with no less than 4.5 in each band or equivalent* you will need to study for one Semester (January-May only)
+ students with IELTS 5.0 or above may also be interested in joining our Pre-sessional English programmes
In addition to the English language requirements, applicants for undergraduate programmes must normally have satisfactorily completed high school or secondary school; applicants for postgraduate programmes should hold an undergraduate degree equivalent to a UK second class honours degree. Our offer for the International Baccalaureate (IB) is made outside of the UCAS Tariff and is calculated by dividing our tariff point offer by 10 i.e. 280 UCAS points equals 28 IB points.
*Please note, you must ensure that you undertake one of the new UKVI Secure English Language Test (SELT) Academic IELTS or Trinity College Tests of English (UK only) in order to be eligible for a Tier 4 student visa for a preparatory course. We will be unable to accept any other English test providers in light of recent changes made by the Home Office to English language provision. Please visit the Home Office website for details of approved test centres where you may undertake one of the new style SELT IELTS.
If you do not have the required level of English for entry, our academic English and foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.
When you successfully complete the programme, you are guaranteed a place on your chosen degree at the University of Hertfordshire. Your future options will depend on the subject you choose for your degree study, and the University offers a very wide range of subjects including law, business and management, computer science and engineering, as well as humanities and the arts.
As a student of English for Academic Studies, you will be taught by well-qualified tutors with a wide range of experience in the teaching of English in the UK and overseas. The focus is on small-group teaching and, in addition to improving your English, you will learn the necessary skills to study at university in the UK, with a particular focus on independent learning and research skills. You will be supported all the way by your course tutors and programme team.
- English for Academic Purposes (Standard)
General English (Standard)
This module is intended for international students who have IELTS 4.0 or equivalent and wish to progress on to their chosen degree programme at UH. The module will enable learners to speak and to understand spoken English on a variety of familiar and everyday topics. Students will have the opportunity to practise their communicative skills through explicit classroom instruction and guided pair and group work and will be supported in their learning with grammar and vocabulary-building workshops. In addition to listening practice offered in the classroom, students will be given guidance on how they can develop listening skills independently. The module will comprise 10 contact hours each week and will be largely coursebook-based, supplemented where necessary by other materials.
- Study & Research Skills (Standard)
Study in the UK (Standard)
This module is intended for international students who have IELTS 4.0 or equivalent and wish to progress on to their chosen degree programme at UH. The module will enable learners to improve their level of communicative competence in written English and their level of understanding when reading a range of simple texts. Students will gain practice in conducting small scale research projects and be introduced to the conventions of study at a UK university. They will also learn how to take responsibility for their own learning and of the importance of reflection in their studies. The facilities on offer in the Learning Resources Centre and on StudyNet will be introduced and used on the module. The module will comprise 10 contact hours each week; StudyNet will be used in addition to text-based materials in the delivery of this module.
Fees & funding
The cost of 2 semesters for both the Standard and Higher routes is £9010 and Semester B only for the Standard and Higher routes is £4835
*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.
Additional course-related costs
There may be some additional costs or charges associated with studying on this course. These costs or charges may be compulsory (ie you have to pay them if you are studying this course) or they may be optional (ie you don’t have to pay them, but they may help you get the most out of your course).
Any such costs or charges will be outlined in the About your course factsheet that can be found on the course Overview page.
Other financial support
Living costs / accommodation
The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.
How to apply
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|01/02/2017||31/07/2017||Apply online (Full Time)|
|01/02/2017||31/05/2017||Apply online (Full Time (Less than 24 weeks))|
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|23/09/2017||30/06/2018||Apply online (Full Time)|
|01/02/2018||31/07/2018||Apply online (Full Time)|
|01/02/2018||31/05/2018||Apply online (Full Time (Less than 24 weeks))|
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|23/09/2018||30/06/2019||Apply online (Full Time)|
|01/02/2019||31/07/2019||Apply online (Full Time)|
|01/02/2019||31/05/2019||Apply online (Full Time (Less than 24 weeks))|
Key course information
- Course codeHEEAS
- Course length
- Full Time, 1 Years
- Full Time (Less than 24 weeks), 1 Years
- University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield