Over the 32 weeks students on the University Preparation Course will have 480 hours of academic study, focusing on the academic English language skills required to prepare them for university. This includes 15 hours of academic study each week, which consists of:
10 hours of seminars and lectures following the structure of tuition typical in British universities
5 hours comprising of Tutorials, formal Tutorial Preparation and Academic Workshops
Students also benefit from different excursions to both Kyrenia and Famagusta during their stay which are dedicated to their Academic Programme.
Students on the University Preparation Course will be shown how to make the step from the academic approaches learnt at school to those that will give them the advantage at university. The course enables our students to build on their academic literacy, language competence and focus on essential study skills. The Academic Programme is divided into 4 main areas of study:
Seminars (maximum 15 students): In our seminars students are taught academic reading, writing, listening and presentation skills, as well as the study skills necessary for academic success. By the end of the course, students will be better able to apply these skills in a British, or English language, university setting.
Lectures (maximum 15 students): Each week, students will take part in a series of lectures which will provide them with the opportunity to develop their study skills.
Tutorials: Each week, students will receive individual guidance on their progress and receive academic feedback on work produced during the week from qualified and experienced tutors.
Independent Study: In addition to formal classes, students are encouraged to embark on independent study and research. Weekly tasks will be set and marked to track progress. Such tasks equip students with the confidence and skills to become independent learners and effectively engage with the demands of university study.
By the end of the course students will have a greater understanding of the key skills required for successful study at university, developed their strategies for independent learning and broadened their knowledge of UK culture.
All of our teachers are native English speakers, hold a bachelor’s degree and are qualified according to British Council standards. The maximum class size is 15. At the end of the course each student will receive an Academic Report and Certificate during our formal Graduation Ceremony.
In order to build towards academic success at university, the University Preparation Course will focus on developing students’ academic reading and writing ability. In addition, the course is designed to enhance presentation and listening skills, as well as broaden students’ understanding of academic conventions and practice. Through daily seminars, lectures and one-to-one or small group tutorials, students will have the opportunity to practise and refine their academic literacy skills with specific attention to the following areas:
- Improving skills and awareness in academic writing with a focus on essay structure, style and the development of written arguments
- Critical thinking and developing effective communication techniques
- Creating awareness and understanding of academic conventions and practice
- Reading and forming critical response to a variety of academic texts
- Forming and presenting of clear and cogent arguments
- Developing research skills and proficiency at note taking
The University Preparation Course is aimed at students who are currently at an Elementary level of English or above. Our students are tested after their arrival.