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Our Alumni

Mehrnoush from Iran, studied the Diploma course to prepare for her PhD study at UCL.


Mehrnoush from Iran, studied the Diploma course to prepare for her PhD study at UCL.

Nurken from Kazakhstan, went on to a graduate degree programme in Law (LLM) at UCL.


Nurken from Kazakhstan, went on to a graduate degree programme in Law (LLM) at UCL.

Tatiana from Russia, studied her Masters course at LSE.


Tatiana from Russia, studied her Masters course at LSE.

Amporn (left) from Bangkok, now working as a Doctor in Thailand. Pei-Chun from Taichung, Taiwan, studied her Masters in Scientific Translation at Imperial College London.


Amporn (left) from Bangkok, now working as a Doctor in Thailand.
Pei-Chun from Taichung, Taiwan, studied her Masters in Scientific Translation at Imperial College London.

Kraisorn from Bangkok, returned to his position at the Ministry of Justice in Thailand.

Kraisorn from Bangkok, returned to his position at the Ministry of Justice in Thailand.

Kant

Kant from Japan, now studying UCL's MA Applied Linguistics 

Wail


Wail from Saudi Arabia, now studying UCL's MSc Computer Science

Diploma in English for Academic Purposes: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

General Questions

What are the aims of the course?

Students taking the Diploma in English for Academic Purposes will be prepared effectively for life and study at a UK university. The course has the following key aims:

  • To provide an English language qualification recognised by UCL and many other leading UK universities.
  • To improve and expand students' English language skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. This will ensure that students meet the linguistic requirements of their future university studies in the UK.
  • To provide opportunities for extensive practice in the wide range of academic tasks that students typically undertake on undergraduate and graduate degree programmes.
  • To develop students' independent learning strategies and research skills in preparation for the demands of studying an academic discipline at a UK university.
  • To familiarise students with the system of higher education in the UK, its expectations and academic conventions.
  • To assist with the overall course objectives the Centre provides full guidance and support to students through the process of applying to UK universities at undergraduate and graduate levels.

Who is the course for?

Students wishing to improve their English Language for study at a UK university (at undergraduate or postgraduate level). The majority of Diploma students will be preparing for postgraduate level study. The course has also helped students wishing to improve their English language in the UK before returning to a career which requires the use of English.

How long is the course?

Full course: One academic year: the full course is taught over 32 weeks, made up of 3 terms.

The 32 week course begins in September (Term 1) however students may also join the course in January (Term 2).

See course dates and studying.

How many hours a week will I study?

You can expect around 20 hours of teaching a week. You will be expected to do a similar amount of study on your own every week.

Students will also be invited to attend a Social Programme of events.

Please see the sample diploma timetable for more information. 

How much are the course fees?

Course fees for September 2014 entry (32-week course) are £13,300. For January 2015 entry (20-week course) the course fees are £9,500.

The course fees must be received in full prior to the start of the course and cannot be paid in installments.

For more information please see course fees.

How big are the classes?

Most language classes have about 12 students in them. Our maximum class size is 14.

Is this a foundation course?

The Diploma in English for Academic Purposes can be described as an English language foundation course because the course aims to improve students' English language for further academic study at university.

International students who require an undergraduate foundation course containing English language as well as the study of a specific academic subject area (such as a science subject) in order to complete the requirements for undergraduate entry please see UCL's Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates.

For further information on the Diploma's course content please see the next FAQ ‘Will there be any subject content in the course?’ and Studying).


Will there be any subject content in the course?

The opportunity to attend academic lectures at UCL is a major strength of the Diploma course. Students gain valuable experience in listening and note-taking during these sessions, as well as learning useful terminologies and gaining a unique insight into the subject area.

Term 2 (January to April) is generally the time when Diploma students are ready to attend a variety of academic lectures outside of the prescribed timetable, although advanced level term 1 students may already have done so.  Attendance at lectures and seminars is a good way to develop authentic academic listening skills as well as an occasion to meet students from other departments.  A lecture listing is displayed on the Diploma webpage to focus students’ attention on lectures in their own subject areas as well as in other subjects, thereby encouraging students to broaden their academic awareness and general knowledge.  Together with the UCL lunchtime lectures, these extra academic lectures are a means of extending students’ note-taking skills and fostering intellectual curiosity and an independent learning approach.

Students are recommended to attend outside lectures, and in addition can attend the social programme, which will enhance their awareness and enjoyment of student life in London.

The following links provide a sample of UCL academic lectures offered in previous years: In addition, there are other lectures and events in the UCL locality. Tickets are available upon request:
Diploma Academic Lectures Diploma Social Programme
Lunch Hour Lectures British Museum
  National Gallery
  Dana Science Museum

Admission to the Diploma Course

What qualifications are needed for entry to the course?

  • September entry:

    A minimum of 5.0 IELTS (see table) is required with an absolute minimum of 4.5 in all skill areas. If you are unsure whether your English level meets this requirement, please contact us.

  • January entry:

    A minimum of 5.5 IELTS (see table) is required with an absolute minimum of 5.0 in all skill areas. Students must not only meet the higher entry requirement, but also be able to undertake more independent research from the start. If you are unsure whether your English level meets this requirement, please contact us.

If an applicant does not hold an IELTS or TOEFL score it may be possible for them to meet the entry requirements by taking the Centre's English Test as an alternative. This will depend on the course duration selected and immigration status.

All applicants must have completed their high school education as a minimum. See  Applications & Entry page for more information.

UCL EAP Course Minimum level required* IELTS TOEFL Internet
Based IBT
Diploma: September start Intermediate - Mid 5.0 62
Diploma: January start Intermediate - High 5.5 71
*Entry will depend on an applicant’s existing level of English, academic history and final score needed

Is it essential to have an IELTS or TOEFL score in order to apply for the course?

Most applicants will need an IELTS or TOEFL or equivalent in order to get a place on the course.

If an applicant does not hold an IELTS or TOEFL score it may be possible for them to meet the entry requirements by taking the Centre's English Test as an alternative. This will depend on the course duration selected and immigration status.

See Applications & Entry page for more information on acceptable alternatives to these qualifications.

What is the Application Procedure?

The application procedure for the course is very straight forward and usually takes no more than two weeks if responses are received promptly. The first step is to decide when to join the course (September or January) and what level of English is needed for the chosen start date.

There is no deadline for applications but they should be submitted as early as possible. The application form should be completed in full by the applicant and submitted directly to the EAP Office, UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

In some cases applicants without an existing language qualification may be advised to take the Centre’s English Language Test after their application is submitted. This will enable the admissions tutor to decide which course is most suitable.

For more details please refer to the diagram and instructions on the Applications & Entry page.

Is UCL accommodation available for Diploma students?

Yes, accommodation is guaranteed for students on our full-year course (studying from September to June) who formally accept their offer of a place on the course, as well as applying for accommodation by May 31st.

This does not mean that students joining the course in January will not be able to apply for accommodation. Help and advice on applying for accommodation will be available and enquiries should be made during the application procedure. See Accommodation for more information.

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Progress To Postgraduate or Undergraduate Degrees After the Diploma Course

What qualification will be awarded at the end of the course?

Students successfully completing the Diploma in June each year (see Course Assessment) will receive the UCL Diploma in English for Academic Purposes.

Is it possible to take the IELTS exam as well?

In addition to the Diploma qualification, there is the opportunity to prepare for the IELTS exam. Help and advice on this will be given during the course.

Will the Diploma qualification be accepted by the university I wish to apply to?

UCL and the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education has an excellent reputation for high-quality teaching and assessment throughout the UK and worldwide. The Diploma is recognised for the purpose of satisfying UCL’s English Language Proficiency Requirement.

The Diploma is also accepted by several other leading UK institutions as an English language qualification appropriate for entry to postgraduate courses in the UK.

For students applying to courses at universities which do not accept results from the Diploma as qualification for their English language requirements, assistance can be offered with the booking of an IELTS test in central London.

Is there help during the course to apply to university for an undergraduate or graduate programme?

Yes, the Centre has a dedicated Education Adviser who advises on UK university applications for undergraduate as well as graduate programmes. Help with preparing for admission interviews as well as writing a personal statement is also available. See Degree Progression for further details on this.

Diploma Social Events

Yes, every Friday afternoon students will be invited to attend the Centre's Social Programme - a varied programme of events which gives students the chance to visit places of interest in and around London as well as participate in cultural activities such as visits to museums, art galleries, theatre productions and guided tours of places of interest.


If you have a question that is not covered here please complete our ask a question form and you will receive an answer to your question by email.

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