Course Assessment

Diploma students working in the classroom.
Diploma students working in the classroom.

In Term 3 students participate in most formal assessments and examinations leading to the award of the UCL Diploma in English for Academic Purposes. Assessment of students’ skills in English for academic purposes is through a combination of coursework (40%) and three final examinations (60%). The assessed coursework comprises a research essay of 2000 words and a formal presentation given to an audience of students and two examiners. In the last week of Term 3, the three Diploma examinations test students’ skills in listening and note-taking (based on an academic lecture), reading and writing.

Those who achieve 50% and higher overall are awarded the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education’s Diploma in English for Academic Purposes at the end of Term 3.

The Diploma in English for Academic Purposes is currently accepted as an English language qualification by UCL and many other UK institutions. 65% as an overall score on the course is regarded as an alternative to an overall IELTS of 6.5, while an overall score of 70% can be an alternative to IELTS 7.0.

Diploma student with his final poster presentation
Diploma student with his final poster presentation

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.

Students wishing to take a separate IELTS exam can prepare for this exam alongside the Diploma in English for Academic Purposes course through classroom practice and self-study materials.

Click here to see the English language qualifications accepted by UCL for graduate degree entry.

Students wishing to progress to degree courses at UCL should refer to their Faculty’s specific admissions requirements in order to familiarise themselves with the overall scores and sub-scores necessary for academic programmes at UCL.

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