- University Preparatory Certificate for the Humanities (UPCH)
- University Preparatory Certificate for Science and Engineering (UPCSE)
1. Science and Society
This unit consists of lectures, seminar discussions and whole
group research classes. These are designed to help students become more
scientifically literate and to appreciate and understand the impact of
science on everyday life. Lectures introduce students to ethical,
social, economic, environmental and technological implications and
applications of science. Topics include: History of Science and Society; Space Colonisation; Global Warming; Super Bugs; Nuclear
Power; Science and Crime. Through practical research skills classes,
students become familiar with academic practice and conventions. In
addition, research initiative is developed to help students become
independent and confident about presenting information in both oral
and written form.
More information on Science and Society
2. Academic English
The ability to communicate effectively in English is essential in
order to be successful both on the UPCSE and your future degree course.
Successful communication involves being able to write and understand
good scientific English as well as speak fluently and listen and
process correctly the information conveyed in lectures, seminars and
tutorials. A fundamental aspect of the Academic English unit is the
need for students to develop their reading abilities and extend their
existing vocabulary strategies to cope with the amount of new
information which is given over the year.
More information on Academic English
This is a one-to-one weekly meeting between yourself and one of the Academic English tutors on the course. It is an opportunity for you and your tutor to discuss the progress you are making, to concentrate on any language learning difficulties you may be facing, and to go through corrected homework tasks or through other work that you have completed as part of your self-study. This regular contact with your personal tutor means that they can build up a clear picture of your language learning and the progress you are making, and they can guide you much more closely in your studies.
Page last modified on 15 nov 12 10:02 by Martin L White