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Preparation for Academic Studies in Higher Education

The summer course Preparation for Academic Studies in Higher Education (PASHE) is designed for IOE students intending to take undergraduate or postgraduate courses in Education or related disciplines.

 

Course overview

This is a full-time English for Academic Purposes course designed for international students who need to improve their academic English for undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Education.

Students with unconditional offers for any undergraduate and postgraduate programme at the UCL Institute of Education are also welcome to apply.

For students holding conditional offers for UCL Institute of Education courses, the PASHE end-of-course assessments (in academic reading, writing, speaking and listening) meet UCL's English language requirement.

How to apply

Applications for PASHE courses ​​​​​​

You should make your application as early as possible and by the official deadline listed.

11-week course

  • Applications to the 11 week PASHE course are expected to open from mid-December 2021.
  • Deadline for applications: 1pm UK time on 13 May 2022.
  • Course start date: 13 June 2022.
  • Course fees: £7,200.

8-week course

  • Applications to the 9 week PASHE course are are expected to open from mid-December 2021.
  • Deadline for applications: 1pm UK time on 1 June 2022.
  • Course start date: 4 July 2022.
  • Course fees: £6,600.

Your place on a course is only confirmed when you have paid your fees, and you should expect to do this very shortly after being offered a place. Also note that we will only make one PASHE offer per applicant in 2022.

Other important information

For UCL conditional offer holders, PASHE assessment results will be sent to Central Admissions at UCL.

Students who have achieved the required language level, and who have met all other conditions of their offer, will subsequently receive an unconditional offer and be issued with a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS). They will need this CAS to apply for a visa to study in the UK.

Paying tuition fees

Course fees need to be paid in full prior to the beginning of the course. Offer holders will receive information via email on how to formally accept their offer, pay the course fees and apply for UCL accommodation.

Full refunds of course fees, minus a £200 administration charge, will be made in the event of formal visa refusals where a further visa application is not possible. Claims must be made in writing and be supported by the relevant Refusal of Entry Clearance letter. Other requests for refunds will be considered only in the event that the course is full and a replacement can be found to take the applicant's place on course. 


More information on living expenses can also be found on UCL International Student Support webpages.

Entry requirements

Which PASHE course you can apply for depends on both your current level of English and the English level required for your future UCL Institute of Education degree programme. 

English language requirements

If you hold a conditional offer for a UCL degree, you will need an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic, IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) academic or Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT taken within two years of the Pre-sessional English course start date to be considered.

Language level required for your UCL degree course

Minimum IELTS level required for each PASHE pre-sessional course

11-week pre-sessional:

8-week pre-sessional:

Minimum TOEFL iBT score required for each pre-sessional course

11-week pre-sessional:

  • UCL Good level: 59 overall (No less than 7 in Reading, 6 in Listening, 15 in Speaking and 17 in Writing)
  • UCL Advanced level: 78 overall (No less than 12 in Reading, 11 in Listening, 17 in Speaking and 20 in Writing)

8-week pre-sessional:

  • UCL Good level: 78 overall (No less than 12 in Reading, 11 in Listening, 17 in Speaking and 20 in Writing)
  • UCL Advanced level: 93 overall (No less than 12 in Reading, 11 in Listening, 17 in Speaking and 20 in Writing)

Please be aware that scores cannot be rounded up when evaluating eligibility.

Students holding conditional offers for UCL degree courses must have an IELTS qualification taken within two years of the pre-sessional course start date.

Students with unconditional offers may have other UCL accepted language qualifications at the same level.

Course learning outcomes

By the end of the PASHE course, students should be able to:

  1. Operate at a linguistic level required for entry to undergraduate or postgraduate level study as stipulated by UCL English language requirements.
  2. Identify line of argument in and critically review a range of academic texts at a level appropriate for the commencement of undergraduate or postgraduate level study in education and/or the social sciences.
  3. Recognise features of a range of academic texts and use this knowledge to plan, draft, and review and edit written assignments at a level appropriate for the commencement of undergraduate or postgraduate level in education and/or the social sciences.
  4. Read widely, confidently and effectively, engaging with depth, volume and complexity of text appropriate at undergraduate or postgraduate level in education and/or the social sciences.
  5. Select and use appropriate source materials effectively, employing accurately-formatted in-text citation and a corresponding accurately-formatted list of references.
  6. Recognise the main points of lectures and take notes effectively.
  7. Participate confidently in seminars and other classroom discussions, including agreeing, disagreeing, asking questions and seeking clarification.
  8. Plan, draft, review and edit a presentation at a level appropriate for the commencement of undergraduate or postgraduate level study.
  9. Reflect upon and respond to formative feedback and feed-forward in written and oral tasks.
  10. Be familiar with, and apply, independent learning and study strategies, including digital literacy, for research and writing in undergraduate or postgraduate education studies.
  11. Recognise the importance of engaging actively and fluently in cross-cultural communication by working in diverse groups, as appropriate for seminars at undergraduate or postgraduate level study.
Course outline

The course will focus on academic texts in the field of Education and include:

  • English for academic purposes (EAP) and language development.
  • Critical reading, writing, speaking and listening.
  • Structure and coherence in academic writing.
  • Extensive reading, note-taking, summarising and referencing.
  • Presentation speaking practice.
  • Lectures by academics in the field of education.
  • Language preparation for research.
  • Elective options.

Weeks A-C (11 week students only)

This part of the programme focuses on general English for academic purposes (EAP) and will offer a broad introduction to the above areas. In particular, students will:

  • Develop structure, coherence, accuracy and clarity at paragraph level, by planning, drafting, reviewing and redrafting a portfolio of short written tasks.
  • Be introduced to academic conventions (citation and referencing).
  • Deliver a number of short presentations.

Weeks 1-8

This part of the programme focuses on the notion of criticality in postgraduate studies and will continue to develop learners' proficiency in EAP skills. In particular, students will:

  • Continue to improve structure, coherence, accuracy and clarity in writing at a level appropriate for the commencement of postgraduate study by planning, drafting, reviewing and redrafting a fully referenced argument essay.
  • Gain further practice, and consolidate knowledge, in following academic conventions (citation and referencing).
  • Deliver a number of short presentations.
  • Complete end-of course summative assessment.

Tutor groups are kept small, with an average of 12 students in each class. Larger group sessions will include weekly lectures, elective options and preparation for research workshops.

Teaching and learning

The PASHE course provides a balance of tutor-led teaching and self-study.

Given the constraints posed on face-to-face delivery due to the Covid-19 outbreak, students will be expected to spend significantly more hours working on assignments and self-study tasks using the PASHE Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and meeting one-to-one for online tutorials with their tutors.

Each part of the PASHE programme includes:

  • self-study and online group workshops facilitated by course tutors
  • lectures delivered by academics in the field of education
  • individual and group tutorials - each student will have an individual tutorial each week
  • regular online group discussions
  • formative feedback throughout the course
  • peer evaluation and feedback throughout the course.

Whilst this means that you will be able to carry out all your studies remotely, the pre-sessional is an intensive and full-time commitment requiring active engagement and participation, and up to seven hours of daily study from Monday to Friday.

Technical requirements

Please note the following technical requirements for the online PASHE course:

  • access to a laptop or desktop computer with an internet connection, mobile devices are not appropriate
  • a headset/headphones or speakers and a microphone
  • a webcam
  • Chrome and Firefox installed
  • a fast internet connection.

As with all online platforms, the higher the bandwidth of your internet connection, the smoother your experience of our platforms will be. We would recommend speeds in excess of 10 Mbps.

Training will be provided in the use of UCL online platforms (e.g. Microsoft Teams, and Black Board Collaborate) and technical support will be available during UK office hours.

Feedback and assessment

If you are a PASHE conditional offer holder, you will need to achieve an overall pass in all pre-sessional assessments according to our assessment criteria to pass the course. You will need to meet the English language requirement stated in your degree offer letter in order to progress to your chosen UCL department. You will be examined in each of the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking.

 PASHE online assessment suite will include:

  • A portfolio of reading tasks 
  • A portfolio of listening tasks
  • A researched essay of 1,500 words
  • An oral presentation.
Preparation

Before starting the PASHE course, we strongly recommend that you explore UCL Institute of Education's Writing Centre Online.