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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 

Deadline for applications

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

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. 

Other important information

For UCL conditional offer holders, the end of the PASHE course test 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 £100 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. However, if your current language levels are higher than these or if you have an unconditional offer to start your degree programme, you are still welcome to join the course at any entry point.

12 week students:

  • IELTS 5.5 (5.5 minimum in each subscore: reading, writing, speaking and listening) for students requiring UCL 'good level'
  • IELTS 6.0 (6.0 minimum in each subscore: reading, writing, speaking and listening) for students requiring UCL 'advanced level'

8 week students:

  • IELTS 6.0 (6.0 minimum in each subscore: reading, writing, speaking and listening) for students requiring UCL 'good level'
  • IELTS 6.5 (6.5 minimum in each subscore: reading, writing, speaking and listening) for students requiring UCL 'advanced level'

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 feedforward 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-D

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 PASHE Unit 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.
Feedback and assessment

The course will include:

  • Continuous formative feedback on course tasks and assignments.
  • End of course summative assessment .

Please note, you do not need to take the IELTS or any other language test as a required part of this programme. However, you may also take an IELTS test outside of UCL Institute of Education if you wish.
 

Preparation

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