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Part-time Academic English Courses

Part-time academic English courses are available for UCL and non-UCL participants with an academic interest or background and whose main language is not English.

  • Courses covering a wide range of skills are offered on a termly basis beginning in October, January and May. Courses take place once or twice a week for 2 or 4 UCL class hours (50 minute sessions) over 6, 8 or 9 weeks.
  • Each course ranges from 10 to 14 participants and is taught at UCL to the highest standard by qualified and experienced English for Academic Purposes (EAP) staff.
  • You will be supported by an online Moodle course with a wide-range of self-study resources and can take advantage of the extensive Self Access Centre (SAC) for further self-study support.

Explore this website for more information on all courses offered or visit us at UCL CLIE Reception during enrolment times to ask for advice directly from course teachers.

Course information


An overview of the different part-time Academic English courses can be found below. Please download the course brochure for full details, including class syllabus, timetable and resources.

In-sessional

In-sessional English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

Course overview

The In-Sessional course is designed to improve academic English skills for students currently enrolled on a Master's programme, either at UCL or another UK university.  Skills studied and developed will emphasise writing (supporting the academic essay and writing a dissertation), speaking (for seminars and presentations), as well as academic reading and appropriate grammar and vocabulary.

Course duration and class size

This two-term course consists of 42 hours over 18 weeks from October to March. Classes in Term 1 are 3 hours per week over 8 weeks; classes in Term 2 are 2 hours per week over 9 weeks.

There is an average of 14 students in each class.

Participants can join this course during the enrolment period at the beginning of Term 1 only.

** An interview is required to enrol on this course**

" The In-sessional EAP is comprehensive and gives you knowledge about what to expect from the university system in terms of essays, seminars and presentations. It will help you throughout your academic activities.

 Flavio - Former In-sessional student

Writing

Academic Writing, Thesis Writing and Advanced Grammar

Academic Writing

Course overview

This course is ideal for undergraduate (BA/BASc/BSc) and taught master's (MA/MSc) students. It covers the structures, organisation and language of academic writing, helping participants understand how to use appropriate conventions and style in writing as required at university level.

Course duration and class size

The one-term course is taught for 2 hours a week over 8 weeks. There is a maximum of 12 students in each class.

Thesis Writing courses

Courses overview

There are two Thesis Writing course options:

  • Option A is for participants registered on a MPhil / PhD course. The course helps participants develop an awareness of the theory and conventions of academic writing, including how to sequence information into chapters within a PhD thesis, and how to approach writing specific sections, such as the literature review.
  • Option B is for participants who have successfully passed their upgrade / transfer and who have preferably completed Option 1. This option aims to help students consolidate and extend their writing with exercises and feedback on improving structure and style.

Course duration and class size

Option A is a one-term course. It runs twice a week, with each session being 2 hours over 8.5 weeks.

There is a maximum of 12 students in each class.

Option B consists of 5 one-hour individual tutorials. The times are arranged between the tutor and students within a period of 12 months.

Advanced Grammar

Course overview

This course is for participants of upper-intermediate level and above who wish to further improve their understanding and use of English grammar. It will help develop an awareness of the key systems and patterns in English to help accuracy and effectiveness in academic writing and speaking.

Course duration and class size

The one-term course is taught for 2 hours a week over 8 weeks in either Term 1 or Term 2. In Term 3, the course is 2 hours a week taught over 6 weeks.

There is a maximum of 20 students in each class.

" The course was excellent. I learned a lot about academic writing in a very short period of time. The classes were very interesting, and the teacher was very friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. I strongly recommend the course.

Btissam - Former Academic Writing student

Speaking

Academic Speaking, Pronunciation & Public Speaking and Pronunciation

Academic Speaking Skills

Course overview

This course focuses on speaking in seminars and public forums, working on improving confidence and fluency in these situations. Participants will gain practice in expressing their ideas more clearly on a variety of academic topics, and learn how to manage and contribute effectively to discussions.

Course duration and class size

The one-term course is taught for 2 hours a week over 8 weeks in either Term 1 or Term 2. In Term 3, the course is 2 hours a week taught over 6 weeks.

There is a maximum of 12 students in each class.

** An interview is required to enrol on this course**

Pronunciation and Public Speaking

Course overview

This course is for students wishing to develop and improve skills and confidence for speaking to an audience. The classes will review the main elements of English pronunciation in the context of skills required to give effective presentations. Participants will have the opportunity to be recorded giving presentations twice during the course in order to reflect and build on their presentation skills both during and after the course.

Course duration and class size

The one-term course is taught for 2 hours a week over 9 weeks. In addition, each student will have a 30-minute individual tutorial.

There is a maximum of 10 students in each class.

Pronunciation

Course overview

This course is for those who are looking to improve their pronunciation in order to  increase effectiveness in communication in an academic or professional situation. The classes will raise awareness of the most important features of English pronunciation, and provide guidance on how to improve relevant aspects of pronunciation.

Course duration and class size

The one-term course is taught for 2 hours a week over 8 weeks. In addition, each student will have a 30-minute individual tutorial.

There is a maximum of 10 students in each class.

" As a non-UCL student, I had the opportunity to study, for two months, in one of the best universities in Europe. I took the Pronunciation and the Academic Speaking Skills courses and it helped me to improve my fluency, my vocabulary and my confidence. As a journalist, I always need to use English daily in different situations

Carolina - Former Academic Speaking / Pronunciation student

Reading & listening

Academic Reading and Listening

Academic Reading

Course overview

This course is for those who lack confidence in reading efficiently for their course of study. It covers a range of strategies, such as speed reading, identifying text-type, distinguishing fact and opinion and other critical reading skills to help participants build confidence and become more effective readers in English.

Course duration and class size

The one-term course is taught for 2 hours a week over 6 weeks.

There is a maximum of 12 students in each class.

Academic Listening

Course overview

This course is for those wishing to develop confidence in listening in academic contexts, including lectures and seminars. Strategies for improving listening and communication skills, such as effective note-taking and listening longer-turn will be taught using a variety of text-types and speaker accents to help participants improve their listening skills.

Course duration and class size

The one-term course is taught for 2 hours a week over 6 weeks.

There is a maximum of 12 students in each class.

Fees


These fees refer to one complete course. Most courses run for one term only, then run again (for new students) in Term 2 and Term 3.

The term(s) when each course is available can be seen in the right-hand column.

Course nameNumber of weeks / hoursCost for UCL students  Cost for other students Terms offered (Autumn =1; Spring =2; Summer =3)
In-sessional EAP (course running over Terms 1 & 2)18 / 42£485£5901-2
Academic Writing Course8 / 16£270£3801, 2, 3
Thesis Writing Option A8.5 / 34£515£6451, 2, 3
Thesis Writing Option B5 / 5£385£4301, 2, 3
Advanced Grammar8 / 16£185£2351, 2
Advanced Grammar (Term 3)6 / 12£135£1853
Pronunciation and Public Speaking9 / 18.5£380£4501, 2, 3
Pronunciation8 / 16.5£270£3301, 2
Pronunciation (Term 3)6 / 12.5£240£295 3
Academic Speaking Skills8 / 16£240£2951, 2
Academic Speaking Skills (Term 3)6 / 12£185£2353
Academic Reading & Academic Listening (two 6-week courses)6 / 24£330£4301, 2
Academic Reading (only)6 / 12£185£2351, 2
Academic Listening (only)6 / 12£185£2351, 2

Timetable


Part-time Academic English Courses for term three (spring) 2019

 MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
11:00-13:00Thesis Writing Option A   Thesis Writing Option A
13:00-15:00  Pronunciation  
15:00-17:00

Thesis Writing Option A

 

Pronunciation and Public Speaking

Academic Writing

 

Academic Speaking

Thesis Writing Option A

17:00-19:00   

 

Pronunciation and Public Speaking

Advanced Grammar

Academic Speaking

Academic Writing

 

How to enrol


To enrol on a Part-time Academic English course at CLIE, you need to complete the application form online and then come to room 121 at CLIE during the advertised enrolment period to pay the course fees. We accept payments by card and cash; if it’s more convenient, you can also pay your course fees over the phone by calling us on 020 7679 8665. Please note that, unfortunately, we cannot accept payment until you’ve submitted an application.

Enrolment dates and times

 

Course dates

 

Term 1:

26th September – 3rd October

3-5pm 
Term 1: 8th October – 7th December
Term 2:

3rd – 6th December 4-5pm

AND

9th – 16th January 3-5pm
Term 2:21st January – 22nd March
Term 3:

18th – 21st March 4-5pm

AND

23rd – 26th April  3-5pm
Term 3: 29th April – 28th June

*In-sessional EAP is a 2-term course. Term 1 begins as per the dates above. Term 2 dates are from 7th January 2019 and finish week ending 15th March. There are no In-sessional classes during UCL Reading Weeks; all other Academic English courses continue through UCL Reading Weeks, with no break.

Interviews are required for two courses:

  • Academic Speaking Skills (all terms)
  • In-sessional EAP (starting in Term 1 only)
  • Advanced Grammar

Interviews take place in the Reception area at the Centre for Languages & International Education during the enrolment period. No appointment is needed.

No interviews are required for other courses, but our teachers are happy to answer queries about your language needs and expectations prior to enrolment.

Doctoral School funded students

If you are a Doctoral School funded student, you can find application dates on Doctoral Skills Development Programme page.

Frequently Asked Questions


Read FAQs about Part-Time Academic English courses covering course choice, teaching methodology, enrolment, end-of-course certificates and rights & responsibilities.