Academic English courses in the UK are basically comprehensive yet stimulating foundation course for overseas students, preparing them for access to the world of higher education in the UK and to good international work opportunities. These courses are longer, usually lasting between 6 to 9 months and thoroughly cover all areas of the English language such as listening, speaking, reading and writing while developing the students’ academic and study skills. These skills enable the student to plan and organize essays and reports, plan self-study as well as group work. Academic courses are usually combined with language examination courses such as IELTS, Cambridge ESOL or TOEFL. Academic courses give the student enough time to improve their level of English and offer a cost-effective way of studying in the UK. The weekly price of academic courses is lower than a short-term course.
Academic English courses in the UK encourage students to become independent learners so that they can take control of their own learning and making decisions about what to study, when to study and what method of study suits them best.
Academic English courses in the UK are also for people who have got conditional offers from universities and need to reach a certain level of English. Academic courses are full time with usually around 25 hours of teaching per week by qualified native speakers.