English for Academic Purposes - Foundation Certificate - 2016/17 Entry

Course Overview

The essential course information

UCAS Code:
Apply direct to University via International Office
Award:
Foundation Certificate
Attendance:
  • Full Time (Part 1 and 2: September to June)
  • Full Time (Part 2 only: February to June)
School:
School of Education
Campus:
City North

The Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCEAP) is an accredited course for international and European students. It is designed to help you enhance your academic English skills and to prepare you for successful study at a British university. It offers a wonderful opportunity to share and exchange opinions with students from different cultures and backgrounds.

Learning about the lives and experiences of other students in your class and throughout the University will broaden your views and help you think reflectively; this will give you many advantages in terms of personal, academic and professional development.

Key Facts

The course is carefully designed to consider your needs as a student studying a degree course at a British university. We liaise with course directors in the University in order to gain information regarding changing assessment methods; when necessary we can make adjustments to our assessments to reflect changes in the Schools and Faculties.

The course has eight modules. In the first semester you will study Reading Development, Writing Development, Speaking and Communication Skills and Culture in Action. In the second semester you will study Listening and Note-taking, Academic Speaking, Reading for University and Writing for University. Attendance is compulsory and full-time. The FCEAP has a varied learning environment; students can also meet tutors on an individual basis in tutorials. Assessments are designed to meet individual needs and increase confidence in using English, both in social and academic contexts.

Areeyanan Satthamsakul “This course has a lot of quality tutors who teach you many different methods of improving your English skills in preparation for studying a degree. I also learned about British lifestyle, history and culture through exchange experiences which is essential knowledge for studying in the UK.” Areeyanan Satthamsakul

Why Choose Us?

  • It is a Foundation Certificate, so achievement is consistent with the national standard of awards.
  • For administrative purposes, the course is located in the School of Education and is governed by our quality assurance procedures.
  • The course is run over one academic year which allows plenty of time for you to get to know the University and the local culture before starting your main degree programme.
  •  The course is designed on a modular basis and each module is taught by a different tutor, which allows you to experience varied teaching styles and methods.
  • There is a range of assessments to suit all learning styles, such as exams, essays, presentations and a group video project which you will organise and manage independently
  • There is a lending facility in place whereby you are able to borrow books and DVDs.

Download the Course Programme Specification

Download the Course Programme Specification

Entry Requirements

Successful completion of the Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes does not provide a formal English language qualification that would necessarily be accepted by other Universities or external bodies as equivalent to IELTS 6.0 or IELTS 6.5.

Download the Course Programme Specification

How to Apply

Direct to University via International Office (see 'Enquiries' tab).

Fees and Finance

Fees for students from the UK or EU countries?
Start Mode Duration Award Fees
Sep 2016 FT Part 1 and 2: September to June Foundation Certificate £8,900
Feb 2017 FT Part 2 only: February to June Foundation Certificate £4,450
Fees for students from non-EU countries (International)?
Start Mode Duration Award Fees
Sep 2016 FT Part 1 and 2: September to June Foundation Certificate £8,900
Feb 2017 FT Part 2 only: February to June Foundation Certificate £4,450

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

University Approach to Employability

Birmingham City University is committed to preparing students for successful employability and professional careers. We have an innovative approach to employability that will help you obtain an interesting and well-paid graduate job.

Read our Employability Statement to find out more.

Further Studies

If you successfully complete the course and meet stated conditions, you could join the following courses: BA, BSc, BEng, BMus, MMus, MA, MBA, MSc or PhD in any of our faculties.

Course Structure

Attendance is compulsory and full time. On successful completion of the course, you will be awarded the Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes, and if you hold an offer for an academic course at Birmingham City University, provided you have appropriate academic qualifications, you will not need to retake IELTS or equivalents.

Students requiring IELTS 6.5 for progression will need to pass FCEAP with an average of 50 per cent or higher.

So, with the above conditions, successful completion of FCEAP allows you to meet the English language entry requirements and progress to your selected field of academic study at Birmingham City University.

Successful completion of the Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes does not provide a formal English language qualification that would necessarily be accepted by other Universities or external bodies as equivalent to IELTS 6.0 or IELTS 6.5.

FCEAP has a varied learning environment, and students can meet tutors in one-to-one tutorials. Assessments are designed to meet individual needs and increases confidence in using English, both in social and academic contexts.

Course Modules

P1Course Modules - September to JanuaryP2Course Modules - February to June

Speaking and Communication Skills (Module EDU3002) - 15 Credits

Culture in Action (Module EDU3004) - 15 Credits

Reading Development (Module EDU3008) - 15 Credits 

Writing Development (Module EDU3009) - 15 Credits

Listening and Note-taking (Module EDU3006) - 15 Credits

Academic Speaking (Module EDU3007) - 15 Credits

Reading for University (Module EDU3010) - 15 Credits

Writing for University (Module EDU3011) - 15 Credits 

Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (120 Credits at Level 3)
BA / BSc / BEng / BMus / MMus / MSc / MBA / MA (please see above for courses requiring IELTS 6.5)

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods are varied to meet all learning styles and are relevant to academic programmes. They include a role play, an essay, exams, a group video production project, an academic group discussion and an individual oral presentation.

Neeraj Kumar Rathore

Completed the FCEAP in 2010 and graduated with an MBA in 2012

I came to Birmingham without IELTS and the FCEAP course saved my IELTS examination fees and preparation time. The course helped me to undertake my MBA course with confidence and achieve a commendation.

The FCEAP course was a big learning experience for me. It not only gave me the qualifications to continue my education, but also made me more confident by having to do things like presentations. I now feel at ease when I have to stand up in front of people and talk, which is a big part of the rapidly changing management scenario.

I learnt many things about my academic subjects, but the University also taught me a lot about life, and gave me unique opportunities that I would never get anywhere else. One of the biggest things for me was learning to manage my own finances. The other thing I had to do for the first time at university was to take on a casual part-time job, which meant I was able to earn some extra cash and fit work around my studies.

It’s a bit of cliché to say that Birmingham City University has broadened my horizons, but I really think that it’s true. For me it was 30 months in which not only did I learn academically, but also I learnt to be independent.

Enquiries

Prospective students from the UK
  • Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions for answers to a range of questions about our courses and studying here.
  • If you need further help, you can contact the Course Enquiries Team online by using the Course Enquiry Form.
  • Alternatively, call us on +44 (0)121 331 5595.
Prospective students from outside the UK

Further Information

For further information please contact the International Office:

Telephone: +44 (0) 121 331 6714

Email: international.enquiries@bcu.ac.uk