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English for Academic Purposes - Foundation Certificate - 2017/18 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 and Social Work
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 develop your general and 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

FCEAP is carefully designed to consider your needs as a student studying a degree course in the UK. We regularly communicate with University course directors in order to gain information regarding changing assessment methods, so when necessary we can adjust our assessments to reflect changes in the Schools and Faculties.

The course has six modules. In the first semester you study Reading and Writing Development, Communication Skills and Birmingham: Past and Present. In the second semester you study Listening for Academic Purposes, Reading and Writing for University, and Speaking for University Purposes. The FCEAP has a varied learning environment and is taught by four very experienced teachers who will also meet with you on an individual basis in one-to-one 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?

  • FCEAP is a Foundation Certificate, so achievement is consistent with the national standard of awards.
  • The course is administered by the School of Education and Social Work and is therefore governed by extensive quality assurance procedures.
  • The course is run over one or two semesters so you can enter the programme at the level most suited to your needs. Either entry point allows you plenty of time to get to know the University, the city and the local culture before starting your main degree programme.
  • The course is designed on a modular basis. 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 with members of your team.
  • There is a lending facility in place so you can borrow books and DVDs.

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

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 2017 FT Part 1 and 2: September to June Foundation Certificate £8,900
Feb 2018 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 2017 FT Part 1 and 2: September to June Foundation Certificate £8,900
Feb 2018 FT Part 2 only: February to June Foundation Certificate £4,550

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

Subject to meeting entry criteria, students may progress on to a variety of courses, such as BA, BSc, BEng, BMus, MMus, MSc, MA, MBA

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

Part 1Course Modules - September to JanuaryPart 2Course Modules - February to June

Communication Skills (Module) - 20 Credits

You will listen to and practise using, language functions such as giving opinions, expressing agreement or disagreement and describing people, objects and symptoms. You will also use models to improve your pronunciation and speak with appropriate word stress and intonation. Building academic vocabulary and useful expressions is also encouraged.

Birmingham: Past and Present (Module) - 20 Credits

This module is based on a practice-led, knowledge applied curriculum where most of your learning is experiential and takes place outside the classroom. Learning about British cultural issues and the lives and experiences of other people from diverse backgrounds will help you broaden your views and develop reflective thinking, offering many advantages in terms of personal and professional development.

Reading Development (Module) - 20 Credits 

Reading and Writing Development prepares you for academic life in a UK university. This module is based on the principles of Transformative Learning to help you adapt to different ways of teaching and learning. There are opportunities to use reading and writing skills in authentic situations and experience a supportive learning environment.

Listening for Academic Purposes (Module) - 20 Credits

You will be exposed to listening tasks that are designed to help you develop strategies before, during and after listening to academic texts. You will carry out tasks to practise retrieval of factual and inferred information and completion of abbreviated notes. You will also be exposed to intensive vocabulary practice.

Speaking for University Purposes (Module) - 20 Credits

This module provides opportunities for you to increase competence in your spoken English language skills. The focus will be on applying those skills so that you are able to participate successfully in academic oral activities.  The module is designed to help you develop confidence and contribute effectively to tasks such as group debates, tutorials, discussions, seminars or presentations.

Reading and Writing for University (Module) - 20 Credits 

Reading and Writing for University provides experience of the reading and writing culture of a UK university. You will acquire a number of essential skills in the field of academic reading and writing and, to apply these skills, you will be given an opportunity to conduct individual research on a subject of your choice.

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, and an individual oral presentation.

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