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    More information about your programme can be found here, but for answers to some of the questions you may have please see below.

    • Programme FAQ's

      • Can I start the course late?

        No, the latest any student can enrol is 9.30am on the second day of the course – that is Enrolment Day.  If you are afraid that you might arrive even one day late, contact us or ask your Regional Office to contact us. 

        If you have difficult circumstances and cannot arrive on the day specified, you will require permission from the Director of International Preparatory and Short Courses to arrive late. 

      • Is there an examination?

        Your English will be assessed in a variety of ways during the course. These will include a spoken presentation, a listening exam and essays done both in your own time and under exam conditions. You will find more information in your course handbook which you will receive at the start of the course.

      • What is the timetable like?

        There are two shifts.  The early shift students usually start at 08:45 - 12:00.  Late Shift students start later at 3:00 - 18:15. 

        You will receive your timetable at the beginning of the course. Students cannot choose which shift they study on.

      • Am I required to attend every lesson?

        Yes, unless you are unwell.  The language course is intensive and progressive - it builds on work already studied in class.

        Students participate in class – giving presentations and working in groups – referring to topics already studied.  If you miss classes, it is hard to join in and is disruptive and disrespectful to colleagues & staff.

        Regular attendance and constant practice helps to develop communication skills which you cannot replicate with self-study.

        Sickness Absence

        If you are sick, it is vital that you inform a member of staff (not just your friend).  The telephone numbers and emails for staff are in the handbook you will receive at the start of the course.

        Requests for special absence: These should always be made well in advance to an Academic Manager, via email.

        Failure to attend class: As your visa sponsor (under Tier 4 of the points based system) the University is obliged to report students who fail to enrol or fail to attend.

      • What happens if I am late for lessons?

        Arriving on time for classes, lectures and tutorials is essential. Repeated lateness may affect end of course assessment grades and reports. If you arrive late, knock politely and quietly enter the room. Your teacher will expect you to explain why you are late.

      • What books will I have to buy?

        Learning materials are included in the tuition fee. However, we also encourage you to buy a grammar book and an English-English dictionary which should cost around £25 in total.

      • Who do I speak to if I have any concerns about studying in English?

        You must speak to your teacher in the first instance. Then speak to an Academic Manager if you are still worried about any aspect of your academic programme.

      • What do I do if I think my English isn’t good enough?

        Don't panic and don't be afraid to come and tell us!  You will not be the only student who is worried about this.  Speak to your teacher, an Academic Manager or Welfare staff as soon as possible.  They need to know if you are struggling.

      • What if I decide to leave the course early?

        Please do not be afraid to come and discuss this with us.  If you leave, you must fill out a Withdrawal Form.

      • What will I be expected to do on the course?

        You are expected to attend all classroom sessions, study an additional 10 or more hours per week, and complete all study tasks on the given deadlines.

      • Will anything happen if I hand my work in late?

        It is important that all tasks are completed on time to help ensure progression and to give you the experience of working to a deadline.  Assessment is carried out at regular intervals throughout this intensive short course.  It is important to tell your teacher/Academic Manager if you cannot complete work on time for any reason.

        Sometimes marks are deducted for late submission. On your degree course, late submission could mean you fail that module and therefore the course.

      • What happens if I fail to do the course?

        If you do fail the course, you will be given support and advice on what options are available for you to further improve your English.

      • How can I prepare for my course before I arrive?

        Everyone, from fellow passengers, UK Immigration Officials and University staff will ask you questions and expect you to answer.

        For example, when you arrive at a UK airport, you should be prepared to answer some questions about yourself, including where you will be staying and what you intend to do during your time in the UK.

        You can also learn more about studying in the UK. The Prepare for Success website can help you.

      • What kind of support do you offer students on the pre-sessional course?

        The programme has dedicated International and Pre-sessional Advisors, whose role is to help students settle into their new life in London.  They are available to offer advice and support to students and help with any personal concerns. They are based at the UniHelp Desk at the Sheppard Library and are available to deal with your welfare queries in person – either by appointment or during a drop-in session - or by email. During induction staff will show you how to find them.

      • Are undergraduates and postgraduates taught in the same classes?

        No, except on the 30-week course. You will be taught with other students on a programme designed for your needs.

      • My IELTS score is above the required entry level for the course, do I still have to take the Pre-sessional course?

        While you may not need to take the Pre-sessional Course, students sometimes choose to do so in order to acquire the language and academic study skills necessary to follow a Middlesex degree course.

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