If you do not meet the English requirements for your chosen course don’t worry! We have a comprehensive English Language Tuition and Support Service which will ensure you receive pre-sessional and on-programme support to allow you to achieve your academic goals.
CUC is licensed by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education to deliver IELTS preparation courses and is an IELTS Registration Centre recognised by the British Council.
Our team of experienced native-language experts from the UK with specialist knowledge and skills are committed to providing high quality language education and help boost your proficiency in the English language.
We can also offer you the opportunity to use our internal English Language Test (Password) which allows you to meet the English Language entry conditions for our courses. This test is only valid for entry onto one of our programmes but can be a quicker and more affordable way of achieving the English language requirement.
Pre-sessional English Programme
If you do not meet the English Language requirements for your course, you will be offered a place on our Pre-sessional English Programme, which ensures that you meet the entry criteria for your chosen programme by developing your academic skills in the areas of writing, listening, reading, and speaking. The course will lead to enhanced academic achievement as well as further developing your confidence in your studies.
There are two Pathways
Pre-Foundation is aimed at those wishing to gain access either to a pre-degree Foundation year or the first year of a Bachelor Degree or BTEC Higher National Diploma.
Pre-Masters is aimed at those wishing to start a postgraduate programme such as an MBA or Masters qualification.
The Pre-sessional Programme Will
Help you meet the minimum language requirements needed for your chosen CUC-Ulster programme of study.
Help you learn strategies and study skills that will enable you to succeed in higher education.
Improve your reading and writing skills; including how to write in the correct academic style using sources appropriately.
Develop your speaking and listening skills; including how to give presentations and participate in seminar discussions.
Allow you to familiarise yourself with the University’s facilities and resources ahead of your academic course.
Help you to work independently during your studies.
You will have lessons focusing on
You will learn how to read more effectively, write in an appropriate academic style, and learn how to incorporate sources that you read into your writing, including how to cite and reference.
You will develop your lecture listening skills and practice note-taking techniques; you will also learn how to give a successful academic presentation and how to participate in seminar discussions.
You will learn much-needed study skills such as time management, referencing, avoiding plagiarism and critical thinking.
The full 5 module programme will require you to attend for up to 15 hours a week. Each module is 2-3 hours.
Language and academic skills lessons 5 days a week with your teacher
You will learn independent study skills and address areas you need to develop through a combination of:
Detailed feedback on your work and draft assignments
Group work activities to help build your confidence
You will take an exam in each of the four skills to assess your level
You will also complete a longer piece of writing (a business report) during the course
You will have the opportunity to take an English Language Test relevant to the programme of study you have chosen (in order to meet its requirements)
Please note that enrolment on a Pre-Sessional Programme does not guarantee progression onto your destination course. By achieving the level of performance required in the Pre-sessional programme, meeting the University’s academic entry requirements e.g achievement of an English Language Test and any other outstanding conditions, you will be able to progress on to your chosen course.
At the end of the course, students will complete either an IELTS, Pearson PTE or Password test.
Length of Course
Each module is 36 hours long and is delivered over a 12-week duration (3 hours a week)
The whole course (5 modules) will be 15 hours per week for 12 weeks.
For the whole 5 module course, the cost is 10,000 QAR, which includes the cost of entry to the English Test (if required)
If you are successful in gaining entry to your chosen course, the fees for the whole programme will be discounted from your first year’s tuition fee*
Alternatively, you can take individual modules at a cost of 2,500 QAR per module
On-Programme English Language Support
During your studies, you will be offered and receive additional English language support from our team of English Language Advisors. This may mean attending additional classes or working with workbooks to improve your English. They will also offer the opportunity for you to undertake an IELTS test if requested.