English for University Studies

English for University Studies

1, 2 or 3 semesters (3, 6 or 9 months)

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Our English for University Studies programme (known as EUS) is specifically designed to help you develop your language skills and prepare for your target pathway programme.

Upon successful completion, and subject to specific requirements, you will be guaranteed a place on one of our pathway programmes (including the International Foundation Programme and Graduate Certificate in Business).

You will then have a place on one of Northumbria University’s undergraduate or postgraduate programmes subject to successful completion of the pathway programme.

Key facts

  • Ideal for students who do not meet the language entry requirements for the pathway programme
  • Upon successful completion of this course, we will offer you guaranteed progression to one of our pathway programmes which provides a route to an undergraduate or postgraduate programme at Northumbria University
  • Develop your English language skills and learn in a university environment
  • Develop your awareness of academic culture in the UK as you integrate into student life within a UK university
About this course

What will I study?

This programme will offer a route into the university’s pathway programmes at level 3 (the International Foundation Programme) and level 6 (Graduate Certificate in Business). If you have a lower levels of English at IELTS 4.0 overall (no sub score lower than 4.0), this programme will enable you to develop your language skills over 1, 2 or 3 semesters and then progress to your chosen pathway programme.

Students could undertake the following routes:

  • 1 semester of EUS + 3 semester International Foundation Programme
  • 1 semester of EUS + 2 semester International Foundation Programme
  • 1, 2 or 3 semesters of EUS + Graduate Certificate in Business

The programme will provide two bands

  • Band 1 – If you have IELTS 4.0 or 4.5 (from a UKVI approved centre)
  • Band 2 – If you have IELTS 5.0, 5.5 or 6.0 (from a UKVI approved centre)

At the end of each semester you will either progress on to the next EUS semester or move on to your target pathway programme.

Teaching and assessment

The programme is designed to provide a solid foundation to studying in a British university and you will benefit from staff who are used to supporting international students through this important transition.

Teaching and learning is carried out through seminars, lectures, tutorials and workshops, totalling between 16-20 hours per week. In addition, you will be expected to spend 15-20 hours a week on independent study through self-directed learning. Teaching and self-directed learning also makes use of the University’s electronic learning portal (Blackboard) where you will have access to a range of learning materials and you will be encouraged to use the technology in preparation for your future studies.

You will be taught by module tutors to support your academic needs. In addition to this, you will be allocated a guidance tutor at the start of the programme. Your guidance tutor is your first point of contact for anything outside of the classroom that affects your learning. You will meet your guidance tutor at the start of each semester for a formal meeting. In-between this you can arrange to meet them at any point and they may also contact you if they need to meet you. All conversations with the guidance tutor are confidential and they will always be the first point of contact should you need them.

Assessments take place through a mix of group presentations, oral examinations, written assignments and exams.

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Students can progress to pathway programmes at Northumbria University as follows:

  • 1 semester of EUS + 3 semester International Foundation Programme
  • 1 semester of EUS + 2 semester International Foundation Programme
  • 1, 2 or 3 semesters of EUS + Graduate Certificate in Business
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Applicants should have the following:

Academic requirements

  • Meet the academic entry criteria of your target programme

English language requirements

  • The minimum entry requirement is 4.0 with no single element below 4.0
  • 4.0 – 4.5 for Band 1
  • 5.0 – 6.0 for Band 2

All English language qualifications must be from an UKVI Approved centre.

Age requirements

You must be over 16 years old

If you are under 18 at the start of the International Foundation Programme, you will need to include with your application a signed consent form by your parent or legal guardian. You can find a copy of this on our How to Apply page.

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The English for University Studies programme consists of 3 modules, all of which are core:

This module introduces a range of reading and writing skills required for university study. The focus is about developing skills that will help you understand academic requirements such as the ability to read, understand and analyse academic sources of information and to write a suitable response to tasks. These skills will be developed further on your next pathway course.

This module develops listening skills that include the ability to understand not just the language but also academic topics and structures of lectures. The speaking element includes developing fluency and communication skills to participate in seminar discussions and present opinions and arguments on a range of topics.

This module will focus on developing both knowledge of grammar and increasing your vocabulary range. The focus for vocabulary will be the academic word list as well as a range of word grammar including word forms, prefixes, collocations and synonyms. Both elements of this module will enable you to produce better writing and spoken responses. It will also help you to understand more when listening and reading.

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Tuition fee 2019/20

  • Per Semester: £3,250

Please note that your tuition fees do not include the cost of course books that you may choose to purchase, stationery, printing and photocopying, accommodation, living expenses, travel or any other extracurricular activities. As a Northumbria University Pathway student, you will have full access to our online digital library with over 400,000 e-books and 50,000 electronic journals.

The modules you will study do not require you to purchase additional textbooks and all materials will be provided within the course fee.

How to find out more

Enquire now to find out more information about the course, studying with us, the application process, and to ask any other questions you may have.

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How to apply

When you are ready, you can apply online to study the English for University Studies programme. Applying online allows you to upload all of your supporting documents and you will automatically receive your student application number.

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We strongly recommend that you submit your application as early as possible to allow you to complete all of the preparations needed to study your programme. After receiving your offer it can take time to arrange your finances and apply for your visa (if required) and it is important that you arrive in good time to enrol on to your course. Please refer to the Dates and Fees page.

If you are unable to apply online, then you can download a PDF application form and email it to pathway.admissions@northumbria.ac.uk.

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Supporting documents

For us to assess your application in a timely manner, it is important that you provide us with the following documents:

  • Fully completed application form
  • Personal email address must be included on the application form
  • Transcripts and/or certificates (including a certified translation if not in English)
  • Passport – copy of personal details page
  • Proof of financial sponsorship if applicable
  • Reference
  • Confirmation of immigration history including copies of previous and current visas if applicable

You can check more information on how to apply here, including guidelines for the application forms.

Course information

Level of study:
English Language
International Fee:
£3,250 per semester
Leads to:
Any pathway programme at Northumbria University
Entry requirements:
The academic entry criteria of your target programme
IELTS requirements:
IELTS 4.0 - 4.5 for Band 1, IELTS 5.0 - 6.0 for Band 2 (from a UKVI approved centre)  
1, 2 or 3 semesters (3, 6 or 9 months)
Class hours per week:
16-20 hours
Average class size:
Assessment methods:
Group presentations, oral examinations, written assignments and exams
Scholarship or bursaries:
Not available
Payment plan:
Not available
January, September
Next application deadline:
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“The lecturers are really friendly and explain things thoroughly. If I do not fully understand things, they will explain things clearly until they are confident that I know all the information I need to complete my assignments.”

Adebayo Abdulganiyu Mustapha
International Foundation Programme



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