What will I study?
The programme is taught over 2 semesters with modules that are designed to prepare you for successful study at undergraduate level in a broad range of subjects at Northumbria University.
The modules are designed to build your English language abilities and core academic skills in reading, critical analysis, essay and report writing, and grammar, and to also develop your intercultural understanding through global studies. You will also discuss weekly topics of global studies across two modules to develop a broad understanding of core issues and how they can affect business. You will discuss topics of global studies across two modules to develop a broad understanding of core issues and how they can affect business. In addition, you will cover the key aspects of applied mathematics and ICT, enabling you to perform at the level required in your chosen undergraduate degree.
Studying this programme both academically prepares you for undergraduate study, whilst providing an excellent opportunity to develop your awareness of academic culture in the UK and intercultural issues to help you successfully integrate into student life within a UK university. The intercultural skills that you develop during this course can prove to be a useful employment tool in the future with many businesses operating in global marketplaces.
How will I be taught and assessed?
To support you in your transition into studying at a UK university, each of your modules will be taught by our experienced academics who have all helped many international students throughout this experience. They will work with you to help build your confidence to participate in lectures, seminars and group work, whilst offering you the opportunity to develop your independence. You will also be allocated your own Guidance Tutor with whom you will have 1-2 hour weekly tutorials and who will support your individual academic and general study needs throughout your course.
Teaching and learning is carried out through seminars, lectures, tutorials and workshops, totalling around 15-18 hours, plus 1-2 hours for academic tutorials, 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.
Assessment will take place through a mix of group presentations, oral examinations, written assignments and exams.
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.