The Diploma in Foundation English for Academic Purposes (Dip.FEAP) is one of the few foundation programmes, in the UK or Ireland, which offers you the opportunity to obtain a university award. If you wish to improve your English language ability in order to meet university English language entry requirements, then this may be the programme for you!
The 2 semester programme runs for 9 months and is full time beginning September 2013 and ending in July 2014. The one semester programme begins in January 2014 and ends in July 2014. Each class will hold no more than 17 students and meet 15 hours per week Monday to Friday at pre-arranged times between the hours of 09.15 and 17.05.
The University resides in the province of Ulster in Northern Ireland, one of the four regions which make up the United Kingdom. The University of Ulster is the largest university on the island of Ireland. We are located on four campuses, Belfast, Jordanstown, Coleraine and Magee in Derry~Londonderry. The Diploma will be taught at our Magee campus. Derry is one of Ireland's most historic cities and is the only completely walled city in the British Isles. Parts of the Magee campus date back to 1814.
Many students wish to follow an undergraduate or postgraduate course at Ulster but do not meet the University's English language entry requirement of IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent). The Diploma has therefore been designed to meet your needs. It will improve your English language ability and enable you to acquire the study skills needed in order to apply to either undergraduate or postgraduate courses, provided that you already have met the academic entry requirements.
There are two entry points to the course.
At Ulster, the Centre for English Language Teaching has been accredited by the British Council for the past 10 years. This gives you the assurance that our English language teaching is of a high standard and that at Ulster you will receive the high educational standards traditional to established UK and Irish universities. The Diploma is a fully validated and externally moderated course of the University, thus further ensuring a high level of quality. During your period of study on the Diploma you may the thinking about further study at either undergraduate or postgraduate level. Our staff will be pleased to guide you on this and help you with your application to Ulster.
sDuring the two semesters you will study seven modules, which will include:
Each of the modules will be assessed through your coursework so you will be able to monitor your own progress quite easily. You must successfully complete and pass all of the modules in order to obtain the Diploma. At the beginning of the Diploma you will be given a Studies Advisor and this person will be on hand to guide you with any academic difficulties you may be experiencing. Assessment is by 100% coursework.
The tuition fees for the Diploma are £6,540 GBP for September intake students attending semesters one and two and £3,270 for January intake students attending only semester 2 (academic year 2013/14). These include all your teaching for the course. They also include your access to the learning resources of the University and Student Support Services. You are also automatically registered as a member of the Student Union. The fees do NOT include the cost of your course books, stationery and photocopying/printing costs. Neither will your fees cover accommodation costs, living costs, hobbies, sports nor other leisure activities.
At Ulster we take particular care of our international students and if you wish to stay on campus please contact Residential Services or complete their online application form here and choose Magee campus. On campus accommodation provides students with a safe environment to live and study in.