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English Language Teaching - Diploma in Foundation English for Academic Purposes

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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! Download PDF Leaflet

How long is the course?

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.

2013/14 Semester dates:

  • Introductory period Monday 16 September 2013 - Friday 20 September 2013
  • Autumn Semester Modules 1, 2 and 3: Monday 23 September 2013 - Friday 17 January 2014
  • Christmas vacation: Monday 09 December 2013 - Thursday 2 January 2014
  • Spring Semester Modules 4, 5 and 6: Monday 20 January 2014 - Friday 23 May 2014
    Easter vacation: Monday 21 April - Friday 02 May 2014
    Module 7: Monday 26 May 2014 - Friday 4 July 2014

Where is the University of Ulster?

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.

Is this the right course for me?

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.

What are the entry requirements?

There are two entry points to the course.

  • September start: You should have successfully completed your second level education and satisfy the University's general entry requirements. You must also have attained an IELTS score of 4.5 or equivalent, with no contributing band of less than 4.0.
  • January start: You should have successfully completed your second level education and satisfy the University's general entry requirements. You must also have attained an IELTS score of 5.0 or equivalent, with no contributing band of less than 4.5.

Why come and study with us?

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.

What will I study?

sDuring the two semesters you will study seven modules, which will include:

  • Module 1: Academic English An introduction to Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking in academic contexts.
  • Module 2: General (Social) English Developing the English you need to communicate outside of your academic studies.
  • Module 3: Regional Life and Culture An introduction to the culture and way of life in Britain and Ireland.
  • Module 4: Academic Reading and Writing A more comprehensive study of academic reading and academic writing. Module 5: Academic Listening and Speaking A more comprehensive study of academic listening and academic speaking.
  • Module 6: Subject-Specific English Language Studies An opportunity to study the language of your chosen discipline (including the possibility of visiting your chosen faculty).
  • Module 7: Integrated Skills - Giving you practice in using all skills together to solve academic problems.

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.

What are the course fees?

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.

Where will I live?

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.

Comments from students on 2011/12 course

  • "Brilliant approach to studying and my English has improved so much"
  • "Tutors have good experience and are very good and enthusiastic"
  • "The tutors use current news and information and I like this"
  • "We learn about UK culture and news. It is so interesting"
  • "I can write better than before and I am not afraid to speak"
  • "Linking material with modern life gives us motivation to learn"
  • "Feedback is very clear"
  • "Very good methods of explaining rules of English"
  • "Course is brilliant and I like it so much"
  • "Very satisfied with quality of teaching"

How should I apply for the Diploma?

You should complete an application form and return it to us no later than 26 July 2013 for September 2013 start or by 06 December 2013 for January 2014 start. If you require any additional information, please contact the Course Director.