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Coventry University English Academy


Address Coventry University English Academy
Faculty of Business Environment & Society
George Eliot Building
Coventry University
Priory St
Coventry CV1 5 FB
Tel. No. +44 (0) 24 7688 7623
E-mail address
Course Director Lesley Campbell
Courses Spring and Summer Pre-sessional Courses in English for Academic Purposes
Autumn Pre-sessional Course in English for Academic Purposes
Language and Study Skills Courses: all year round.
Intensive Study Skills Courses: 3 weeks September and January.
Pre-masters Year: English + subject options
Length of courses This depends on the period of time required to reach the English level required for entry to a British university degree course. Course lengths can be from 5 – 30 weeks. See table below.
Class size Maximum 15
Type of Programme All courses are full-time. 20 hours of supervised study per week + use of university facilities.
Date of commencement Courses start in September, November, January, February, April, June, July, August
Student accommodation University halls of residence or University managed accommodation. Information is available on enquiry.
Cost / Fees Tuition: £180 per week.( to be reviewed for October 2006)
Accommodation: from £55 - £73 per week for single study-bedroom + shared facilities.
Financial assistance Discounts are available for full payment of courses over 20 weeks.
Admission requirements Minimum English language level: IELTS 4.5, TOEFL 475( paper), 152 ( Computer). Please see table below for specific requirements.
Student profile
Countries of Origin:
Approximately 15-20
Ratio Men: Women 60:40
Age Range 18 – 50+
Average Age 26
Contact person for application Halima Iqbal
International Office
Coventry University
Priory St
Coventry CV1 5FB
Tel+44 24 7688 7623


About the Courses

English Language and Study Skills Courses A,B,C
Start dates: September (A: Intermediate), January (B: Higher Intermediate), April (C: Pre-advanced) Other start dates are available on enquiry.
These 10-week courses aim to improve your English for admission to a degree programme. They are also suitable if you just want general English improvement and would like to study in a University environment. Cultural studies, IELTS preparation and individual project work are included. It is also possible to start at Intermediate level in January and complete 30 weeks including the Pre sessional.

Spring and Summer Pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes
Start dates in April, May, July and August. You choose to do 20, 15, 10 or 5 weeks, depending on your present level of English.
These courses are for students who can progress quickly to reach the level needed to start an undergraduate or postgraduate degree course in September. The courses focus on the language and skills needed for academic study and help you to become familiar with university life before starting your degree. Both courses include general academic English and assignments related to your chosen subject specialism.

Intensive Study Skills Course
Runs in: September and January
This three-week course is for students who already have an unconditional offer for a degree course but would benefit from a period of academic orientation and language practice in an academic context. It is particularly suitable if you are about to start a taught masters programme or the final year of an undergraduate degree. You will need to orientate quickly to studying in the UK and this course will help you make a good start.

Autumn Pre-sessional Course
Runs: October - December
This ten-week course is suitable if you already have a good higher intermediate level of English but need to improve ready to start a degree course in January. The course focuses on the language and academic skills you will need to study successfully for an undergraduate degree, taught masters programme or for a research degree. The course includes general academic English and also assignments related to your subject specialism.

New for September 2006
Pre-masters year of language improvement, academic English and study skills in preparation for entry to a Coventry University Masters Degree. Please visit our website for details.

Courses and Dates 2005-6

About the Department

Welcome to the Coventry University English Academy!

We are a specialist unit within Coventry University. We provide English Language courses for international non-native speaker students who aim to study at postgraduate degree level. Our courses are designed to help you improve your English to the level required for your university course. Our teaching methods aim to develop your ability to use English for practical study and include techniques ranging from formal structured lessons to group and individual task-based work.

During an Academy course you will become familiar with the style and expectations of postgraduate study in a British university. This will help you to make a successful start to your studies. You will have the opportunity to settle down and become accustomed to living in Britain before you begin academic study.

Based on the campus, you will have all the benefits of being a student at the University and will have access to university facilities for study, leisure, student support and accommodation. During the normal university year Academy students can join in the social life of the campus, including organised excursions to different parts of Britain. In the summer a social programme is organised especially for students on the ten week Pre-sessional Course.

You can start a course at different points in the year. The main start dates are in September, January, April, and July, but it is also possible to start at other dates if you enquire. Your choice of start date will depend on how much time you need to achieve the English level required for admission to your degree course. Please ask us if you need advice on this.

Why study English at the Coventry University English Academy?
Here are some good reasons:

  • You will experience studying in a university environment, with access to all the facilities on campus including an award-winning library, a modern languages centre and extensive computing services.
  • You will study in a friendly cosmopolitan student environment and be able to participate in the social, sporting and cultural activities of a city centre campus.
  • You will study with qualified and experienced tutors who will help you develop the language and communication skills you need to succeed in academic study.
  • You will receive support for progress to an undergraduate or postgraduate academic course at the university.
  • You will, as well as being in the centre of Coventry, have the benefit of a central location in England. Regional and national transport networks are within easy reach.

    About Coventry University

    Coventry University is a forward-looking, modern University with a proud tradition as a provider of high quality education and a focus for multi disciplinary research. We are an established academic presence regionally, nationally and internationally, and take great care in providing a supportive environment for all our students. We welcome students from a wide variety of countries in the world as well as students from different parts of Britain.

    The University’s roots can be traced as far back as 1843 to the Coventry College of Design. Much has changed since then, and we have made great strides in our development as an institution - particularly over the last ten years.

    The University currently occupies a purpose-built 33-acre campus in the heart of Coventry City-centre. The campus buildings and environment are constantly being developed and enhanced. Recent activities have included upgrading the accommodation for Nursing and Midwifery students in the newly refurbished Richard Crossman Building, and the opening of a state-of-the-art Sport Centre. In addition, Coventry University Advanced Digitising and Modelling Laboratory opened in December 2002 and is formally known as the Bugatti Building. It provides full-sized vehicle design and styling facilities and is the only resource of its kind in the world attached to a university. A stunning feature of this University is our £20m Library, which adds considerably to our profile in the City.

    An exciting development for both the University and for the City has been the creation of the 20-acre Coventry University Technology Park. It is home to the Techno Centre, a unique complex offering a focus for training, conferences and business opportunities; the Enterprise Centre, a £3m development providing dedicated accommodation for new small- and medium-sized enterprises; Innovation Village and Design Hub.

    The most recent addition to the campus is a new student centre which offers a ‘one-stop’ service and features all the services students require on enrolment and throughout their time at the University. Students can get help on a range of issues including finance, registry, accommodation, international office, recruitment and admissions and student services.

    The University has two academic Schools, the School of Lifelong Learning and School of Art and Design and three Faculties, the Faculty of Business, Environment and Society, Faculty of Engineering and Computing and Faculty of Health and Life Sciences. A wide range of courses are available within each School and Faculty and each area has specific applied research capabilities. These include Health and Life Style Interventions, Human Security, Sustainable Regeneration, Applied Mathematics, Pervasive Computing, Physical and Serious Games and Control Theory and Applications.

    Our research strengths have also enabled us to become one of only a handful of UK universities that has been awarded over £9.5 million worth of funding for three prestigious Centres’ of Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) by the Higher Education Funding Council for England. CETLs have been carefully selected by the Higher Education Funding Council for England and are aimed at rewarding excellence in teaching and learning across all subjects in HE. Coventry University’s CETLs cover three areas including design, maths support and health and social care.

    The investment in research, teaching and learning has major benefits for our students and this is reflected in their views of the University. The results of the first ever National Student Survey for UK universities has recently been published and shows encouraging statistics for Coventry University. The National Student Survey was commissioned by the universities’ funding body, HEFCE, and is designed to help potential students compare institutions and subjects, and make a more informed choice of where to study. Data was collected for 12 of the subject areas at Coventry University and the majority of these subjects received overall satisfaction scores. Performing Arts, Art and design, Business, Sociology and Social Work were all rated higher than the national average which is great news for the University. Students were also questioned about ‘Learning Resources,’ and the University’s Library was highly rated by the students, as was ‘Personal Development’.


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