Why choose this course?
The International Academy is accredited by the British Council (Accreditation UK) for the quality of English Language provision.
As a student on this 6 or 12 month Pre-Masters course, you will develop;
- a strong foundation for study in your chosen subject area
- academic language and research skills which will help you think critically, become independent learners and successfully articulate your views
- subject-specific skills that will enhance your learning and aid you in further study
- lifelong learning skills which will enable you to contribute to society at large
In this course, you will study a mixture of subject specific modules and more general modules that will deepen your English language and learning skills appropriate for higher education.
What happens on the course?
You will study a mixture of subject specific modules and more general modules that will deepen your English language and learning skills appropriate for higher education.
Depending on the subject of study, you may undertake any of the following:
- Reading – both core and supplementary reading from books, journals and electronic sources
- Case Analysis – to look at the application of theory and practice, to identify problems and recommend solutions.
- Group discussions – on provided themes to draw out and share personal experiences and learning amongst the wider group.
- Student presentations/student led seminars.
- Problem-based learning approaches.
- Lectures and workshops.
- Group and individual tutorials
- Personal reflection.
- Group role play and project work.
- Assessment preparation and feedback.
- Individual and group presentations.
- Peer feedback
- Laboratory based practicals
A range of assessment methods are used, depending on your subject. They may include:
- Case study analysis
- Examinations and in-class tests
- Lab reports
- Oral presentations, both individual and group
- Research journals
- Studio practice
- Written reports, both individual and group.
- The Pre-Masters course will enable you to develop your academic English language ability while building up knowledge, expertise and academic credits in your subject area, to the point where you are ready to enter postgraduate study.
- The subject modules have been carefully selected to allow progression to specific Masters programmes.
- Working together with UK students on your subject modules will help you integrate more fully into the life of the University, before you begin your postgraduate degree.
- The University of Wolverhampton has invested significantly in its teaching facilities, and receives consistently high student satisfaction ratings with regard to learning resources and IT infrastructure. This course will provide you with the skills you need to fully exploit our excellent resources.
Following successful completion of the Pre-Masters in the Built Environment, you may progress onto one of the following Masters courses at the University of Wolverhampton (or a course at another UK University which recognises the programme):
What skills will you gain?
At the end of this course you, the student, will be able to:
- Identify key concepts and theories appropriate to your chosen subject context.
- Address complex problems using techniques of analysis and enquiry appropriate to your discipline.
- Demonstrate a range of transferable skills appropriate to your chosen Masters course and subsequent career, including: communication skills, the ability to initiate and carry out projects independently, and digital/information literacy.
This course is designed for international students who have achieved at least a Higher Diploma/HND (equivalent to two years of a UK degree programme) or otherwise fall short of the academic qualification for entry directly to a Master’s course i.e. may have a non-honours degree. Our Regional Offices, in-country Education Advisors and UK-based Admissions team can advise on how applicants’ qualifications equate to UK study levels.
There are two entry points to the Pre-Masters course:
- September (two semester route). Applicants should hold an HND (or qualification equivalent to NQF Level 5) in a subject cognate with the destination Masters course. They should provide evidence of an English level equivalent to IELTS 5.5 (with minimum 5.5 in all elements) or above.
- January (one semester route). Applicants should hold a non-honours/ordinary degree in a subject cognate with the destination Masters course OR a cognate HND with significant relevant work experience. They should provide evidence of an English level equivalent to IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all elements) or above. This route is also recommended for candidates holding an honours degree which does not include a major piece of independent project work.
- Where a top-up degree in the chosen subject already exists, candidates should apply for this rather than for the Pre-Masters route.
All applicants must provide evidence of their English language level.
Course fees and finance
These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.