English for University

English for University covers the academic English and practical study skills you will need for undergraduate and postgraduate degree level studies at university. You will develop your confidence and competence in key areas such as research, making group presentations, critical analysis and extended writing.

Who’s it for?

Our English for University course is designed for international and EU students preparing for undergraduate and postgraduate degree level studies at university in the UK and other English speaking countries. Small groups of maximum 12 students maximises your learning and progress.

Some of our alumni universities:

  • SOAS
  • Kings College London
  • UAL
  • University of Westminister

The Benefits

At the end of the course you can expect to:

  •  listen to lectures more effectively
  • write academic texts more confidently
  • enhance your academic vocabulary and grammar
  • gain the research skills required on a university course
  • understand better the study culture at university
  • express your ideas in discussions and in writing more effectively able to express your ideas and opinions in discussions

Course Content

English for University builds up your knowledge of academic English as well as your study skills while helping you become an independent learner so that you are fully prepared to study at degree level in English.

You can expect to cover the following areas:

  • Using and understanding academic vocabulary and grammar.

  • Academic listening skills such as extended listening, active listening and note-taking
  • Academic reading skills such as finding information quickly in texts, summarizing and paraphrasing.

  • Academic writing skills such as planning and linking ideas, essay structure and presenting an argument.

  • Academic speaking skills such as leading presentations and discussions, taking part in seminars, debating and explaining ideas.

  • Carrying out research, critical analysis of findings, forming and expressing your opinion

  • Working collaboratively with colleagues towards a final presentation and essay

A key part of the English for University Course is the research project where you work on an essay and a group presentation. You will be assessed and given extensive feedback on both.

Example of essay and presentation topics

Essay assessment forms

Presentation assessment form

Optional self-study: Before or after your classes, you can use the Self-Study Area in your centre. There are computers, a printer and plenty of desk space available. The Self-Study Areas are available whenever our centres are open. See the opening times for our centres here.

Included in fees

Fees include training plus:

  • All course materials and resources

  • Daily three-course lunch (Monday to Friday)

  • Visit to a London University

  • Detailed end-of-course progress report

  • Support from University Relations Manager

Why study at The London School of English?

  • Rated “Excellent” in over 750 independent client reviews
  • Over 100 years’ experience
  • Tailored training delivers clear results
  • Memorable experiences in London, Canterbury or online
Find out more

Contact us:

  • locationLondon, Westcroft Square
  • studentsMaximum group size: 12
  • ageMinimum age: 18
    Average age: 26
  • durationDuration: 4 weeks
  • time22 hours per week
    09.15 - 15.45 (Monday to Thursday)
    09.15 - 12.45 (Friday)
  • datesStart dates: 11 March, 20 May, 29 July, 26 August, 21 October
  • timetableSample week
  • price£1800*
    *£50 per week summer supplement for courses from 1 July to 31 August

English Level

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9

Level 1 (Beginner)

I do not speak any English.

Level 2 (Elementary)

I can say and understand a few things in English.

Level 3 (Pre-Intermediate)

I can communicate simply and understand in familiar situations but only with some difficulty.

Level 4 (Low Intermediate)

I can make simple sentences and can understand the main points of a conversation but need much more vocabulary.

Level 5 (Intermediate)

I can speak and understand reasonably well and can use basic tenses but have problems with more complex grammar and vocabulary.

Level 6 (Upper Intermediate)

I speak and understand well but still make mistakes and fail to make myself understood occasionally.

Level 7 (Pre-Advanced)

I speak and understand well but still make mistakes and fail to make myself understood occasionally.

Level 8 (Advanced)

I speak and understand very well but sometimes have problems with unfamiliar situations and vocabulary.

Level 9 (Very Advanced)

I speak and understand English completely fluently.