School of Education
Centre for English Language Education

Presessional English for Academic Purposes - Engineering

The Presessional English for Academic Purposes - Engineering five week course is designed in collaboration with the Faculty of Engineering and prepares students going on to undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Engineering.

Joint offer

If you meet the entry requirements for your postgraduate degree, you may be eligible for a joint offer. This means:

  • you only need one TIER 4 visa and CAS
  • you take an English Language and Academic Skills presessional course and then go on to your postgraduate course
  • you have a guaranteed place on your postgraduate course
  • your progression to the postgraduate course is automatic, provided your attendance is 80% or above and you complete all the coursework
Entry requirements (IELTS)
Academic course requirementsCELE presessional course requirements
Overall 6.0, minimum 5.5 in each element

5 week subject specialist course
5.5, minimum 5.5

Overall 6.5, minimum 6.0 in each element

5 week subject specialist course
6.0, minimum 5.5 with 6.0 in writing

If you have an overall IELTS score of 5.5, but below the minimum of 5.5 in any element, you can still apply to join your course with a standard presessional offer. Please contact us for details.

What you will learn

The main aims of the five week course are to:

  • develop and improve your language skills in all areas so that you can meet the English language level required by the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Nottingham
  • prepare for the kinds of tasks you will need to perform in your future academic studies
  • increase your understanding of departmental expectations 
  • work collaboratively with other students
  • develop the confidence and study skills necessary to succeed on your undergraduate or postgraduate programme

What you will do

You will be asked to do a series of tasks:

  • Plan and write a library-based coursework assignment on an Engineering topic
  • Read academic textbooks and journal articles
  • Participate in seminar discussions and group presentations
  • Research and analyse data and express your understanding of this in written and spoken English
  • Apply critical analysis to issues relating to Engineering
  • Reflect on academic learning and writing processes

How you will be assessed

At the end of the programme you will be assessed to see if you are ready to move on to your academic course. You will:

  • write a Technical Report
  • give a spoken presentation on a topic relating to your academic discipline

What's next?

At the end of this course, successful students will progress to their engineering programme.

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Contact us

Centre for English Language Education

Presessional enquiries
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School of Education
Dearing Building
Jubilee Campus, Wollaton Road
Nottingham NG8 1BB