Short courses and EAP

Improve your English before you start your degree with us. Develop academic skills in essay and report writing, reading and summarising, listening, note-taking and presenting. Get support with your main studies from our experienced and supportive tutors.

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Courses we offer

The Online English for Academic purposes module is available for all students wishing to study a degree at either one of the University of Sunderland campuses.

Short courses and EAP

Online EAP: Pre-sessional English (Intermediate)

This ten-week course is for anyone with an IELTS (or equivalent) score of 5.0 who wants to improve their English. Our experienced and supportive teachers will help you bring your skills up to the level needed to study your chosen University course. You'll learn skills like note-taking, speaking in seminars, making presentations, writing essays and much more. By the end of the course, you'll achieve the University of Sunderland in London's equivalent of 1.0 IELTS bands.

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Online EAP: Pre-sessional English (Pre-Intermediate)

This 12-week course is for students with an IELTS (or equivalent) score of 4.5 who want to improve their English and learn about UK culture. You'll increase your current IELTS score by the University of Sunderland equivalent of 1.5 bands. Plus, you'll learn important academic skills like note-taking, making presentations and writing essays and reports. Once you've completed the course, you'll get a Foundation Certificate Achievement in English for Academic Purposes and be able to study the University course you've chosen.

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University of Sunderland in London students outside at Canary Wharf

Online EAP: Pre-sessional English (Upper Intermediate)

This eight-week course is for people with an IELTS score of 5.5 who want to improve their English. Using our digital and open-access language labs, independent study, and visits to local and national places of interest, you'll get the skills you need to study your chosen degree.

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Programmes to suit you

We offer three lengths of programme depending on your existing language level:

  • Pre-Intermediate – 12 weeks
  • Intermediate – 10 weeks
  • Upper-Intermediate – 8 weeks

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High-quality teaching

The courses offered aim to expand your knowledge and skills to the level required to study a University level degree successfully. You will take part in live online workshops, lectures and have regular contact with your teachers, whilst completing work all from the comfort of your own home. You will also be working on a group project which will require you to work with classmates from all around the world. There is a cultural element to the programmes which also aims to better orientate you to the University of Sunderland when you eventually join us in the UK.

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