It is not easy knowing how to choose the right course to help you gain entry into the university of your choice. Below, our Pre-sessional Director of Studies Robyn gives you 10 of the most important points to think about when choosing your course.
Look for how long the institute has been running their course.
Is it in the same city as the University you want to go to? For example if you
want to go to the University of Manchester, look for a course in
Manchester. This will save you money
because you won’t need to move again, and you will be familiar with the city.
How much does the course cost? What is included in the cost? How big will the
classes be? Are your books included? How many hours per week will you study?
practice? How many essays will you write and get feedback on? Will you do
presentations? Will you have lectures?
Entry: Will you get direct entry to the university or will you have to take
another IELTS exam?
Rate: How many students pass the course every year, and if students fail what
are the reasons they fail?
with the University: Does the Pre-sessional course provider understand exactly
what is needed by the university?
Does the course provider have inspections that check the quality of the courses
they provide? For example British Council or BALEAP accreditation schemes.
Qualifications: Do the teachers have for example an M.A. in Applied Linguistics
or a Teaching Diploma (i.e. DELTA).
Feedback: What do past students think about the course, is it good? What do
other people say?
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