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Graduate Preparation Programme

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Start dates:
11 September 2017, 2 January and 7 April 2018
Course length:
1–3 terms
Class size range:
8–12
Tuition:
32 lessons per week plus private study

Entry requirements

Academic:
Completed undergraduate degree with a minimum of 2:2
English:

September entry (3 terms): IELTS 5.0 or equivalent (with 5.0 in reading and writing)
January entry (2 terms): IELTS 5.5 or equivalent (with 5.5 in reading and writing)
April entry (1 term): IELTS 6.0 or equivalent (with 6.0 in reading and writing)
Minimum age:
21

Sample pathways for the Graduate Preparation Programme

Sample pathways for the Kings Graduate Preparation Programme

Sample timetable for the Graduate Preparation Programme

Sample timetable for the Kings Graduate Preparation Programme

The course

This course is designed for students who have completed an undergraduate degree and want to study a Masters course in the UK. It provides intensive academic study skills and IELTS preparation, and will ensure a Conditional Offer from your chosen university.

Outcomes

  • English language proficiency level appropriate for postgraduate studies
  • 
Time management, organisational, and coping skills for independent learning
  • 
Sophisticated reading skills, such as skimming for themes and targeted reading for details 
  • Expanded knowledge in specific field of interest, including research topics and vocabulary 
  • Interpersonal skills necessary to build relationships with student peers and faculty

Course structure and content

Core skills development

  • Academic writing
  • Academic reading
  • Presentations and seminar skills 
  • Listening and academic discourse

Course content

1. English for Academic Study
Specialist skills development for English in a degree-level context.

2. Academic Study Skills
Develops the skills needed for university – critical reading and argument, note-taking and research.

3. Test Preparation
IELTS preparation.

4. Profile Builder
Enhances students’ interview techniques, and presentation skills.

5. University counselling and placement
Our specialist university counsellors will help students make the right university choice — either before they leave home or during their course.

Tutorials

Each week, students will have the opportunity to meet with the teacher to discuss their progress or any other concerns and queries they might have. In term 3, the tutorial programme is extended to include 6 additional 1-hour tutorials with subject specialists and ELT specialists. On submitting research proposals students will be allocated a subject specialist.

Syllabus overview

Syllabus overview

Term 1 (entry point 5.0+)

Principles of academic discourse
Simple referencing, critical thinking about purpose and aims, supporting ideas.
Assessment: End-of-course controlled assessment.

Basic academic skills
Note taking, locating information in text, interacting, understanding genre, achieving coherence, study skills.
Assessment: Coursework assessment and IELTS assessment.

Academic language 1
Register, development of lexis, simple cohesion, basic subordinate structures.
Assessment: End-of-course controlled assessment.

Personal development
Portfolio development, personal statement and CV writing, academic career planning.
Assessment: Portfolio evaluation.

Special Interest Group unit
IELTS training, guided study, or other agreed choice.
Assessment: End-of-course test.

Term 2 (entry point 5.5+)

The primary research process
Research design, data collection methods, research analysis and presentation of findings.
Assessment: Coursework assessment (60%) and final presentation (40%).

Critical thinking
Representation of arguments; identifying assumptions, fallacies, rhetoric; argument skills.
Assessment: End-of-course controlled assessment (60%) and coursework assessment (40%).

Academic language 2
Development of academic lexis, textual referencing, complex subordinate structures.
Assessment: End-of-course controlled assessment.

Further academic skills
Includes presentation skills, summarising and paraphrasing, critiquing.
Assessment: Coursework assessment.

Special Interest Group unit
IELTS training, guided study, or other agreed choice.
Assessment: End-of-course test.

Term 3 (entry point 6.0+)

The extended writing process
Reviewing literature, scoping, drafting, and editing.
Assessment: 2000 word dissertation and a Viva presentation. Poster presentation.

Advanced academic language
Collocation and grammatical idiom, verb pattern and dependency
Assessment: End-of-course controlled assessment.

Postgraduate academic skills
Includes arguing from perspectives, attending real lectures, discussing ideas from subject specialisms.
Assessment: Coursework assessment.

Special Interest Group unit
IELTS training, guided study, or other agreed choice.
Assessment: End-of-course test.

Our university partners

On applying for a place on the Graduate Preparation Programme, you will be issued a conditional offer of a place on a postgraduate degree course from one of these partner universities.

On completion of the course, if you change your mind on the subject of your Masters, we can counsel you towards a different university if necessary.

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From Kings Life

Graduate Preparation Program student Maria

Maria recently completed the Graduate Preparation Programme with Kings Oxford and is now studying a Masters at Bournemouth University.

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