Heriot-Watt University

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Accredited by BALEAP
Accredited by BALEAP

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Olwyn Alexander
Academic Director, English Section
School of Social Sciences, Riccarton,
Edinburgh EH14 4AS,
United Kingdom
+44 (0) 131 451 3542
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You'll find a really friendly, welcoming community at Heriot-Watt. It's easy to get to know people and it's very convenient: all our amenities are within easy reach on our Edinburgh Campus.

Our English language programmes are aimed specifically at students who intend to study for a degree thorugh the medium of English:

  • students with an unconditional offer for a degree programme who need a short, intensive English course to improve their language skills
  • students with a conditional offer for a degree programme and whose English language skills are just below the required level
  • students who need to complete a longer period of English language study before beginning their degree.

Our programmes are designed to build your competence in academic language and study strategies, which will enable you to perform to the best of your ability on your future degree. As well as improving your English langauge proficiency, you will begin to develop graduate attributes:  'the skills, knowledge and abilities of university graduates, beyond disciplinary content knowledge, which are applicable to a range of contexts and are acquired as a result of completing any degree' (Barrie, 2006: 217).

Choose from a range of courses of different lengths and intensity depending on your needs and your level of English:

  • Pre-sessional Portfolio (5 weeks study + assessment week)

A quick very intensive course to top up your language proficiency and raise your awareness of the way you will be expected to study  in English.

  • Pre-sessional Passport (9 weeks study + assessment week)

An in-depth course to give you confidence that you clearly understand what is expected at university. You  will prepare authentic academic tasks, such as a poster presentation and a literature review, and learn what critical evaluation means.

  • Pre-sessional Project (13 weeks study + assessment week)

An opportunity to take more time to improve your language proficiency through a wide range of authentic academic tasks, such as seminar discussions, literature reviews and researched case studies.

  • Foundation English - Pre-masters (2 semesters 7 months)

A step by step exploration of the approach to study in a UK university with plenty of support to improve your language proficiency.

Our pre-sessional courses are accredited by BALEAP, a recognised sign of quality for students looking for EAP programmes that will help them pursue their studies effectively.

You will use a coursebook, Access EAP: Frameworks, which was nominated for an ELTon by The  British Council  in 2014 for innovation in course design. This means you can be sure that you are getting a high quality course that is directly relevant for your degree studies.

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Course Name Course Type
Academic English Passport (10 weeks) Academic Purposes
Academic English Portolio (6 weeks) Academic Purposes
Academic English Project (14 weeks) Academic Purposes
Foundation English - Pre-masters Academic Purposes