English for Creative Disciplines

Key Facts

Staff

Programme Overview

How to Apply

Applications are made directly to the School. Download the application form at the bottom of the page and email it to pre-sessional@gsa.ac.uk

Assessment

The course features a combination of formative and summative assessments. The formative assessment relies on the portfolio assessment, drafts of written work and participation in the live classes. The summative assessment entails written and spoken assignments. Both formative and summative assessments are taken into account when writing progress reports and awarding the final grades.

Cost
The cost of the programme includes tuition fees and access to online materials. It is payable in full, 14 days after being issued an offer. There are three different costs depending on the length of the programme chosen by the student. Please refer to the Entry Requirements section. Please note that there is no price increase compared to Summer 2020.

Anna Rolinska

Programme Overview

Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19 and subsequent travel restrictions, this course will run online in Summer 2021.

The Pre-Sessional English for Creative Disciplines Course is a discipline-specialist language course tailored to the needs of international students who have been offered a place on an undergraduate or postgraduate course at GSA on the condition that they improve their English up to a level required by a given GSA programme.

It is an intensive and demanding course that offers a unique opportunity to study English and essential academic skills in the context of the creative disciplines (Art, Design and Architecture), their specialist learning methodologies, practices and processes. This means the course is far different from conventional language courses that for example focus on exam preparation.

The course combines content and language to create optimal conditions for contextualised language practice as well as inquiry- and project-based learning to help the students develop as language learners, creative practitioners and life-long learners. Based on the feedback from past students and GSA programme leaders, such an innovative approach is appreciated and crucial in allowing the students to transition successfully onto their prospective programmes.

Please refer to the Study Guide for details of the curriculum, assessments, timetable and technologies used on the course.

Entry Requirements

In order to apply for the Pre-Sessional English for Creative Disciplines course, students have to have a conditional offer for any GSA programme which requires them to improve their language skills up to a level required by the prospective programme. These requirements will be different for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and so they affect the entry requirements for the Pre-Sessional course - see the Course Options section for details. Please note that presently other English Language Qualifications are also accepted – details here. If you are not sure how to convert your scores, please contact the Pre-Sessional team.

Regardless of the test type, all the tests must have been taken at an approved test centre within 2 years of the proposed course start date.

There are three different course lengths depending on the student’s current IELTS scores: 12, 8 and 4 weeks. 

12 week course

This course is recommended if:

  • The prospective programme has a language requirement of IELTS 6.5 overall (with no individual skill lower than 6.0) and your current IELTS score is 6.0 overall and each skill must be no lower than 5.5

  • The prospective programme has a language requirement of IELTS 6.0 overall (with no individual skill lower than 5.5) and your current IELTS score is 5.5 overall and each skill must be no lower than 5.0

The 12-week course covers Modules 1, 2 + 3.

The application deadline is 31 May 2021 (at Midnight, GMT).

The course start date is 7 June 2021. Induction activities will take place on the week prior to the course start date with a live session on the morning (GMT) on 4 June 2021. 

The tuition fee is £4,150.

8 week course

This course is recommended if:

  • The prospective programme has a language requirement of IELTS 6.5 overall (with no individual skill lower than 6.0) and your current IELTS score is 6.0 overall with a maximum of one skill at 5.5 and all other skills must be 6.0 or higher.

  • The prospective programme has a language requirement of IELTS 6.0 overall (with no individual skill lower than 5.5) and your current IELTS score is 5.5 overall 5.5 overall with a maximum of one skill at 5.0 and all other skills must be 5.5 or higher.

The 8-week course covers Modules 2 + 3

 

The application deadline is 21 June 2021 (at Midnight, GMT).

The course start date is 5 July 2021. Induction activities will take place on the week prior to the course start date with a live session on the morning (GMT) on 2 July 2021.

The tuition fee is £2,950.

4 week course

The course is recommended if:

  • The prospective programme has a language requirement of IELTS 6.5 overall (with no individual skill lower than 6.0) and your current IELTS score is 6.5 overall with a maximum of one skill at 5.5 and all other skills must be 6.0 or higher.

  • The prospective programme has a language requirement of IELTS 6.0 overall (with no individual skill lower than 5.5) and your current IELTS score is 6.0 overall with a maximum of one skill at 5.0 and all other skills must be 5.5 or higher.

The 4-week course covers Module 3.

The application deadline is 19 July 2021 (at Midnight, GMT).

The course start date is 2 August 2021. Induction activities will take place on the week prior to the course start date with a live session on the morning (GMT) on 30 July 2021.

The tuition fee is £1,550.

Making an application

Download the application form here and email it to pre-sessional@gsa.ac.uk along with a copy of your offer letter and current IELTS certificate.

Application deadlines

Application deadlines are different for each course, as follows:

12 week course: Midnight GMT, 31 May 2021

8 week course: Midnight GMT, 21 June 2021

4 week course: Midnight GMT, 19 July 2021 

 

Any enquiries can be made to pre-sessional@gsa.ac.uk