Academic English Programme (term 1)

Cambridge Regional College
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Professional Training
1 term
1,400 GBP excl. VAT
Part time
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Course description

The Academic English Programme is designed for students who wish to widen their understanding and knowledge of English, who may want to go to university, or who have already applied to university. It is also suitable for professionals who want to develop their English to help career prospects.

Suitability - Who should attend?

  • Minimum Age – 16 years old.
  • Minimum Intermediate level of English required. Proof of English will be required such as an FCE certificate or IELTS taken in the last 2 years. If the student does not have any formal English qualification, they will undertake the Cambridge Regional College English Assessment.

The course is designed for:

  • students who wish to widen their understanding and knowledge of English
  • professionals who want to develop their English and pursue further development in their careers
  • students who may want to go to university
  • students who have already applied to university.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

The course will develop the following skills:

Reading Skills:

  • The organisation of texts
  • Understanding the gist and the detail of a text
  • Understanding the purpose of a text
  • Evaluating the arguments of a text

Writing Skills:

  • Levels of formality and register
  • Understanding the purpose of essays and reports
  • Planning and drafting essays and reports
  • Paraphrasing, summarising, synthesising
  • Referencing (avoiding plagiarism)

Speaking Skills:

  • Fluency and accuracy in more complex topics
  • Conversational skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Analysing and discussing ideas and opinions
  • Debating skills

Listening Skills:

  • Understanding gist and detail from a variety of spoken sources
  • Taking notes from extensive reading and from lectures and discussions
  • Summarising arguments when note taking

Critical Thinking:

  • Understanding the notion of bias
  • Understanding and analysing/evaluating arguments

Exam preparation:

  • Understanding the purpose of the exam questions
  • Planning and structuring the answers
  • Practice in a variety of exams (IELTS or Cambridge Suite)
  • Understanding the marking criteria


Course Fee : £1,400

Continuing Studies

You will improve your English ready for university. The course also includes IELTS preparation.

It is recommended that you sit the IELTS or one of the Cambridge Suite examinations at the end of the course. We can help you with this.

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Cambridge Regional College

Our mission is to transform lives and create prosperity by delivering technical and professional education that meets the needs of students, employers and communities in Cambridgeshire. Cambridge Regional College is the largest further education college in the East of England...

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Kings Hedges Road
CB4 2QT Cambridge Cambridgeshire

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