The programme is delivered and managed by the Centre for English Language and Communication at Aston (CELCA), which is located on the 8th floor of the North Wing.
This Student Handbook tells you about the Pre-sessional programme and provides you with practical answers to many of your questions. Please look carefully at the information and keep the handbook for future reference.
If you have any further questions the CELCA staff will help you in whatever way they can.
We hope your time with CELCA will be productive and that you enjoy the programme.
Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established research-active University, known for its world-class teaching quality and strong links to industry, government and commerce. It is also an inclusive, forward-thinking and diverse institution, deeply committed to ensuring all of its students are happy, comfortable and satisfied.
Whether you’re a UK, EU or international student looking for advice on managing money, wanting to join or even set-up a student society or wanting guidance and support when looking ahead to your future career, Aston has friendly and experienced professionals ready to help.
We take supporting our students very seriously – backed up by the government’s National Student Survey (NSS) in which Aston has achieved an overall satisfaction rate of at least 89% for the last four year years (above the national average of 86%). We are equally dedicated to equipping our students with the skills needed to thrive in the world of work. Aston is ranked among the top four universities for helping students secure work placement years during their studies, helping them gain invaluable experience.
With the aid of such careful employment planning from our award winning Careers team, Aston’s graduates are some of the most employable in the UK. Six months after graduation, nearly eight out of ten Aston alumni are in graduate level destinations – an employability rate comparable to those of the traditional elite universities.
As Aston celebrates its 50th year as a University in 2016 and welcomes its new Vice-Chancellor, we are constantly adapting to the changing needs of our students. In keeping with the University’s progressive motto, ‘Forward’, we pledge to continue to do so.
Professor Helen E Higson OBE
Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor
For the start and end dates of the Pre-sessional programmes, see the "Course dates and fees" section HERE.
For a full list of modules and assessments, please refer to the "Subject guide and modules" section HERE.
We assess all areas of your language skills in a number of different ways.
Formative assessment (which gives you the opportunity to receive feedback on your progress but does not contribute towards your overall mark) includes activities such as:
Summative assessment is the assessment which gives you your overall mark for the course. A range of assessment activities are used including:
Your module tutor will explain the assessment to you at the start of each module.
The pass mark for each module is:
Throughout your programme, you will have the opportunity to work with a number of different class tutors. You will be assigned an academic tutor at the start of each module who will usually be the teacher of your afternoon class. Your academic tutor will discuss your progress with you, help with your study plan, and advise about how to focus your private study.
You may also make an appointment with the Student Adviser to discuss general matters. For advice on where to get help with personal issues, please contact the Student Adviser.
Note: The External Examiner is Mr J. Wrigglesworth, Sheffield Hallam University.
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