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Approaches to Study with English Language Support (Intensive)

Our Approaches to Study with English Language Support short course covers the same study techniques and content as the Approaches to Study course, but it has been specially designed for students whose first language is not English. You take this course first, to develop your academic study skills before taking a subject-based course, and you will also be given additional guidance on how to develop your oral and written English skills.

This course is intensive and can be completed in one term. You will need to attend on weekday evenings, plus the Saturdays as listed.

Assessment: a 1000-word critical analysis, 1500-word essay, oral presentation in class and 1200-word learning review.

You will need to attend an advice and guidance session before enrolling (tel: +44 (0)20 7631 6666 or ).

*Please be aware that this is not an academic English course. Birkbeck students who would like to improve their English can receive extra support by attending our academic English courses and workshops.

This short course can be taken as a stand-alone course or it may be available as part of a Certificate of Higher Education.

30 credits at level 4

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students. You may have to fulfil specific prerequisites for some intermediate-level or advanced-level courses, but these will be specified where relevant.

    Visa requirements

    If you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa.

    The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:

    • Courses of more than six months' duration.
    • Courses of less than six months' duration.
    • Pre-sessional English language courses.

    International students who require a Tier 4 visa should apply for our full-time courses (with the exception of modular enrolment certificates of higher education and graduate certificates), as these qualify for Tier 4 sponsorship. If you are living in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck's part-time courses (with the exception of some modules).

    For full information, read our visa information for international students page.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You enrol directly onto the classes you would like to take, using the Enrol Now link below. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then enrol onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.

First class: Tue 05-Jan-21 6pm-9pm

Class code FFHE015S4ACC