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English language teaching

Disclosure date: 27 July 2012

Reference: FOI2012/047

Request

1. In the financial year 2010-11, how much did you spend on additional English language teaching for international (non-EU) students to help them with their programmes?

If possible, could you please break this figure down for a) undergraduates and b) postgraduates.

By “additional teaching”, I mean this to include pre-sessional courses to prepare students already accepted onto degree programmes, as well as in-sessional teaching that occurs while they are studying for their degrees.

2. In the same period, how many international students were enrolled on a) undergraduate and b) postgraduate programmes?

3. In the same period, how many international students have been found to have cheated on, faked, or simply did not have the English language qualifications required for entry?

4. What is your standard minimum IELTS English requirement for students coming to study on undergraduate programmes?

5. What is your standard minimum IELTS English requirement for students coming to study on postgraduate programmes?

Response

1. We do not break down our in-sessional provision by level or nationality. The total spent on in-sessional and pre-sessional provision is £244,000. 60% of the students on the pre-sessional courses were non-EU so, assuming it is the same on the in-sessional courses, we would estimate £160,000 is spent in total on non-EU students

The breakdown is as follows:

 Pre-sessionalIn-sessional
Teaching£141,000£70,000
Administration & management£30,000£13,000
Total£254,000


2a. 376
b. 575 PG Taught, 215 PG Research

3. Admissions staff found no instances of cheating or faked English language qualifications.

4. 

  • 7 overall with 7 in each subscore for unconditional acceptance. 
  • 7 overall with 6.5 in each subscore for unconditional acceptance but with an in-sessional requirement.
  • 6 overall with 6 in writing and no subscores below 5.0 for acceptance conditional on 8 week pre-sessional course.

5. As above