The Malvern House Pre-Masters Course is designed to prepare students for entry into a British university to study at graduate level. What distinguishes the Pre-Masters from the Foundation course is the maturity of the students, their level of subject knowledge and the expectations of the teaching staff.
Students can join either in January (for the six month course) or March (for the three month course). Students joining in March are expected to have a higher level of English. Students attend up to 30 hours of class per week. Classes are held from daily from 9:00 to 15:00 with 2 mid-session breaks and a 30 minute lunch break.
The course is made up of the following components:
- Study Skills (15 hours a week): Students will concentrate on the basic skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. They will practise these skills in an academic environment, reading academic text, writing formal essays, listening to lectures and taking notes. They will also learn research methods.
- Business (5 hours a week): Students will study Human Resource Management, Accounting, Economics, Business Communication, Marketing and Management. They will undertake case studies and conduct research into their chosen areas.
- Integrated Skills (3 hours a week): This module brings together the skills developed in the rest of the course in practical and task based ways. Students will undertake research and produce essays and presentations in subject of interest to them.
- Critical Thinking (3 hours a week): This module will introduce students to the different ways of reading, analysing and understanding texts from a variety of different sources and considering them critically rather than accepting what is put before them.
- Cultural Studies (2 hours a week): The aim of this module is to acquaint student s with the British way of life. This will cover not only its institutions and political and economic background but also its attitudes and values.
- Travel and Tourism (optional): This module provides an overview of the tourism industry and introduces the students to the language of tourism.
- IELTS (optional): Students will complete a course of IELTS over a three month period if their IELTS score is below 6.5.
Admissions requirements and procedure
In order to enrol in the Malvern House Pre-Masters programme, students must:
- Be over the age of 21;
- Have an IELTS score of 5.5 for the January intake or 6.0 for the March intake;
- Have graduated from undergraduate university or equivalent.
To apply, students should contact Malvern House Enrolments. They will be asked to submit:
- A completed Malvern House enrolment form;
- A personal statement of no less than 250 words entitled "Why I want to study in the United Kingdom";
- A copy of the IELTS certificate; and
- A copy of their university diploma (translated into English).
Students will be given an Academic English textbook as part of the course fees. Additional material will be provided throughout the course by the teachers.
Assessment will take the form of essays ongoing coursework presentations and final exam. All of the work is double marked by two teachers to ensure quality of assessment.
The assessment criteria for essays is based on the Language features, style, content, referencing and bibliography. The assessment criteria for presentations is based on research, content, delivery, board work, visuals & handouts and handling questions.
All assessed work will be given a grade. These grades will be used to produce the students overall grade for the course as a whole.
Students who have successfully passed the course will be issued a Malvern House Certificate. Student will also receive a report at the end of each term detailing their progress in each skill and an overall grade.