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We are currently offering two Pre-Master's Programmes.
- Level 5 Master's Foundation Programme (March intake only)
- Level 6 Pre-Master's Foundation (June onwards)

Who is this programme designed for?

These programmes are designed to prepare international students for postgraduate study in the UK. The Level 5 and Level 6 Pre-Master’s will allow you to improve your English while learning the study skills and research methods that you will need during your Master’s degree studies. Depending on the length of the programme you study, you may also study academic modules relating to your chosen progression degree.

How long will I study for?

The duration of the Level 6 programme is two semesters. Each semester consists of 13 teaching weeks, one reading week, and an assessment week. The weekly hours of study varies by term with students on average studying around 18-23 (and up to 25) hours per week. 

English Language forms up to six hours of your timetable, is compulsory for students who are below the required level for progression, and will be integrated into the teaching of academic subjects as well as being taught separately if you need additional support. Students who are at or above the required English level for progression are likely to follow a reduced timetable.

Students will be expected to timetable self-study hours in addition to the classroom-based hours.

The duration of the Level 5 March intake is two terms.

What will I study?

Level 5 (2 terms)

All students will study English for Academic Purposes, two core modules plus specialist modules relevant to your chosen degree.

  • Research Project (core)
  • Postgraduate Skills Development (core)
  • One further subject relevant to your intended degree
Level 6 (2 semesters)

All students will study English for Academic Purposes, plus specialist modules as listed below.

  • Undergraduate Research Dissertation
  • Academic English Langauge Development
  • Research and Digital Literacy Skills
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods
  • Personal Development for Employability
  • Woking in Teams
  • Personal Tutorial

Upon successful completion of the Level 6 programme, your qualification will be awarded under the name of ‘ONCAMPUS Level 6 Masters Foundation Programme’.

How will I be assessed?

Each module will have an assessment schedule, which will be completed by the end of the appropriate semester, and will include formative and summative assignments and other assessment tasks. Assessments will be designed to demonstrate learning across the individual modules of the programme and to allow you to experience a wide range of the assessment methods used in UK postgraduate programmes. Assessments will normally include coursework, essays, reports and other structured assignments, oral examination and unseen written examinations.All students study English for Academic Purposes.

Programme details:

Course length: Level 6 is 2 semesters. Level 5 is 2 terms. 
Minimum age: 21+
Hours per week: up to 25

Dates and Fees:

Programme dates Level

Duration (note terms and semesters apply depending on Level)

Tuition fee Progressing to a
Master’s degree starting in
27 March 2023 - 11 August 2023 5 2 terms £12,900 September 2023
05 June 2023 - 03 May 2024 6 2 semester extended £26,430 September 2024
18 September 2023 - 03 May 2024 6 2 semesters £19,980 September 2024
18 September 2023 - 09 August 2024 6 2 semester extended  £26,640 September 2024
15 January 2024 - 09 August 2024 6 2 semesters £19,980 September 2024

All programmes are subject to a £350 registration fee. An Under 18 Supplement applies to all students under the age of 18 at the start of their programme.

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