University Language Centre
ENGLISH LANGUAGE COURSES
Gateway Programme (GW T1 - T4)
English for Personal, Professional and Academic Development
University Language Centre
The University Language Centre (ULC) is part of the School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures within the Faculty
of Humanities. The School brings together the largest concentration and widest range of high-quality research and
teaching in language-based disciplines in the UK and consists of nine other areas of activity: French Studies, German
Studies, Italian Studies, Linguistics and English Language, Translation and Intercultural Studies, Spanish and
Portuguese Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, East Asian Studies and Russian Studies.
The ULC has over 30 years’ experience of running English language courses for international students, and these
courses are accredited by the British Council, through Accreditation UK (formerly English in Britain). The ULC’s pre-
sessional courses are also accredited by BALEAP (British Association of Lecturers in English for Academic
Purposes). The ULC is a UCAS Centre, a regional IELTS test centre, a centre for Cambridge (FCE, CAE, CPE) and
Pitman ESOL examinations. In addition to this, the ULC advises university staff on English language qualifications and
the recommended period of pre-sessional study. Teaching staff also conduct research into aspects of language
This full-time course is a combination of both general English (Core Modules) and areas of language specific to the
student’s personal, professional or academic needs (Target Modules). The structure of Gateway enables students to
follow different learning routes according to their aims and objectives and has been carefully designed for two broad
groups of students:
i. Students who are intending to study or carry out research at a British university. Students returning to their home
university, visiting research students and academics may also find the course useful.
ii. Students who wish to improve the overall proficiency of their language for personal or professional reasons.
The course covers 45 weeks of the year and it is possible to join at set points in the year (see application form).
• Core Language Module: These classes focus on improving grammar, vocabulary, the four language skills
(listening, speaking, reading, writing) and study skills. A course book is given to students for this part of the
• Target Modules: These classes cover a range of topics and skills based on students’ specific needs and current
language proficiency. Modules offered may vary from term to term.
1. Target: University Study
• Academic English: academic listening, speaking, reading, writing and study strategies.
• Topics for IELTS: focusing on vocabulary for different topics and skills development
• Skills for Undergraduates: completing a UCAS form, writing a personal statement, interview skills
• IELTS Test Preparation: strategies for practising the four skills, test practice
• English for Management, Science & Technology, Humanities & Social Science: academic skills, reading
discipline-related texts, development of discipline-related vocabulary
Progression: Students intending to go onto university may progress on to a pre-sessional course (if they meet the English
language entry requirements) or directly to their academic programme/research.
2. Target: Personal and Professional Development
• Skills Enhancement (oral/aural): practising oral communication including fluency, accuracy on pronunciation
• Skills Enhancement (reading/writing/vocabulary): practising reading strategies and skills, improving
vocabulary range and working on fluency and accuracy of writing
• British Cultural Studies: British Culture & the Arts including film theatre & television
• English for Business and Management: skills work, reading business-related texts, business and
• Examination Preparation (Cambridge FCE, CAE, CPE): examination strategies and techniques
Examinations: ULC is a regional testing centre for IELTS (held every 2 weeks) and Centre for Cambridge (FCE, CAE,
CPE) and Pitman ESOL examinations. Fees for public examinations are not included in tuition fees.
Levels: Pre-Intermediate-Advanced. ULC can only accept very low level students if there is a class at that level. One-to-
one tuition is available for students who are too low level to be placed into class (fees available on request).
Timetable: 21 hours per week (including tutorials). Classes take place between 0930 and 1530 Monday to Thursday,
and 0930 and 1300 on Fridays. Friday afternoon is free for trips, activities, sports or private study.
Private study: Students may use the Open Learning facilities, the university libraries and computer clusters.
Class size: Between 8 and 15 students per class (maximum 15).
Age of students: 18 years old +.
Minimum period of study: 4 weeks.
Testing and Assessment: Students are tested and placed in a group at the start of their period of study. Students are
assessed regularly and a final assessment is made at the end of their period of study.
Reports: A final report is produced for students at the end of their period of study. Students can be sent a copy of their
report on request.
Certificates: A Certificate of Attendance is given to all students at the end of their period of study provided they have
attended a minimum of 80% of their classes.
Accommodation: During the academic year (mid-Sept to mid-June) homestay accommodation is provided in
partnership with an agent. Residential (hall) accommodation may be available through the University Accommodation
Office and private halls. During the summer accommodation is available in self-catering university residential halls booked
through ULC. For further information see ‘Accommodation Information’.
Social programme: During the academic year (mid-Sept to mid-June) students have membership of the International
Society and may attend 2 trips per 4 week period of study. Trips are to places of interest such as York, Chester and
Liverpool. Students may also participate in the activities and events organised by the International Society.
During the summer the ULC organises activities such as quiz nights, games evenings and discos and a programme of
trips at weekends. The trips and some of the social activities provided by ULC are included in the course fees. On
coach trips, students only need to pay entrance fees if applicable. Other optional activities arranged by the Social
Organisers on a sign up basis are not included in the fees but special student rates are sometimes available.
Sports activities: Students may use the wide range of sports facilities available in the two university Sports Centres and
the Manchester Aquatics Centre, and are charged at the normal student rates.
For details of other courses:
English Language Courses, Oddfellows Hall, University Language Centre
The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL
Tel: +44 (0)161 306 3397 Fax: +44 (0)161 306 3396