The English for Academic Purposes Programme provides English language instruction for academic study and employment in UK universities. The courses in this programme give students the tools necessary to speak confidently in an academic setting, understand academic lectures, take proper notes, research and write reports, and be able to think critically. Upon successful programme completion, students are ready to fulfill the requirements necessary to obtain their First Certificate of English (FCE) and Certificate of Advanced English (CAE). The First Certificate in English (FCE), is an English language examination provided by Cambridge English Language Assessment. It is an upper-intermediate, international English language qualification that has widespread recognition in both business and industry as well as universities, colleges, and other upper-level educational institutions. Students who obtain this certificate prove that they have mastered the level of English required for work and study purposes in the UK. The Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) is a highly respected qualification in the UK. The examination is a thorough assessment of one’s English language ability and is recognized as a badge of excellence by schools, businesses, and government departments all over the country. IELTS Preparation IELTS, or the International English Language Testing System, assesses the language ability of those who intend to study or work where English is the principal language of communication. The IELTS test has four modules: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. A passing score is needed to qualify for a UK visa or be accepted at a UK university. The IELTS Preparation courses at English Minds are offered at three separate levels: Intermediate, Upper Intermediate and Advanced. The core skills required by the IELTS test are all covered, and can be supplemented by elective sessions that help students focus on skills that need improvement. After completing the course, students will be ready to sit their IELTS examinations and apply to their desired university. Academic English The Academic English course at English Minds prepares students to communicate effectively at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Extra emphasis is made on clear and proper note-taking, research methods, summarising, and critical thinking. This is a highly recommended course for those wanting to study at a UK university or eventually obtain employment in an academic environment. Upon completion of the Academic English course, many students elect to enhance their new skills by registering for one of our specialised English for Specific Purposes courses. University Access Programme The University Access Course lays the groundwork for future success at an undergraduate or postgraduate level at a UK university. Students taking this course will receive thorough training in all academic skills, such as taking lecture notes, accurate summarising, delivering presentations, and writing academic-quality essays. Extra emphasis is placed on proper reference and research methods and avoiding plagiarism. The University Access Programme is an ESOL student’s pathway to the English-language university of their choice and a successful academic career. TOEFL Preparation This course prepares students to take the TOEFL iBT test and achieve the score they need to apply for a visa or be accepted at a UK university. The test requires applicants to understand and communicate in English at the university level, so the English Minds instructors will teach the listening, reading, speaking and writing skills required. Course subjects also include exam techniques and strategies, and students are given sample tests to prepare them for the TOEFL iBT exam. Evening IELTS Preparation The evening IELTS Preparation classes provides busy students with the tutoring required to perform well on the IELTS examination. The essential skills for passing the test -reading, writing, speaking and listening- are covered in detail via a series of evening courses that allow students to work as they continue their English language education. Evening Academic Writing The evening Academic Writing course equips English-language students for undergraduate and postgraduate studies by helping them cultivate important academic skills, namely taking notes, researching, referencing, summarising, and critical thinking. Although part-time, this course ensures that students can prepare for a solid education at a UK university while maintaining their other obligations.