Presentation on theme: "Dr Christine Hoffmann Director UCL Language Centre"— Presentation transcript:
1 Dr Christine Hoffmann Director UCL Language Centre University Preparatory Certificate for Science and Engineering (UPCSE) at UCL Language CentreDr Christine HoffmannDirectorUCL Language Centre
2 UPCSE at UCL Reasons and Rationale To allow high-ability international students to prepare for access to UK universities (rigorous entry testing in science subjects and English);Pre-university course taught at university (full-time UCL students, use of all facilities including laboratories, quality assurances) - best preparation for academically demanding university programmes;Integrated teaching and learning in English for Academic Purposes, Academic Research Skills and Science;Close liaison of UCL science departments (convenors) with UCL Language Centre in terms of syllabus design and assessment structure.
3 UPCSE Students – Profile and Performance Students come from a range of countries with specific entry profiles (see handout);Approximately 50% of participants apply to and study at UCL (see handout);Only the most able students are selected to study at UCL;Students can apply to other leading UK universities (Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial, LSE) that have programmes not offered by UCL;Evidence that UPCSE students are in the top group of their year on undergraduate degree programmes.
4 UPCSE StaffingScience lecturers (qualified to teach Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics and have a PGCE as well as ‘A-level’ teaching experience);English for Academic Purposes (EAP) lecturers (DELTA qualified, MA, experience of teaching international students);EAP/Science and Society plus Science Coordinators;Educational Adviser;Senior Administrators, Course Administrators and ICT Staff;Convenors (from UCL departments);Market Development Officer.
5 UPCSE Teaching and Timetables (Students) Compulsory subjects include two science modules and EAP/Science & Society modules;Sciences - 2 one-hour lectures a week and a number of small group weekly tutorials (academic problem-solving and discussion forum) and weekly laboratory sessions (2-3 hours per week);Lecture review sessions (one hour per week per subject);EAP – nine hours per week plus personal tutorials (academic progress and welfare issues);Science & Society and Research Skills (2-3 hours per week);Field trips (Biology and other Science subjects);Student timetable (see handout).
6 UPCSE Teaching and Timetables (Staff) Team meetings (weekly), Teaching Committee Meetings, Staff Student Consultative Meetings;Programme Review and Development (syllabi, assessment structure, follow-up from external examiners’ feedback);Staff Development.
7 Further Preparatory Certificate Developments University Preparatory Certificate for the Humanities;Graduate Preparatory Certificate for the Humanities (Pre-Master’s Programme).