International Foundation Programme

The International Foundation Programme at Winchester enables international students to make the transition from their previous learning and teaching styles in their own culture to the styles of the more autonomous learning environment of the UK Higher Education system. This is undertaken in a highly supportive environment enabling students to engage appropriately as they progress.

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International Foundation Programme at University of Winchester

Full-time: From one semester to two semesters. The programme runs over two 14 week semesters making the academic year 28 weeks long, not including holidays.

Entry requirements: NQF level 3 or equivalent qualification.

If English is not your first language: Semester 1 entry requires an overall IELTS score of 5.0 with 5.0 or equivalent in writing and 4.5 or equivalent in reading, listening and speaking. Semester 2 entry requires an overall IELTS score of 5.5 with 5.5 in writing or equivalent and 5.0 or equivalent in reading, listening and speaking.

Course Enquiries and Applications
Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
Email: course.enquiries@winchester.ac.uk

International students seeking additional information about this programme can send an e-mail to International@winchester.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1962 827023

The International Foundation Programme is delivered through the following types of modules.

Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL): CLIL is neither just subject nor just language learning, but a merger of both whereby the students' knowledge is strengthened around all the various aspects of the language and subject. This integration of content, learning, communication and culture into the whole learning and teaching process promotes authenticity and relevance for the students, thus providing a firm foundation for further study.

English for Academic Study (EAS): EAS covers a broad range of language skills and academic practice which are required for study at degree level. EAS strengthens the students' core English language skills by enabling them to support each other in an integrative learning process, whilst further promoting skills such as critical thinking, wider forms of expression and a more developed intuitive understanding of the English language.

Core modules:

  • Introduction to English for Academic Study
  • English for Academic Study

Optional modules:

  • Introduction to Media through English
  • The Arts in Britain through English
  • Applied Business Studies through English

The programme starts with a welcome and induction meeting for all students to introduce them students to relevant staff, help students become familiar with the overall environment in which they will be studying and introduce the student to the University, city of Winchester and the programme. Each student will be allocated a personal tutor and will receive personal tutorial support throughout the programme. Additional academic support is provided on a weekly basis for those students who want extra support.

The programme employs a variety of teaching and learning strategies, with a focus on developing a range of knowledge and skills, providing students with the ability to apply them to selected areas of study. As well as the development of English language skills, students begin to develop academic and research skills which are relevant to the UK's Higher Education system. All modules develop an independent learning culture and provide a challenging learning experience. Students reflect on their knowledge and skills, particularly through a process of peer interaction, which includes class discussion, debate and group work. This sharing of experience encourages students to modify and develop their own, and their peers', academic and subject-specific knowledge and practices.

Within the teaching staff there is a highly student-centred approach to teaching, with the emphasis on bringing out the best in individual students. This comprises not only helping them realise their academic potential but ensuring they have benefitted from a cultural experience and have had a good experience in their host country. Students also attend the programme committee meetings so they are able to express their views about the programme.

The programme reflects excellence in teaching and learning and provides learning experiences which enables students from a wide range of backgrounds to achieve their full learning potential.

Along with the resources available across the University the programme has its own collection of relevant resources. These include book and journal collections, providing course books for students, IT facilities and specialised class room facilities.

Assessment is carefully tailored to the aims and learning outcomes of the course with a wide range of assessment types. To introduce the student to academic practice and learning a variety of assessment patterns are employed.

During the International Foundation Programme, students increase their academic capabilities by working on shorter written tasks, leading up to final essays of 1,000 words. Oral assessments, performed in class, include conversations, discussions, debates, individual contributions to seminars and pronunciation practice. Portfolios are also used relating to a given topic, theme or element of practice, which is produced over a period of time. Students are introduced to reflective accounts, such as a diary. This provides an opportunity for the international student to reflect on their own learning and helps to promote personal development.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

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