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University Preparatory Certificate for Science and Engineering (UPCSE) at UCL Language Centre. Dr Christine Hoffmann Director UCL Language Centre. UPCSE at UCL Reasons and Rationale.

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University Preparatory Certificate for Science and Engineering (UPCSE) at UCL Language Centre

Dr Christine Hoffmann


UCL Language Centre

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.

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.

UPCSE Staffing

  • Science 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.

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).

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.

Further Preparatory Certificate Developments

  • University Preparatory Certificate for the Humanities;

  • Graduate Preparatory Certificate for the Humanities (Pre-Master’s Programme).

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