The Academic English Programme (AEP) helps non-native English speaking students reach their full potential on their Reading degree programmes. The provision has a number of strands:

  • You can refer your international and EU students to AEP ‘open-to-all’ courses run each term which offer academic skills and literacy development with an integral English-language dimension.

Written Language courses: Academic Grammar; Core Writing Skills for Science & Technology; Core Writing Skills for Social Sciences & Humanities; Dissertation & Thesis Writing; Essays: Criticality, Argumentation and Structure; Using Sources Successfully

Spoken language courses: Listening & Speaking; Presentation Skills; Pronunciation; Speaking; Social English


  • For individualised support, you can refer your students to 1-to-1 Writing Tutorials and Speaking Tutorials: All international/EU students can book two 30-minute tutorials per term and can, for example, receive feedback on aspects of their academic writing such as structure, language and style, rehearse and get feedback on oral presentations, or receive advice in pronunciation or strategies to develop speaking and listening fluency.
  • Embedded academic language & literacy courses: In collaboration with Schools and Departments, discipline-specific AEP courses are offered currently for 26 degree-programme cohorts. If you feel your programme would benefit from this kind of AEP provision, contact details for enquiries are on the web pages.
  • In collaboration with the Graduate School, we provide writing courses for doctoral students whose first language is not English: Writing and Language Practice & Development; Doctoral Thesis Writing: Structure & Language (Science & Technology); Doctoral Thesis Writing: Structure & Language (Social Science & Humanities); Editing your Thesis with Corpora. For more information about these courses and how to refer your doctoral students to them, see the Graduate School’s web pages.