Duff Miller Sixth Form College Academic English Programme

The Skills to Flourish Academically and Socially

To ensure international students attending Duff Miller Sixth Form College thrive academically and socially, we strive to develop their English language ability so it is at the level required to achieve outstanding exam results and subsequently a place at a leading university. If necessary, students can take a full-time English programme, before embarking on their academic courses in classes alongside native English speakers.

A comprehensive knowledge of the English language helps students to understand more easily, write more eloquently and ultimately achieve better grades in their exams. It also enables them to socialise more actively, strike up friendships more easily and immerse themselves more readily in British culture.

Students must be able to demonstrate a level of English appropriate to the chosen academic programme in order to commence studies. Before beginning their chosen academic course, students need to take an English language assessment, unless they already possess a recognised English language qualification at the appropriate level. If students require further support and development we can guide them to a suitable full-time English programme with us, lasting for one, two or three terms before starting their academic course.

Complement and Support Academic Study

At Duff Miller Sixth Form College we believe it is important that English is studied alongside other academic subjects and not in isolation. Learning a language to the standard required by the most prestigious universities takes time and cannot be rushed. If required, students can benefit from a minimum of four hours of English tuition every week throughout their studies. These lessons also cover revision and exam techniques to help them succeed in the IELTS examination.

Pre-sessional English

These programmes provide students with the opportunity to boost their academic English ahead of their full-time academic studies. The programmes support students with their communication and academic language, help them work on their study skills and provide an opportunity to adapt to studying in the UK thereby giving themselves a head start in their new academic careers.

Highly Qualified Teachers

Our courses are taught by professional and fully qualified teachers who have extensive experience of teaching English to international students and of preparing them for their IELTS examinations.

A Complete Language Programme

The programme improves students’ academic English across the whole spectrum of reading, writing, speaking and listening, as well as developing language systems – vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation. Daily homework and regular tests assess their progress and identify areas for further development.

An Immersive Approach

We encourage our students to read widely, listen to English-speaking media and, of course, practise as much as possible by speaking English at every opportunity both inside and outside the classroom. Our leading London A-Level college also offers trips, activities and social events that students can take part in, as well as organising visits from guest speakers.