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What makes the Certificate in Pre-Masters Studies at Worcester special?

This Pre-Master's programme is designed to support international students to develop the skills for direct entry to masters’ programmes at Level 7.

The modules have been developed to deliver the knowledge, skills and competencies required to support students transitioning to Postgraduate Education in the UK. Students will develop relevant personal and professional skills whilst studying contemporary business topics in a diverse, multicultural learning environment. Students will be exposed to authentic business scenarios providing a vocationally relevant learning experience.

*Subject to approval

Overview

Overview

Key features

  • Especially designed to provide overseas students whose undergraduate degree does not meet the academic requirements of their chosen master’s degree with the opportunity to progress to a master’s
  • Provides opportunities for overseas students to improve their English, develop research, academic writing, and seminar skills ahead of a taught master’s degree
  • Equips students with the necessary business management concepts and practical tools needed to successfully complete a master’s program
  • Enables students to become acquainted with academic terminologies and processes
Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Academic requirements: Students must have a Bachelor’s degree (pass) in a business-related area.

English Language Requirements:

  • IELTS 6.0 (minimum 5.5)
  • PTE 59 (no less than 59 in any element)

  • TOEFL iBT 78 (R: 18, L:17, W: 17, S: 20)

Other information

Students who can demonstrate that they have been taught in the medium of English or have taken local examinations from the following list may be exempted from the requirement to provide an IELTS (SELT) score:

  • WAEC/NECO, minimum C6
  • Indian XII English, minimum 65%
  • HKDSE English, minimum 4
  • GCSE English, minimum C
  • A-level English.
Course content

Course content

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and by feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative.

Semester 1

  • Academic English and Post-Graduate Study Skills
  • Critical Thinking and Academic Integrity
  • Research Techniques in Business
  • Contemporary topics in Sustainable Business and Management

Semester 2

  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Data Analysis for Business
  • Advanced topics in Sustainable Business and Management
  • Project Management
Teaching and assessment

Teaching and assessment

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support from Student Services and Library Services, and also the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will help you to flourish and be successful.

Teaching

You are taught through a combination of face-to-face lectures and other classroom-based activities delivered and supported in small groups. Workshops are interactive and provide opportunities for students to relate theory to practice in a supportive learning environment. Through the small group teaching model all students will have the opportunity to contribute in class.

In addition to the tutor-led activities, students will undertake directed learning in the form of short focussed and meaningful homework tasks from tutorials. The homework will be shared and discussed in the tutorial time ensuring all students receive formative feedback in advance of undertaking a major assignment.

Directed learning is also supported by additional resources such as pre-recorded lectures, videos and selected readings.

Students are responsible for their own learning and are expected to engage in independent learning in addition to directed learning and preparation for assessment. This involves reading and research to further develop the material encountered in class. Independent study encourages skills such as critical thinking in selecting material to support learning, time management and prioritisation.

Contact time

Each module will have a weekly session of two hours where students will be provided with authentic opportunities to evaluate and apply their knowledge, skills and competencies through a variety of classroom activities. In a typical week you will have around 16 contact hours of teaching, typically, class contact time will be structured around:

  • Lectures

  • Tutorials

  • Interactive workshops

  • Seminars

  • Group activities

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, students are responsible for their own learning and are expected to undertake around 22 hours of in independent learning per week in addition to directed learning and preparation for assessment.

This involves reading and research to further develop the material encountered in class. Independent study encourages skills such as critical thinking in selecting material to support learning, time management and prioritisation.

Typically, this will involve reading, researching, preparing for group work, rehearsing presentations, preparing for assessments and exams.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.

Duration

  • 1 year full-time

Timetables

Timetables are normally available one month before registration.

Please note that whilst we try to be as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week; and some classes can be scheduled in the evenings.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience, demonstrators and technical officers.

Teaching is informed by research and consultancy, and all lecturers on the course have or are working towards a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

Assessment

The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments. Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessment which is graded and counts towards the overall module grade.

A typical formal summative assessment pattern, for a full-time student is:

Semester 1
  • 1 Diagnostic test
  • 3 Group presentations
  • 1 Exam
  • 1 in class quiz
  • 2 Individual project
  • 1 Portfolio/journal
Semester 2
  • 2 Individual essays/report
  • 1 Exam
  • 2 Portfolio/journal
  • 2 Group presentation
  • 1 Individual project

All assignments will be internally marked and moderated as well as being externally examined as per the University of Worcester assessment policy.

Feedback

You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We will provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

Meet the team

Students will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. Our programme tutors are experts both in their subject matter and in the delivery of this course in innovative and powerful ways.

Members of our faculty include:

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Dr Paulo Mora-Avila

Paulo has an extensive international experience in the fields of Marketing, Advertising and PR, performing roles both in academic and practical levels.

He holds an MBA from Royal Holloway University of London and a PhD in Marketing, Social Media and Consumer Behaviour with a focus on branding from the University of Birmingham.

Paulos teaching experience include Lecturer in Marketing at Birkbeck University of London, Lecturer in Marketing Strategy at Hult Business school and Assistant to Lecturers in Marketing Management at Birmingham University. His teaching and research areas of interest include, consumer behaviour, brands, social media, digital marketing, corporate reputation, and cross-cultural and cross-generational marketing.

Careers

Careers

After completing the University of Worcester Pre-Master’s, students may have the possibility to continue postgraduate master’s degrees at Worcester Business Schools and other UK universities.

Costs

Fees and funding

Course fees

Fees for this course will be confirmed shortly.

Course-related costs not included in the fees

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amount varies between courses.

Additionally, if you choose to live in private accommodations, you will have to consider commuting costs and transportation.

How to apply