The Pre-Undergraduate programme is a 9-week programme designed for students who already possess a relatively high level of English but do not fully satisfy entry requirement to undergraduate and postgraduate study. The course is also suitable for those students who already satisfy the admission requirements to their chosen programme, but who wish to refresh their English language skills. During the intensive programme, students perfect their written and verbal communication, and are trained in study skills necessary for an improved performance at third level. The content of the language materials reflect contemporary issues of the business world.
The Pre-Undergraduate programme an internal Dublin Business School award.
Aims and Objectives
The programme aims to prepare advanced students of English for the linguistic demands of studying at undergraduate or postgraduate level.
This aim is achieved by:
Ensuring the students' language knowledge, skills, and competence are commensurate with the standard required for higher-level study.
Increasing the students' lexical range of key business terminology.
Promoting the use of effective study skills and standard academic conventions.
By the end of the programme a student will be able to:
Read authentic business texts
Write an essay using academic conventions
Research and produce a standard business report
Recognise and use common business terminology
Use compensatory techniques to cope with difficult text
Take lecture notes effectively
Adopt a systematic approach to assignment work
Exploit library and IT resources
Perform effectively in written examinations.
Students come from many different parts of the world giving the Pre-Undergraduate programme a distinct multicultural dimension. English is the working language of the programme and students work both alone and together in teams researching and presenting projects to fulfill programme requirements. Class size is limited to 20 students ensuring each student receives individual attention from the lecturers. Classes take place in lecture rooms and IT laboratories. Seminar rooms and libraries are used for group work and self-study. Students are encouraged to participate fully in the sporting and social activities organised by Student Services allowing for a good balance between study and recreation.
Subject Area Objectives
to improve accuracy of expression
to increase awareness of genre
to develop business corpus
to introduce academic conventions
to appreciate the role of research in the academic process
to empower students with greater reading efficiency
to recognise and overcome issues of academic impropriety
to teach global listening strategies
to teach micro listening strategies
to develop the importance of note-taking skills
Throughout the programme students are assessed to ensure that the learning outcomes have been achieved and that the students are ready to progress to programmes of higher learning. Assessment involves a combination of interm continuous assessment and final examinations. Continuous assessment accounts for 40 per cent of the overall grade and consists of a research project (20 per cent), an oral presentation (10 per cent) and an extended academic essay (10 per cent). The final examination accounts for 60% of the overall grade and consists of three papers, Academic Writing, Academic Reading and Listening. Each paper is of equal weighting. All assessment tasks are individual with the exception of the research project which is a collaborative group task.
Pre-Undergraduate applicants must possess a minimum standard of English of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. Admission requirements vary, depending on your further course of study at DBS.
There will be two intake dates each year for this programme*:
July- Leading to commencement of a further academic programme in our autumn intake.
October- Leading to commencement of a further academic programme in our spring intake.