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Nottingham pre-arrival information

We’re looking forward to welcoming you to the University of Nottingham International College. This page contains all the documents and forms you need. There are 3 things you need to do before your arrival in Nottingham:

  1. Choose and book your accommodation.
  2. Prepare for your visa credibility interview (if applicable).
  3. Prepare for your arrival and give us your arrival details.

 

Please note: If you’re starting your course remotely with digital learning, you can find information about how to register, and more, on our dedicated digital learning support page.

1. Your accommodation

At the University of Nottingham International College, we provide modern, secure student housing. Our great-value accommodation packages provide the ideal environment for studying and enjoying student life.

We recommend that you don’t book your accommodation until you have received your CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) and know that you are definitely able to travel. You can see what options are available in the guides below, and if you have any questions, our dedicated accommodation team will be here to support you and help you make the best choice.

Accommodation guides for pathway courses starting between September 2020 and April 2021

2. Your visa credibility interview

When applying for a UK study visa, some students will have a credibility interview. This is so UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) can be sure that you are a genuine student.

View a list of sample questions here, plus tips for answering them to the best of your ability.

Course and module information

During the interview, you will also be asked about your chosen pathway course. It is important that you become familiar with the relevant course structure and module information, which you can find below.

  • Foundation Certificate details and module information

    Key facts

    Preparation for…Undergraduate-level study in the UK
    LevelRegulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) Level 3
    Course contentA selection of:

    - English language and academic skills modules
    - Projects related to your area of study
    - Subjects related to your degree
    Hours per weekThe number of hours per week will vary during your Foundation Certificate, but on average you will have 16-24 hours per week of class contact time.
    Progressing to universityTo progress to your chosen university, you will need to achieve a certain academic score and English language score in your Foundation Certificate. You also might be asked to submit a specific piece of work or attend an interview.

    Any requirements for your degree choice will be detailed on your offer letter.

    What will I learn on a Foundation Certificate?

    On your Foundation Certificate, you will learn how to:

    • Understand and demonstrate basic knowledge in your chosen subject
    • Successfully use English to communication in speech and writing, using subject-specific terminology
    • Create structured arguments using a broad range of academic resources
    • Develop your confidence as an independent learner, in preparation for your future studies

     

    What modules will I study?

    Foundation Certificate subjects for degree entry from September 2021
    Business, Law and Social Sciences (including Arts and Humanities)
    Engineering and Physical Sciences (taught by the University of Nottingham's Faculty of Engineering)
    Science

    *taught and delivered by the University of Nottingham’s Faculty of Engineering at its Advanced Manufacturing Building on the Jubilee Campus

    Where can I find out more about my degree and university?

    Visit our Degree Finder, locate your degree and click through to learn more on the University of Nottingham website.

  • Pre-Master's details and module information

    Key facts

    Preparation for…Postgraduate-level study in the UK
    LevelCommon European Framework of Reference (CEFR) Level B2
    Course contentA selection of:

    - English language and academic skills modules
    - Research project related to your area of study
    - Subjects related to your degree
    Hours per weekThe number of hours per week will vary during your Pre-Master's, but on average you will have 16-20 hours per week of class contact time.
    Progressing to universityTo progress to your chosen university, you will need to achieve a certain academic score and English language score in your Pre-Master's. You also might be asked to submit a specific piece of work or attend an interview.

    Any requirements for your degree choice will be detailed on your offer letter.

    What will I learn on a Pre-Master’s course?

    On your Pre-Master’s course, you will learn how to:

    • Research key topics in your intended master’s degree subject area
    • Develop project management skills to successfully prepare for university study
    • Communicate your work to different audiences, in speech and writing
    • Access suitable resources, including primary and secondary information
    • Create structured arguments by using critical analysis

     

    What modules will I study?

    Pre-Master's subjects for degree entry from September 2021
    Business and Management
    Law and Social Sciences
    Science and Engineering

    Where can I find out more about my degree and university?

    Visit our Degree Finder, locate your degree and click through to learn more on the University of Nottingham website.

  • Pre-Doctorate details and module information

    Key facts

    Preparation for…Doctoral level studies in the UK
    LevelCommon European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) Level B2
    Programme ContentThe Pre-Doctorate contains 3 core modules:

    - Research Proposal Design: develop a research topic, understand data collection methods and plan a viable proposal for your doctorate

    - The Doctoral Candidate: explore the key skills required for doctoral study, learn what makes a successful application and consider your future career

    - Academic Skills and Communication: become familiar with key terminology, develop your written and spoken critical thinking and understand your subject specialism
    Hours per weekThe number of hours per week will vary during your programme, but on average you will have 18-22 hours per week of class contact time.

    In addition to class contact time, you will have meetings with teachers to support your learning, improve your research skills and help you prepare for your doctoral application and interview.
    Progressing to universityOnce you have successfully completed your Pre-Doctorate, you are guaranteed an interview with a potential supervisor from the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Nottingham.

    Any requirements for your degree choice will be detailed on your offer letter.

    What will I learn on a Pre-Doctorate course?

    On your Pre-Doctorate, you will learn how to…

      • Design, plan and write a successful research proposal
      • Explore codes of practice and ethical issues
      • Use key terminology associated with your field of study
      • Discuss academic issues and current research
      • Develop a range of research techniques, so you can analyse, interpret and evaluate a wide range of information

     

    Where can I find out more information?

    Visit the Pre-Doctorate course page to learn more.

3. Your arrival details

Our arrivals team can meet you at the airport and take you directly to your accommodation. Even if you plan to find your own transportation from the airport, it is important that you complete our pre-arrival form to notify us of your arrival details.

Are you ready for enrolment? Read our pre-arrival guide to prepare for your arrival and ensure you have everything you need.

Welcome Week

Before your classes start, there’s Welcome Week at the College. This is a series of fun activities and practical advice, so you can meet other students, get to know the local area, and settle in quickly.

We strongly recommend to you take part in all of Welcome Week, so that you have the best possible start here!

Need assistance?

If you have any questions about anything on this page, you can contact the College, and our staff will be happy to help.