English Language Education

AGE Course Information

Details on course dates, course fees and course content.

Please note: will not be offering Academic and General English in Term 1, September 2020. Our Academic English and Exam Skills (AEES) may be a suitable alternative.


We offer courses from September to June, for students preparing for degree programme entry or for those with a general interest in improving English in a university setting. To attend AGE, applicants must have a minimum overall IELTS score of 4.5, with 4.0 in each component. The programme is not suitable for English language beginners.

Course Dates and Fees 2020/21

Term Weeks Dates Fees
Term 1 n/a Not being offered. n/a
Term 2 10 tbc tbc
Term 3 10 tbc tbc

Course Content

The Academic and General English course has four principal elements.

General English Students work on grammar, accuracy and skills for everyday purposes
English for Academic Purposes Students work on functional language and skills related to study
Electives Flexibility to choose from skills, topic, exam or culture-based options
Guided Self-Study A programme of self-study in addition to essential coursework and homework (4+ hours per week)

Students are placed in classes according to performance in a placement test, from pre-intermediate to advanced levels. As part of the programme, students must buy their own core course books (normally 2 books per term). Class sizes are small with a minimum of 8 students and a maximum of 15 students. Class time is 20 academic hours per week (Monday to Friday). Please see the sample timetable below for further details.

Sample Timetable


Assessments in Academic and General English are formative (i.e. intended to provide feedback to learners) and cannot be used to progress onto degree courses in the University of Edinburgh. For students who wish to do this, it is recommended that they take an IELTS test each term, as a way to see how they are progressing. This can be done at local test centres. Students are responsible for booking their IELTS tests throughout their course.

If you are progressing onto University study after completing the AGE programme, it is likely that you will be required to sit a new IELTS exam once you’ve finished the AGE programme to show that your English ability meets entry requirements. You can find out more, please visiting the Preparation for University Entry pages.

Preparation for University Entry