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PRES0053 Independent Learning 25 Weeks

Module Overview

This module forms part of the Pre-sessional Programme. Within this module, you will develop a set of skills, strategies and techniques that will collectively contribute to your understanding of learner autonomy in a UK Higher Education environment. This professional skills set is transferable and will be valuable not only in the immediate context but also in your further education and employment.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

In recent years, the importance of the role of independent learning with its emphasis on student-centeredness has been recognised as an integral part of EAP programmes. As part of the development of focussed EAP independent learning modules, the use of blended technology has proved to be particularly beneficial and throughout the module, you will be encouraged to develop and engage with such tools. This independent learning programme was specially designed as a core part of the EAP Pre-sessional programmes. Its rationale is to provide a scaffold for you to develop your independent study skills. The range and variety of support offered by the introduction of blended technology is intended to allow you to individualise the pace and focus of your learning. The Pre-sessional independent learning module is designed to equip you with the transferable study skills that you need to be successful on not only the Pre-sessional programme but also within the wider university environment. The module is designed to work in partnership with the reading and writing and listening and speaking syllabi. Alongside the weekly study skills session, you will also have the opportunity to attend an advising session with a member of the Language and Academic Advising Team. Together with the compulsory elements of the module, you also have the option to attend extra-curricular activities such as conversation cafés, drop-in advice clinics, and support seminars.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Understand what is expected of you as an autonomous learner in the UK Higher Education system.
  • Efficiently and effectively identify reliable sources appropriate for your discipline
  • Employ critical researching skills
  • Reflect on your individual learning styles and employ methods to aid your own learning
  • Understand strategies for learning such as time-management, organisation and motivation
  • Employ referencing conventions and have a general knowledge of referencing management software
  • Understand and effectively use digital tools and systems to enhance your learning


The Independent Learning syllabus covers a variety of topics including developing awareness of critical thinking in your seminar skills, research skills and exam strategies. You will also focus on reflection to improve language learning and time management.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

You will experience a wide variety of teaching and learning methods including: workshops; individual, pair and group work in class; set tasks to be completed outside class; use of technology for learning; advising sessions.

Practical classes and workshops44
Independent Study66
Total study time110

Resources & Reading list

Lowes, R, Peters, H, and Turner, M. The International Student’s Guide: Studying English at University.. 

Pears, R, and Shields, G. Cite Them Right: The Essential Referencing Guide (Eighth Edition).. 

Northedge, A. The Good Study Guide.. 

Cottrell, S. The Study Skills Handbook (Third Edition). 

Reinders, H, Moore, N, and Lewis, M. The International Student Handbook.. 



Set exercises - non-exam

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