University CertificateEnglish and Intercultural Communication

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Duration Part-time, 1 Year
Start date September 2024
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This programme is aimed at developing international students’ ability to effectively communicate in English in multicultural settings alongside developing your knowledge of intercultural communication. For many of you this will be an introduction to higher education in the United Kingdom and, as such, the programme supports your transition to this new setting and different approaches to teaching, learning & assessment.

Modules include:

  • UCBP 4013 Managing People and Organisations in an Intercultural Context
  • UCBP 4014 Intercultural Communication in a Business Environment
  • UCBP 4015 Social and Academic English Language

The main aim of the programme is to provide international students with an immersion experience that will increase their confidence in using English for both social and academic purposes and develop their cultural awareness and inter-cultural (communicative) competence. To this end, the specific aims of the programme are as follows:

  1. To further students’ English language development, both social and academic;
  2. To broaden their cultural awareness and intercultural communicative competence;
  3. To enrich their academic study skills.

During this short level 4 programme, you will develop your understanding of the University of Cumbria and the wider UK approach to education and to developing you as a well-rounded individual, capable of leading positive change. In this way the programme develops elements of the UoC portfolio themes of:

  • Physical and mental health and wellbeing;
  • Creativity and leadership skills;
  • Employability and graduate attributes;
  • Partnerships with industry and community

Previous students have returned to UoC to take up undergraduate study by using some of their home-country study credits to progress onto a Top-up degree in areas such as Business, English or Arts and Social Sciences. Following this you are eligible to progress to Masters programmes across a range of programmes.

Students attending this module will refine their English language skills and also develop their communicative competence, particularly with regard to intercultural communication and business environments. Communication skills are an important part of working effectively in organizations, both individually and in teams and this programme addresses the verbal and written methods of communication required in the modern work environment.

The programme aims and learning outcomes are informed by current practices and trends in the modern working environment, including the increasing trend towards intercultural collaboration and use of English as a business and global language. Attention to recent literature and reliable information sources are used to ensure course content reflects ‘real world’ communication practices while also giving due attention to cultural factors which influence communication.

The programme can be used as a valuable stepping stone to further study or research in business and communication. The programme also provides skills and knowledge beneficial to setting up and managing your own business.

Graduate prospects also include working for private, public or non-government organisations. Students who complete this programme will have the opportunity to hone their academic and transferable skills to be ready for a career change and/ or seek advancement in their chosen career. Employment prospects graduates can aspire to upon completion of the programme includes roles such as officers, assistant managers, team leaders, managers in corporate and non-corporate organisation. Other prospects may also including setting up your own business or expanding your current business.

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