What you’ll study
How you’ll study
This course usually combines online assessment with a written exam that you attend in person. However, due to Covid-19, in-person exams will not take place in 2021.
For the September 2021 run of this course, we’ll use alternative online assessments. You will not have an in-person exam.
From the January 2022 academic year onwards, we’re planning to reintroduce in-person exams. When exams are reintroduced, you’ll be assessed via a mix of online assessments and a final written, in-person exam. We can help you find an exam centre in your area for this exam.
We’ll keep you updated as to assessment methods well in advance of any changes to this.
The course totals approximately 150 hours of study and assessment time. That’s around 10 – 15 hours per week.
This is an indicative guide to the time required for a typical student at this level to achieve the learning outcomes.
You can largely set your own study hours each week to cover the materials. MyAberdeen is available 24/7, so you can log in and study when it suits you.
Activities at fixed times
There may be some activities scheduled for fixed times, such as assessments with deadlines or meetings with your tutor. But otherwise, you can access and work through the course at your convenience.
Our first-class support structure will ensure that you aren’t alone in your studies. You’ll have contact with your tutors via email, discussion board, Skype or phone. You can use social media and discussion boards to chat with your fellow students too.
We provide a wide range of services to support you in your studies and beyond:
- Careers and Employability Service
- Disability support
- IT support
- Library support
- Student Support Service – help with finances, stress, wellbeing and non-academic issues
- Student Learning Service – study support, with advice sessions available via phone or Skype
- Aberdeen University Students’ Association (AUSA) – run by students for students
- Toolkit – clever apps and free training that can make your study life easier
Wherever you are in the world, you’ll feel part of our very special Aberdeen learning community.
Where this will take you
In-person exams will not take place in 2021 due to Covid-19.
The September 2021 run of this course will be assessed via alternative online assessments
From the January 2022 academic term onwards, we’re planning to reintroduce in-person exams. When exams are reintroduced, this means you’ll be assessed via a mixture of online assessment and in-person exams at the end of term. We’ll keep you updated as to assessment methods well in advance of any changes to this.
Once in-person exams are reintroduced
You can take your exam:
- on campus at the University of Aberdeen
- at another university or exam centre that is closer to you
- at your local British Council Office.
We can help you find a convenient location for your exam. You then make the arrangements and book the exam yourself.
We contact you six to eight weeks before your exam date to confirm where you plan to take your exam. If you need any help with this, get in touch with our friendly enquiry team.
When your exam will take place
Your exam period depends on your course start date.
Exams usually take place at the beginning of December. However, in-person exams will not take place in 2021 due to Covid-19. Courses starting in September 2021 will use alternative online assessments.
Exams usually take place at the end of April/start of May. Your precise exam date will be confirmed nearer the time.
If you fail or miss the exam, you can resit it during our summer resit period. This is usually at the end of June/start of July.
If you have any disabled access or support needs for your exam, let us know as part of your online application. This will give us plenty of time to ensure the right support is in place for you. Find out about the wide range of exam support available.
You can contact a disability adviser anytime by emailing email@example.com to discuss how we can help.
Sitting your exam on campus at the University of Aberdeen is free.
Other universities, exam centres and British Council Offices may charge you for this service. This is an additional cost on top of your course fee. You pay this fee to your chosen exam centre, not us.
We welcome students from all over the world. You do not need a visa to study online with us.
This course has no formal entry requirements, so you do not need to provide proof of your qualifications.
However, check the entry guidance above. It indicates the level of teaching delivered. If you do not have qualifications from the UK, check the equivalent teaching level for your country.
English language requirements
Teaching is delivered in English.
You do not have to provide proof of your English language skills to join this course. But we want to make sure you can use English well enough to study successfully. At this level of teaching, you would usually have:
Duolingo English Test (taken from July 2019)
- 115 overall
LanguageCert International ESOL B2 Communicator (Written and Spoken)
- All skills – B2
IELTS Academic – 6.5 overall
- 5.5 for listening, reading and speaking
- 6.0 for writing
TOEFL iBT – 90 overall
- 17 for listening
- 18 for reading
- 20 for speaking
- 21 for writing
- TOEFL DI code is 0818
PTE Academic – 62 overall
- 51 for listening, reading and speaking
- 54 for writing
Cambridge English: B2 First, C1 Advanced, C2 Proficiency – 176 overall
- 162 for listening, reading and speaking
- 169 for writing
For information about language qualifications see our English Language Requirements page.
You will need access to:
A computer (PC, laptop or Mac) operating on:
- Windows 8 or later
- Mac OS 10.12 (Sierra) or later.
All our teaching materials are smartphone- and tablet-friendly. However, you’re likely to need a proper laptop or computer keyboard for completing assignments comfortably.
Reliable internet access
With reasonable download speed. We broadly estimate at least 2Mbps so that you can take part fully in live sessions.
Speakers or headphones
- A headset with built-in microphone and earphones is useful if you’re likely to study in an environment with background noise.
- A webcam may be desirable for some interactive sessions.
We will give you access to Office365 applications. This means that you can use online versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and install these programs on up to five personal devices.
If your course requires any specialist software, then we’ll provide you with copies of this and a licence that lasts throughout your studies.
See our detailed IT requirements for more information.
When you study with us, you can expect a first-class support structure so that you’re never alone in your studies.
But learning online does mean you have to motivate yourself and manage your own time.
Your most important commitment to your course will be time – the time to work through, reflect on and understand your teaching materials.
Before you start a course that involves a high degree of independent study, we recommend looking at the time you will be able to devote to your course each week:
- Be realistic
- Create a weekly schedule as a guide
If you have any questions about studying online, get in touch with our friendly team. We’re here to help.
Your course fee needs to be paid in full before you start your course.
We accept payment via Visa Debit, Visa Credit and Mastercard.
It’s free to sit exams on campus at the University of Aberdeen.
If you sit an exam at another university, exam centre or a British Council Office, they may charge you for this service. This is a fee that you pay directly to the service provider when booking your exam with them, not to us.
Ways to save
You may be able to get help funding this course via:
- Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA)
- discounts – if any discounts are available for this course, they’ll appear in the section below
- employer sponsorship – we accept full and partial fee payments from sponsors.
All our students are entitled to a University of Aberdeen student card. This gives you access to a range of student discounts around the city and online.