University Access Program

University Access Program

KEY FACTS

 

Program Tuition Fees:

2019/2020

$4,950* (Domestic)
$4,950* (International) 

*30% discount applies for Canadian Forces members and veterans

*subject to board approval

Intakes:

Fall (October), Winter (January), Spring (April), Summer (July)

Delivery:

On-Campus 

If you have not met the minimum English language requirements for an undergraduate or MBA program entry, you can still improve your English skills and qualify for your degree at University Canada West.

The University Access Program (UAP) accredited by Languages Canada covers everything you need for higher level education in an English-speaking institution. The program focuses on Academic English, ensuring that you will be able to study, and complete assignments and examinations with confidence.

UAP will also cover specific academic skills, such as essay writing, research methods, note taking, critical thinking and seminar or tutorial discussion, giving you a great start to your program at University Canada West.

What you will learn

  • Structuring of paragraphs, introductions and conclusions
  • Writing using a variety of extended essay genres
  • Paraphrasing and summarizing, whilst avoiding plagiarism
  • Coherently synthesizing the ideas of other academics with your own
  • Referencing styles and rules (such as Harvard and APA)
  • Sourcing, scanning, and selecting materials         
  • Critically evaluating sources        
  • Effective note-taking from lectures, and utilizing information
  • Expressing yourself clearly and confidently in tutorials and seminars 
  • Giving clear, well delivered oral presentations

Course Structure

UAP students have 20 hours per week of class time, all of which helps them build academic English, critical thinking and research skills. Each of the three levels use two dedicated textbooks with supplementary resources. There is ongoing assessment throughout the course with a focus on developing competence in seminar discussion, presentations and essay writing. All the levels have mid-term and final examinations that include assessment of academic reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Combined UAP + academic Enrolment

MBA and MBA Foundation students with sufficient IELTS scores in University Access Course (UAC) 030 and undergraduate students in UAC 030 can take a single quantitative academic course at the same time as their preparatory course.

  • MBA students in UAC 030 with IELTS 6.5 overall with 5.5 in the writing band can take ACCT 621
  • MBA Foundation students in UAC 030 with IELTS 6.5 overall with 5.5 in the writing band can take MBAF 502 
  • Undergraduate students in UAC 030 can take MATH 101

Entry Requirements

You can meet the English proficiency requirements for admission to our degree programs by successfully completing the advanced level of The University Access Program (UAC 030). Programs range from three (3), six (6) and nine (9) months in length.

  • Academic IELTS or IELTS Indicator* – 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in the writing band or equivalent for UAC 030 Academic English Preparation (Advanced)
  • Academic IELTS or IELTS Indicator* – 5.5 with a minimum of 5.0 in the writing band or equivalent for UAC 020 Academic English Preparation (Upper Intermediate)
  • Academic IELTS or IELTS Indicator* – 5.0 with a minimum of 4.5 in the writing band or equivalent for UAC 010 Academic English Preparation (Intermediate)

*IELTS Indicator is the new online Academic test designed to support you during the COVID-19 situation to help keep your education goals on track.

PTE

    Overall Score Overall Score Overall Score Overall Score Overall Score
    ≥61 54-60 46-53 38-45 ≤37
Writing Score ≥60 Requirement Met UAP - 3 Months UAP - 6 Months UAP - 9 Months Rejection
Writing Score 53-59 UAP - 3 Months UAP - 3 Months UAP - 6 Months UAP - 9 Months Rejection
Writing Score 45-52 UAP - 6 Months UAP - 6 Months UAP - 6 Months UAP - 9 Months Rejection
Writing Score 37-44 UAP - 9 Months UAP - 9 Months UAP - 9 Months UAP - 9 Months Rejection
Writing Score ≤36 Rejection Rejection Rejection Rejection Rejection

TOEFL (IBT)

    Overall score Overall score Overall score Overall score Overall score
    ≥88 80-87 70-79 60-69 ≤59
Writing Score ≥20 Requirement Met UAP - 3 Months UAP - 6 Months UAP - 9 Months Rejection
Writing Score ≤19 UAP - 3 Months UAP - 6 Months UAP - 9 Months Rejection Rejection

TOEFL (PBT)

Overall score Overall score Overall score Overall score Overall score
≥75 550-574 525-549 500-524 ≤499
Requirement Met UAP - 3 Months UAP - 6 Months UAP - 9 Months Rejection

Duolingo*

English Entry Overall score
Direct 110
UAP - 3 Months 95
UAP - 6 Months 85
UAP - 9 Months 75

*UCW is currently piloting the acceptance of Duolingo as proof of English Proficiency Requirements. This is applicable to applications received before December 31, 2020.

Cambridge Test

English Entry Overall score
Direct 176
UAP - 3 Months 169
UAP - 6 Months 162
UAP - 9 Months 154

Note: The Cambridge score can come from either of the following three tests:

  • Cambridge B2 First
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced
  • Cambridge C2 Proficiency

Tuition Fees

 

Tuition for UAP (UAC 010, UAC 020, or UAC 030) – Spring, Summer 2019

  Domestic International
Number of Courses 1 1
Cost per course $4,950 $4,950
Total Tuition Fees $4,950* $4,950

*30% discount applies for Canadian Forces members and veterans

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