Mastery of the English language is considered key in this regard and to this effect, as from the second semester of this academic year, first year students who obtained a grade 4 or 5 in SEC English Language or IGCSE grade C or lower in the same subject are being offered 4 study units in this programme.
These study units are delivered over the first two years of study and include a number of practical components such as oral presentations and rhetorical skills, note-taking, summarising and paraphrasing. Both academics and employers repeatedly cite the pivotal importance of such skills.
Contrary to what has been reported in sections of the media, entry requirements to University undergraduate and post-graduate programmes have not been changed as a result of the ECA Programme. A pass in SEC English Language is still required at grade 5 or better for students to gain admission to the University.
In addition, the results of the English Communicative Aptitude Programme will in no way affect students’ progression from one year to the next or their final diploma or degree classification.