Pre-Royal College of Defence Studies - Pre-RCDS

Defence Centre for Languages and Culture
Business, International Engagement
6 weeks - residential

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Key information

About this course

This is a 6 week course which takes place in July every year.

At present there are no accreditation options available for this English language course.

Application is carried out through IDT(A).

What you will learn

The aim of the course is to improve students’ performance across the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing so that they are at the required level for full participation in the RCDS course. It focuses on academic development and is designed to help students practise the RCDS seminar and lecture format.

How will this course help my career?

This course develops the English language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing with a focus on writing in academic English and provides students with skill sets to enable them to undertake the RCDS course with more confidence. 

This course is attended by a high majority of international students selected for the RCDS course for the academic advantages it provides but also for the networking opportunities available.

Security and restrictions

Attendees on this course are international military personnel who have been selected to attend the ACSC course and have been cleared to attend by one of the respective IDT’s.

Before you attend

All students who attend these courses will have been selected to attend the ACSC course and cleared to attend the Pre-ACSC course by the IDT’s.

Can I attend this course?

This course is suitable for the following type(s) of applicant.
  • Internationals
  • Military
International military personnel.

How will I learn?

Blended Learning, Classroom

How will you be assessed?

Students will be assessed on completion of the course using the STANAG language proficiency framework.

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