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Высшее образование в Великобритании

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Study the words and the word-combinations.


provide a wide range of courses – предоставлять широкий выбор учебных курсов

advanced course – углубленный курс

higher-level post – более высокий пост

commerce – торговля

take up – заняться., взяться за что-либо

tutorial – консультация

direction – руководство

handful – зд. небольшое количество 

sandwich course – смешанный курс (учеба + практика)

alternate – чередоваться

academic qualification – ученое звание

award – зд. присваивать

completion – завершение

Bachelor of Arts – бакалавр гуманитарных наук

Bachelor of Science – бакалавр естественных наук

Master of Arts – магистр гуманитарных наук

Master of Science – магистр естественных наук

thesis – диссертация

academic (n.) – преподаватель 

universally accepted definition – общепринятое определение

roughly – зд. приблизительно

offer no place – не принимать

redbrick – из красного кирпича

list – заносить (в список), перечислять

refer – зд. называть

approach – отношение, подход

close links – прочные связи

incorporate – регистрировать в качестве

academic activities – учеба


I. Translate the sentences into Russian.


1. British universities provide a wide range of courses.

2. While taking a sandwich course you combine study and practical work.

3. There are different academic qualifications: a Bachelor of Arts or Science, a Master of Arts or Science, a Doctor of Philosophy.

4. A thesis is a scientific work based on the research done by the student who wants to get a higher degree.

5. If students want to defend a thesis, they are to carry out some important research work. 

6. British universities can be roughly divided into four groups. 

7. The Redbrick Universities were founded between 1850 and 1930.

8. At the end of the twentieth century the majority of British polytechnics were incorporated into universities.


II. Complete the following sentences with the appropriate words from the list below.


advanced courses, high-level posts, offered no places, close links, alternate, universally accepted definition, academic activities


1. Those who want to get ... in commerce, industry or administration take up ... .

2. British universities have ... with industry and commerce in their local areas.

3. The ... include lectures, tutorials and examinations.

4. There is no ... of what a university should be like.

5. Periods of full-time study ... with full-time practical work and training in industry.

6. Until the nineteenth century British universities ... to girls.


III. Read and translate the text



There are some 90 universities and 70 other higher education institutions in Great Britain: polytechnics and numerous colleges for more specialized needs, such as colleges of technology, technical colleges, colleges of arts and agricultural colleges in England and Wales.

They all provide a wide range of courses from lower-level technical and commercial courses through specialized courses of various kinds to advanced courses for those who want to get higher-level posts in commerce, industry and administration, or take up one of a variety of professions.

Courses are a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and laboratory work. In a lecture the student is one of a large number of students. He listens to the lecturers, takes notes, but asks no questions. In a seminar he raises problems and discusses them with his fellow students under the direction of one of the teachers. In a tutorial he is accompanied by only a handful of students and discusses his personal academic problems with a teacher.

Study in courses may be full-time and part-time. Full-time education includes sandwich courses in which periods of full-time study (for example, six months) alternate with full-time practical work and training in industry. Full-time and sandwich courses now are an important part of higher education in England and Wales.

A degree is an academic qualification awarded at most universities and colleges upon completion of a higher educational course (a first degree) or a piece of research (higher degrees). If students pass their final exam at the end of a three-year course, they get their first degree. Students with a first degree become Bachelors of Arts or Science, and can put B.A. or B.Sc. after their names. If they want to go a step further and become Master of Arts or Science, they have to write an original paper, or thesis, on some subject based on a short period of research, usually soon after graduation. If students wish to become academics and perhaps teach in a university, then they will work for a higher degree, a Doctor of Philosophy — a Ph.D. For this they will have to carry out some important research work.

Тhere is no single, universally accepted definition of what a university should be like. British universities are different.

In 1960 there were only 23 British universities. Today there are 90. They can be roughly divided into the following groups:

Oxford and Cambridge: Scholars were studying in these ancient Universities in the early thirteenth century. Since that time Oxford and Cambridge have continued to grow, but until the nineteenth century they were the only universities in England, and they offered no place to girls.

Four universities were founded in Scotland before Scotland and England were united: St. Andrews (1411), Glasgow (1450), Aberdeen (1494) and Edinburgh (1583).

The Redbrick Universities: In this group are listed all universities founded between 1850 and 1930 including London university. They were called "redbrick", because that was the favourite building material of the time, but they are rarely referred to as "Redbrick" today.

The New Universities: These were all founded after the Second World War. Some of them quickly became popular because of their modern approach to university courses.

In 1992 the majority of British polytechnics, that offered a wide range of subjects and many had close links with industry and commerce in their local area, were also incorporated into universities. So at present there are four different types of universities in Great Britain.

The typical academic programme for university students in Great Britain is composed of a varying number of courses or subjects within a field of specialisation.

The academic activities for each subject fall into three types: lectures, at which attendance is not always compulsory, tutorials and examinations. These three categories provide the means by which students prepare themselves in specialised fields of knowledge.



IV. Find in the text the English equivalents of the following phrases:


1. Высшие учебные заведения

2. Торговля, промышленность и управление

3. Поднимать проблемы

4. Небольшая группа студентов

5. Полный курс обучения

6. Неполный курс обучения

7. По окончании

8. Сдавать выпускные экзамены

9. Пойти дальше (сделать еще один шаг)

10. Преподавать в университете

11. Древние университеты

12. Строительный материал

13. Типичная учебная программа

14. Обязательное посещение


V. Agree or disagree with the following:


1. There are more than one hundred universities in Great Britain.

2. University courses are a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and laboratory work.

3. Most British universities are more than four hundred years old.

4. Study in courses may be only full-time.

5. Sandwich courses teach how to prepare food.

6. The first scientific degree is Bachelor of Arts or Science.

7. If students want to become academics they will have to defend the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.

8. The Redbrick Universities are the oldest in Great Britain.


VI. Answer the questions.


1. How many universities are there in Great Britain?

2. What kind of courses do they provide?

3. What do students do at lectures, seminars and tutorials?

4.What does the term “sandwich course” mean?

5.Are students to do some scientific research to get their first degree?

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