Online Summer Pre-Sessional, July Entry

A full-time intensive, online pre-sessional course for students in all disciplines, but with a social-science focus. The course develops predominately postgraduate students’ ability to use English for specific academic purposes and raise performance typically to a level equivalent to IELTS 6.5 or 7.0 in reading, writing, speaking and listening.


Five weeks starting in late July.

Pre-recorded lecture 60 minutes 60 minutes 60 minutes 60 minutes 60 minutes
Guided independent study tasks 5 hours 5 hours 5 hours 5 hours 6 hours
Interaction 90 minute seminar 90 minute seminar 90 minute seminar 90 minute seminar The day of the actual tutorial may vary

Entry requirements

Overall IELTS 6.5 with 6.0 in writing, no more than one skill at 5.5 and no skill below 5.5


  • Listening: monitored discussion forum and guided independent listening tasks (60%) and listening exam: written summary of audio text produced under timed conditions (40%)
  • Reading: guided independent reading tasks (60%) and reading exam: written summary of extended text produced under timed conditions (40%)
  • Writing: a 1500 word extended essay and guided independent writing tasks (60%) and a writing exam: written commentary on listening and reading texts produced under timed conditions (40%)
  • Speaking: monitored discussion tasks (60%) and Assessed Seminar (40%).

Course aims

This course aims to develop your ability to communicate effectively and engage critically in a range of academic-related contexts to a level at least equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.5.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Read a variety of academic texts, in particular journal articles, making use of genre knowledge and appropriate pre-, during- and post-reading strategies in order to identify relevant content for use in academic spoken interactions or writing tasks.
  • Follow one-to-one academic exchanges, text-based groups discussions and extended lectures on subject specific themes, making use of a variety of pre-, during- and post-listening strategies to check and develop meaning.
  • Write an academic essay of 1500 words on a topic which has an appropriate structure, appropriate integration of source materials, accurate use of a citation system and a variety of key academic features at sentence and paragraph level.
  • Speak effectively using a register appropriate to academic contexts in order to convey meaning in 1-1 exchanges, small text-based group discussions, and during extended turns in a seminar context.

Learning and teaching

Teaching is integrative with strong elements of genre, process and communicative approaches to learning.

It will be delivered wholly online via Moodle. The course includes:

  • pre-recorded lectures - approximately 1 hour per day
  • guided independent study tasks - approximately 5 hours per day
  • interactive online seminars - approximately 90 mins per day Monday to Thursday (the average group size is 9 students per instructor)
  • three 15-minute individual consultations over the five-week course.

Course material

We will provide you with all course material.

Minimum Requirement for Progression

A score of 6.5 overall on EAS final report, although a variety of other target outcomes will apply.