Year-Round Pre-sessional

Year-Round Pre-sessional

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This course runs for 25 weeks and is for students with an English language level from IELTS 4.5 to 5.5 (or equivalent). It provides a step-by-step programme to gradually build up both your language and your academic study skills.

You should join at the stage that fits your starting level. At the end of the Year-Round Pre-sessional course, students then move on to take the Pre-sessional Summer A course.

How long should I study for?

The table below shows entry levels and fees for applicants who on completion need an IELTS of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any skill starting a degree programme in September.

your starting level of Englis

(plan code)

 start date  feesapplication deadline
overall 4.5, minimum 4.5 in Writing and no less than 4.0 in any skill 40 weeks
25th September 2017  £12,000 30th August 2017
4.5 in all skills

35 weeks


6th November 2017  £10,675 4th October 2017
overall 5.0, with 5.0 in Writing and no less than 4.5 in any skill 30 weeks
8th January 2018  £9,300 6th December 2017
5.0 in all skills 25 weeks
12th February 2018  £7,875 10th January 2018
overall 5.5, with 5.5 in Writing and no less than 5.0 in any skill 20 weeks
3rd April 2018  £6,400 28th February 2018
5.5 in all skills (Pre-sessional Summer A) 15 weeks
8th May 2018  £4,950 28th March 2018
The course will end on 24th August 2018


Please note:

  • Different start dates or need a higher level?If your academic programme begins at a different time or you need to achieve a higher score, you should adjust the timing of your English course; please email for advice.
  • If your scores are slightly below the recommended level: please upload your previous test scores to your application to help us make a decision.

UKVI requirements

If you are an international student who needs a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK then UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) will require assessment of your English language proficiency.

For pre-sessional courses you will be required to take a UKVI approved Secure English Language Test (SELT). This can either be IELTS (Academic) for UKVI or Trinity College London ISE for UKVI.  For more information see:

Course Content

15 hours per week academic skills with weekly one-to-one tutorials, and 3 hours per week of structured independent study.

The course aims to develop

  • general & academic listening and reading skills
  • seminar discussion and presentation skills on academic related topics
  • your ability to write well-organised essays on a range of topics
  • an appropriate academic style
  • strategies for independent study
  • academic vocabulary & grammar


Sample Timetable (actual topics and times may change)







9.30-11.00   Reading: article extracts Reading: information on web pages Listening: mini-lecture Writing: Timed Writing
11.30-1.00 Intro. to Topic: reading sample articles Listening: interview Writing: summarising & note-taking Speaking: discussion of reading texts Speaking:presentation practice
2.00-3.30 Writing: use of sources by summarising, paraphrasing & quoting Tutorials Tutorials  


3.40-4.40   Supported Independent Study Supported Independent Study: Group Project session

Supported Independent Study