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This course runs for 22 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 2019.
your starting level of English
|start date||fees||application deadline|
|overall 4.5, minimum 4.5 in Writing and no less than 4.0 in any skill||
|5th October 2018||£12,400||12th September 2018|
|4.5 in all skills||
|9th November 2018||£11,000||10th October 2018|
|overall 5.0, with 5.0 in Writing and no less than 4.5 in any skill||
|4th January 2019||£9,600||21st November 2018|
|5.0 in all skills||
|8th February 2019||£8,000||9th January 2019|
|overall 5.5, with 5.5 in Writing and no less than 5.0 in any skill||
|5th April 2019||£6,600||6th March 2019|
|5.5 in all skills (Pre-sessional Summer A)||
|3rd May 2019||£5,250||27th March 2019|
|The course will end on 23rd August 2019|
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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:
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)
|9.00-11.00||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