Pre-sessional English

Pre-sessional English course content

We offer a range of English courses to help you build your confidence using English.

English Test

What will you learn?

Depending on your current English language level, your course will last 28, 18, 10 or 5 weeks.

  • academic writing: sentence structure, essay and report writing, academic style and register, accuracy, punctuation and spelling, using secondary sources
  • listening to academic lectures and taking notes
  • speaking: presentation skills, pronunciation, discussion skills
  • reading and summarising academic texts
  • using online English learning resources
  • using the internet for research
  • producing PowerPoint presentations
  • Course details

    Our 30-week course now runs for 28 weeks, and our 20-week course now runs for 18 weeks - however, you will still receive the same number of overall hours of learning.


  • familiarising yourself with the University campus and local area
  • social events and trips - there may be a small charge (£2-£5) for some trips
  • familiarising yourself with the University campus and local area


Your progress is continually assessed through class and homework tasks, tests and your final individual project. If you successfully complete the course, you receive a University Certificate in English for Academic Purposes and direct entry onto your chosen degree programme.

Example timetable

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9.30am - 11.00am Reading Language development Writing Reading Test or tutorial
11.30am - 1.00pm Language development Writing Language development Writing Test or tutorial
2.00pm - 3.30pm Listening and speaking Listening and speaking Private study or sports Listening and speaking Private study
3.30pm - 5.00pm English café English café Private study English café Private study
  • You must attend at least one English café a week
  • Tests are held every two weeks (weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, 10). You have an individual tutorial during the other weeks (weeks 1, 3, 5, 7, 9)
  • Some sessions are replaced by independent study tasks and group work activities throughout the course to help prepare you for independent study during your degree programme.

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