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Pre-sessional English

Preparation

Prepare your English language skills before you start your academic programme.

English Test

If your English language skills are not at the required level, we have a range of courses for you before you start your academic programme. A pre-sessional English course will help you:

  • Improve your general and academic English skills
  • Improve your confidence in English
  • Get to know the University and experience British study styles before you start your programme
  • Make friends with other international students
  • Get opportunities to explore the local area

To take a pre-sessional English course under Tier 4 visa, your minimum band score must be UKVI IELTS 4.0 in each band. If you do not have UKVI IELTS 4.0, you will need to take English classes in your own country to improve your UKVI IELTS score.

What course do I need?

The minimum entry requirements for each entry date are given below (for students who require IELTS 5.5 or 6 and IELTS 6.5 for University entry):

For Degree entry in Pre-sessional English Courses IELTS 5.5 or 6 (or equivalent) IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent Fees
January 2021 *September entry: 16 weeks
07/09/2020 – 08/01/2021
IELTS 4.5 IELTS 5 £3,600
January 2021 *October entry: 9 weeks
26/10/2020 – 08/01/2021
IELTS 5 IELTS 5.5 £2,400
January 2021 *November entry: 5 weeks
23/11/2020 – 08/01/2021
IELTS 5.5 IELTS 6 £1,250
September 2021 *February entry: 26 weeks
01/02/2021 – 10/09/2021
IELTS 4 IELTS 4.5 £4,950
September 2021 May entry: 16 weeks
Induction: 05/05/2021
Course Dates: 10/05/2021-10/09/2021
(includes 2 weeks break 27/6-11/7)
IELTS 4.5 IELTS 5 £3,950
September 2021 July entry: 9 weeks
Induction: 07/07/2021
Course Dates: 12/07/2021-10/09/2021
IELTS 5 IELTS 5.5 £2,600
September 2021 August entry: 5 weeks
Induction: 04/08/2021
Course Dates: 09/08/2021-10/09/2021
IELTS 5.5 IELTS 6 £1,400

*Online delivery (no induction)

The programme fee includes:

  • Approximately 21 hours of tuition per week and the opportunity for individual tutorials with your language tutor
  • All course materials
  • A programme of social events and excursions (subject to social distancing regulations)
  • University registration and use of all University facilities
  • Email address and Internet access
  • Award Certificate (20 credits level 4- UCCE)

Semester and Term dates

Semester 1: 28 September 2020 – 22 January 2021
Semester 2: 25 January – 21 May 2021
Semester 3: 24 May – 27 August 2021

Holiday dates for standard undergraduate students

Winter break: 21 December 2020 – 8 January 2021
Spring break: 29 March – 16 April 2021

Now that you know which course you need, find out more about it:
Pre-sessional English course content

The Presessional English programmes are accredited by the British Council which guarantees high standards in teaching, study facilities and accommodation

.British Council