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Pre-sessional English


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 Student 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 does the online programme fee include?

The programme fee includes:

  • Approximately 21 hours of tuition per week including synchronous and asynchronous delivery as well as tutorials with your language tutor
  • All course materials
  • Small class sizes of 6 to 10 students
  • University registration and use of all University facilities
  • Email address and Internet access
  • Award Certificate (20 credits level 4- UCCE)

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
September 2022 February entry: 26 weeks
Induction: 23/02/22
Course dates: 28/02/2022 – 09/09/2022
(includes 1 week break 09/05-13/05/22) and (1 week break 04/07-08/07/22)
IELTS 4 IELTS 4.5 £4,950
September 2022 May entry: 16 weeks
Induction: 11/05/2022
Course dates: 16/05/2022-09/09/2022
(includes 1 week break 04/07-08/07)
IELTS 4.5 IELTS 5 £3,950
September 2022 July entry: 9 weeks
Induction: 06/07/2022
Course dates: 11/07/2022-09/09/2022
IELTS 5 IELTS 5.5 £2,600
September 2022 August entry: 5 weeks
Induction: 03/08/2022
Course dates: 08/08/2022-09/09/2022
IELTS 5.5 IELTS 6 £1,400

*Online delivery (no induction)

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