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12 week course

This course will now be offered online. Further information will follow.

This summer 2020 course is for students with IELTS (Academic) for UKVI 5.5 who have a score of 5.0 in Writing (and all other sub-scores at 4.5 or higher) and have a course entry requirement of IELTS 6.5.

Applicants who have TOEFL iBT must have a minimum score of 68 overall with at least 16 in Writing, 12 in Listening, 10 in Reading and 16 in Speaking.

Applicants who have Pearson Test of English Academic must have a minimum score of 51 overall with at least 44 in Writing and at least 40 in all other sub-scores.

These Academic Schools will accept the 12 week Pre-sessional course in 2020:

Course dates

The 12 week course will run from 22 June to 11 September 2020.

Course outline

The course syllabus includes English language skills, study skills and the academic information and training you need to successfully complete your chosen degree programme.

The course structure has been designed to provide an initial four-week teaching block where the primary focus is to quickly develop your language resource. It will focus on intensive study of the vocabulary and grammatical features common to academic discourse.

As a result, you will practise and develop both receptive and productive skills which are required in an academic context.

The final eight weeks of the programme are designed to develop your general study and research skills. These weeks will focus on providing you with the ability to improve the structure and style of your academic work in line with university expectations and conventions.

It will further assist you in developing your analytical and collaborative skills. In these classes, you will learn and practise the core skills needed to complete your chosen degree programme.

These include skills such as:

  • note-taking
  • summarising
  • text structure
  • referencing
  • data analysis
  • understanding lectures
  • making presentations
  • participating in seminars and tutorials.

Throughout the course you will be introduced to the campus and academic facilities. You will also be provided with a basic introduction to using the computer operating systems and resource centres. You will also learn about the conventions and expectations of the academic community and how these should be met.


The course fee is £4,440.