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12 week course

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.

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

Course dates

The 12 week course will run from 29 June to 18 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.

It consists of a programme of full-time study, usually between 09:00-15:15. This will include up to 21 contact hours per week, plus assignments.

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.

At the end of this four-week period you will be tested to ensure that your language level has been raised to a standard required to undertake pre-sessional study in the remaining eight weeks of the programme.

(If you fail the language and skills test you will follow a further tailored programme in order to prepare for a resit at a later point in the course).

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.