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20 week course

Due to the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus global pandemic, we will not be able to offer this course during 2020.

This summer 2020 course is for students with IELTS (Academic) for UKVI 5.0 overall who have a score of 4.5 in Writing and Speaking (and all other sub-scores at 4.0 or higher) and have a course entry requirement of IELTS 6.5.

These Academic Schools will accept the 20 week Pre-sessional course in 2020:

Course dates

The 20 week course will run from 27 April 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.

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

The course structure has been designed to provide an initial seven-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 part of the programme is 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.

There is a reading week in week 13, after the mid-course test, which provides an opportunity for you to start researching for the long essay due later in the course.

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 £6,950.