Overview

This course is 25 hours per week for international students who have a conditional offer for university with one of our partner universities but do not currently meet the English language requirements.

The aim of the course is to develop academic language and skills needed for study in higher education establishments.

We have a range of Pre-sessional courses which allow progression within the range of IELTS 4.0 to IELTS 7.5 (CEFR: B1-C1).

Course description

This course is designed to prepare you for higher level study at university in the UK. It will help you to improve your academic language and skills. It will help you to communicate more effectively in academic situations across the four language skills areas: speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Amongst other things you will learn:

  • Academic writing
  • Research and critical thinking
  • Presentations
  • Lecture note taking and application of learning
  • Formal communication
  • Independent study
  • Interactive discourse and reflection

Class times are Monday to Friday 09.15-12.15 and Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 13.45-15.15.

Students have the option to take the Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE) or the Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE). The exam fee for FCE is £100 and the fee for CAE is £144.

What areas will I study?

We will provide you with:

  • An initial assessment to identify your starting point
  • An individual learning plan which will be personalised to your individual needs and future targets and focus on the main areas you need to improve
  • Embassy student progress reports
  • Regular assessments, tutorials and reviews to monitor your progress. To successfully complete the pre-sessional course you will need to meet the entry requirements of our partner universities. This will involve completing a set of course assessments and sitting a contributory final assessment.

Teaching methods will include:

  • IELTS style weekly tests
  • Lectures
  • Presentations
  • Group discussions and debates
  • Ongoing assessment progress reviews.

25 hours per week is the required in class tuition for successful completion. Students will be expected to self-study for additional hours as negotiated with the course tutor. Our maximum class size is 20 students though average class size is usually much smaller.

Course options

Age range Start Fees Duration Further Information
16-18 Throughout the Academic Year | 2019/20 - Short (<24 Weeks) Any course under level 4 for 16-18 year olds is likely to be free.
19-23 Throughout the Academic Year | 2019/20 £TBC Short (<24 Weeks) In many cases courses fees are reduced or even free, please note this depends on your circumstances, for example if you claim JSA, you may be eligible for your fees to be reduced. Please speak to a member of staff for more details.
24+ Throughout the Academic Year | 2019/20 Please contact the college for fee information Short (<24 Weeks) In many cases courses fees are reduced or even free, please note this depends on your circumstances, for example if you claim JSA, you may be eligible for your fees to be reduced. Please speak to a member of staff for more details.
Age range Start Fees Duration Further Information
16-18 Throughout the Academic Year | 2020/21 - Short (<24 Weeks) Any course under level 4 for 16-18 year olds is likely to be free.
19-23 Throughout the Academic Year | 2020/21 £TBC Short (<24 Weeks) In many cases courses fees are reduced or even free, please note this depends on your circumstances, for example if you claim JSA, you may be eligible for your fees to be reduced. Please speak to a member of staff for more details.
24+ Throughout the Academic Year | 2020/21 Please contact the college for fee information Short (<24 Weeks) In many cases courses fees are reduced or even free, please note this depends on your circumstances, for example if you claim JSA, you may be eligible for your fees to be reduced. Please speak to a member of staff for more details.
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