We offer pre-sessional programmes to help students prepare for the academic demands of studying at undergraduate or postgraduate level.

The programmes are delivered over 15 hours per week, including individual tutorials and independent study. They focus on developing your skills, grammar and vocabulary for everyday communication and academic study.

12-week programme

This programme starts in July and is for Bachelor’s students with an IELTS score of 5 and Masters students with an IELTS score of 5.5. 

The focus of the first six weeks of the programme is on general English language and British culture, including an introduction to studying in a UK university.

Course components will include:

  • Listening, speaking, reading and writing skills for everyday communication
  • Grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation development
  • British culture
  • Basic study and research skills

The last five weeks of the programme are predominantly academic in nature, with a focus on developing the skills you need for success on your degree programme.

Apply for the 12-week programme

6-week programme

This programme starts in August and is for Bachelor’s students with an IELTS score of 5.5+ and Masters students with an IELTS score of 6+.

You will join the students who started the programme in July. The programme will prepare you for the academic demands of studying at undergraduate or postgraduate level. The programme is thematically organised and predominantly skills-based.

Course components will include:

  • Academic listening: listening to podcasts, lectures, and guest speakers; note-taking; preparing for speaking and writing activities
  • Academic reading: reading, understanding and critically engaging with academic texts; note-making; preparing for speaking and writing activities
  • Academic writing: academic style; structuring ideas effectively; summarizing, paraphrasing, quoting and referencing; developing and supporting an argument.
  • Academic speaking: participating in class discussions and debates; leading seminars; giving oral presentations
  • More advanced study and research skills
  • Grammar and vocabulary for academic use

Apply for the 6-week programme