Pre-sessional English

An intensive English course for students starting a undergraduate or postgraduate degree at UEA in September

Academically qualified students who have already been accepted into a University undergraduate or postgraduate course can use this course to improve their English quickly.

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What is special about this programme?

We offer tailor-made Pre-sessional courses in areas such as Law, Computing, Science, Economics, Business and Research - few universities in the UK provide advantage.

  • Teaching tailored to the requirements of your study at the University of East Anglia.
  • Learning with students studying the same, or very similar subjects, at university.
  • Studying content-specific vocabulary, grammar, style and structure.
  • Attending lectures from content specialists, on topics relevant to your future studies.
  • Reading texts whose topic, level and length relates to your future studies.
  • Writing assignments and exams that reflect the University of East Anglia requirements.
  • Practise speaking in situations and on topics related to your future studies.

Who should apply for the Pre-sessional English programme?

This 20-hour-per-week course is suitable for you if you are academically qualified, hold an offer from the University of East Anglia, and want to improve your English language before starting an undergraduate or postgraduate course in September.

Your course length will depend on your current language level and degree programme requirements.

While IELTS exams provide a good indication of your general English level, they do not include assessment of specific academic, degree-level study skills. The four-week Pre-sessional English course will develop these skills, giving you confidence in reading, writing, speaking and listening at university level.

What will I study?

Pre-sessional English is a 20-hour a week course that will ensure you improve your English language proficiency in core skills.

You will learn academic skills specific to your future undergraduate or postgraduate studies, including learning to give presentations and creating references in essays.


Course outline

This course will develop a range of English language and academic skills.

  • Writing - use of source materials in your texts, creating references; using a style and structure expected in an academic text.
  • Reading - navigating quickly and effectively through long, complex academic texts; selecting appropriate materials to support your points.
  • Listening - understanding the structure of extended, complex talks (eg lectures); taking notes in ways that capture idea priority and connection.
  • Speaking - giving presentations on complex topics in clear, concise English; collaborating with other students in seminars.

Content specific courses are offered only to students on the 16, 12 and 8-week courses. 

Students on the 6 and 4-week courses will receive teaching related to the requirements of University of East Anglia study, but not to those of individual Schools of Study.

How do I qualify?

Academic requirements: You must hold an offer of a place on a degree programme at the University of East Anglia.

English requirements:

16 week course: a maximum of one IELTS band lower than the level required by your University School of Study, overall, with up to 1.5 IELTS band lower in one specified skill and one IELTS band in the others

12 week course: a maximum of 1 IELTS band lower than the level required by your University School of Study both overall and in any specified skill.

8 week course: a maximum of 0.5 IELTS point band lower than the level required by your University School of Study, both overall and in any specified skill.

6 week course: this course is for you if you have achieved the overall IELTS grade required by your University School of Study but have 0.5 lower than the requirement in one specified skill.

4 week course: you must have achieved the required IELTS level (overall and in any specified skills) required by your University School of Study, and been accepted on to the course.

Please ensure you consult your University School of Study for details of the English language level (both overall and for specific skills) required for entry onto your chosen course.

The Centre can only accept a UKVI approved IELTS test for this course. Read more about UKVI IELTS or contact us for more details.

Age: 17 years and above.

When can I start?

Start date Term dates Fees
16 weeks Tue 30 May 2017 - Fri 15 Sep 2017 £6,080
12 weeks Mon 26 Jun 2017 - Fri 15 Sep 2017 £4,680
8 weeks Mon 24 Jul 2017 - Fri 15 Sep 2017 £3,200
6 weeks Mon 07 Aug 2017 - Fri 15 Sep 2017 £2,430
4 weeks Mon 21 Aug 2017 - Fri 15 Sep 2017 £1,640
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Fees

  • Tuition fees do not include textbooks and other learning materials: an additional charge in the region of £50 (4 weeks), £75 (6 or 8 weeks), or £100 (12 or 16 weeks) will be required.
  • Accommodation is not included in the fees: view our accommodation options.
  • You can pay by bank transfer or by credit card. Please contact us for bank transfer details.

When should I arrive?

You should arrive on the Saturday or Sunday before your course start date.

In exceptional circumstances you may be permitted to arrive no more than one week late for a 16 or 12 week course, however you must not arrive late if you intend to complete either the 8, 6 or 4-week course.

Any late arrival may affect your chances of progressing to the University and we strongly advise you arrive for your course on time.

Assessment

You will be assessed to evaluate whether you have reached the appropriate level for your degree course. Methods of assessment will include written texts, extended essays, listening tests, presentations and portfolio work.

Acceptance onto a University of East Anglia course is at the discretion of the University.


Course outcomes

You will be assessed on completing the Pre-sessional course to determine whether you have met the University's English requirements.

You will then be allowed to progress to the University, without having to take an external exam, assuming you have met any academic or other conditions.


Example IELTS requirements for entry to Pre-sessional English for postgraduate students

Desired outcome 16 weeks minimum 12 weeks minimum 8 weeks minimum 6 weeks minimum 4 weeks minimum
7.0 overall
6.0 in each skill
6.0 overall
5.0 in three skills
4.5 in one skill
6.0 overall
5.0 in each skill
6.5 overall
5.5 in each skill
7.0 overall
6.0 in three skills
5.5 in one skill
7.0 overall
6.0 in each skill
7.0 overall
6.0 in reading and writing
6.0 overall
5.0 in writing
4.5 in reading
6.0 overall
5.0 in reading and writing
6.5 overall
5.5 in reading and writing
7.0 overall
5.5 in reading
6.0 in writing
7.0 overall
6.0 in reading and writing
6.5 overall
6.0 in each skill
5.5 overall
5.0 in three skills
4.5 in one skill
5.5 overall
5.0 in each skill
6.0 overall
5.5 in each skill
6.5 overall
6.0 in three skills
5.5 in one skill
6.5 overall
6.0 in each skill
6.5 overall
6.0 in reading and writing
5.5 overall
5.0 in writing
4.5 in reading
5.5 overall
5.0 in reading and writing
6.0 overall
5.5 in reading and writing
6.5 overall
6.0 in writing
5.5 in reading
6.5 overall
6.0 in reading and writing

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