Pre-sessional English for Graduate Diploma

Academic English to prepare you for university study in the UK.

The Pre-sessional English course provides intensive preparation in academic English for students who are academically qualified, intend to start a Graduate Diploma at the University of Exeter in September and need to improve their English language level before starting.

Why apply for this course?

This course is designed to:

  • Improve your core English language skills, within a university context, before continuing onto the Graduate Diploma. 
  • Benefit from an additional term of study to adapt to university-style teaching, ensuring that you are fully prepared to start your academic programme
  • Receive a combined CAS for the duration of the Pre-sessional and Graduate Diploma programme.

What is special about the programme?

The Pre-sessional course gives you intensive English language and study skills preparation in a university environment. It will:

  • provide contextualised study skills, that help you to adjust to the culture of a UK university
  • enable you to understand the demands, challenges and expectations of UK higher education
  • give you the opportunity to explore the English language and study skills required in your chosen subject area
  • help you to create a network of friends who will go with you into the same college at university
  • provide you with time to adapt to living and studying in the UK, before beginning your academic studies
  • allow you to familiarise yourself with the University's facilities and services


Who should apply for the Pre-sessional English programme?

This course is suitable for you if you are academically qualified, hold an offer from the University of Exeter, and need to improve your English language level before starting a Graduate Diploma at the University. The Pre-sessional course runs for 10 weeks, starting in June and October.

What will I study?

Pre-sessional English is a 20-hour-a-week course that will ensure that you improve your language proficiency in core skills. You will learn to give presentations and study independently, skills which are vital to your university success.

Course outline

This course will develop a range of skills including:

  • English language skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing in a university context
  • presentation skills on different areas of cultural and academic interest
  • focus on subject-related work in your chosen area, including a written project
  • help with independent study using our online materials
  • contextual study skills to acclimate you to the culture of a UK university

How do I qualify?

English requirements:

Applicants must meet the minimum academic requirements for entry to the Graduate Diploma. IELTS 5.0 overall (with at least one subskill at 5.5 and no subskill below 5.0). 

From 6 April 2015, the Centre can only accept a UKVI approved IELTS test for this course. Read more about UKVI IELTS or contact us for more details. Please note that there is variation in requirements depending on intended degree programme. Please contact us to find out the specific requirements for your situation.   


17 years and above

When can I start?

Start date Term dates Fees

June 2016 start

Mon 27 Jun 2016 to Fri 09 Jun 2017

£4,450 (Pre-sessional English)

 £17,995 (Graduate Diploma)

October 2016 start 

Mon 03 Oct 2016 to Fri 01 Sep 2017

£4,600 (Pre-sessional English)

£17,995 (Graduate Diploma)


Tuition fees do not include:

    • Enrolment fee: £150 per academic programme, charge upon confirmation
    • Textbooks: £70 (Pre-sessional) and £200 (Graduate Diploma)

Is accommodation included in the fees?

Accommodation is not included in the fees. View our accommodation options.

How do I pay?

You can pay by bank transfer or by credit card. Please contact us for bank transfer details.

How do I apply?

You can apply online or by post. Find out more about how to apply.

Where will it take me?

Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma, subject to meeting the minimum progression requirements, offers guaranteed entry to a wide range of degrees offered by the top ranked University of Exeter Business School.

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