Pre-sessional (Pre-Master's English and Academic Study Skills)

A three month course to prepare you for a variety of business related Master’s and MBA programmes at the University of Gloucestershire whilst developing English language and study skills to the level required for postgraduate study.

Why apply?

  • improve your English language skills to meet the entry requirements for postgraduate study
  • develop skills in academic study such as research techniques and referencing
  • improve your business related vocabulary

What's special about this programme?

This programme is designed to act as a bridge between your existing qualifications and a Master’s. By the end of your course you'll be fully prepared to study a postgraduate degree programme at the University of Gloucestershire.

When studying the Pre-sessional programme you'll benefit from:

  • full university status
  • a campus-based programme with access to university facilities
  • the highest levels of personal care and support

Who should apply?

The Pre-sessional programme is suitable for international students who have already completed a bachelor degree or a UK honours degree but do not have the English language requirements to gain entry to a postgraduate degree at the University of Gloucestershire.

What will I study?

The course consists of three areas to prepare you for Postgraduate study:

English for Academic Purposes

These sessions aim to develop your skills in academic reading, writing, speaking and listening, as well as your language (grammar and vocabulary) knowledge and use to enable you to meet the entry requirements for postgraduate study at the University of Gloucestershire.

Research and Academic Study Skills for Postgraduate Study

These sessions includes the development of research methods and techniques as well as sourcing of information, referencing, participating in seminars and academic study skills.

English for Business

At the same time as developing your English language skills these sessions develop your subject vocabulary via a number of business related topics including:

  • Human Resource Management
  • Managing Change
  • Finance and Planning
  • Marketing
  • Organisations
  • New Business Enterprise
  • Business Culture

How do I qualify?

Academic requirements:

You should have successfully completed a bachelor degree or a UK honours degree, Third Class or above.

To find out more about country specific entry requirements contact us.

English requirements: IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skills) or equivalent

The Centre also accepts other Secure English Language Tests (SELTS) for this course. Read more about SELTS or contact us for more details. 

If you do not meet the minimum English language requirements you should apply for English for University Study.

When can I start?

Start date Term dates Fees

September 2017* (1 term)

Mon 25 Sep 2017 to Fri 08 Dec 2017


June 2018 (1 term)

Mon 11 Jun 2018 to Fri 31 Aug 2018


* Progression to MBA only


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.

Where will it take me?

On successful completion of this course you can progress to the following programmes at the University of Gloucestershire: