Online Pre-sessional English at University of Exeter

Online Pre-sessional English is an online course that has been designed to help you advance your English language skills to the level required by your undergraduate or postgraduate degree. The programme is so successful that 99% of Pre-sessional English students who completed the course in 2022 progressed to the University of Exeter.

Focusing on content-specific vocabulary, academic writing, reading, listening and speaking, it is taught by the same expert teachers and to the same high standards as the face-to-face course. The program offers the same guaranteed progression to your chosen degree at the University of Exeter (subject to successful completion of the course).

There's also an on-campus Pre-sessional English course.

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Course features

  • Delivered through online learning tools and live virtual classroom technology.
  • Designed to improve your English language skills to the level required by your chosen degree.
  • Provides contextual study skills that acclimatise you to the culture of a UK university.
  • Enables you to adjust to the demands, challenges and expectations of UK higher education.
  • Teaches you how to give presentations on different areas of academic interest.
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20 hours per week of preparation in academic English, delivered through INTO’s online learning platform and live virtual classroom technology.

How do I qualify?

English language requirements:

10 Weeks: IELTS 5.5 (minimum of 5.0 in each subskill) or equivalent.

6 Weeks: IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each subskill) or equivalent.

Age requirements: 16 years and above
Academic requirements:

Offer of a place at the University of Exeter.

Entry requirements additional information:

Please note there may be a variation in requirements depending on your intended degree programme:

Degrees requiring IELTS 7.0 overall (with 6.5 in writing and no subskill less than 6.0) 10 weeks: IELTS 6.5 (with 6.0 in reading, 5.5 in writing, 6.0 in another subskill and no less than 5.5 in the other subskill) 6 weeks: IELTS 6.5 (with 6.0 in reading and writing, 6.0 in another subskill and no less than 5.5 in the other subskill) or IELTS 7.0 (with no subskill less than 6.0)

Degrees requiring IELTS 7.0 overall (with no subskill less than 6.0) 10 weeks: IELTS 6.0 (with no subskill less than 5.5) 6 weeks: IELTS6.5 (with 6.0 in reading, 6.0 in another subskill and no subskill less than 5.5)

Degrees requiring IELTS 6.5 (with no subskill less than 6.0) 18 weeks: IELTS 5.0 (with 5.0 in writing and no other subskill less than 4.5) 10 weeks: IELTS 5.5 (with no subskill less than 5.0) 6 weeks: IELTS 6.0 (with no subskill less than 5.5) or IELTS 6.5 (with 6.0 in reading, 6.0 in another subskill and no subskill less than 5.5)

Degrees requiring IELTS 6.0 (with no subskill less than 6.0) 18 weeks: IELTS 5.0 (with 5.0 in writing and no other subskill less than 4.5) 10 weeks: IELTS 5.5 (with no subskill less than 5.0) 6 weeks: IELTS 6.0 (with no subskill less than 5.5) or IELTS 6.5 (with 6.0 in reading, 6.0 in another subskill and no subskill less than 5.5)

Only an official IELTS result or equivalent recognised English language test will be accepted as proof of English language proficiency. A wide range of English language tests are accepted by the University for entry, including TOEFL iBT and Pearson PTE.


Dates and prices

Start date End date Course length Fees
12 June 2023 18 August 2023 10 Weeks
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GBP £5,300
10 July 2023 18 August 2023 6 Weeks
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GBP £3,200

Class information

Course Delivery Method Online
Class duration:

Average of 24.5 learning hours per week, comprising 17 hours per week delivered in real-time in our virtual classroom between 8:30am-1:00pm BST, and 7.5 hours of guided self-access interactive tasks (including quizzes, group projects, presentations, writing practice and listening to lectures).

How do I qualify?

English language requirements:

10 Weeks: IELTS 5.5 (minimum of 5.0 in each subskill) or equivalent.

6 Weeks: IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each subskill) or equivalent.

Age requirements: 16 years and above
Academic requirements:

Offer of a place at the University of Exeter.

Entry requirements additional information:

Please note there may be a variation in requirements depending on your intended degree programme:

Degrees requiring IELTS 7.0 overall (with 6.5 in writing and no subskill less than 6.0) 10 weeks: IELTS 6.5 (with 6.0 in reading, 5.5 in writing, 6.0 in another subskill and no less than 5.5 in the other subskill) 6 weeks: IELTS 6.5 (with 6.0 in reading and writing, 6.0 in another subskill and no less than 5.5 in the other subskill) or IELTS 7.0 (with no subskill less than 6.0)

Degrees requiring IELTS 7.0 overall (with no subskill less than 6.0) 10 weeks: IELTS 6.0 (with no subskill less than 5.5) 6 weeks: IELTS6.5 (with 6.0 in reading, 6.0 in another subskill and no subskill less than 5.5)

Degrees requiring IELTS 6.5 (with no subskill less than 6.0) 18 weeks: IELTS 5.0 (with 5.0 in writing and no other subskill less than 4.5) 10 weeks: IELTS 5.5 (with no subskill less than 5.0) 6 weeks: IELTS 6.0 (with no subskill less than 5.5) or IELTS 6.5 (with 6.0 in reading, 6.0 in another subskill and no subskill less than 5.5)

Degrees requiring IELTS 6.0 (with no subskill less than 6.0) 18 weeks: IELTS 5.0 (with 5.0 in writing and no other subskill less than 4.5) 10 weeks: IELTS 5.5 (with no subskill less than 5.0) 6 weeks: IELTS 6.0 (with no subskill less than 5.5) or IELTS 6.5 (with 6.0 in reading, 6.0 in another subskill and no subskill less than 5.5)

Only an official IELTS result or equivalent recognised English language test will be accepted as proof of English language proficiency. A wide range of English language tests are accepted by the University for entry, including TOEFL iBT and Pearson PTE.

Dates and prices

Start date End date Course length Fees
12 June 2023 18 August 2023 10 Weeks
View Term dates
GBP £5,300
10 July 2023 18 August 2023 6 Weeks
View Term dates
GBP £3,200

Class information

Course Delivery Method Online
Class duration:

Average of 24.5 learning hours per week, comprising 17 hours per week delivered in real-time in our virtual classroom between 8:30am-1:00pm BST, and 7.5 hours of guided self-access interactive tasks (including quizzes, group projects, presentations, writing practice and listening to lectures).

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