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Pre-Sessional English

Enhance your English language proficiency and academic skills on an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course for international applicants.

Overview

Course length: 5-20 weeks full-time
Start dates: April 2023
June 2023
August 2023
April 2024
June 2024
July 2024
Location: Edge Hill University
Subject(s): International Study
Department: Language Centre
Students listen on headphones in a classroom in the Language Centre.

Our Pre-Sessional English course is ideal if you are an international applicant and have an IELTS score between half a band and one-and-a-half bands lower (overall or in one or two elements) than the standard entry criteria for your target degree.

  • Our five-week course, which starts in late July or early August each year, is suitable if you have an IELTS score half a band lower (overall or in one or two elements).
  • Our 10-week course, which starts in June each year, is suitable if you have an IELTS score one band lower (overall or in one or two elements).
  • Our 20-week course, which starts in April each year, is suitable if you have an IELTS score one-and-a-half bands lower (overall or in one or two elements).

Whichever option is suitable for you, our Pre-Sessional English course will enhance your language and communication skills in English, provide you with the academic skills required for higher education study in the UK, build your confidence to feel ready for higher education study, and provide a full orientation to student life at Edge Hill University.

What you'll study

The course will help you to improve your academic skills and confidence in writing, reading, listening and speaking in English and prepare you for academic study in Higher Education in the UK.

How you'll study

The programme is delivered through a mixture of small group seminars, independent study, tutorials and lectures.

You can expect to receive your timetable at enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day or evening of the week.

How you'll be assessed

Assessment will be through a combination of assignments, tests and coursework.

Who will be teaching you

The Language Centre is accredited with the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK, as well as BALEAP, the global forum for English for Academic Purposes (EAP) professionals. It has also been recognised as a centre of excellence by EL Gazette, a key English language teaching industry publication.

You will be taught by a team of tutors who understand the needs of international students and are committed to supporting you at all times, aiming to make your studies both stimulating and enjoyable.

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

If you are an international student wishing to join an Edge Hill University course but have an IELTS score which is either half a band, one band, or one-and-a-half bands lower than the required entry level, either overall or in one or two elements, this Pre-Sessional English course is ideal to enhance your writing, reading, listening and speaking skills in English.

Example offers

Qualification Requirement

How to apply

There is no direct application process for the Pre-Sessional English course which can only be studied if you are progressing onto further study such as an undergraduate degree or postgraduate course.

You should apply for your chosen course and send us your academic IELTS certificate as part of the application process. If you are offered a place but have an IELTS score of either 0.5, 1.0 or 1.5 below the required level, either overall or in any individual element, you may be asked to complete the five-week, 10-week or 20-week Pre-Sessional English course as part of your offer conditions.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

Did you know?

If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.

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Facilities

Law and Psychology buildingThe Language Centre is located on the ground floor of the £6million Law and Psychology building. The three-storey building includes a 265-seat lecture theatre, seminar and tutorial rooms, and social learning areas which encourage a more informal and interactive style of learning.

The facilities include a dedicated language laboratory with 16 computer stations, a reading corner and work space. The language laboratory is used for teaching and also as a self-study facility, enabling you to participate in language learning activities in 15 different languages.

Where you'll study

Law and Psychology

Finance

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for Pre-Sessional English courses in academic year 2022/23 are still to be announced. You are advised to check this page regularly and once the position has been confirmed we will update this information.

Financial support

Please see our international student finance pages for financial support information for international students.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for Pre-Sessional English courses in academic year 2023/24 are still to be announced. You are advised to check this page regularly and once the position has been confirmed we will update this information.

Financial support

Please see our international student finance pages for financial support information for international students.

Your future career

Successful completion of a Pre-Sessional English course will ensure that you are well placed to progress onto a suitable Edge Hill University degree.

Course changes

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, however our courses are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of professional bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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