Pre-Sessional English

  • International Students Can Apply


Course Length:6 Weeks Full-Time
Start Dates:July 2020, July 2021
Department:Language Centre
Location:Edge Hill University
  • Develop your writing, reading, listening and speaking skills in English;
  • Improve your academic skills and focus on your target discipline area;
  • Prepare for Higher Education study in the UK.

This 6-week programme is ideal if you are an international student and have an IELTS score half a band lower (overall or in one or two elements) than the standard entry criteria for your target degree programme.

The Pre-Sessional English course will enhance your communication skills in English, familiarise you with academic study in the UK, build your confidence and provide a full orientation to student life at Edge Hill University.

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In Depth

What will I 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 will I study?

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

How will I be assessed?

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

Who will be teaching me?

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.

A Great Study Environment

Students sat in a Harvard-style lecture theatre in the Tech Hub.The Language Centre is located on the ground floor of the new £6m 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.

You can also access the EAP Toolkit, an online learning resource which provides practice opportunities in academic writing, reading, critical thinking, listening, note-taking, communication, vocabulary and grammar.

Entry Criteria

English Language Requirements

If you are an international student wishing to join an Edge Hill University course but have an IELTS score which is half a band 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.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

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


Tuition Fees

Tuition fees to join this Pre-Sessional English course are £1,920 for academic year 2019/20 and £1,956 for academic year 2020/21.

Financial Support

Financial support information for international students can be found at


How to Apply

There is no direct application process for the Pre-Sessional English programme 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 programme 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 0.5 below the required level, either overall or in any individual element, you may be asked to complete the 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

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Course Changes

Expand All This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years.

16th October 2018 - Change to Course Length

The programme length has been changed from eight weeks to six weeks. Tuition fees have been revised to £1,920 in light of this change.

18th December 2017 - Change to IELTS Requirements

This 8-week programme is ideal if you have an IELTS score half a band lower (overall or in one or two elements) than the standard entry criteria for your target programme.

International Foundation Programme students can join Pre-sessional English with an overall score half a band lower than the stated requirement of 5.0, with no element below 4.0.