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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 students which is accredited by the British Council and BALEAP.

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    Course Length: 6 Weeks Full-Time
    Start Dates: July 2021, July 2022
    Subjects: International Study
    Location: Edge Hill University

    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 is accredited by the British Council, as well as BALEAP, the global forum for English for Academic Purposes (EAP) professionals. It 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

    A lecturer addresses students in a classroom on the ground floor of the Law and Psychology building.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.

    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, £1,956 for academic year 2020/21, and £1,995 for academic year 2021/22.

    If you subsequently progress to a full-time undergraduate degree (BA/BSc/LLB), full-time integrated Masters degree (MComp/MSci), or full-time taught Masters, MBA or Masters by Research degree (MA/MSc/MBA/MRes) at Edge Hill University, the tuition fee for the Pre-Sessional English course will be discounted from the tuition fee for Year 1 of the target programme.

    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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    25th November 2020 - Change of Accreditation Status

    The programme is accredited by the British Council and BALEAP.

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