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Pre-sessional English Language Course

The Pre-sessional English Language Course is for those wishing to progress to further academic study at Edge Hill University on either undergraduate or postgraduate courses (taught or research).

We may also be able to accept students on the pre-sessional course who are going on to other universities to complete their academic course if the pre-sessional courses at these institutions are full. We will require agreement and acceptance from other universities if we admit students on this basis. All students must meet our entry requirements for the pre-sessional course.

Edge Hill offers the following pre-sessional course:

  • 6 week course

This course is the ideal programme of study for you if you need to improve your academic skills, focus on your target discipline area and raise your overall English language level.

If you have an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score (overall or in any sub-skill) which is half a band lower than the required entry level for your degree, you can join the 6 week course in summer 2022.

The aims of the pre-sessional course are:

  • to familiarise you with the expectations of academic study in higher education in the UK
  • to improve your academic skills in writing, reading, listening and speaking
  • to provide a full orientation to the learning facilities at Edge Hill
  • to familiarise you with life on campus
  • to increase your confidence for entry on to your academic course
  • to increase your overall communicative confidence in English

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

Successful completion of a pre-sessional course allows you to progress on to your chosen degree at Edge Hill or another university (if prior agreement is in place).

Pre-sessional course description


Students also have the option of participating in trips arranged by the International Office. The International Office arranges visits to places of interest such as:

  • tour of Ormskirk
  • tour of Liverpool
  • the city of York
  • Conwy
  • The Lake District

Course duration and dates

To start your further academic programme in September 2022, you would complete our 6 week course online in the summer of 2022:

Academic yearDatesDuration
2021/2225/07/22 – 2/09/226 weeks
Course duration and dates table

Please note that teaching will not take place on the following date as this is a public holiday Monday 29 August 2022

Teaching will not take place on Monday 29 August 2022 as this is a public holiday.

Mode of delivery

Our summer 2022 pre-sessional course will be delivered online. Please note all sessions will be delivered in accordance to British Summer Time (BST). If you have any questions regarding the delivery of this course please email the Language Centre.

Course hours

18 hours

Class size

6 – 16 (maximum) students

Course fees

Please see the Course Fees section for the weekly tuition fee. This fee is for tuition only.  Please note that if you progress to a main course at Edge Hill University, all your tuition fees for the Pre-sessional course will be refunded by being deducted from your main course fees. Accommodation is available on request. Please contact the International Office on International for more information.

Entry requirements

To join the pre-sessional you will need to have an IELTS score which is half a band lower than your stated English language entry requirements for your main course (overall or in one or two elements).

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. Please contact International Admissions.

Please note that all applicants must be over the age of 18 years.