Pre-sessional English Language Course

Please note: Edge Hill University is continuing to monitor the situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and has taken steps to protect the welfare of our students and staff. As part of these measures, the Language Centre has decided that the summer 2020 Pre-sessional English courses will now be delivered online.

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). Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we may be able to accept students on the Pre-sessional Online course who are going on to other universities to complete their academic course if the Pre-sessional Online 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 Online course. Edge Hill offers the following Pre-sessional course:
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  • 6 week course (online for 2020)

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 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 2020.

The aims of the Pre-sessional course are:

  • to familiarize 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 familiarize 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).

For more information about the Pre-sessional course, click on the Course Description.

On campus activities (depending on the dates of your stay)

  • A Freshers Week experience (for September students)
  • Thanksgiving Dinner (an American tradition)
  • Christmas Dinner (a traditional British Christmas)

Off campus activities

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:

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    • Tour of Ormskirk
    • Tour of Liverpool
    • The city of York
    • Conwy
    • The Lake District


Please note: Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, all on and off campus activities have been postponed until further notice.

Course Duration and Dates

To start your further academic programme in September 2020, you would complete our 6 week course online in the summer of 2020:

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6 week

20 Jul – 28 Aug 2020

Please note that teaching will not take place on the following date as this is a public holiday:

Monday 31st August 2020

Course Hours

18 hours

Class Size

6 – 16 (maximum) students

Delivery Method

Due to the current Covid-19 situation, the Pre-sessional English course will be offered online, meaning that you can study online from your own country. If you have any questions relating to online course delivery, please feel free to contact the Language Centre team by email:

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 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).

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

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