Coronavirus (covid-19) update 

2020 online delivery 

In Term 1 (October - December) our pre-sessional courses will be taught online in response to the Coronavirus outbreak.

You'll be able to study your pre-sessional course from home, you won't be expected to study live online sessions at night and you won't need a visa. 

If you have applied for a pre-sessional English course, please read our pre-sessional FAQs.

For all other updates and information, visit our coronavirus website.

Online teaching 

You'll be taught in online classes by University teaching staff and you’ll work individually and with others. Independent study is an important element of this course, allowing you to practise your skills, deepen your knowledge and prepare for your degree. 

You'll interact with tutors and other students on the course in live sessions each week. You’ll also have dedicated time with your tutor to address questions you may have about your language and learning and you’ll get feedback about your work. 

Read some of our current students’ experiences with studying online

Example timetable 

This is a full-time course. Live online sessions normally take place between 9am and 5pm UTC+1 from Monday to Friday.  

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Live session with tutor via video Live session with tutor via online chat Live session with tutor via video Dedicated time with tutor via video Independent study

Independent study

Independent study

Live online group work with other students

Independent study 

Preparation for next week

This example timetable is for guidance only. You'll receive your timetable at the start of your course. 


What can I do to prepare for studying online?

Preparing to Learn Online at University is a free course we've developed for you to prepare for studying online.

What software will I need to study online?

When you register, you'll have online access to all software and University systems you'll need to study your course. You should also make sure you have suitable computer equipment to study online. 

Software you'll use includes Microsoft Teams, Word, Excel and PowerPoint, Zoom and the University's virtual learning environment, Minerva. You'll have an introduction to these platforms before your course starts. You'll also need to be able to view PDF documents. 

You'll need access to a desktop computer, laptop or tablet. Your device must have a webcam, and you need to be able to play and record both sound and video. You may find that headphones help you to listen if you are sharing your space with others.  

We recommend a high-speed broadband internet connection with a minimum speed of 1.5 Mbps. If possible, your device should access the internet through an ethernet cable (not wireless). This will make your connection more stable - try to get this before your course starts. 

What do current students say about studying online?