“I used to be afraid to communicate with others in English, but after the pre-sessional course I could speak fluent English with my teachers and classmates. ”
Summer pre-sessional teaching (JulySeptember 2021)
During summer 2021, if COVID-19 restrictions allow, well use a blended teaching method. This means that some of your study will be online with weekly live online classes and consultations. Independent study is an important element of these courses and youll have opportunities for face-to-face teaching or consultations on campus from August 2021. This will include at least one on-campus meeting a week with your tutors and other students.
If circumstances permit, throughout the summer there'll be opportunities to meet students on campus for social activities.
Please note that if COVID-19 restrictions change, any on-campus teaching, meetings or activities may be delivered online.
If youre not able to travel to the UK due to COVID-19 or travel restrictions in your country, youll be able to complete your pre-sessional course online.
10-week summer pre-sessional courses
If youre studying a 10-week pre-sessional course, the first four weeks will be taught fully online. For the final six weeks of your course (from 2 August 2021) if COVID-19 restrictions allow, well use the blended teaching method described previously.
6-week summer pre-sessional courses
If youre studying a 6-week pre-sessional course, if COVID-19 restrictions allow, well use the blended teaching method described previously.
"I like the live sessions, because we can communicate with our teachers, and try to express our ideas in English."
Yiping, studying postgraduate pre-sessional English online.
Postgraduate pre-sessional English
2020-21 course information
You can improve your academic English level to the standard needed to study a postgraduate programme either a Masters or a research degree. How will I be taught postgraduate pre-sessional English?
- Study when it suits you best with start dates throughout the year.
- Teaching is tailored to your subject area in the summer if you're preparing for a Masters.
- The opportunity to study with other research students during the summer if you're preparing for a research degree.
During this pre-sessional course, you'll develop skills in academic reading, writing, speaking and listening.
You'll use practical academic techniques, including:
- building your fluency, confidence and accuracy in academic English
- participating in lectures and seminars
- researching academic sources effectively
- analysing and summarising academic texts
- structuring academic writing and developing an argument
- using critical analysis
What you will study
If you are studying on the pre-sessional course for 30 or 40 weeks
At the early stages of your course, you'll study core academic English and develop your ability to study at postgraduate level in the UK. Youll learn alongside other students preparing for postgraduate study.
As you progress, or if you are studying the pre-sessional for 10 or 20 weeks only
Your classes will focus more closely on the skills youll need for your postgraduate degree. If you study your pre-sessional course during terms 2 and 3, youll study with other students preparing for a taught Masters, or research degree, depending on which type of degree you intend to study.
In the summer term (term 4) you'll have the opportunity to study academic English in the context of your
English for academic purposes
You can improve your English language to enable you to study at postgraduate level. This is the core module of our postgraduate pre-sessional English course.
Academic skills and strategy development
This module develops your listening and speaking skills. Youll learn how to use these skills in order to get the most out of your lectures and seminars, or meetings with your supervisor during your degree.
As well as the course modules, you'll have time with your tutor to address questions you may have about your language and learning. There'll also be time for you to continue with your studies independently.
You'll be assessed in a variety of ways, including written assignments, speaking assignments, research projects and producing a piece of work to be presented online in an e-exhibition.
Our academic English for postgraduate studies course is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK and is taught by our team of English for Academic Purposes tutors. See contact details for our Academic Purposes tutors.