Pre-Sessional English (Standard Route)

About the course

What route do you need to take?

If you have not yet achieved the required English language level for entry to your chosen degree course, you can take one or more Pre-sessional English short courses to help you reach the required level.

Your Pre-Sessional English course start date and duration will be determined by your current IELTS score. All Pre-Sessional English courses finish in September before you start your chosen undergraduate or postgraduate degree programme.

If you require an IELTS score of 6.0, you will need to complete the Pre-Sessional English (Standard Route).

Please refer to the tables to see the current course dates.

Why choose this course?

The Pre-sessional English Standard course is designed to improve students' general English and English for academic purposes. This course route is designed for students who have IELTS 4.5, 5.0 or 5.5 or equivalent and wish to progress onto their chosen degree programme at UH which has an entry point of IELTS 6.0.

  • It helps you to develop your academic English language and study skills so you can pursue your studies at university, either at undergraduate or postgraduate level.
  • It gives you some insight into student life and some cultural and leisure activities.
  • If successful on the course you can progress directly onto your chosen degree programme without taking a further IELTS.

What will I study?

As a student of Pre-Sessional English, you will be taught by well-qualified lecturers with considerable experience in the teaching of English in the UK and overseas. They will take a personal interest in your progress and well-being. The teaching takes place in small groups using modern teaching and learning methods. The courses are intensive and you will be required to do homework and out-of-class assignments. You will also be able to take part in a social programme.

The atmosphere of the course is friendly with small teaching groups. Pre-Sessional English courses are an excellent way to become acclimatised to the British university scene, and to make friends before the beginning of the academic year.

Intended learning outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Successful students will typically have knowledge of:

  • a good range of vocabulary common to academic texts
  • how to use grammar and vocabulary to create a range of written and spoken academic discourse
  • how to use texts to increase grammatical and lexical knowledge
  • how to increase reading efficiency
  • strategies to improve listening to spoken input in talks and seminars
  • referencing conventions

Skills and Attributes

Successful students will typically be able to:

  • produce spoken English intelligibly and effectively using a good range of vocabulary
  • demonstrate understanding of spoken academic discourse with a good range of vocabulary
  • apply different reading strategies appropriately to a modest range of texts
  • write notes in a range of styles and from these create summaries and syntheses
  • utilise sources and employ appropriate academic referencing conventions
  • plan and write a modest range of academic essays and reports
  • use a range of library and internet resources effectively

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