Pre-sessional Course

Prepare English for a High Level University Environment

Pre-sessional Course
Prepare English for a High Level University Environment

Students on this course will learn processing skills that will accelerate their knowledge of English to become fully functional in a University environment. Our course covers research skills, note-taking, referencing, critical thinking, academic writing, presentation skills.  Students will receive regular homework as part of a blended learning approach and learn skills for easily responding to test and exam questions.

Course Objectives

This course is designed for students aiming to improve their understanding and production of English for entry into a university programme.

All lessons on the pre-sessional are based on the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) From B2 to C1.

The C1 target objectives for each student are as follows

The student can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning, express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions, use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic, and professional purposes, produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

On or before arrival all students will do a needs analysis, take an English language test, and then be placed in a class suitable for their level.

B1 / IELTS 4.5 equivalent - 24 weeks minimum

B1 / IELTS 5.0 - 12 weeks minimum

B2 / IELTS 5.5 – 8 weeks minimum

B2 / IELTS 6.0 – 6 weeks minimum

Students skills are assessed weekly for progress in grammar, vocabulary, reading, writing, listening, and speaking

Length 15 Hours Per Week
Start Dates Every Month
Max Class Size 16 Students
Minimum Age 17 Years

Module Sypnosis

The topics covered will be:

Listening – Understanding extended speech even when it is not clearly structured and when relationships are only implied and not signaled explicitly

Reading - Understanding long and complex factual and literary texts, appreciating distinctions of style. Understanding specialised articles and longer technical instructions, even when they do not relate to my field.

Spoken Interaction - expressing myself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Using language flexibly and effectively for social and professional purposes. Formulating ideas and opinions with precision and relate my contribution skilfully to those of other speakers.

Spoken Production - presenting clear, detailed descriptions of complex subjects integrating sub-themes, developing particular points, and rounding off with an appropriate conclusion.

Written interaction - Expressing oneself with clarity and precision, relating to the addressee flexibly and effectively in an assured, personal, style.

Written Production - Expressing oneself in clear, well-structured text, expressing points of view at some length, writing detailed expositions of complex subjects in an essay or a report, underlining salient issues, writing different kinds of texts in a style appropriate to the reader in mind.

Vocabulary Range - Commanding a broad lexical repertoire allowing gaps to be readily overcome with circumlocutions; little obvious searching for expressions or avoidance strategies. Good command of idiomatic expressions and colloquialisms.

Vocabulary Control - Occasional minor slips, but no significant vocabulary errors.

Grammatical Accuracy - Maintaining a high degree of grammatical accuracy; errors are rare and difficult to spot.

Pronunciation Control -  Varying intonation and placing sentence stress correctly in order to express finer shades of meaning.

Students' skills are assessed weekly for progress in grammar, vocabulary, reading, writing, listening and speaking. 

Learning tasks

Note-taking, Research Methodology, Academic Writing, Presentations, Seminars, Meetings, Discussions, Role-plays and Examination Skills. 


The following is provided for all of our students:

  • Expert tuition from an experienced, qualified teacher
  • Weekly assessments and testing of course content
  • Regular tutorials to assess your progress and highlight weak areas
  • Guidance on unknown language and terminology
  • Access to the school's extensive social program

Entry Requirements

This course is open to students from elementary to upper-intermediate. The previous study is not necessary, but this will influence the level that you achieve when you join the school.

Course Details
Start Date
Every Month
6 weeks
8 weeks
12 weeks
24 weeks
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Course Name Start Dates Hours per week Weeks  Prices
Pre-sessional Academic English  Every Month  15 6 On Campus - £2550
Online - £2250
8 On Campus - £3400
Online - £3100
12 On Campus - £5400 
Online - £5100
24 On Campus - £10200
Online - £9900

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