Online Pre-Sessional English Language

  • Pre-sessional English Language and Study Skills Courses are essential for students who have a conditional offer from Ulster University, but who have not yet met the English language requirements of their chosen degree programme.
  • Students who meet or exceed the minimum English language requirements and hold an unconditional offer for their chosen degree programme, can benefit from the English language and Study Skills learnt on the 7-week Pre-sessional Standard course.

Course content

The pre-sessional courses are designed to focus on a combination of raising an awareness of the expectations of UK academic culture, and developing the academic language resources and skills needed to meet the minimum entry requirements of your future degree programme.

The courses will focus on developing and consolidating essential English language and skills for academic purposes including:

  • Academic grammar and language development
  • Academic writing
  • Reading techniques
  • Listening and speaking
  • Improving pronunciation
  • Making presentations
  • Participating in seminars and tutorials
  • Conducting research

Each pre-sessional course is full time and delivered by the highly qualified CELT team, which has proven experience of helping international students succeed.

Selecting a course

There are two online pre-sessional English language courses available. The length of the course you will need to study depends on your current level of English and the entry requirements of your chosen degree.

Degree entry requirement is *UKVI IELTS 6.0 overall (with no band score less than 5.5)

Pre-sessional courseYour current overall IELTS score or equivalentCourse dates (2021)Tuition feeApplication closing date (2021)
12 weeks5.0 (Only 1 band score acceptable at 4.5)10 June - 3 Sept£2,4707 May 2021
7 weeks5.5 (Only 1 band score acceptable at 5.0)14 July - 3 Sept£1,17011 June 2021

As the pre-sessional programmes are delivered online and, therefore, a visa is not required, we are able to accept a wider range of English Language Tests. These include:

  • IELTS for UKVI
  • IELTS Academic
  • IELTS Indicator
  • LanguageCert International
  • TOEFL IBT and Home Edition
  • Pearson PTE


This is a typical online weekly timetable of your study.

DayMorning (BST)Students own time
MondayTeacher - lead live, online classesGuided independent study
TuesdayTeacher - lead live, online classesGuided independent study
WednesdayTeacher - lead live, online classesGuided independent study
ThursdayTeacher - lead live, online classesGuided independent study
Friday1-1 tutorialsGuided independent study

Note: timetable may be subject to change.

Assessment and completion

  • You will be assessed by both online tests and coursework (a portfolio of your work throughout the programme)
  • All students will take the same assessments during the final weeks of the Pre-sessional course.
  • Students on the 12-week programme will have informal assessment throughout the course on grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation and reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.
  • The ongoing formative assessments will highlight your progress as well as the areas you need to improve.
  • In addition to completing all required tasks, to successfully pass the online pre-sessional, you must also have a minimum 90% attendance rate and your exit language level must meet the entry requirements for your chosen programme of study at Ulster.
  • At the end of your studies, a report is sent to your Course Director.

What are the technical requirements for online participation?

The main platforms we use are Blackboard Collaborate and Microsoft Teams. We also use Windows 10, which is compatible with most other operating systems.

To fully participate in online classes, you must have:

  • Access to a computer with a built-in webcam and microphone.
  • A stable, fast internet connection (recommended speed; 5mbps).

Mobile phones are tablets are appropriate for participation.

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